Dallas—The first stop of the regional semi-finals for the National Installer of the Year Competition, hosted by The International Surfaces Event (TISE), took place at the CFI Convention in Orlando, Fla., July 31-Aug. 1.
TISE announced and congratulated the southeast regional finalists: David Beagle, winner of the hardwood category; and Roy Lewis, winner of the carpet category. Semi-finals winners now receive an award plaque with semi-finalist bragging rights, $500 scholarship from Mohawk and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the National Competition at TISE 2023, to be held Jan. 31-Feb. 2, for a chance at the title, National Installer of the Year.
The next two competitions are:
- Regionals Central US
- NWFA Training Facility, St. Louis, Mo.
- Regionals West Coast
- IUPAT Training Facility, San Leandro, Calif.
Mohawk Flooring is the exclusive hardwood flooring sponsor. The Mohawk brand Performance Accessories also provided product to highlight new installation methods in hybrid hardwood installation. Taylor Adhesives is the exclusive adhesives competition sponsor and QEP/Roberts Consolidated Industries, Inc., is the exclusive tool sponsor for the overall competition.
According to the company, these crucial groups assist in facilitating and promoting the competition: The International Certified Flooring Installers (CFI), National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), ProInstaller Magazine and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).
The category finalists from each of the regionals competitions will compete live on the show floor for the National Installer of the Year title at the next edition of TISE. Any installer in the US may enter regardless of the years in the industry or location. Competitors will choose which competition city they would like to compete in and submit their project history and images online for review. A panel of judges will be considering all the entries from around the country and selecting the top eight installers from each city who will compete live in each of the regionals installation competitions.
- St. Louis deadline: Sept. 15, 2022
- San Leandro deadline: Oct. 12, 2022
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