Natural Stone Institute Announces Award Winners

Peter de Kok (GranQuartz) is the recipient of the 2018 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement. As one of the Marble Institute of America’s earliest members and a long-time member of the Building Stone Institute, it is highly symbolic that de Kok becomes the first recipient of this award since the merger of the two associations.

When asked why it has been so important to give back to the industry, de Kok replied: “The industry was very good to me, so it seems reasonable to me to try and support the associations in any way possible to help them and the industry grow. To be honored by my peers in this way gives me tremendous pleasure. I am proud to have played a small part in the industry.”

Tony Malisani (Malisani, Inc.) has been named the Natural Stone Institute’s 2018 Person of the Year. The Person of the Year Award is presented annual to an individual who has provided extensive support to the association’s executive team during the year. Malisani is a true stone industry ambassador. He has been a champion for the industry, serving on delegations to Marmomac and the Xiamen Stone Fair, speaking at Coverings and StonExpo, and participating in countless membership outreach meetings and education seminars. Malisani has offered innovative changes to the association’s Stone Industry Education Series, and has worked tirelessly to advance education for fabricators with an emphasis on building business skills.  In 2019 he will lead three stone summits through the Stone Industry Education Series, champion an effort to update the Dimension Stone Design Manual, and serve as a volunteer on two trade delegations.

Joey Marcella (Mario & Son) has been named 2018 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year by the Natural Stone Institute. Marcella has shared his knowledge and been a leader within the industry through years of his participation in workshops, lectures, and fabricator roundtables. Looking forward, Marcella plans to immerse himself into the international art scene, and has even been invited to intern at the renowned Massimo Galleni Studio in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he and his wife hope to establish a part-time residence.

The winners of the 2018 Pinnacle Awards were announced during the Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony at TISE 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. Fourteen projects were honored with Awards of Excellence, and the best overall project was selected for the Grande Pinnacle Award.

Mario & Son (Liberty Lake, Wash.) was awarded the 2018 Grande Pinnacle Award for their work on Aura. The judges commented: “Never before in my forty years in this industry have I seen anything as creative. Non-traditional choice—we have never chosen a piece of art for this award. This is the type of project that makes one ask: ‘that was done in stone?’”


Pinnacle Awards of Excellence winners are as follows.

Commercial Interior
Rugo Stone, LLC
Lorton, VA
2000 L Street Alexander Court
Washington, DC

Commercial Interior
Columbia Stone, Inc.
Tualatin, Oreg.
Apple Steve Jobs Theater
Cupertino, Calif.

Commercial Interior
MM Galleri by Sharikat Stone
Bent and Light Singapore Showroom

TexaStone Quarries
Garden City, Texas
Eggemeyer’s General Store
San Angelo, Texas

Commercial Exterior
TAB India
Hosur Taluk, India
The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art
St. Petersburg, Flor.


Commercial Exterior
Dan Lepore & Sons Company
Conshohocken, Penn.
LDS Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
Philadelphia, Penn.

Carnevale & Lohr, Inc.
Bell Gardens, Calif.
Neptune Pool
San Simeon, Calif.

Public Landscapes/Parks/Memorials
Las Vegas Rock
Jean, NV
The Park at MGM Resort
Las Vegas, NV

Delta Stone Products
Heber City, Utah
Provo City Center Temple
Provo, Utah

Commercial Interior
Rugo Stone, LLC
Lorton, Virg.
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Knoxville, Tenn.

Residential Single Family
Continental Cut Stone
Florence, Texas
Urban Villa
New Orleans, LA

Commercial Interior
SMG Stone Company, Inc.
Sun Valley, Calif.
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Beverley Hills, Calif.

Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture
Andrusko Group
Portland, OR
Winged Goddess of Victory
Portland, OR

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