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MIA Women in Stone Mentorship Program Debuts at Coverings

Posted on 14 April 2016 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) announced the implementation of its Women in Stone Mentorship Program. The program pairs industry veterans with newcomers to provide an opportunity to build relationships in the stone industry. Each pair will receive monthly guidance emails throughout the six month program to help them get to know each other and their respective career goals. The guidance emails will provide reminders and help ensure engagement and success in the program. Mentorship topics will include stone industry knowledge, sales, marketing and communication, technical knowledge, management, leadership and career advancement. Pairs will be matched and guidance will begin in early May 2016. Registration deadline for the program is April 27, 2016. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The Women in Stone Mentorship Program will debut at Coverings with a Speed Mentoring Workshop on Wednesday, April 20 from 1:30 to 3pm. The workshop, led by Julie Kantor of Twomentor, will give attendees the chance to participate in an organized rotation to build relationships and establish a network of peers within the stone industry. This is also a great opportunity to get to know some of the potential mentors/mentees in the six month program. To register for this free workshop, visit www.coverings.com.

There will also be a celebration for four Women in Stone honorees on April 20 in the Stanley Field Hall at Chicago’s Field Museum from 6:30pm to 11:00 pm. Black Equinox: A VIP Event sponsored by Polycor and in collaboration with Women in Stone and Texastone Quarries, where cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Enjoy conversation with stone and design industry influencers, talk on the seductive black trends in design and architecture, and enjoy a live Japanese drumming performance from Kodo. Registration is required.

You may also be interested in attending the Park Industries Digital Stoneworking Expo or viewing other opportunities coming up on our Calendar of Events.


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MIA Elects Three New Board Members

Posted on 05 January 2016 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) elected three new people to its 13-person board of directors. The following three were those chosen by MIA’s membership: Buddy Ontra will represent Zone 1. He is the owner of Ontra Stone Concepts in Bridgeport, Conn., a family-run installation and fabrication company. Ontra is taking the place of David Castellucci, of Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, who is remaining on the board as its 2016 president. Bruce Knaphus represents Zone 6. Knaphus is president of KEPCO+, Inc., an installation company in Salt Lake City. He replaces Tony Malisani, of Malisani Inc., who was the 2014 board president. Mike Picco represents Zone 8. Picco is president of PICCO Engineering, a stone consulting company in Toronto, Ontario. Picco is replacing Patrick Perus, of Polycor, who was a board member for five years.

You may also be interested in this article on ISFA’s new interim executive director.

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MIA Hires Industry Veteran to Lead MIA Accreditation Program

Posted on 08 October 2015 by cradmin


MIA Past President Scott Lardner with Carol Wilkins

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) hired Carol Wilkins as Accreditation & Special Projects Manager. In addition to leading the MIA Accreditation Program, Wilkins will assist with the MIA’s Women in Stone initiative. She will also be leading MIA’s planned launch of an online university that will offer classes for both the stone trade and the design community. Wilkins spent eight years in the stone industry as Senior Conference Manager for Hanley Wood (now Informa Exhibitions). During that time she was a strong advocate for the education program for Construct, StonExpo and Surfaces.

You may also be interested in the this article about a potential merger between the BSI and MIA.

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Marmomacc 2015 to Hold Stone Industry Leadership Reception

Posted on 17 August 2015 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) announced that it will host a Stone Industry Leadership Reception, along with Stone World magazine and Informa Exhibitions, at Marmomacc 2015 in Verona, Italy. The reception is Oct. 1 at the Verona Exhibition Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with stone professionals from around the world, find out about upcoming trade shows and hear about new projects. There will also be a wine tasting, courtesy of Tommasi Family Estates and hors d’oeuvres will be served. There is no charge for the reception. However, registration is required by Sept. 15.

Those interested can visit www.marble-institute.com/marmomacc for more information.

You may also be interested in this article on the Coverings trade show.

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MIA Technical Bulletin Simplifies Tolerances Research

Posted on 24 July 2015 by cradmin

2014_tolerances_tech_bulletin.inddThe Marble Institute of America (MIA) provides high-quality materials and services to help members and consumers, and the organization is not letting up on offerings designed to make our work lives just a little easier. Although it has been several months, I thought it would still be relevant to highlight one of the informational releases from the MIA: a technical bulletin titled Tolerances in the Dimension Stone Industry.

Although this technical bulletin was actually released late last year, we did not receive a press release on it until just a few months ago. This is no doubt because the MIA is just as busy as we here at CountertopResource.com are, which is why it took us so long to share this information with you. There is just so much information to try to cover in depth at all times. However, we believe that this bulletin is valuable enough that it is better to talk about it now rather than not all and help spread awareness.

MIA Technical Bulletin Volume VII, Issue II was primarily written by Chuck Muehlbauer, technical director of the organization, and was designed with not only fabricators and installers of natural stone in mind, which includes countertop fabricators, but also for designers and architects. The document pulls together installation and fabrication tolerances from several sources, which makes it easier to research and obtain published tolerance standards.

Nothing in Manufacturing or Construction Is Exact

One of the great strengths of this bulletin is that, from the very beginning, it admits that “nothing in manufacturing, construction or commerce is exact.” Although new technologies have allowed us to reduce the level of error, nothing measures exactly as it was specified. Because of this, all manufacturers have provided for allowable deviations from their specified values, and this includes the dimensions that may affect the structural integrity and aesthetics of natural stone.

Unfortunately for those in the natural stone industries, tolerance variations for installation and fabrication are not easy to find. It can take uncounted hours to find the specific information required to take the guesswork out of a job. The value of the new technical document was best defined by Muehlbauer when asked about the MIA bulletin:

“The recently published MIA bulletin on fabrication and installation tolerances for natural stone has simplified the lives of both the specifier and the provider,” stated Muehlbauer. “Previously, one would have had to sift through more than 1,000 pages of published documents to find all of this information. Now, it can be easily referenced in a matter of minutes.”

New Voluntary Standard

The Stone Tolerances Technical Bulletin from the MIA is considered to be a voluntary standard for anyone working with natural stone. It has been cross-referenced with tolerance levels provided from a wide range of sources and organizations, and it has been reviewed by stakeholders in the industry as a consensus of their opinions. When no specific documents are available to cover a natural stone project, the MIA encourages this bulletin to be cited as an appropriate industry standard.

Under normal circumstances, this document can be considered an authority on the subject of stone tolerances. However, buyers and sellers may agree to alternate standards, and under extreme conditions, the stated MIA tolerances may not be appropriate.

The complete technical bulletin is available free of charge at the MIA website, and it can be viewed, downloaded and printed by clicking on the following link: MIA Technical Bulletin on Tolerances in the Dimension Stone Industry.

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David Carnevale Selected to be MIA Treasurer

Posted on 25 February 2015 by cradmin

New MIA Treasurer David Carnevale

New MIA Treasurer David Carnevale

MIA president Dan Rea (Coldspring) has selected David Carnevale (president of Carnevale & Lohr Inc) to join the MIA executive committee and serve as the 2015 board treasurer.  Carnevale joined the MIA board in 2014 representing MIA’s zone 7 (Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington). In the past year he has been instrumental in helping with membership recruitment/retention at Marmomacc and is co-chairing an MIA initiative to create a “Supplier to Buyer Stone Manual.” His involvement has also included participation in the MIA pinnacle awards.

Carnevale assumed the role of treasurer  in January. He  has been with his firm and in the natural stone industry for 36 years.“David is deeply committed to the MIA and will do a great job championing the financial oversight of the organization,” said Rea.

Other members of the MIA Executive Committee include:

  • Vice President: David Castellucci, Kenneth Castellucci & Associates
  • Secretary: Jon Lancto, Surface Products
  • Immediate Past President: Tony Malisani, Malisani & Inc

Additionally, the MIA has a board of directors consisting of 13 individuals (nine from the United States and four from outside the United States)

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MIA Releases “Stones of North America” Version 2 iPad App

Posted on 07 May 2013 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) released Stones of North America Version 2, an iPad app that gives design and construction professionals quick, easy access to detailed information about natural stones quarried in North America. Version 2 of the app includes 25 new natural stones, a MAPEI care and maintenance tab and programming updates to ensure proper functionality with iOS6.

The app features marble, granite and other stones from more than 90 quarries in North America. Stones of North America gives architects, builders, designers, homeowners and others shopping for natural stone an easy way to view and select locally sourced natural stone. Users can search natural stones by type, color, intended use, location and distance from a project. Stones are displayed in vivid color and are showcased through photos of their use in commercial and/or residential applications.

Technical specifications, physical properties and details on recommended use make it easy to specify the right stone for any project. Sophisticated mapping technology enables users to measure the distance from the stone’s quarry and processing centers to a job site for sustainable projects. The MAPEI Care and Maintenance tab includes a comprehensive guide for how to care for and maintain all varieties of natural stone.

The Stones of North America iPad app is available for free download on iTunes.

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MIA Award Nominations Open

Posted on 24 April 2013 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has issued its 2013 Awards Program Call for Entries. The Call for Entries signifies that the MIA is now accepting entries for its various awards. These awards honor and recognize natural stone companies, professionals and architects from around the world.

The 2013 MIA Awards consists of:

    • The Pinnacle Awards are presented to companies whose projects’ beauty, creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone in commercial and residential environments.  Again this year, with the support of Hanley Wood Exhibitions, all Pinnacle Award of Excellence and Merit winners have the opportunity to invite an architect from the firm involved in their winning project to StonExpo 2014. The Pinnacle Awards consist of four categories and also seeks to identify and award a project in one of the categories that demonstrates environmental responsiveness and successful resolution of sustainability goals. The categories are:
      • Commercial Interior – sponsored by Custom Building Products and Aqua Mix.
      • Commercial Exterior – sponsored by Custom Building Products and Aqua Mix.
      • Residential Interior/Exterior – sponsored by BLANCO.
      • Renovation/Restoration – sponsored by Cold Spring Granite Company.
    • The Grande Pinnacle Award, sponsored by Marmomacc, is presented to the best project across all categories.  This award includes a trophy and  a trip to Marmomacc 2014 inVerona, Italy.  Again this year, Marmomacc will present a Grande Pinnacle Award to an architect from the firm involved in the winning project.  In addition, the architect will win a trip to Marmomacc to attend Veronafiere’s week-long continuing education program on designing with natural stone.
    • The MIA Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award, sponsored by Polycor, Inc. & TexaStone Quarries, singles out one craftsman who has performed outstanding stone fabrication and/or installation over a period of many years. The individual candidate must have served as an apprentice stone mason and risen through the ranks as journeyman stone mason, foreman and superintendent. In addition, the person honored must have a solid track record of leadership and mentorship.
    • The Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement was established to recognize an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the natural stone industry and the MIA. The award is named for MIA’s long-time technical director, the late Vincent R. Migliore, who was its first recipient.
    • The MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Award, sponsored by Cold Spring Granite Company, provides educational opportunities for aspiring fabricators, installers or administrative apprentices interested in furthering their careers within the natural stone industry. The scholarship covers travel and registration costs for one or more recipients to StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and MIA’s Annual Meeting.

For more information contact Helen Distelhorst at [email protected] or go to www.marble-institute.com/awards. Deadlines begin in August.

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Paul Vigna Receives 2012 MIA Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement

Posted on 07 March 2013 by cradmin

Paul Vigna, who spent more than 50 years in the natural stone industry, was awarded the 2012 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Marble Institute of America (MIA). Vigna has a unique work history, first starting in the field, and later moving into the office setting as an estimator, and eventually becoming the President of the Stone Division for Artisan Tile & Marble. His career started in 1963  at Everlasting Terrazzo, Tile and Marble in Trenton, N.J.  “I started as a helper in the field for a union contractor, became a setter and eventually worked my way into the office,” Vigna recalled.

Impressed with his work ethic, management sent him to night school to learn blueprint reading, and then promoted him to drafting. To further his education, he took architectural courses at Mercer County Community College and Princeton University. After spending many years working in Trenton, Atlantic City and New York, Vigna operated his own firm, Reynolds Tile, Terrazzo and Marble in Trenton for 14 years. In 1992, he joined Artisan Tile and Marble Company of New Jersey, which today is one of the largest commercial stone contractors in the state. Shortly after he joined the company he was promoted to president of the firm’s Artisan Stone Division. “Paul is one of those unique, rare individuals who have knowledge beyond compare,” said John Sekora, chairman of Artisan Tile and Marble. “He is a true craftsman and artisan. He knows his field. He works with general contractors, architects and designers. His knowledge is so vast that everyone wants a little part of him. He is responsible for many of the Golden Trowel Awards that we have received. His name is well known in the industry.”

Along with having an outstanding career in the working part of the industry, Vigna has also given back to the stone industry after being elected to the MIA Board of Directors in 2000. He served as treasurer 2001 and moved through the ranks to become President of the Marble Institute of America in 2004.  He is still one of the MIA’s greatest supporters. He also believes in the next generation and has spent countless hours mentoring newcomers to the industry. For several years, Paul has offered his services as a consultant to the stone industry and general public sharing his expertise and recommendations for stone related projects.

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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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