Coverings, taking place April 18 through 21 at McCormick Place in Chicago, will feature more than 70 sessions addressing a broad range of crucial topics facing the tile and stone industry.

The show curates its educational sessions into tailored tracks for each segment of attendees, though every course is made available to all attendees and exhibitors. The Coverings conference component has been continuously ranked as one of the show’s most valuable features and has been a critical element since its inception in 1990, as the robust schedule of programs yields unparalleled education and, in most cases, the benefit of highly valuable CEU credits.

The foundation of the conference program rests on four keynote sessions by the following influencers and industry professionals representing a diverse cross-section of industries: Shawn McCadden, remodeling industry specialist; Edie Cohen, deputy editor of Interior Design Magazine; Andrew Fay, president of The Gettys Group and Bart Bettiga, of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).

McCadden will discuss “Industry Challenges into Opportunities and Opportunities Into Profits;” Cohen will host “Interior Design Magazine’s Power Panel–Exploring the Cross-Market Pollination of Design” and Bettiga will sit down with three of the tile and stone industry’s leading consultants for “From the Field: A Perspective and Industry Update from Recognized Consultants.”

Additionally, the show will present eight featured sessions that provide additional insights into the tile and stone industry: “Getting Published: Hot Off the Press” ; “Rethinking Retail: 10 Ways to Ignite Your Business in Today’s Modern Retail World” ; “Economic Outlook for Interior Design–Leveraging a Growing Marketplace” ; “Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)” ; “Ceramic Material Systems” ; “Stone Trends 2016” and “Management of Delay and Disruption and Proactive Strategies for Tile Contractors.”

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