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Friday, November 06, 2015  
Posted by: Trish Moss
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Emerging Leaders Program To Honor Industry Professionals Under 35

(ALEXANDRIA, VA—November 9, 2015) Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, is on the hunt for nominations for its next iteration of “Coverings’ Rock Stars – An Emerging Leaders Program,” which honors the best and the brightest young professionals in the tile and stone industry. A panel of industry professionals will determine the 2016 cohort—each winner is selected based on the individual’s contributions to the tile and stone industry, as well as previous industry recognition. Now in its second year, the Show will celebrate 2016 Coverings’ Rock Stars will be celebrated during a series of special events at Coverings 2016, which will be held April 18-21 in Chicago.


“The tile and stone industry is brimming with extraordinary talent in every professional segment—these are the young visionaries and vanguards that are continually raising the bar with innovative ideas, developments and practices,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “It’s important that we take the time to celebrate the achievements from the industry’s most impressive and promising young leaders.”


To be eligible, Rock Star nominees must be 35 or younger, and be currently employed as an architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier or manufacturer in the tile or stone industry.


The selected Rock Stars will each receive a one-night hotel stay in Chicago to attend Coverings, and will be recognized at the CID Awards & Opening Night Celebration on Monday, April 18. Along with their nominators, the Rock Stars will also be honored at the Awards Breakfast at the show on Tuesday, April 19, where they can network, share insight from their experiences and discuss their shared passion of the tile and stone industry. Nominators should be an active professional also working in the industry.


To nominate a qualified individual, or to nominate yourself, complete a submission form at All nominations must be received by Monday, January 18, 2016.


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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 National Trade Productions.


Coverings 2016 takes place April 18-21 in McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-706-8257.