2024 Rock Star Awards Ceremony & 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Coverings Rock Stars – an Emerging Leaders Program – honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry. Since its inception, the program has recognized dozens of young leaders who have connected at Coverings through mentorship and networking opportunities. The program, celebrating 10 years, underscores Coverings mission to support the growth and success of the industry by recognizing top-notch talent and fostering networking and educational opportunities.

Nominations for the Rock Stars Program are now closed.

Young Professionals Panel - 10 Things I Wish I Knew

Monday, April 22 | 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Hall C, Outdoor Oasis, Booth 7006 

Join 3 Rock Star Alumni panelists as they delve into their professional journeys and offer indispensable advice to young professionals. Our panelists will celebrate 10 years of Rock Stars by covering 10 things they wish they knew earlier in their careers. We will cover a range of topics essential for success in today’s dynamic workplace. Drawing from their own triumphs and tribulations, they’ll shed light on pivotal moments, decisions, and the wisdom gained from hindsight.


Alena Capra, CMKBD
Industry Ambassador, Coverings
Alena Capra Designs
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


Alexander Zambrano
Fabrizio & Sons Marble & Granite Restoration

Janice Daigle, CTEF FTBK Certified

Project Manager
DWS Tile
Marietta, Georgia, United States

Sean G. Cilona
VP Product & Marketing
Virginia Tile

Scenes From the 2024 Rock Star Awards Ceremony

Meet Our 2024 Coverings Rock Stars!

Gus Tolleson

Project Manager
J&R Tile, Inc.
San Antonio, Texas

Megan Renk

Mosaix Tile Installation Company
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Nathan Merrill

Vision Stone and Tile
Mogadore, Ohio

Shanan Hehir

Shanans Absolute Tile LLC
Manchester, Vermont

Aryk Snowberger

Snowbee Custom Tile
Canton, Ohio

Sean Gordy

Gordy Tile
Atlanta, Georgia

Trevor Hook

Hooked on Tile LLC
Evansville, Wisconsin

Amala Raj Swenson

Principal Interior Designer
Amala Raj Interiors
San Diego, California

Marie Page

Sales Design Consultant
Rockville, Maryland

John Donaghy

Director of Operations – Commercial Division
Best Tile
Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Jordan Johnson

Procurement Associate
International Tile & Stone
Daytona Beach, Florida

Matthew Marchildon

Tool & Accessory Division Manager
Centura Tile
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Steven Bellew

Operations Manager and Warehouse Coordinator, Bellew Tile & Marble Co Co-Owner, TJB Imports
Hingham, Massachusetts

Kali Pharand

Product Standards and Sustainability Coordinator
Schluter Systems
Plattsburgh, New York

Markus Dworowy

National Technical Manager
Blanke Corporation
Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Dani Williams

CEO and Creative Director
Artesana Tile
Tucson, Arizona

YP Session + 2023 Rock Star Ceremony 

Tuesday, April 18

3:30 –4 PM Young Professionals Session
 4-5 PM Rock Star Ceremony/Reception
@The Coverings Lounge, Booth 4209

Young Professionals Session:
One Hit Wonder OR Future Hall of Famer?

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 18 3:30-4 PM
Wally Adamchik, CSP, CMC – President, Firestarter Speaking and Consulting
Location: The Coverings Lounge (Booth 4209)

Rock star today, legend tomorrow? Join Wally Adamchik, Founder of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting, as he presents his take on how you go from today’s Rock Star to tomorrow’s Hall of Famer. Gain insight into how to develop your leadership skills and navigate the next steps in your professional journey.

This session will be followed by the Rock Star Ceremony & Reception from 4–5 PM in the Coverings Lounge.