Organizers of Coverings 2008, set for April 29 to May 2, at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, have decided to include six keynote speakers, rather than kicking off with a single headliner, as in years past. The speakers will address interests that cut across all the varied professions and trades of attendees.

Mark Matteson


Gisue Hariri

Organizers of Coverings 2008, set for April 29 to May 2, at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, have decided to include six keynote speakers, rather than kicking off with a single headliner, as in years past. The speakers will address interests that cut across all the varied professions and trades of show attendees. Confirmed are:
  • Mark Matteson, author (Freedom from Fear) and consultant, will present “The Art of Change.”
  • Gisue Hariri, together with her sister Mojgan, heads the award-winning New York City firm Hariri & Hariri Architecture.
  • James Dion, who authored the selling manual, Retail Selling Ain’t Brain Surgery, It’s Twice As Hard, is said to provide audiences with “Swiss Army Knife” negotiation skills, say organizers.
  • Doug Wilson, who previously hosted the TLC show “Trading Spaces” and is now heads its latest incarnation, “Moving Up,” is a designer, columnist and author.
  • Jim Bearden, a former decorated Vietnam Marine officer, corporate executive, published author and owner of his own speaking and training business.
  • Architect Chad Oppenheim is considered to be an important and influential voice for “green” architecture, helping to gain global acceptance for sustainability.
All keynote sessions are free of charge, and all are eligible for CEU credits from AIA, ASID or NKBA.