Congratulations to the Coverings 2021 Rock Stars!

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Coverings is pleased to announce that 16 emerging tile & stone industry leaders have been selected as Coverings 2021 Rock Stars. The Rock Star program furthers Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry by distinguishing talented young leaders and fostering networking and educational opportunities.

A committee of industry leaders thoroughly reviewed a bevy of nominations to select the 16 remarkable inductees for the seventh assemblage of Coverings Rock Stars. The 2021 Rock Star honorees include the following:

Designer Category:

  • Rebecca Oehlschlaeger, Designer & Special Projects Manager, Bellew Tile & Marble, Sandwich, Mass.
  • Raquel Raney, Designer, EoA Group, Miami, Fla.

Distributor Category:

  • Bruna Da Silva, Purchasing Manager, StoneHardscapes LLC, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Blakely Dent, RID, Commercial Sales Specialist, Florida Tile, Lexington, Ky.
  • Annie Llerena, Branch Manager, D&B Tile Distributors, Doral, Fla.

Fabricator Category:

  • Steven Miranda, Production & Facilities Manager, NOVUS Building Services, Sterling, Va.

Installer Category:

  • Ken Ballin, Owner, Skyro Floors, West Creek, N.J.
  • Mikaela Fedor, Owner, Tile Titan LLC, Bath, Pa.
  • Nick Struzik, Owner/Setter, Syndicate Tile and Stone, Burr Ridge, Ill.

Manufacturer Category:

  • Adam Abell, Senior Market Manager – Tile & Stone and Surface Prep Products, Bostik, Wauwatosa, Wis.
  • Sarah Williams, Marketing Director, iQ Power Tools, Perris, Calif.

Retailer Category:

  • Meagan Jensen, Co-Owner, Bella Pietra Design, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nicolas Valderrama, Sales Manager, Casa Linda Tile & Marble, Miami, Fla.

Trade Associations Category:

  • Christopher Ellis, Tile, Marble, Terrazzo Field Representative, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1 WA/AK, Lacey, Wash.
  • Amanda McMillan, Director of Member Experience, Rockheads Group USA, Beachwood, Ohio.

Other Category:

  • Jennifer Diliberto Riquelme, Senior Development Chemist, MAPEI Corporation, Deerfield Beach, Fla.

These Rock Stars will be recognized on Wednesday, July 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the Coverings Lounge (Booth 3919) at Coverings 2021. Featured programming created for young professionals will include an interactive session from Dahlia El Gazzar, founder of Dahlia+Agency, on social media, content creation and how to brand oneself in the marketplace. Past Rock Star winners will be involved in the session to speak about how their careers and personal growth have changed since winning the coveted award.

Congratulations again to the 2021 winners! To meet many of these leaders in-person and to register for Coverings 2021 at no cost, visit Coverings.com/register.