Coverings 2015 Introduces Program To Recognize Young Industry Leaders

Show Seeks Nominations for Candidates Under 35
(ALEXANDRIA, VA—December 22, 2014) Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, has announced the launch of “Coverings Rock Stars – An Emerging Leaders Program,” which will honor the best and brightest young professionals in the tile and stone industry. Selected by a panel of industry professionals, Coverings’ Rock Stars will represent a cross-section of industry professionals who have made an impact on the industry and embody the traits and characteristics of a future leader. The inaugural group of Coverings’ Rock Stars will be recognized through a series of special events and activities at Coverings 2015, which will be held April 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
“Coverings is a show for the industry and by the industry, so it’s critical that we take time to honor the ambitious, forward-thinking individuals that are laying the foundation for future generations,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “The tile and stone industry is comprised of ambitious and talented entrepreneurs and we look forward to celebrating their achievements.”
The Coverings Rock Stars program is seeking nominations for practicing professionals 35 years or younger including architects, designers, contractors, installers, fabricators, distributors,retailers, specifiers and manufacturers. Nominators should be an active professional also working in the industry. The selected Rock Stars will each receive a one night hotel stay in Orlando to attend Coverings. The winners will be recognized at CID Awards & Opening Night Celebration, which takes place on April 14 at 5:30 p.m. This distinguished group, along with their nominators, will be honored with a luncheon at the show on April 15, where they will offer insight and guidance to others interested in furthering their careers in the tile and stone industry.  
To nominate a qualified individual, or to nominate yourself, complete a submission form at before February 6, 2015.

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Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.
The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 80 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.
Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association  (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by National Trade Productions.
Coverings 2015 takes place April 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-706-8257.