Meet the 2023 Coverings Rock Stars! Part I

COV23 Rock Stars

At Coverings 2023, we honored the newest class of Coverings Rock Stars. These 15 emerging leaders represent the best and brightest young talent in the tile & stone industry, and this week we’re putting the spotlight on these seven exceptional honorees. 

Christopher Rachel, Owner
Superior Home Solutions
Ashland, NE

“As a former presenter at Coverings and other industry events, he puts his money and time in helping others become better, including introducing 150+ students to new products and installation methods.”

Nathan Cooper, Owner
Infinity Bath
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

“Nathan grew up in the contracting industry, and throughout the past few years, he’s helped educate other tile contractors in order to better the industry as a whole. He has hosted small trainings on the key aspects of installation such as coverage, layouts, and waterproofing and currently serves as an NTCA ambassador and a Certified Tile Installer.”

Cody Cox, Operations Manager
Cox Tile Inc.
San Antonio, Texas

“As an NTCA State Ambassador and NSI member, his passion and desire drive him to be the best and contribute to the industry. He is eager to learn the tile contractor business and has been instrumental in working with high schools in teaching.”

Randall Johnson, Tile Contractor
That Tile Geek, LLC
Meridian, ID

“As a CTEF Certified Tile Installer and a member of NTCA’s youth leadership program, he has gained knowledge from peers and been able to pass it down to up and newcomers, especially on the importance of industry standards.”

Maria Meyer, Tile Artisan Apprentice
Dragonfly Tile & Stone Works, Inc.
Shorewood, WI

“Maria has contributed to industry programs, including two Coverings Artisan’s productions and 2021’s “Wally the Gator,” live-streamed in Orlando. She has volunteered at local supplier events demonstrating the use of tools & methods for artisan tile and is a vocal advocate for the “artisan” role of tile craftspeople and creatives in the industry.”

Elly Warner, Apprentice Installer
Hawthorne Tile
Portland, OR

“Elly started working in early 2021 as a driver at our company. She also began working with our PM redesigning our showroom and making and hanging sample boards. She is now in our apprenticeship program and her eye for detail is untouched as is her passion for the tile trade. Elly has something special you only see once in a blue moon.”

Schannon Yodice, Owner/Tile Contractor
That Tile Chick
League City, Texas

“Schannon has made waves not only in the tile & stone industry but also in the Women In Construction and self-employed/business owner industries. It’s because of this far and wide reach that she has become a household name for anyone working as a tile setter or home remodeler in such a short amount of time!”


Did you miss Coverings 2023?  You can relive the 2023 Rock Star Awards through pictures here. Do you have a young professional who could be a potential Rock Star? Consider entering them into the 2024 Rock Stars – the submission portal will open in Fall 2023!