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Coverings Announces 2018 Conference Programming


April 17, 2018

Coverings features more than 45 sessions in the 2018 conference program. Distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and industry insights with Coverings attendees, with conference programing highlighting key topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the May 8-11, 2018, show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Open to all attendees, the 2018 conference program continues Coverings’ dedication to providing education. Content is tailored to each attendee segment, with programming available for architects, builders and remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers and retailer attendees. With CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring valuable free education to the show.

Coverings 2018 will partner with industry leaders to present four featured sessions, as follows:

“Developing Our Workforce: Engaging the Next Generation for the Tile and Stone Industry” addresses the continuing labor shortage and skills gap within the industry, which has had a direct impact on the quality of installations – as fewer qualified installers are available, increasing the number of callbacks due to improper installations. Moderated by Gayle Silvey, associate director of the SkillsUSA Office of Education, programming will highlight opportunities to help engage the next generation and grow the tile and stone industry, ranging from apprenticeship programs to local partnerships.
Wednesday, May 9, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and director at Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, will show the forecast that will provide clarification, inspiration and validation to the upcoming trends that will work best for businesses. She will also include helpful insights from her newest book The Complete Color Harmony Pantone edition. Eiseman will present a session titled “Focusing on the Future: An In-Depth Look at the Leading Color and Design Trends.”
Tuesday, May 8, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Moderated by National Tile Contractors Association Executive Director Bart Bettiga and Natural Stone Institute CEO James Hieb, “Town Hall Meeting I: What General Contractors & Specifiers Are Saying About the Stone & Tile Industry?” will open attendees’ eyes to what general contractors and design professionals are saying about the stone and tile industry and the impact on a successful product installation. The knowledge will allow tile and stone professionals to better understand the needs of general contractors and specifiers for future projects.
Tuesday, May 8, 8:30 – 10 a.m.

“Town Hall Meeting II: Meeting General Contractor & Specifier Expectations,” a second town hall session hosted by Bettiga and Hieb, will discuss how to meet the expectations of general contractors and designers. Using the insight gained from the first town hall, this interactive session will include small group discussions designed to learn about partners’ thought processes. Join a small group of 15 industry peers and learn how the stone and tile trades can enhance the expectations.
Wednesday, May 9, 8 – 9 a.m.