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Natural Stone Institute Announces Scholarship Recipients

Posted on 17 January 2022 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has announced the recipients of the 2021 Natural Stone Scholarship and Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. Recipients will be celebrated during the association’s awards ceremony at StonExpo/Marmomac at TISE in Las Vegas this February.

Noe Cortez, Customer Solutions Manager for Quality Marble & Granite in Ontario, Calif. is the recipient of the 2021 Natural Stone Scholarship. The Natural Stone Scholarship provides a trip to TISE, where the recipient will gain valuable technical and practical knowledge regarding the natural stone industry and will meet and network with leading stone professionals. Cortez commented: “I’m really looking forward to attending TISE and getting a more in-depth understanding of our industry and all it has to offer. I’m humbled by the recognition and look forward to receiving the opportunity.”

Andrea (Andi) Carlson Claus, Senior Account Representative at Mont Surfaces in Grand Rapids, Mich. has received a 2021 Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship provides a trip to one of three major industry events: TISE, Coverings, or a Natural Stone Institute study tour. The recipient is given the opportunity to shadow industry professionals within different sectors of the stone industry and explore her potential for leadership and her commitment to a career in the stone industry. Claus commented: “I am so excited for the opportunity to not only attend TISE, but for the connections that I will make, mentors I will meet, and education that I will gain because of the Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship! I hope to leave Las Vegas as a more inspired and well-rounded version of myself with new lifelong friendships.”

Kristin Cannon, Project Coordinator for Continental Cut Stone in Florence, Texas has received a 2021 Women in Stone Empowerment scholarship and will attend the Natural Stone Institute’s Bluestone Study Tour in September. Cannon commented: “I love that this scholarship will give me the opportunity to meet other people in the industry and grow my knowledge of the stone industry. I can’t wait to see what I can learn thanks to this scholarship, and I am so grateful that programs like this exist to help women in the industry grow and succeed.”

Industry members are invited to attend the Natural Stone Institute’s annual awards ceremony at TISE on Tuesday, February 1 at 4:00pm PT in South Seas F at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Four Companies Join Natural Stone Foundation Leadership Society

Posted on 23 September 2021 by cradmin4

Four companies have joined the Natural Stone Foundation Leadership Society, an honor given to those who have made sizeable contributions to the foundation. The companies join Gary Mullard, founder of Northern Stone Supply, who started the foundation’s fundraising efforts with a $100,000 Diamond Level contribution. Mullard was also the first individual to make a multi-year contribution and was celebrated during the Natural Stone Institute’s annual Board of Directors dinner at TISE.

As of September 10, 2021, the following companies had joined the Leadership Society:

Camarata Masonry Systems – “We are pleased to support the Natural Stone Foundation in order to provide perpetual financial support for the non-profit and its mission of promoting critical initiatives that increase natural stone’s market share, establish globally unified standards, educate design professionals on the use of natural stone and clarify the differences between natural stone and other competing products.”—Kevin M. Camarata, CEO, Camarata Masonry Systems

Dee Brown, Inc. – “By making this contribution, I am continuing to do what I said I would do: contribute my time, talent, and treasure to the industry that has put food on my table my entire life. I am indebted to it. I hope this helps get the Foundation off to a great start!” –Rob Barnes, President & CEO, Dee Brown, Inc.

MSI Charitable Trust – “MSI applauds the bold mission undertaken by the Natural Stone Institute to create a much needed global standard for natural stone. We are proud to support the Natural Stone Foundation and further the growth of the natural stone industry.”—Rupesh Shah, President, MSI

Triton Stone Group – “Triton Stone Group is proud to support the Natural Stone Foundation. They are doing excellent work with promoting natural stone and providing education and resources to all those in the natural stone industry. Natural stone is the backbone of Triton Stone, and we are fortunate to be able to give back to such an amazing organization that is supporting such a great industry.”—Katie Jensen, President, Triton Stone Group

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Natural Stone Institute Announces 2020 Pinnacle Award Recipients

Posted on 22 March 2021 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute announced the recipients for the 2020 Pinnacle Awards. The Grande Pinnacle recipient will be announced during the awards ceremony at TISE on June 16. Videos for each project can be found on the Natural Stone Institute’s website.

The full list of 2020 Pinnacle Award recipients is as follows.

Public Landscapes/Parks Memorials

Fundidora Park Mural
Monterrey, Mexico
Creative Edge Master Shop Fairfield, IA

Spring Creek Nature Area
Richardson, TX
Coldspring Cold Spring, MN
Dee Brown Inc. Richardson, TX

Commercial Interior

Hillsdale College Christ Chapel
Hillsdale, MI
Booms Stone Company Redford, MI

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Expansion
Hollywood, FL
Twin Stone Designs & Installations Hollywood, FL

Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture

John F. Kennedy Center, The REACH Donor Wall
Washington, DC
Rugo Stone
Lorton, VA

Nike of Samothrace
Samothrace Island, Greece
F.H.L.I. Kiriakidis Marbles-Granites Drama, Greece


Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Paterson, NJ
Ghirardi Stone Contracting New York, NY

Trinity Church Wall Street Chancel & Altar Restoration
New York, NY
Rugo Stone Lorton, VA

Dallas Municipal Building Restoration
Dallas, TX
Dee Brown Inc. Richardson, TX
Tennessee Marble Company Friendsville, TN

Commercial Exterior

Tenko Omakase Japanese Restaurant
Bangkok, Thailand
Stone and Roses International Samutprakarn, Thailand

The Williams Inn
Williamstown, MA
Connecticut Stone Milford, CT

Residential-Single Family

The Floating Stair
Toronto, ON Canada
PICCO Engineering Concord ON Canada

SoHo Townhouse
New York, NY
ABC Worldwide Stone Brooklyn, NY

Villa Florence

Downey, CA
Carnevale & Lohr, Inc. Bell Gardens, CA

Submissions for the 2021 Pinnacle Awards are being accepted until July 20, 2021.

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TISE Announces 2021 Show Agenda

Posted on 05 November 2020 by cradmin3

The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo announced that it is producing a virtual event over the previously scheduled January event dates with an online product-focused program and content line-up. This unique industry event will go live January 26-28, 2021, offering attendees the opportunity to connect and preview products while enjoying creative, immersive experiences. Attendees will also be able to return to the show site until February 17 to watch more on-demand content and drop business cards.

The in-person TISE event has been rescheduled and will take place June 16-18, 2021at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The event is a discovery for the senses as brands present their newest product launches, expanded product lines, equipment innovations, tools, and technology, the latest in installation techniques and so much more

Additionally, TISE has launched a TV product broadcasting network, streaming all original programming year-round.

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TISE 2019 Releases Post Show Report

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TISE 2019 Releases Post Show Report

Posted on 13 March 2019 by cradmin

The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac |TileExpo took place in Las Vegas this January at the Mandalay Bay. The event experienced another year of power‐house industry attendance, exhibits, product displays and education. Attendees came from 77 countries and from every corner of North America to buy, source, network, and discover what is new, needed, and up‐and‐coming for their businesses.

More than 800 brands, 135 new to the exhibition floor, presented their products in over one million square feet of exhibits, product showrooms, features and education. Each showroom space offered beautiful displays, unique demonstrations, and thousands of products and services for the industry to discover.

TISE exhibiting brands offered products from every aspect of residential and commercial sectors of the flooring, tile, and stone industry including hard goods, soft goods, equipment, tools, supplies and services, and so much more. This year’s market was a discovery for all the senses across the entire exhibit hall.

The benefit of attending live markets is to experience the products first‐hand and to meet directly with the key people who produce them. Exhibiting brands at TISE 2019 ensured the industry could experience their products directly in live demonstrations within their exhibit spaces, as well as, on the Product Demo Stage at The Design + Installation Showcase Hub (The DISH), right on the show floor. MAPEI Corporation and USG offered daily demonstrations each hour covering topics from shower and floor prep to installing floors in a flash.

Many industry veterans attend TISE knowing exactly what they are searching for. Others attend for the first time desiring to see everything the industry has to offer. Both groups leave the event having learned or seen something new and unexpected because the vast TISE market is a place of discovery and inspiration. Iconic brands launch new product lines while new companies move into the marketplace presenting exciting innovation for the industry.

TISE launched a brand‐new education program called CONVERGE at this year’s event. Industry leaders covered the hard‐hitting, on‐point topics such as The 411 on 4:20: Medical Marijuana and the Work Place and What to Expect in Washington DC After the 2018 Elections, technically crucial topics such as Moisture Mitigation Roundtable and The Ways of Water: Critical Considerations for Shower Construction, and design‐centric, forecasting sessions such as Color Vibes: A Journey Through Color and Trends and The Power of 5: The 5 Hottest Trends in Flooring & The 5 Types of People Buying Them. The program was led by experts from inside the industry with conversation by veterans, Jon Namba, Lisbeth Calandrino, and Katie Ford to name a few, as well as experts outside the industry such as Attorney Jeff King and social media specialist Shannon Vogel. Each influencer brought their own unique perspectives and vault of information to provide value to each CONVERGE attendee. Though in its first year, TISE plans to grow, adjust, and improve the program going forward to ensure it meets the education needs of the industry.

Read the full report here.

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Business Sense: Getting Involved in the Stone Industry Community

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Business Sense: Getting Involved in the Stone Industry Community

Posted on 04 December 2018 by cradmin

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware

If you’ve ever needed an answer to a question or were looking for advice on a certain fabrication problem, you’ve most likely found the various resources out there for fabricators.

But, if you haven’t explored any of these yet – don’t feel left out! In this post, we’re going to dive into what those resources are, why they’re a great addition to the community, and why it’s so important for you to get involved.

Am I the only one who’s experienced this?

No way! If you’re facing some sort of challenge, it’s almost a guarantee that your peers have gone through the same thing at some point. Whether it’s a bottleneck in the installation process or the labor shortage struggle, we’re all in this together. Check out the Stone Fabricator’s Alliance where industry professionals like yourself come together to “learn, share, prosper.”

Why take the time out of an already jam packed schedule to participate?

Searching through the public forums, you’ll see a variety of helpful discussions and have access to insightful ideas to implement in your own business. Becoming a member also enables you to educate others with your experience which produces a strong sense of community among fabricators. One of the best ways to describe this comes from the SFA site itself, “We will strive to perfect our craft by continuing education and developing our individual skills, always sharing the experience.” In these forums, you’ll gain insight from your fellow fabricators and contribute to the movement by sharing what you’ve learned in your own journey.

Is it true that we can always be improving?

Can’t say absolutely loud enough. Want to improve your profitability? Or some part of your shop’s process? Employee retention? The use of technology? These topics and many more are part of various industry educational events that happen throughout the year every year.

The Natural Stone Institute and Stone World Magazine are two industry giants that have come together to create the Stone Industry Education series. With 10 events next year in cities across America, the series brings together a whole network of fabricators, installers, and distributors in the stone industry. A variety of topics ranging from financial benchmarking to management tips are covered by industry leaders at these educational summits.

Another series that we love going to is the Park Industries’ Digital Stone Expos. You’ll learn about digital fabrication but you’ll also get some fascinating shop tours where you’ll see firsthand how a fabricator runs his shop and get some great ideas. Many of the speakers will cover important industry trends and business practices like tracking metrics. Overall, these events are highly educational for anyone in the industry whether or not you work in a digital shop.

We can’t forget to mention the big industry trade shows like Coverings and The International Surface Event. These are great events to network with other fabricators and industry experts while learning all the latest trends.

And it’s worth taking off time from the shop?

If you’re learning something new that will only make your role or the shop better, then consider it an investment. You might be busier when you get back to work, but you’ll have fresh new ideas to implement that will create better success – whatever that may look like for you.

Does Moraware get involved?

We sure do! We’re looking forward to attending many of the events next year, participating more in the SFA, and continuing our relationships with industry leaders like CountertopResource.comInternational Surface Fabricators Association, and many more.

Really, we speak with fabricators so often and our entire purpose is to help them run their business better. And we’re proud of our customers! Our goal is to showcase these journeys and share them with the stone community as much as possible. Whether it’s a StoneTalk interview, a Good to Great video, or a Q&A – we’re looking to showcase as many awesome fabricators as possible and be another resource for this industry.

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National Installation Competition Returns to TISE 2019

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National Installation Competition Returns to TISE 2019

Posted on 04 October 2018 by cradmin

The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo announced the return of the National Installer of the Year Installation Competition (The Nationals), Wednesday through Friday, January 23-25 in Las Vegas. Installers across all aspects of the floor covering, stone, and tile industry are encouraged to submit their installation projects into The Nationals now!

A panel of judges will be reviewing project submissions from around the country and selecting the top 3 finalists in each installation category to compete LIVE in The Nationals competition at TISE. There are three installation categories including carpet, stone/tile, and wood. Submissions close October 15. Finalists will be selected by November 15.

“With the focus on the importance of installation in the industry, we knew this was the perfect timing to bring back the competition. We are honored to highlight the hard working community of installers at The International Surface Event,” says Amie Gilmore, CEM, Director of TISE, “and can’t wait for the exciting LIVE challenge on the show floor. It is our goal that this promotion both showcase the incredible work happening in the industry now while also bringing national exposure to the need for more trained professionals in this career segment.”

The industry is invited to watch the nine selected finalists LIVE right on the show floor as they show off their talent and skills in a set of product installation challenges, each in their own pre-constructed pod. The winner of the LIVE installation contest in Las Vegas will be crowned The National Installer of the Year, receive a prize package, and own incredible bragging rights in the industry and to their customers.

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Andrew Swinley Named 2016 Craftsman of the Year

Posted on 09 May 2017 by cradmin

Andrew Swinley, carving foreman at Red Leaf Stone in Abbottsford, British Columbia, has been named 2016 Craftsman of the Year. This award was presented to Swinley at the MIA+BSI Awards Luncheon at TISE 2017.

Andrew Swinley (left), with 2016 MIA President David Castellucci and 2016 BSI President Aaron Hicken.

Andrew Swinley (left), with 2016 MIA President David Castellucci and 2016 BSI President Aaron Hicken.

Swinley began his career at the age of twenty as an apprentice stone mason, where he focused almost entirely on restoration. He then pursued a degree in Figurative Sculpture from the City and Guilds Art School in London. After twenty years as a self-employed stone carver, Swinley accepted a position at Architectural Stonemasonry, a division of Red Leaf Stone.

Swinley is grateful for this award and the opportunities it will bring.

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Online Registration Opens For The International Surface Event 2017

Posted on 07 September 2016 by cradmin

TISE 2017The International Surface Event (TISE) announced the opening of attendee online registration for 2017. The event is set to take place January 17 to 20, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The 2017 event includes educational programming beginning on January 17 and SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo on the show floors January 18 to 20.

Industry professionals are encouraged to register early for the first pick of events, experiences, and education sessions, as space is limited for many options. As the first event of the year, TISE is going beyond the edge of imaginable, packed with never-before-seen exhibitor product launches, live demos, feature areas, such as the highly-anticipated Trends Hub curated in 2017 by the acclaimed Pompei C3 Design Firm, and a unique set of specialty experiences and events.

With just a few short months to go, the TISE exhibit hall is nearly sold out, setting the stage for the 2017 exhibit hall to be the biggest and most engaging event space yet. Products and services are represented from just about all corners of the globe with upwards of 700 exhibitors spanning more than 400,000 sq. ft.

SURFACES will feature the latest floorcovering products, tools, trends, services and technologies. Covering hardwood to laminate, LVT, soft goods and rugs and so much more, attendees can shop the floor to find their product lines for 2017.

StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas will feature specialty stone and machinery areas with exhibitions of stone and stone supplies from seven countries, plus stone tools, equipment, services and demonstrations from leading manufacturers and associations.

Leading tile manufacturers and suppliers will be on display in TileExpo offering attendees products from artisan to ceramic, decorative to glass and beyond.

For hours, tickets and additional event information, visit TISEwest.com.

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Organizers: Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas Draws More Than 110,000

Posted on 14 March 2016 by cradmin

According to show organizers, more than 110,000 housing industry professionals attended the third annual Design & Construction Week, held Jan. 19 to 22 in Las Vegas. The mega-event included the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builder’s Shower (IBS), the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the International Window Coverings Expo and The International Surface Event (TISE), which is a combination of StonExpo, TileExpo and Surfaces. In total, Design & Construction Week boasted more than 3,750 exhibitors and 1.2 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space. Organizers noted an increase in international exhibitors, along with crowded education sessions for industry professionals. The 2017 event will be held Jan. 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in
Orlando, however, TISE will not be part of the 2017 event, instead remaining in Las Vegas the week after.

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