News & Press: Press Releases


Tuesday, April 21, 2015  
Posted by: Trish Moss
Share |

 Show Recognizes 10 Emerging Leaders in Tile and Stone Industry

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, announced the inaugural class of “Rock Stars” for the show’s newly developed emerging leaders program. Each honoree was recognized for their individual achievements and contributions to the tile and stone industry during the Coverings CID & Opening Night Celebration, held on April 14, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center.

“Coverings is proud to spotlight the accomplishments of these bright, talented leaders representing several professional disciplines in the diverse and vibrant tile and stone industry,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “In reviewing the dedication and experience of these Rock Stars, it is evident that the future of the industry is in extremely capable hands and we look forward to their leadership and successes in the years to come.”

A panel comprised of industry professionals reviewed more than 65 candidates, and selected the following 10 outstanding young professionals to be inducted into the 2015 cohort of Coverings Rock Stars. Representing a diverse array of industry specialties all accomplished under the age of 35, the 2015 honorees, are:

Philip Belloff, VIP Tile & Stone, Retailer
Adriano Clebes Caetano, Adriano Marble Productions & Installations, Installer
Ryan Fasan, P.A.T.T.I. / Bellavita Tile, Presenter & Designer
Matthew Karlin, Nemo Tile Company, Distributor/Retailer
Fernando Lozano Assad, Tile Council of North America, Industry Trade Association / Partner
Jairo Martinez, Crowe Custom Countertops, Inc., Fabricator
Jill Muggleston, Walker Zanger, Distributor/Retailer/Manufacturer
Eric Tetreault, EJT Contracting, Installer
Mathew Weiner, Westside Tile & Stone, Retailer
Carrie Zahradnik, ITZEN Architects, Inc., Designer

This distinguished group, along with their nominators, will come together for a networking luncheon, where they will share insight from their experiences and will discuss their shared passion of the tile and stone industry. The selected Rock Stars each received a one-night hotel stay in Orlando to attend Coverings.

To learn more about Coverings, and the 2015 Rock Stars, please visit

Coverings Social Media
Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2015
Google +:

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 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.