Coverings 2017, set for April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will feature over 65 sessions focused on the most pressing topics for industry professionals.

New this year, the event will offer contractor advanced business topics, contractor beginner-intermediate and the thin tile mini-track. Coverings 2017 will present 10 featured sessions highlighting various topics from industry leaders. They include:

--Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America, Eric Astrachan, will moderate the panel “Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices” with participants Stephanie Samulski of TCNA, Martin Howard EVP of David Allen Company, Inc., Kevin Fox, Owner of Fox Ceramic Tile, Inc., and Chuck Muehlbauer, Technical Director, MSI + BSI. Focusing on the ever-changing industry standards and guidelines, the panel will provide attendees an overview of the most critical recent changes to better specify, sell, bid and install tile and stone.

--Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and Director at Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, will share insights on the origin of color trends, understanding upcoming trends and assist attendees in determining the best choices to make when specifying with color palettes in her session titled, “Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends.”

--Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design magazine, will sit down with Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects, Denise Cherry of Assembly Design, Jennifer Kolstad of Interior Architects and DB Kim, Hospitality Designer for “Design: A Global Affair.” As much of designers’ work took place overseas during the economic downturn, this conversation will center around the global influence on current design trends within the U.S. and address tile and stone within these current trends.

--President and Owner of Stone Trends International, Vince Marazita, will discuss the state of the stone industry in his session “Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective.” Focusing on information, sourcing, marketing and application trends in the stone industry over the last year, topics will include international sourcing channels for natural stone, how stone is used in interior and exterior architecture and design, and an overview of testing criteria for designing with natural stone.

--In his session titled, “Behind the Curtain to Zero-Incident Safety!” David Sarkus, MS, CSP, Speaker, Consultant and Coach will dive into strategies and tactics that assist in achieving zero-incident workspaces for years of sustainable success.