Coverings announced today that Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc., and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, will be the show's keynote speaker. Coverings 2004 is being held March 23 through 26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Forbes speech will take place 8:30 a.m. March 23 during the General Session.

Forbes' presentation is part of the Vision 2004 conference program, which focuses on all aspects of the flooring, ceramic tile and natural stone industries from distribution to market trends. Sessions fall into five different subject areas: contractors & installers, architecture & design, dealers & distributors, commercial projects, and fabricators.

For more information on attending or exhibiting at Coverings 2004, telephone (703) 683-8500.