NSI Announces Industry Recognition Awards

NSI has announced the recipients of this year’s Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement, Women in Stone Pioneer Award and Craftsman of the Year Award.

Manu and Rika Shah started MS International (MSI) in 1975, in the basement of their home in Fort Wayne, Ind.

MSI became a member of the then known MIA in 2004 and since then, has always been a reliable and generous partner to the association.

What is striking about Shah’s contributions to NSI is that he has never officially served on a committee or the board of directors. Yet, he and his company have played key roles in supporting five major initiatives undertaken by the association and other industry groups and has been a consistent donor or motivator to several other NSI programs and events.

Denise Daniels (MB Stone Care and Supply) is the 2024 Women in Stone Pioneer Award recipient.

Daniels began her industry journey with minimal stone knowledge, yet now stands as a reliable source of guidance and knowledge for stone restoration professionals. Her steadfast dedication and involvement within the industry has enabled her skillful development of cutting-edge resources that allow others to benefit from her expertise.

Through her passionate work at MB Stone Care and Supply, Daniels equips each of her customers with the best tools available to guarantee they can fulfill their job to the highest standard. She ensures that each customer she interacts with is granted an incomparable customer experience of respect and exceptional value.

Richard Stahl (Galloy & Van Etten) has been named 2023 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year.

As a third-generation stone carver with nearly 30 years as an essential part of Galloy & Van Etten, Richard is a master carver that takes great pride in teaching his coworkers the craft. He has mentored countless planer operators, cutters, and carvers over the years, sharing his expertise, love, and passion for working with natural stone.

Richard believes in continuing the tradition of his trade and in giving back to his community. He is a founding member of The Stone Carvers Guild. He has conducted educational programs for local boy and girl scouts, schools, and church groups, some of which have been recipients of his various stone carvings and sculptures.

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