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StoneTalk Episode 14: ISFA Executive Director Keith Haight

Posted on 01 September 2015 by cradmin

In this episode of StoneTalk, produced by Moraware, host Patrick Foley speaks with Keith Haight, executive director of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA). ISFA is a trade association dedicated to the surface fabrication industry in general, regardless of material fabricated. It focuses on solid surface, quartz surfacing and newer, developing materials, but also offers plenty of information, but to a lesser degree, on other traditional surfaces such as granite, marble, laminate, tile, etc.

Listen to this episode to learn:

  • What the International Surface Fabricators Association is
  • How the association has evolved over the years to meet the needs of fabricators
  • The sustainability of the future of ISFA
  • How to break a solid surface seam using irons.
  • The hands-on training opportunities available to ISFA members
  • The enormous success of the ISFA mentor program
  • What is “Lean” and the “Theory of Constraints


Read the transcript of this StoneTalk podcast here.

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Marble Institute and Building Stone Institute Seek 2-Year Consolidation Agreement

Posted on 14 August 2015 by cradmin

MIA BSI logo comboThe boards for the Marble Institute (MIA) and Building Stone Institute (BSI) voted to ask the memberships to consolidate their operations for two years. A vote is anticipated toward the end of the year. This action concludes a year of discussion between the two organizations about their similarities and duplication of efforts to serve the stone industry. The recommendation to enter into a two-year joint venture came from a task force including representation from both organizations.

“The threats we face each day and into the future are not from the natural stone industry, or its many associations. It is from well organized alternative materials with huge marketing campaigns focused on our markets,” said Coldspring’s Dan Rea, 2015 MIA president. “It’s time to create a unified effort to not only defend but actively promote natural stone.”

“Most importantly, we need to become preemptive as it relates to competing products and our own threats in not taking action,” added Dee Brown Company’s Rob Barnes, 2015 BSI President.

After two years, both memberships can decide to fully integrate or remain independent. The combined group will be called: “MIA + BSI – the natural stone institute.” “Uniting resources creates enormous leverage that, simply put, gets things done,” said Rea.

“We believe this consolidation is additive, and strongly feel the combined equity will provide additional value to the industry and our members with continued relevance as the world’s premiere natural stone association,” added Barnes.

Both organizations have created web pages to inform their respective memberships why they believe the consolidation should take place.

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ISFA Launches ‘Marketplace’ Program

Posted on 10 October 2014 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) has launched a new ISFA Marketplace program for members. Through the program, member companies can sign up to receive discounts from various vendors. According to a release from the organization, vendors currently included in the program are FedEx, Staples and W.W. Grainger. Other companies will reportedly be added over the coming months to further expand discounts that members can receive via the program.

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ISFA Names Chris Pappenfort as Project Manager

Posted on 23 September 2014 by cradmin

chris pappenfortThe International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced that Chris Pappenfort has volunteered to step in and assume the role of project manager for the association. Pappenfort is a 27-year veteran of the decorative surfacing industry and is currently president of Surface Menders, a company that focuses on the repair and maintenance of decorative surfacing. Pappenfort previously worked as a fabrication manager for a Midwest distributor for more than 24 years. He was accredited as a Certified Instructor for Soterra Natural Granite Systems as well as DuPont Corian and Zodiaq surfaces. He participated on many project teams for DuPont, launching numerous initiatives that helped fabricators’ businesses flourish. “I am very excited to have Chris on our team,” said Keith Haight, executive director of ISFA. “I have worked with him many times in the past and have always admired his knowledge, skill level, passion and willingness to step up and take initiatives head-on.”

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MIA Moves Headquarters

Posted on 01 August 2014 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has relocated its world headquarters from Westlake, Ohio, to Oberlin, Ohio. The move increased the MIA office space from 2,800 sq. ft. to 4,200 sq. ft. with additional room to grow. In 2015, the MIA intends to open a new training room at the Oberlin location. MIA Executive Vice President and CEO, Jim Hieb said, “We seized an opportunity to relocate the MIA headquarters to a building that provided growth opportunity, while decreasing our overall rent and utility costs. The MIA continues to enjoy easy access to the Cleveland airport.” He added, “The new office includes a wide variety of stonework which was donated by over a dozen MIA member companies.”

While the MIA phone number will remain the same the new address is 380 East Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074.

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ISFA Names New Executive Director

Posted on 21 May 2014 by cradmin

New ISFA Executive Director Keith Haight

New ISFA Executive Director Keith Haight

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced that Keith Haight has been named to replace Chuck Sawyer as executive director of the association. Sawyer, a 40-year veteran of the surfacing industry, has been executive director since 2012 and is retiring in order to enjoy more personal time with his family and expand his hobby of artistic woodworking.

Haight is owner of Maximus Operandi Consulting and a former fabrication manager with DuPont. His background and experience is in fabrication shop/business management. He will assume his new duties on July 1, 2014, following his relocation to the Pittsburgh area. For the past year Haight has been a volunteer project manager for ISFA, working on solid surface and quartz surfacing fabrication standards, as well as other initiatives.

“It’s truly an honor and privilege to become even more involved in the industry I have known and loved for the past 18 years,” said Haight. “I am humbled to come in after the incredible job Chuck has done to reignite ISFA and will do my best to keep his level of integrity, to work diligently and to grow ISFA into an even greater association than it already is!”

Haight will continue  initiatives revolving around fabrication and business training, standards, CEUs and other educational forums.

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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 New Stone/Quartz and Solid Surface Training Dates

Posted on 17 August 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA)  has announced its upcoming training dates for both its solid surface and stone/quartz fabrication training programs.

The Stone/Quartz Total Fabricator Training class is being held Oct. 14 to 16 in Las Vegas at the Alpha Tools training facility.

The Solid Surface Total Fabricator Training class is being held Oct. 21 to 24 in Morganton, N.C.

Both of these hands-on courses are taught by industry experts and are designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and skills needed to fabricate these countertop materials.

More information is available by contacting ISFA Education Director Mike Nolan at [email protected].

Other upcoming training and industry events can be found at the CountertopResource.com Calendar of Events page.

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ISFA Headquarters Relocates to Pennsylvania

Posted on 10 June 2013 by cradmin

The headquarters of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is moving to a new location outside of Pittsburgh. The office, located in Gibsonia, Pa., will be fully operational by June 15, 2013. The new headquarters location is situated in a building that has been certified as a Gold level LEED building by the US Green Building Council. In parallel with the office move, ISFA is streamlining the Total Fabrication Training program by developing a new process that incorporates the development of Regional ISFA Accredited Training Professionals capable of bringing ISFA hands-on training to the field.

“We anticipate that our relocation to Pittsburgh will help us to be positioned to continue providing programs and initiatives that are focused on helping our members to be efficient, effective, profitable and high-quality providers of surfacing products,” said Chuck Sawyer, executive director of ISFA.

The new office will be at 2400 Wildwood Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. The toll free number for ISFA remains the same, but the main office number is now (412) 487-3207 and the fax number is (412) 487-3269.

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MIA Receives Golden Thinker Award

Posted on 03 June 2013 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) received the Golden Thinker Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Media Relations. The Golden Thinker, awarded each year by the North America Precis Syndicate, Inc. (NAPS), is given to organizations that have created the feature releases that have received the most pick-ups by America’s newspaper editors. This is the second Golden Thinker that the MIA has won in the last 5 years.

Traditionally, stories that NAPS releases are picked up by between 100 and 400 newspapers. MIA’s February 2012 story, New Survey Shows Nothing Beats Value, Beauty of Granite Countertops, was picked up by more than 2,800 newspapers from across the United States, with more than 50 percent of those papers being from top 50 markets.

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