DALLAS, TX-- Emerging Professionals attending The International Surface Event (TISE) 2015 will have a unique opportunity at this year’s show to network with peers and industry experts at an exclusive Happy Hour event. The Emerging Professionals initiative was introduced at the January 2014 show to provide a forum for networking and idea exchange for flooring, stone and tile professionals under the age of 40. Early interest in the 2015 event has already seen growth over last year, an indicator of the necessity for more events of this kind.

The Emerging Professionals Happy Hour will be held on Wednesday, January 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Border Grill located in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The event is complimentary for show attendees with a TISE 2015 badge. Space is limited therefore registrants are encouraged to RSVP at TISEwest.com or by calling 866-860-1975 to ensure admittance.

New in 2015, Floor Focus and FloorDaily.net are the official media sponsors of the Happy Hour event. The partnership originated due, in part, to Floor Focus’s "25 Future Leaders Under 40" initiative. They will have the opportunity to recognize and honor the 25 Future Leaders, who will also receive complimentary Exhibits + Education admission to TISE 2015.

"I’m excited to be a part of a new group of blossoming stone and surface professionals," said Jacqueline Tabbah, Assistant Vice President of International Stoneworks, Inc. "The Emerging Professional events at TISE give me the opportunity to mingle with colleagues, meet other young professionals who work in similar markets and learn from industry veterans in a laid-back, fun setting."

"Mentoring young professionals is important to ensure the health, well-being and knowledge of the industry being passed on to the next generation," said Lew Migliore, President of LGM and Associates, when asked why he decided to participate as a Mentor for the Emerging Professionals event. “We need to take advantage of opportunities that promote this type of relationship building. Currently, TISE is one of the only events doing this therefore young professionals have the unique advantage of talking with and learning from elder statesmen of the industry.”

The TISE 2015 Advisory Council, comprised of professionals representing every facet of the industry, met with Show Management this past February to offer insight on industry trends, hot topics and provide feedback on timely content for the education program. Among the topics discussed was the need for more Emerging Professionals events at TISE, such as happy hours and luncheons.

“The Emerging Professionals initiative was one that the Council participants recognized as an important trend in our industry,” said Dana Teague, Vice President of Informa Exhibitions US, (formerly Hanley Wood Exhibitions).  “We are excited to provide a forum for Emerging Professionals to come together with industry experts and mentors.”

For more information on the TISE Emerging Professionals initiative, visit TISEwest.com/EmergingPros.  

To take advantage of discounted hotel and travel rates for TISE 2015, visit TISEwest.com/Travel call 866-860-1975.