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Marble Institute Director Earns Association Certification

Posted on 11 February 2013 by cradmin

Garen Distelhorst, Communications Director for the Marble Institute of America (MIA), earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE™) credential. The CAE is credentialed by the The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is the highest professional credential in the association industry. Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE.

Distelhorst joined MIA in 2006 as Accreditation Manager and was promoted to Communications Director in April 2010. MIA’s Executive Vice President/CEO, James Hieb, who is also a CAE commented, “very few small staff associations can boast of having multiple staff members who have earned the CAE credential. This is a great accomplishment for Garen and a tribute to the stone industry that he serves.”

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience in nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development in association and nonprofit management. The CAE program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

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ISFA, IWF Announce Expanded Countertops Partnership

Posted on 21 January 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) and the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) announced the formation of a partnership geared toward increasing the focus on the countertop industry for the 2014 IWF show. The partnership includes an agreement in which ISFA will work with IWF to develop a full countertop educational track for the show and a “Countertop Pavilion” which will be co-sponsored by ISFA.

The educational track will include six educational sessions geared toward the countertop industry, as well as continuing the full day Countertop Symposium that ISFA has put on for the past two IWF expos.

“With so many laminate and solid surface fabricators already attending the International Woodworking Fair it makes sense to expand upon that and open the show up to fabricators of all countertop materials,” said Rick Hannigan IWF 2014 Chairman. “The new educational track will include sessions geared toward laminate, solid surface, quartz surfacing, natural stone, concrete and other countertop materials.”

The new Countertop Pavilion is designed to bring new suppliers of materials, tooling, machinery, equipment and other products and services together in one area of the show for the convenience of those in the countertop industry. As part of the new focus, ISFA Associate Members who have not previously exhibited at the show will be afforded an exhibitor discount if they exhibit in the pavilion and all ISFA members will get discount admission to the show.

Additionally, ISFA will have its 2014 Annual Member Meeting at IWF and will also host a networking event for those in the surfacing industry.

“We have worked closely with IWF for the past two shows and expanding upon our established relationship will provide additional benefits for our membership and for the entire surfacing industry,” said Mike Langenderfer, ISFA President. “Educational and networking events are a big part of what ISFA offers, and solidifying IWF as an outlet for increasing those programs is another opportunity to bring together the industry and improve the quality of the products fabricators offer.”

IWF 2014 will be held August 20 to 23, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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MIA Updates Quarry to Kitchen Stone Video

Posted on 03 January 2013 by cradmin


The Marble Institute of America (MIA) released an updated version of its consumer-oriented showroom video – “From the Quarry to the Kitchen.” The video tells the story of natural stone, how it emerges from quarries around the world and is transformed into countertops and surfaces in homes and offices. First released in 2005, the updated video contains enhancements that reflect technological advancements made in the last 7 years. An expanded section on digital templating, information on the sustainability of natural stone and the function of sealers are all touched on in the updated video.

The natural stone video is available from the MIA’s online bookstore and is packaged with “Natural Stone – Beautiful, Durable, Sustainable,” MIA’s sustainability showroom video.

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NRF Assists With Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Posted on 19 November 2012 by cradmin

The National Remodeling Foundation (NRF) has established a starter fund to rebuild homes along the East Coast devastated by Hurricane Sandy and is currently accepting donations of   money and building materials to assist in the relief effort. Individuals and organizations are already contributing to the relief fund, including Masonite Doors, which has committed to supplying interior and exterior doors for the rebuilding project.

All of the contributions to the NRF will go toward restoring damaged homes and/or community buildings. Donors are welcome to identify other projects in need of resources.

Contact Mimi Altman at [email protected] to donate or for more information.

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