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Natural Stone Institute Announces Award Winners

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Natural Stone Institute Announces Award Winners

Posted on 13 February 2019 by cradmin

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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David Unger Named 2017 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year

Posted on 10 April 2018 by cradmin

David Unger, plant manager at Dee Brown, Inc. in Garland, Texas has been named 2017 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year by the Natural Stone Institute.

David Unger (center) with 2017 BSI President Daniel Wood and 2018 MIA President Jon Lancto.

Unger’s first experience with stone occurred more than fifty years ago, when he helped his father face a fireplace. A successful apprenticeship as a bricklayer led to restoration work and fireplaces made from fieldstones. In 1999, Unger joined Dee Brown, Inc. as a foreman. He was quickly recruited for the fabrication plant, where he was at times the only person in the plant. As the company grew, he became the person who trained new hires. Unger and his team have produced stone for some of the finest residences in Dallas and provided backup support for such notable projects as Cowboy Stadium and the American Airlines Arena. Unger attributes his own success to the good crew in the plant.

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Andrew Swinley Named 2016 Craftsman of the Year

Posted on 09 May 2017 by cradmin

Andrew Swinley, carving foreman at Red Leaf Stone in Abbottsford, British Columbia, has been named 2016 Craftsman of the Year. This award was presented to Swinley at the MIA+BSI Awards Luncheon at TISE 2017.

Andrew Swinley (left), with 2016 MIA President David Castellucci and 2016 BSI President Aaron Hicken.

Andrew Swinley (left), with 2016 MIA President David Castellucci and 2016 BSI President Aaron Hicken.

Swinley began his career at the age of twenty as an apprentice stone mason, where he focused almost entirely on restoration. He then pursued a degree in Figurative Sculpture from the City and Guilds Art School in London. After twenty years as a self-employed stone carver, Swinley accepted a position at Architectural Stonemasonry, a division of Red Leaf Stone.

Swinley is grateful for this award and the opportunities it will bring.

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