Natural Stone Institute Updates Board of Directors

The Natural Stone Institute welcomed Blake Christensen (Valley View Granite) and Amit Gupta (TAB/Amsum & Ash) to its board of directors in January. Christensen and Gupta replace Bruce Knaphus (KEPCO+) and Josh Zhang (Jianming Stone Group) who completed their board terms.

Additionally, the Natural Stone Institute membership recently passed a bylaws vote to adjust the structure of the board of directors. Going forward, the Natural Stone Institute board of directors will include representation from five key North American industry segments (Fabricator, Installer, Quarrier, Restoration & Maintenance and Stone Distributor), as well as one director from the Associate Member segment, two directors from outside North America, and five North America At-Large positions. The total number of board seats will remain unchanged at thirteen.

In 2021, three board seats will be recruited: Associate Member, North American Quarrier and North American Installer. 2021 Board President Mike Picco (PICCO Engineering) commented, “We are excited to have Blake and Amit join the board this year and are grateful to Bruce and Josh for their board service. We strongly feel that the board is assembled with one primary purpose: to serve the membership. We feel that this change has strengthened this mandate.”

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