Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute

Coverings is the best educational and purchasing event in North America. The FREE Featured Sessions at Coverings 2013 will connect you with the knowledge and information you need to succeed in the tile + stone industry. 

Monday, April 29 

 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM 

Style, Substance and Color: Major
Trends and Directions

Speaker: Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone
Color Institute

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and “on-target.” Join us as Leatrice Eiseman, author of eight books on color, leading color forecaster and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute will explain the directional trends that will help you connect with your targeted customers/clients.  

Gene Marks, The Marks GroupTuesday, April 30 

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM 

Healthcare Reform is Reality: How Smart Businesses are Preparing for the
Affordable Care Act 

Speaker: Gene Marks, The Marks Group 

Join Gene Marks as he reviews the current state of the country’s healthcare system and all the changes that will affect small and medium sized companies. He’ll look at the tax effects of this legislation, both corporate and professionally. He’ll discuss the ins and outs of the new exchanges that will be coming into place and offer recommendations for making the best use of healthcare expenditures. Business owners have a lot of questions about how healthcare reform will affect their business financially. You won’t want to miss Gene’s ten significant issues that a business owner needs to consider when projecting his or her company’s healthcare expenditures over the next few years.  

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM 

Jen Renzi, Author, The Art of Tile

Trends in Tile: Boundary-Breaking New Looks, New Innovations and New Materials for Indoors and Out 

Speaker: Jen Renzi, Author, The Art of Tile 

Advancements in cutting-edge digital technology and the revival of artisanal processes have collided to transform both the look and application of tile, creating limitless opportunities for designers—and opening up new channels for customization. Superthin, superthick, supersmall, supersized—the very format that tile comes in has been pushed to extremes, expanding how and where tile can be installed. And the industry has become a hotbed of innovation, with some of the brightest design luminaries and hottest new talents – Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola and Raw Edges among them – teaming with top manufacturers. 

Jen Renzi, author of The Art of Tile and a freelance design writer for Interior Design, The Wall Street Journal, House Beautiful, etc. will discuss these exciting advancements, from tiles that can be installed without adhesives to chic encaustics and the continued refinement of stone-like porcelain and faux-wood planks. Extending far beyond the traditional applications, Renzi will share cutting-edge residential and commercial installations from across the globe. Her talk will also demonstrate how the latest tile trends dovetail with broader cultural shifts, and address how manufacturers have committed to making their products greener than ever before. 

Lieutenant General John F. Sattler (USMC, retired)Wednesday, May 1

 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM 

Leadership and Ethics 

Speaker: Lieutenant General John F. Sattler (USMC, retired)

Leadership and ethics, what do they mean to you? Hear from a career military officer and an experienced instructor as he shares his experience both on and off the battlefield. From Iraq and Afghanistan to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, leadership and ethics are key to the success in the military. What does it take to be a leader? What role do ethics play? Don’t miss this inspirational presentation. 

Lt. Gen Sattler has had a decorated career, serving in various capacities over the years including Director of Strategic Plans and Policy the Joint Staff from 2006-2008; Commanding General of First Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command from September 2004-2006, in which he commanded all forces in Al Anbar Provence in Iraq. Currently, Lt. Gen Sattler serves as the Leadership Chairman in the Vice Admiral James Stockdale Ethical Leadership Center at the US Naval Academy. 


David Rockwell, Founder and CEO, Rockwell GroupWednesday, May 1 

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Interior Design Magazine Presents David Rockwell + Cindy Allen

Speakers: David Rockwell, Founder and CEO, Rockwell Group; Cindy Allen,
Editor in Chief,
Interior Design magazine  

Interior Design magazine shapes the opinions of design professionals while providing boundless inspiration and vital information through compelling coverage of the most ground-breaking projects, products, and people in the industry. Interior Design has teamed up with Coverings 2013 to present David Rockwell and Cindy Allen, two industry visionaries who will enlighten, inspire and motivate you for your next sensational design project. 

David Rockwell founded Rockwell Group in 1984, an award-winning, cross-disciplinary architecture and design practice, based in New York City with satellite offices in Madrid and Shanghai. In 2011, David Rockwell was included in Architectural Digest’s AD 100; and in May 2010 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. He was also honored with the 2009 Pratt Legends Award, the 2008 National Design Award by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt for outstanding achievement in Interior Design, a lifetime achievement award from Interiors magazine, an induction in Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame and the Presidential Design Award for his work for the Grand Central Terminal renovation. 

Cindy Allen,  Editor in Chief, Interior Design magazineLauded as “one of the most influential advocates for the interior design industry”, 2013 marks Cindy Allen’s 12-year anniversary as editor in chief of Interior Design magazine.

Since her editorship in 2001, Allen has established herself as a force in elevating the publication’s importance and exposure – strengthening its credentials as the main ambassador of design while proving it the vehicle of growth and success for the industry it represents.

Allen is an industry champion, promoting both the giants of design and the rising stars. A self-proclaimed design junkie, she brings an unbridled passion for design to the pages of the magazine each month, offering a unique view into design and personal connections to leaders in the industry. 

Rockwell and Allen currently serve as co-chairs of DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, which is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear insights and inspiration from two of the biggest influencers in the design industry today!

Sponsored by: Interior Design

 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM 

The Marketing Diet: How to Improve Your Marketing & Lose Weight! 

Speaker: Marty Gould, Focalize Now 

Marty Gould, Focalize Now Nearly everyone who owns a business struggles with two things: their weight and their marketing. But, crazy as it may sound, there are seven specific things that, if you do them regularly, will guarantee weight loss and make your marketing more effective. You can improve your health and your company’s too, if you master these seven simple things. 

Marty Gould knows it’s true –  because it happened to him. A marketing consultant and business owner for nearly 30 years, Marty lost more than 60 pounds following these seven steps, from which he developed a similar program to transform any company into a lean, mean marketing machine. It’s never too late to get in shape – for you, or for your business. One way or another, you’ll come away from this session with a plan for creating better marketing, and a better you! As a bonus, every attendee will receive a 90-day healthy eating plan developed by Marty’s own personal trainer, the legendary Billy Beck III, a $99 value – FREE!