Coverings Celebrates Top Young Professionals in 2017 Rock Stars Program


(ARLINGTON, VA – April 4, 2017) Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, honored its industry “Rock Stars” for the show’s third class of the emerging leaders program. Honorees were recognized for their individual contributions to the tile and stone industry during a Rock Star Luncheon on Tuesday, April 4 during Coverings.

“Coverings is honored to welcome the third class of the brightest young industry leaders into the Rock Stars program,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “The future of the tile and stone industry depends on the talent and expertise represented by this group of young professionals, and we look forward to their continued success.”

A panel comprised of seasoned and established industry professionals reviewed the nominations submitted by active and experienced tile and stone colleagues, and selected the following 11 outstanding inductees for the third class of Coverings Rock Stars. Representing more than 100 years of experience across a diverse array of industry professions, the 2017 honorees are:
George L. Bellerose, Granite & Marble Works, Inc., Lead Installer & Operations Manager
Chanel Carrizosa, Icon Tile & Design, Operator & Owner
Andrew Cassanova, Jeffrey Court Inc., Marketing Director
Marcos Castillo, David Allen Company, Superintendent
Lauren Congrove, Distinctive Marble and Granite, Marketing & Sales Supervisor
Eva Mallory, MS International, Sales Representative
Dimce Manev, Imperial Tile & Stone, Owner
Marie-Noelle Neidemire, Panzica Building Corporation, Interior Designer
Matt Newbold, Elite Tile Setters, Program Manager
Joseph Roberts, International Stone & Tile, Import Manager & Senior Purchaser
Jessica Webber, Webber Development & Construction, Co-owner

This distinguished group will be recognized at Coverings by a special Rock Star ribbon on their badges. To learn more about Coverings, and the 2017 Rock Stars, please click here.


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About Coverings
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 40 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 75 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 Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.
Coverings 2017 takes place April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.

For more information, visit or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.