Coverings 2019: Call for Award Entries
Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has opened registration for its 2019 show. The event, which highlights the latest in tile and stone products from around the world and provides insights into industry trends with a wide range of exhibits and education, will be held April 9-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. It is open to all industry professionals at no cost and prospective attendees can register now at coverings.com/register.
Coverings 2019 will include more than 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries and feature innovations, trends and live demonstrations. Attendees will have the chance to attend free education sessions, many offering CEUs, with planned topics including: project case studies, economic forecasts, industry trends, labor shortages and solutions, installation demos and cross-segment collaboration. Programming caters to all tile and stone professionals, with insights relevant to architects and designers, builders and remodelers, contractors and installers, fabricators, retailers and distributors.
Coverings is also now accepting submissions for both the 2019 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards and 2019 Rock Stars Awards. Both programs honor leaders within tile and stone, underscoring Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry.
“Coverings is proud to build awareness for – and foster relationships with – the best in the business by highlighting inspiring projects and young leaders,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The CID and Rock Stars Awards continue to showcase the incredible work and talent within the tile and stone industry.”
The CID Awards recognize outstanding design and installation in residential and commercial tile and stone projects. Architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals are eligible to submit through the Coverings online portal before 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 17, 2018. The 2019 submission categories include tile installation, tile design, stone installation and stone design for both residential and commercial projects. It’s free to enter, and multiple entries are encouraged.
Projects are evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship and use of materials, and must have been completed within the past two years. A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the most outstanding project, which showcases excellence in both design and installation. Eight category winners will each receive a prize of $2,000. All winners will receive a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings 2019 and will have their work featured on display at the show.
Now entering its fifth year, Coverings’ Rock Stars Awards has recognized dozens of emerging industry leaders and is now accepting submissions for 2019. All candidates must be nominated by a colleague within the industry. Eligible nominees must be 35 or younger and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association or manufacturer. All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST Monday, December 17. Rock Stars submission forms and full criteria can be found here.
Rock Stars candidates are reviewed by a committee of industry leaders and selected honorees will be celebrated at the annual Coverings Rock Stars Awards Luncheon. Further accolades for 2019 Rock Stars include a free one-night hotel stay in Orlando, inclusion in Coverings press releases, a special Rock Star badge ribbon and a year-long feature on the Coverings website. 2018 Rock Star winners can be found here.
To learn more about either award program, please visit coverings.com.
This article first appeared in our sister publication, Kitchen & Bath Design News