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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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The Natural Stone Institute Recognizes Industry Leaders

Posted on 23 February 2018 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute has recognized several individuals for their contributions to the industry and continued involvement with the association. Awards were given to the following industry professionals:

NSI 2017 Migliore Award

2017 Migliore Award winner Jim Hogan with 2017 BSI President, Daniel Wood, and 2017 MIA President, Jon Lancto.

Jim Hogan, Senior Vice President of Carrara Marble Company of America, is the recipient of the 2017 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Hogan began his career in the stone industry in 1985 following an eleven year career as an airborne ranger in Special Forces for the US Army. Hogan applied his engineering degree to his job at Carrara Marble Company of America in southern California. His management helped grow the business into a powerhouse of the stone industry, now primarily involved in large scale commercial projects. Today, he is senior vice president, co-owner, and a member of the board of the directors of the company.

Hogan began his service on the board of directors of the Marble Institute of America in 2002 and served as its president in 2008. He made his work within MIA a priority and took on his responsibilities as president with enthusiasm and thoughtful management. As president, Hogan was greeted by perhaps the greatest crisis in the history of the modern natural stone industry—the radon crisis. He rose to the occasion, working nearly full time with MIA staff to lead efforts to fight back against false claims regarding radon emission in natural stone. Long after the radon crisis, Hogan continues to contribute to the industry in countless ways, including reviewing technical papers and traveling to Washington DC for legislative visits on Capitol Hill.

NSI Women in Stone Pioneer Award

Kathy Spanier with 2017 BSI President Daniel Wood and 2017 MIA President Jon Lancto.

Kathy Spanier, Director of Marketing for Coldspring in Cold Spring, Minn., is the recipient of the 2018 Women in Stone Pioneer Award.

For more than a decade, Spanier has made a powerful impact on the natural stone industry with her tireless efforts to position natural stone as a sustainable product within the building industry. She has been active in the Women in Stone initiative since its inception, and her vision and leadership were instrumental in creating the Women in Stone Mentorship Program. Over the course of her 35 year marketing career she has continually assumed leadership roles in a number of industry associations.

NSI Person of the Year Award

David Castellucci with 2017 BSI President Daniel Wood and 2017 MIA President Jon Lancto.

David Castellucci, Director of Business Development at Kenneth Castellucci & Associates in Lincoln, RI, has been named 2017 Person of the Year by the Natural Stone Institute.

Castellucci served as MIA president in 2016 during the first year of the association’s joint venture. In the past two years, he has also served as Chair of the Board Nomination Committee, Chair of the Branding Committee, speaker at Coverings and TISE, and advisor to the New England chapter. He has served on delegations to the Xiamen Stone Fair, Middle East Stone Show, Marmomac, Vitoria Stone Fair, and Carrara Marmotec. He also acted as chair of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards jury and as a legislative delegate to Washington DC to assist with industry promotional efforts. In March he will join several industry volunteers on a delegation to the IZMIR Fair (Marble 24) in Turkey. This will be the association’s first visit to the fair in several years.

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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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