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Unread 05-05-2014, 08:13 AM   #361
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3D Stone and Tile had a great time at Coverings.
We could not have been paired with a better group.
Being able to show our product at the Russo booth and having the JBF friends out front had to be the cherry on top.
It's funny to think that Mick and Earnie were on one side of the booth making tile installations flat. While I was in the back promoting lippage

We really appreciate the support from John Bridge and John Cox for supporting this new concept of our tile backers. I was nervous to show this to the big guns for fear of it being shot down. I was so glad to have JC say " you have a winner"

We are glad to make friends and meet the forum members.
Thank you very much for making Coverings such a hit for us.

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Unread 05-05-2014, 08:14 AM   #362
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Unread 05-05-2014, 09:25 AM   #363
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It was great meeting a lot of you and seeing some of you for the second time!

We hope to be there for more than 1 day next year
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Unread 05-05-2014, 02:54 PM   #364
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There was also this handy little device wandering around the showroom...
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It's how Marge keeps track of certain things...
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Unread 05-05-2014, 04:53 PM   #366
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I thought it wazza hellofa good idea. Whole lot easier than totin' his chair around to stand on, eh?
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Unread 05-05-2014, 06:04 PM   #368
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The balloon is too funny. You're a good sport, Paul.

Roger, that Elvis looks kinda rough. Which dark corner of Freemont Street did you find him at? He looks like he might have fallen over after you took the picture.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 06:17 PM   #369
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He didn't look much like him but he was one of the funniest guys I ran into there. I don't smile for cameras but I was laughing so frickin' hard I couldn't mug for the shot.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 06:19 PM   #370
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Unread 05-05-2014, 06:56 PM   #372
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Coverings 2014

HellOo
This week was an amazing time that i'll never forget.
It was super nice to see friends & meet new ones.
Impossible to meet everyone & see everything...
Congrats to Mark, really well desserved. I'm proud to know you.
Thank you, i'm back home with plenty of ideas & looking forward for new projects.
Have a great week
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Unread 05-05-2014, 08:43 PM   #373
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Hi Everyone

This was one of the best Coverings that I've attended in a long time!

Don't get me wrong, I always enjoy the tradeshows that I attend, but there was something special about this one.

I attended 15 out of the 20 classes I signed up for, plus attended a good portion of the ANSI meeting, and part of the NTCA Technical Committee meeting.

It was so nice to meet many new people, and see many that I have known for years. I'm sorry I missed meeting Rod, but I'm grateful to speak with him online and see his ongoing ideas become a reality. It was also a pleasure to meet Mark, and see him presented with a well earned award.

My trip up from Phoenix (after visiting my dad) was really special with spending time with Carole and Hope at Hoover Dam. I lost count of how many times we crossed the AZ and NV border.

Both of these ladies were such a pleasure to have fun with and spend time with, I was left speechless (well for a short nano second). Getting to know them personally, and what their goals are looking forward was very inspiring.

I liked how the show floor was laid out, with the escalators in the middle, which allowed simple access to jump to various exhibits both upstairs and downstairs.

Attending the Happy Hours & Awards Ceremonies for both the MIA, and NTCA, along with seeing the Tile Showcases, and the ACT testing live was a real treat.

Night life in Vegas isn't all about the casinos and gambling. Walking the strip, running into every character imaginable, seeing the water show at the Bellagio, the Volcano erupt at the Mirage, and probably my favorite was The Freemont Street Experience. Thank you Shaun!

Every morning came earlier, and each night lasted longer. My pedometer app on my phone progressively set new records every day.

I want to personally thank The John Bridge Forum in its entirety for how far they have brought me from when I first joined just over 11 years ago. If I had not joined and participated, I would never have taken the opportunity to attend Coverings, or to fully enjoy everything that these trade shows and training sessions have to offer.

A small note to those who don't think they have the time or the finances to break out of their busy schedules to attend. This year I didn't think I would make it because of the same reasons. I spent a lot of time researching to find the best deals to make it affordable. I took a risk. I was in the beginning of a new job with a new client who had their tenants bath torn up. My client was more than understanding to allow me the time to break away from their project for over 10 days. I will say they were happy to see me return back to work this morning.

Plan it, schedule it, and it will become a reality!

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Unread 05-05-2014, 11:14 PM   #374
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What an experience! My wife acted interested the whole time, bless her heart! The seminars were enlightening and inspiring. It was good to see some faces with the names. Thanks for sharing some pearls of wisdom JB! It was nice to chat a little with Hope, JohnK, Paul, Obie, Dave, Brian... It was nice to hear your goals and aspirations Jim, I hope the middle-class niche works out.

I would echo what John K just said about scheduling around this and coming out! I had to turn down a couple jobs, but I think it was well worth it.

It broke my heart to try to explain for 20 minutes to a Chinese girl with bad English that I wasn't the importer she was looking for!

I was happy to have won 2 raffles...one for a bellotta cutting board and a QEP wet saw. I'll be sure to report if they're worth anything.

Is it just me or do you guys see the flaws in others work pretty easily? I couldn't help but critique in my own mind the projects that were being constructed on stage...probably just the curse of being an anal-retentive tilesetter.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 11:47 PM   #375
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Thanks for sharing the pictures. Wish I could have made it.
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