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 address 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 authored the sales manual, “Retail Selling Ain’t Brain Surgery, It’s Twice As Hard.”
  • Doug Wilson, host to several TLC shows, is a designer, columnist and author.
  • Jim Bearden, a former decorated Vietnam Marine officer, corporate executive, and author, owns his own speaking and training business.
  • Architect Chad Oppenheim is considered to be an important and influential voice for “green” architecture.

Chad Oppenheim

All keynote sessions, which are free of charge, are eligible for CEU credits from AIA, ASID or NKBA. For more information and to register, visit