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ISFA Announces 2016 Annual Award Nominees – Voting Open for Members Only

Posted on 19 September 2016 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) has announced that the nominations for its 2016 Annual ISFA Awards are in and voting for ISFA members in good standing is now open. The nominees this year are as follows:

For the Hall of Fame Award, which 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, the nominees are: Jon Olson for contributing significantly to the knowledge base, understanding and awareness of surfacing materials such as solid surface and quartz; Charles “Chuck” Sawyer for his years of service to the surfacing industry including as a past executive director of ISFA; and John Lancto for his years of assisting with the growth and advancement of the surfacing industry and standing as a pillar of the surfacing arena on the East Coast and an example for all.

For the Associate of the Year Award, 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 who has best supported ISFA in all activities, the nominees are: Moraware for going out of its way to expand the amount of solid information available to fabricators through its innovative newsletter, blog, podcast (StoneTalk) and its approach to marketing that works to improve industry standards and quality; and Cosentino for its ongoing support of ISFA events and programming and for supporting the fabrication community.

For the Innovator Award, given to the fabricator member firm or individual who goes outside the box and creates a product or system that enhances the life of the surface fabricator, ArtCor was the only nomination for using its experience and innovative solid surface design and fabrication techniques in Russia to advance the scope and possibilities for the use of solid surface material around the world.

For the Envision Award, given to the manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry, Cosentino was the only nomination for developing Dekton Flooring, which allows traditional countertop fabricators to expand into flooring with a durable, high-quality product that can be used in both interior and exterior applications.

And for the prestigious Fabricator of the Year Award, that is earned by 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, the nominees are: Augie Chavez of GECKO SSS for building a successful commercial fabrication business from the ground up, while maintaining a commitment to social standards, such as environmentally friendly practices & training, educating and respecting the company’s staff; Mitch & Sonny Hires Construction Resources (Atlanta Kitchens) for pushing the envelop, developing partnerships and setting the standard in the Southeast for excellence; and ArtCor for using advanced systems and methods to fabricate numerous outstanding solid surface projects making it one of the most innovative solid surface fabricators in Russia and the world.

All ISFA members are encouraged to vote for the 2016 ISFA Awards HERE.

Voting must be done on or before September 29. The winners will be revealed at ISFA’s Annual Conference & Meeting in November.

You may also be interested in this additional information on ISFA’s Annual Conference & Meeting.

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ISFA Hires New Membership Director

Posted on 27 July 2016 by cradmin

Bryan Stannard, new ISFA Membership DirectorThe International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) hired industry veteran Bryan Stannard  as its new Membership Director. In this new position, Stannard will take charge of all membership-related activities, including member recruitment and retention, program and meeting development and handling member educational and networking opportunities.

Stannard has been in the surfacing industry since the mid-90s. He previously was surfacing manager for ITW Polymers Sealants North America, commercial manager for DuPont, and strategic account manager for IPS. He has also served three years as an Associate Board Member with ISFA and has been a member of ISFA since its beginning. He has a bachelor’s of business administration degree from The University of Texas San Antonio.

“Bryan has a strong understanding of the surfacing industry and is very familiar with the workings of ISFA,” said ISFA President Adam Albee. “The unique perspective he brings having served on the board of directors and being a long-term member should make him an effective trailblazer for our organization. We are very confident in his ability to provide excellent service to our members and improve the benefits we offer the industry.”

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International Surface Fabricators Association Installs 2015 Board of Directors

Posted on 02 January 2015 by cradmin

Mellisa Hill 2015 ISFA President

Mellisa “Mell” Hill of Old Castle Surfaces – 2015 ISFA President

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the changes to the association’s Board of Directors for 2015. 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. The results of the association election were revealed at its recent annual meeting in Atlanta.

Mellisa “Mell” Hill, vice president of sales and marketing for Old Castle Surfaces in Atlanta, assumed the role of President of the ISFA Board of Directors on Jan. 1, 2015. Hill replaces David Paxton, of Paxton Countertops and Showers, in Grand Ledge, Mich., who now takes on the role of Immediate Past President. The former Immediate Past President, Mike Langenderfer, of The Countertop Shop in Holland, Ohio, will remain on the board in a director role for an additional year. Stepping down from the board after fulfilling his term is Associate Member Representatives Jeffrey Smith, of Gemstone in Elkhart, Ind.

Rounding out the Executive Committee of the Board are Adam Albee, of Lincoln Lamination in Lincoln, Neb., as Vice President; Ryan Miller, of VT Industries in Holstein, Iowa, as Secretary; and Erica Hussey, of JCW Countertops in Woburn, Mass., as Treasurer.

Retaining Director positions on the board are Kate Dillenburg of Bisley Fabrication in Gresham, Wis., and Mike Woods of Creative Countertop Solutions in Nashville, Tenn..

One new board member was also voted in to fill the vacant Associate Member Representative seat: Jessica McNaughton, president of CaraGreen, a distribution company that focuses on providing sustainable products and educating professionals on the subject of sustainable resources. The other retained Associate Member Representative was John Hansen of Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wis.

“The line-up of next year’s board of directors is a dynamic group of individuals that possesses sharp business acumen and passion for this industry,” said Keith Haight, ISFA’s executive director. “The collective personalities are focused and will surely prove themselves in making ISFA more valuable for its members and the entire decorative surfaces industry.”

“We would like to recognize Dave Paxton for his leadership as president over 2014, and for his drive to keep the association striving to always do its best not matter how small or large the task. We look forward to his continued support on the board,” added Haight. “The association would also like to express its appreciation to outgoing Associate Member Representative Jeff Smith of Gemstone. Jeff has shared his abundant energy, great ideas and willingness to advance ISFA to the next level throughout his time on the board. ISFA looks forward to more interaction with him in the future, as he has truly proven himself to be a valuable asset to the association and the industry.”

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A Busy Year for the Countertop Industry

Posted on 29 August 2013 by cradmin

Chuck Sawyer photoGuest Blog by Chuck Sawyer of ISFA

This year has not only been busy and full of exciting changes for the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) but also for the entire countertop industry. Partnerships and alliances are expanding within the industry and among closely associated industries, such as woodworking. Opportunities for general business education and countertop fabrication education have also never been greater or more successful than they are now and will be in the near future.

One of the ways that ISFA is helping countertop professionals to expand their knowledge and network with peers is by putting together Grass Roots Gatherings, hosted by industry supporters like Cosentino, Dixie Plywood and Oldcastle Surfaces. In addition, ISFA established a series of CEO Roundtable discussions in Cincinnati and Chicago, with upcoming events in Boston and Seattle. And with the popularity of the Roundtable events, we are planning a new version aimed at the new generation of business leaders in the countertop industry. This new event will be a conclave where the next generation of CEOs can learn about and share experiences on the topics necessary for leading successful businesses.

Organizations and businesses in the countertop industry are also expanding training opportunities. ISFA is hosting several training seminars, including hands-on training on stone and quartz fabrication and another on solid surface fabrication. A partnership between the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Stone World is also providing a complete educational series that focuses on running a successful fabrication company. Additionally, ISFA will be providing some opportunities for learning at the 2014 StonExpo in Las Vegas by putting together several educational sessions that are being held at the show.

Another exciting event that will expand the reach of the countertop industry is a new partnership between ISFA and the International Woodworking Fair (IWF). In 2014, IWF will provide an expanded platform for the surfacing industry, which will include a full countertop educational track designed to reach the cabinet, woodworking and countertop industries. Additionally, a full-day Countertop Symposium will be held at IWF.

The big news, however, is that the 2014 IWF will include a new concept – the Countertop Pavilion, a dedicated section of the show floor designed specifically for members of the countertop industry. It will be a high-visibility opportunity for suppliers of machinery, materials, tooling and other products and services in our industry. For fabricators of decorative surfacing products it will be a great way to meet with suppliers, see machinery in action and be part of one of the nation’s largest trade shows.

IWF 2014 will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on August 20-23, 2014. You can check out the web site at: www.iwfatlanta.com.

With all of these opportunities, it makes good sense to take advantage of them. As our fabrication shops are emerging from the “Great Recession” and we become busier and busier, it is all too easy to lose sight of the educational opportunities that can help to make a fabrication shop more profitable. Like the person who didn’t have the time to take a class on time management, don’t neglect the opportunities to participate and grow with the wealth of training offered by our industry!

Chuck Sawyer is the Executive Director of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) and can be reached at [email protected].

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ISFA Headquarters Relocates to Pennsylvania

Posted on 10 June 2013 by cradmin

The headquarters of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is moving to a new location outside of Pittsburgh. The office, located in Gibsonia, Pa., will be fully operational by June 15, 2013. The new headquarters location is situated in a building that has been certified as a Gold level LEED building by the US Green Building Council. In parallel with the office move, ISFA is streamlining the Total Fabrication Training program by developing a new process that incorporates the development of Regional ISFA Accredited Training Professionals capable of bringing ISFA hands-on training to the field.

“We anticipate that our relocation to Pittsburgh will help us to be positioned to continue providing programs and initiatives that are focused on helping our members to be efficient, effective, profitable and high-quality providers of surfacing products,” said Chuck Sawyer, executive director of ISFA.

The new office will be at 2400 Wildwood Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. The toll free number for ISFA remains the same, but the main office number is now (412) 487-3207 and the fax number is (412) 487-3269.

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ISFA Announces Stone/Quartz Fabrication Training Date

Posted on 21 May 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced that it will be holding a hands-on Stone/Quartz Total Fabrication Training class for those who wish to learn how to fabricate quartz surfacing, granite and other natural stone. The class, taught by Dr. Fred Hueston, a well known stone industry expert, will be held June 17 to 19 at the Alpha Tools training facility in Oakland, N.J.

Elements of the course include: Safety, product knowledge, basic productivity concepts, templating, seaming, cutouts, bowl-mounting processes, basic repairs, finishing, installation and support systems. More information is available here.

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ISFA Installs New Board of Directors

Posted on 29 September 2012 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the changes to the association’s Board of Directors for 2013 at its recent annual meeting in Atlanta.

Mike Langenderfer, of The Countertop Shop in Holland, Ohio, was installed as President of the ISFA Board of Directors. Langenderfer replaces Russ Berry, of A.S.S.T. in Hanover, Pa., who now takes on the role of Immediate Past President. The former Immediate Past President, Hunter Adams, of Trindco in Suffolk, Va., has now retired from the Board after many exemplary years of service to the association and the industry. Also stepping down from the board after fulfilling their terms are Directors Joe Hoffmann, of Hoffmann Fixtures in Tulsa, Okla., Martin Funck, of Rosskopf & Partner in Hennersdorf, Germany, Michael Bustin, formerly of Meld USA, Raleigh, N.C., and Mike Nolan, of Windbound Co., in Glen Alpine, N.C.

Rounding out the Executive Committee of the Board are Dave Paxton, of Paxton Countertops in Grand Ledge, Mich., Vice President; Michael Astill, of R.S. Hughes in Salt Lake City, Secretary; and Christina Humiston, of Block Tops in Anaheim, Calif., Treasurer.

Two new board members were also voted in: Erica Hussey of JCW in Woburn, Mass., and Mellisa Hill of Oldcastle Surfaces in Atlanta, Ga.

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