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Schlough Receives Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement at TISE

Posted on 24 February 2016 by cradmin

2016-02-SchloughPark Industries owner Tom Schlough was recently awarded the Marble Institute of America’s 2015 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement at TISE 2016. Based in St. Cloud, Minn., Park Industries develops stone processing machinery and equipment. Schlough’s entrepreneurial leadership lead to many industry achievements. The company is responsible for introducing the first diamond-tipped saw for cutting granite slabs in 1979. Park Industries also went on to develop a CNC router for dimensioning, shaping and cutting marble and granite in 1998. In 2003, it also introduced a system to process full dimension stone into thin-stone veneer. Though Schlough has since retired, he and his wife remain involved as principal owners of the company.
During his acceptance speech, he reflected on his leadership in the stone industry and thanked customers. “Customers first—you are the reason we are here. Everybody has good and bad days—and together, we can get through,” he said. “In retrospect, it wasn’t always easy, but if I had known then what I know now, I would have done the same thing. It has been a great ride.”

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Jeffrey Matthews Receives MIA Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement

Posted on 16 March 2015 by cradmin

Jeff Matthews (left) accepts the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from MIA president Tony Malisani.

Jeff Matthews (left) accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from MIA president Tony Malisani

Jeffrey Matthews, owner of Trade International, Inc. of Atlanta, was been awarded the Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Marble Institute of America (MIA), the association’s highest honor. It was presented at MIA’s annual awards luncheon at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas in Las Vegas on January 22, 2015. Matthews, a native of Washington, D.C., has been in the stone industry since the early 1970’s, amassing more than four decades of experience in sales, marketing consulting and service to the industry and the MIA. He has visited more than 30 countries, 300 quarries and inspected more than 400 factories worldwide.
In 1986, at the age of 37 and after several years of service to the MIA as an officer and director, he was named the association’s youngest president. Over the years, he and other officers were instrumental in revising the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM), producing the MIA Stone Color Book, and assisting the MIA with becoming a more relevant organization. Once off the board, his involvement with the MIA continued. Jeff assisted in authoring the early version of the Stone Selection & Stone Testing technical bulletin, as well as helping to complete version 6 of DSDM, after MIA technical director Vincent Migliore passed away. Today, Jeff Matthews is still consumed with learning and helping others do a better job in selling and producing better projects. He is currently working with other MIA volunteers on a new “Supplier to Buyer” stone manual which will debut in 2015.

You may also be interested in reading this article on the new MIA Treasurer.

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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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