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ISFA Announces Annual Award Winners

Posted on 30 November 2020 by cradmin3

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the winners of its annual awards at the association’s recent virtual annual meeting and conference. The ISFA awards are chosen by association members, and given to those in the industry that stand out as the very best.

Past ISFA President Russ Berry, of ASST in McSherrytown, Pa., was inducted into the ISFA Hall of Fame, joining a long list of esteemed industry professionals. The Hall of Fame Award is given to the individual who has, in the course of his/her career, made significant contributions to the decorative surfacing industry, and has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of ISFA. Having won several past ISFA Awards, Russ Berry is truly an inspiration to all fabricators. He has repeatedly given of his time and expertise to ISFA and its members, and his approach to business, along with his innovative creativity, sets him apart from all others. Russ’ work at ASST has elevated the fabrication community through showcasing solid surface design capability in complex high-end, and highly visible projects. Russ has served as a past ISFA President, has hosted ISFA events, and he serves as a fine example to the entire industry.

The other honored winners are:

The Fabricator of the Year Award was given to world-class fabricator The Countertop Factory Midwest in Chicago. The Fabricator of the Year is awarded to a fabricator member company that in the past year has best exemplified the ISFA ideals of quality, innovation, character and exemplary service to ISFA and/or the decorative surfacing industry, with overall excellence. The Countertop Factory Midwest is a company that is known for its generous support and mentorship of other fabricators in the industry. Owners Geoffrey Gran and Bill Heuer are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise around sales, fabrication and general business. They are consistently helping the industry grow and improve, and their business is a true example of fabricators helping fabricators, which is the cornerstone of ISFA.

The Associate of the Year Award is given to an associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and that has best supported ISFA in all activities. The 2020 winner is Moraware, a maker of software specifically designed for countertop fabricators. The company is not only a supportive partner of ISFA’s efforts to educate the industry, but also through other outlets in surfacing/countertop realm as well as its own independent programs. In addition to offering highly regarded products, it also provides industry information in numerous areas, such as marketing, networking, technology integration and various others to serve fabricators well beyond just its product offerings. And, it has done so for many years.

The Innovator Award is for the member firm or individual who goes outside the box to create a product or system that enhances the life or elevates the role of the surface fabricator. The 2020 Winner is SPEEDlabel®. This small invention designed for countertop fabricators, by fabricators, has had a significant impact on the countertop industry. SPEEDlabel is a custom labeling solution allowing fabricators to track countertops through production. It also helps with quality control by preventing mistakes, helping both large and small shops to be more efficient and profitable. The labels have made it easier for fabricators of all surfaces to reduce chaos and improve shop organization.

The Envision Award is given to the manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. The 2020 winner is INEOS. The company’s composites continue to drive innovation in the resin space. It has created bio-based resins that allow quartz companies to mitigate petroleum use and create more sustainable products. The resins also allow for flat, strong and consistent slabs.

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ISFA Annual Conference Goes Virtual in 2020

Posted on 14 October 2020 by cradmin3

The 2020 ISFA Annual Conference is going virtual this year, but the inspiration, education and camaraderie you love remains strong. ISFA invites you to come together to learn new things, share what we’ve learned and build relationships to strengthen us and our businesses as we prepare for 2021.

The live online event will take place November 4 and 5.

What can you expect this year?
From the safety of a dedicated online environment, the annual conference will help you grow as a leader, provide relevant and actionable ideas for your business and allow for valuable time with industry friends and colleagues.

The event will feature:
• Powerful Keynote and Industry Speakers
• Collaborative Break-out Sessions with Peers
• Networking Opportunities Geared Toward Relationship Building
• And Much More

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ISFA Launches Safe Solid Surface Education Initiative

Posted on 27 August 2020 by cradmin3

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), an independent, not-for-profit trade association made up of companies that work with all surfacing materials, launched its Safe Solid Surface campaign. The idea behind the educational initiative is to help make architects, designers, healthcare facility planners, consumers and all other surfacing specifiers aware of the safe, clean and hygienic properties of solid surface during this time when cleanliness is so critical to our health.

An article outlining the extensive reasons this material is a strong fit for those wanting to help ensure safe, quality materials are used in healthcare applications, commercial kitchens, the hospitality industry and even residential kitchen and bath applications has been put together by ISFA, the only non-profit association that focuses on all premium countertop and surfacing materials. Both a more in-depth article version and briefer article version can be downloaded and freely disseminated.

Outlines of the benefits of solid surface, including its hygienic and health-promoting properties, versatility, safety certifications and ease of maintenance, among others, along with a variety of photos are available on the ISFA website at www.isfanow.org/safesolidsurface and also on the blog at www.solidsurface.com/safe, a well-known website that provides education and other services regarding the solid surface product.

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ISFA Names Nancy Busch New Executive Director

Posted on 23 July 2020 by cradmin3

Nancy Busch was recently hired to serve as the Executive Director of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA). She officially begins her role on August 3.

Previously, Busch was a Sales Manager for Willis Supply, a North American distributor of world-class building materials including Corian® Solid Surface, Corian® Quartz, Arpa High Pressure Laminate, FENIX NTM®, FENIX NTA® and Artisan sinks. She managed a sales team that covered the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii, earning several awards during her tenure. She has also been involved with the Architectural Woodworking Institute’s Washington Chapter, was a past Co-Chair of Programs for the Puget Sound Chapter of the NKBA.

“Nancy has real-world experience with the products and processes used by our members,” said ISFA President Augie Chavez. “She is a real champion for the industry, is enthusiastic and has expressed great interest in serving our membership further advancing the goals of the association. The ISFA Board of Directors is confident that she will perform well in the role.”

Having worked 14 years at Willis Supply, with increasingly larger and more diverse responsibilities, Busch has proven herself as a go-getter with a well-established knowledge base. Prior to her work with Willis, she was an independent kitchen & bath designer, earning an NKBA Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) certification. She also studied fine art and design at Pacific Lutheran University after earning an Associates of Arts & Science degree at Pierce College.

Busch accepted the position that was recently vacated by Amy Miller who served in the role since 2017 and left to become CEO of a charitable organization in her home town in Ohio. “Amy did an amazing job during her time as ISFA Director,” added Chavez. “We wish her the best and she has gracefully agreed to help Nancy transition into the Executive Director position.”

“I’m excited to begin my work with ISFA and carry on the advancements it has made over the past several years,” said Busch. “I believe my background in distribution will allow me to roll up my sleeves and quickly get involved in serving the organization and its members.”

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ISFA 2019 Year in Review

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ISFA 2019 Year in Review

Posted on 13 February 2020 by cradmin

As a long time member (since 2013) of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), we here at CountertopResource know how valuable the resources they provide can be. We were honored to be recognized with the association’s 2018 ISFA Associate of the Year award and look forward to many more years of collaboration for the benefit of surfacing industry professionals.

The video below highlights some of the events, training and networking opportunities ISFA had to offer in 2019. Be sure to check out what they have coming up in 2020!


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ISFA Announces 2020 Board of Directors

Posted on 21 January 2020 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the results of its election for the association’s 2020 Board of Directors. Fabricator Member Directors are chosen by association members for a term of three years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive three-year term. Associate Member Directors are elected by association members for a term of two years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive two-year term. Board officers are elected by members of the full board of directors.

Augie Chavez of GECKO Solid Surface Solutions in San Antonio, Texas, was re-elected by the full board to serve as ISFA President again in 2020. As such, for 2020 the position of Immediate Past President will remain open.

To fill the empty spot thus created on the Executive Committee, Associate Member Representative Jim Callaghan of GranQuartz will serve as Executive Committee Member.

Leaving the board having fulfilled their service periods are: Adam Albee of Counter Culture in Lincoln, Neb., a past ISFA President; Kate Dillenburg of Bisley Fabrication in Gresham, Wis., also a past ISFA President; Matt Kraft of Custom Marble in Millstadt, Ill.; and Steve Stoddard of Advanced Surfaces in Corry, Pa.

New to the board of Directors for 2020 are: Joe Duszka of Carolina Custom Surfaces in Greensboro, N.C.; Laura Grandlienard of ROCKin’teriors in Raleigh, N.C.; and Rodrigo Velazquez of INDEKO in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico.

Retaining their positions as Directors are Mike Langenderfer of The Countertop Shop in Monclova, Ohio, who has held several officer positions in the past including Treasurer, President, Vice President and Immediate Past President; and Eric Tryon. Also continuing their positions as Associate Member Representatives on the board are Paul “Max” Le Pera of Global Surfacing Alliance in Cranbury, N.J., and Joe Connolly of SASSO USA in Palatine, Ill.

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ISFA Announces 2019 Annual Award Winners

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ISFA Announces 2019 Annual Award Winners

Posted on 04 November 2019 by cradmin

Left to right: ISFA Board of Directors President, Augie Chavez, Hall of Fame Inductee, Erica Hussey of JCW Countertops,and ISFA Executive Director, Amy Miller.

Each year, the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA),  sets out to recognize members that are outstanding in the industry through the presentation of five awards.  Nominations are accepted from among ISFA members, and winners are selected through membership vote.

The ISFA recently held its Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 2019 ISFA Award winners were announced at the conclusion of the conference.

The 2019 ISFA Awards winners are:

Fabricator of the Year: ROCKin’teriors. The ISFA Fabricator of the Year is awarded to an individual of a fabricator member company that in the past year has best exemplified the ISFA ideals of quality, innovation, character and exemplary service to ISFA and/or the decorative surfacing industry, with overall excellence.

Associate of the Year: Caragreen. This award is presented to the associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and who has best supported ISFA in all activities.

Innovator Award: INDEKO. The ISFA Innovator Award is for the fabricator member firm or individual who goes outside the box and creates a product or system that enhances the life of the fabricator.

Envision Award: Wilsonart. The ISFA Envision Award is awarded to the supplier or manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry.

ISFA Hall of Fame: Erica Hussey, JCW Countertops. The ISFA Hall of Fame Award is awarded to the individual who has, in the course of his/her career, made significant contributions to the decorative surfacing industry, and has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of ISFA.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 winners!

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ISFA Announces New Board of Directors

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ISFA Announces New Board of Directors

Posted on 02 January 2019 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the results of its election for the association’s 2019 Board of Directors. Fabricator Member Directors are chosen by association members for a term of three years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive three-year term. Associate Member Directors are elected for a term of two years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive two-year term.

Augie Chavez 2019 ISFA President

Augie Chavez of GECKO Solid Surface Solutions in San Antonio, Texas, will take over as ISFA President, and 2018 ISFA President Kate Dillenburg of Bisley Fabrication in Gresham, Wis., will move to serve as Immediate Past President, as well as taking on the Board Secretary in 2019.

Paul “Max” Le Pera, of Global Surfacing Alliance in Cranbury, N.J., will serve as Vice President, and Mike Langenderfer of The Countertop Shop in Monclova, Ohio, will continue to serve as the Treasurer.

Leaving the board having fulfilled their service periods are Ryan Miller of VT Industries in Holstein, Iowa, who served as ISFA President in 2017; and Jessica McNaughton of CaraGreen in Carrboro, N.C., who served as an Associate Member Representative.

New to the board are Steve Mast of Precision Countertops in Wilsonville, Ore., as Director, Austin Maxwell of Maxwell Countertops in Farmer City, Ill., as Director, Eric Tryon of Premier Surfaces in Alpharetta, Ga., as Director, and Joe Connolly of SASSO as Associate Member Representative.

Retaining their positions as Directors are Matt Kraft of Custom Marble in Millstadt, Ill.; Adam Albee of Counter Culture in Lincoln, Neb.; Kelley Montana of Humboldt Countertops in Eureka, Calif.; and Steve Stoddard of Advanced Surfaces in Corry, Penn., as well as Jim Callaghan of GranQuartz, who will remain on as an Associate Member Representative.

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ISFA Announces 2018 Annual Award Winners

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ISFA Announces 2018 Annual Award Winners

Posted on 30 October 2018 by cradmin

ISFA President Augie Chavez – ISFA Executive Director Amy MIller

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) recently held its Annual Conference in Cancun, Mexico. The 2018 ISFA Award winners were announced at the conclusion of the conference.

The 2018 ISFA Awards winners are:

The Associate of the Year Award is given to the associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and who has best supported ISFA in all activities. CountertopResource.com is honored to have been the recipient of the 2018 Associate of the Year Award and would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Augie Chavez, Thierry Delles of Crea Diffusion, Amy Miller

The ISFA Innovator Award is for the fabricator member firm or individual who goes outside the box and creates a product or system that enhances the life of the fabricator.

CREA DIFFUSION (Thierry and Laurent Delles) received this prestigious award for constantly pushing the boundaries of solid surface usage and coming up with unique ways to use it in thermoforming applications, cladding and decorative patterns, as well as getting it places in very high-profile locations such as the Palace of Versailles and the recent exterior application on an entire building in downtown Paris. Thierry Delles attended the conference and graciously accepted the award.

The ISFA Envision Award is awarded to the supplier or manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. Park Industries received the Envision Award for its development and implementation of a traveling Digital Stoneworking Expo.

Augie Chavez, Omar Salazar of Rockin’teriors, Amy Miller

The ISFA Fabricator of the Year is awarded to an individual of a fabricator member company that in the past year has best exemplified the ISFA ideals of quality, innovation, character and exemplary service to ISFA and/or the decorative surfacing industry, with overall excellence.  Rockin’teriors (Laura Grandlienard) was awarded Fabricator of the Year for focusing on quality and ethics, while also making sure to leave every customer happy. Rockin’teriors is also committed to eco-friendly fabrication, installation, and materials. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, they recently weathered Hurricane Florence, and they will be a vital part of North Carolina’s rebuilding. Omar Salazar attended the conference and proudly accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

The ISFA Hall of Fame Award is awarded to the individual who has, in the course of his/her career, made significant contributions to the decorative surfacing industry, and has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of ISFA. This years’ inductee was Mike Duggan. As the original founder of ISFA his drive, intelligence, creativity and hard work were the key elements to founding the organization. Duggan was the original catalyst that brought together the founding members of the association more than 20 years ago and pushed them to work together with him to create ISFA (ISSFA).

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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2018 ISFA Annual Awards Voting Is Open

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2018 ISFA Annual Awards Voting Is Open

Posted on 01 October 2018 by cradmin

The nominations for the 2018 Annual ISFA Awards are in and voting is now open. And, CountertopResource.com is honored to have been nominated for Associate of the Year!

If you are a current ISFA member, please take a moment to vote for those you feel are deserving of recognition for their service to ISFA and the countertop/surfacing industry as a whole.

Award nominees will be recognized, and winners will be announced at the ISFA Annual Conference on Thursday October 25th in Cancun, Mexico.

Award Categories Include:

ISFA Hall of Fame

Fabricator of the Year

Associate of the Year

Envision Award

Innovator Award

The voting Deadline is October 12. CLICK HERE to cast your votes today.

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