ALEXANDRIA, VA -- Coverings, the largest global tile and stone exhibition in North America, is seeking conference speakers and professional development seminar leaders for its 2016 exhibition programming. Making its return to Chicago, IL, for the first time in seven years, Coverings 2016 will be held from April 18-21, 2016. at McCormick Place.

Highlighted for its comprehensive speaking and education programs, Coverings is calling for leading authorities in the categories of architecture and interior design, building and remodeling, fabrication, installation, green building, health and safety, retail sales and distribution, to submit proposals for one or more topics. Proposals from individuals as well as teams are accepted and can be submitted at The deadline for submissions is August 26, 2015.

"Coverings supports the continued professional success of our show attendees by gathering the most knowledgeable and distinguished experts in the tile and stone industry to provide quality educational sessions," said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. "Coverings offers the broadest range of subject matter in the industry and we are looking forward to another year of robust programming with best-in-class speakers, whose sessions provide our attendees with all the necessary tools and knowledge for success."

All sessions are free to registered Coverings attendees and exhibitors. Coverings is a registered provider of AIA and NKBA continuing education and applies for CEUs through IDCEC.

The complete Coverings 2016 conference program will be revealed in January 2016 on