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International Surface Fabricators Association Announces New Board of Directors

Posted on 18 December 2020 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the results of its election for the association’s 2021 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.Steve Mast of Precision Countertops in Wilsonville, Ore., was elected by the full board to serve as ISFA President. The position of Immediate Past President will be served by Augie Chavez of GECKO Solid Surface Solutions in San Antonio, Texas. Joe Duszka,of Carolina Custom Surfaces in Greensboro, N.C. will serve as Vice President; Mike Langenderfer, of The Countertop Shop in Monclova, Ohio,will serve as Treasurer; and, rounding out the Executive Committee, Austin Maxwell, of Maxwell Countertops in Farmer City, Ill., will continue to hold the position of Secretary.

Returning to the board, after having served previously more than 5 years ago is Ted Sherritt, of FLOFORM, based in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

New to the board is Kimberley Homs, of Great in Counters in Providence, R.I. Both of them will serve as Directors moving forward into 2021.

“We are confident that the new board members bring great perspectives, knowledge and enthusiasm to the association,” said ISFA President Steve Mast.

Retaining their positions as Directors are Kelley Montana, of Humbolt Countertops in Eureka, Calif.; Paul “Max” Le Pera,of Global Surfacing Alliance in Cranbury, N.J.; Eric Tryon, founding member of Rockheads Group of Alpharetta, Ga., Laura Grandlienard, of ROCKin’teriors in Raleigh, N.C.; and Rodrigo Valezquez, of INDEKO in Zapopan, Mexico. Also continuing their positions as Associate Member Representatives on the board are Jim Callaghan, of GranQuartz in Norcross, Ga., and Joe Connolly of SASSO USA in Palatine, Ill.

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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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ISFA Launches ‘ISFA on Demand’ Solid Surface Training Program

Posted on 14 December 2015 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is launching a new “ISFA on Demand” training program, in which a certified ISFA trainer will travel to facilities to train on-site personnel in solid surface fabrication. The training will be performed using the client company’s own equipment and supplies, so that those being trained will be shown fabrication processes on the very machinery that they will be using in actual production. While the on-site program currently only covers solid surface training, expansion into quartz/stone training, business training and shop optimization is being planned. Companies that sign up for ISFA on Demand training must be members of ISFA or must sign up for membership prior to training.

You may also be interested this information on other countertop-related training and events.

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ISFA Appoints New Executive Director After Previous Director Steps Down

Posted on 22 October 2015 by cradmin

Mike Langenderfer of ISFAAccording to a statement released by the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), a new executive director has been appointed. Mike Langederfer, a former ISFA Board Member and seasoned countertop fabrication business owner, was appointed to fill the vacant role after previous executive director Keith Haight left the organization. Haight served in the role for two years and “left to pursue other opportunities.”

It is not clear if Langenderfer (pictured here) is only serving as an interim executive director or if his role will be for the long term, but according to the statement he is beginning the role immediately. Langenderfer is the sixth person to fill the executive director role in the 19-year history of the organization (the others being Mike Duggan, Robert Oxley, Russ Lee, Chuck Sawyer and most recently Haight).

You may also be interested in this article about the new appointment at the Marble Institute (MIA).

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ISFA Elects 2014 Board of Directors

Posted on 16 January 2014 by cradmin

David Paxton, of Paxton Countertops in Eagle, Mich., will serve as 2014 ISFA Board President

David Paxton, of Paxton Countertops in Eagle, Mich., will serve as 2014 ISFA Board President

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the changes to the association’s Board of Directors for 2014. 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 Orlando, Fla

David Paxton, of Paxton Countertops in Eagle, Mich., will assume the role of President of the ISFA Board of Directors on Jan. 1, 2014. Paxton replaces Mike Langenderfer, of The Countertop Shop in Holland, Ohio, who now takes on the role of Immediate Past President. The former Immediate Past President, Russ Berry, of A.S.S.T. in Hanover, Pa., has now retired from the Board after several years of exemplary service to the association and the industry. Also stepping down from the board after fulfilling their terms are Associate Member Representatives Michael Astill, of R.S. Hughes in Salt Lake City, and Mark Anderson, of Cosentino in Stafford, Texas. Replacing them as Associate Member Representatives are John Hansen, of Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wis., and Jeff Smith, of Gemstone in Elkhart, Ind.

Rounding out the Executive Committee of the Board are Mellisa Hill, of Oldcastle Surfaces in Atlanta, Vice President; Erica Hussey, of JCW Countertops in Woburn, Mass., Treasurer; and Adam Albee, of Lincoln Lamination in Lincoln, Neb.

Three new board members were also voted in: Kate Dillenberg, of Bisley Fabrication iin Gresham, Wis., Mike Woods of Creative Countertop Solutions in Nashville, and Ryan Miller of VT Industries in Holstein, Iowa. Each will serve in the position of Director.

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ISFA Announces 2013 Award Winners, Halabi: ‘Fabricator of the Year’

Posted on 30 December 2013 by cradmin

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

Fadi Halabi of Duracite named 2013 ISFA Fabricator of the Year

Fadi Halabi of Duracite named 2013 ISFA Fabricator of the Year

Taking top honors, the Fabricator of the Year Award was given to Fadi Halabi of Duracite in Fairfield, Calif. The 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. Halabi, fabricator of solid surface, granite and other natural stone, quartz surfacing and recycled materials, operates his business with 10 locations in California and Nevada. He earned the award for being a model leader of a large fabrication company and specifically for perfecting for his business a color-coding process for the hearing impaired, first introduced in the automotive industry. The process allows anyone at any time to walk into any of the company’s shop locations and know exactly where in the process a job is.

The other honored winners are:

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 who has best supported ISFA in all activities. This year’s winner is R.S. Hughes for its program of offering ISFA members with product discounts and for overall customer satisfaction. Additionally, the company readily participates in ISFA functions and supports the association’s goals.

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 winner for 2013 was Russ Berry of A.S.S.T. in Hannover, Pa., for applying ingenuity to the field of solid surface fabrication that leads to the building of out-of-the-box items and amazing projects that others might shy away from. Berry is a past Board Member and President of ISFA, who has given tireless of his time for the betterment of the industry.

The Envision Award is given to the ISFA member firm or individual that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. The winner for 2013 was Cosentino for the creation of a whole new category in the surfacing industry with the development of its new Dekton product. A new proprietary process, called Particle Sintering Technology (PST), was created in the invention of the product, which is likened to an accelerated process for creating metamorphic rock. Additionally Cosentino has been a long-time supporter of ISFA and its goals in the industry.

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