Stone Industry EducationThe Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Stone World magazine are thrilled to announce the 2016 Stone Industry Education Series. The program will bring Stone Summits to ten cities and will feature three distinct educational topics: Stone Shop Administration, Stone Shop Management, and Marketing Success for Fabricators. Each event will also feature the popular Fabricator Forum, newly redesigned to encourage more interaction and active participation. 

According to MIA Education Manager, Aaron Dahnke, the Stone Industry Education Series saw a 20% increase in attendance in 2015, averaging 42 fabricators from 26 companies representing 5 states, at each event. Dahnke remarked: “MIA is excited to continue our partnership with Stone World and provide fabricator education across the US and Canada. Our goal is to ensure fabricators have an outlet to discuss best practices and learn the best way to manage their business.”

Each Stone Summit will be facilitated by an experienced industry leader. Current facilitators include GK Naquin (Stone Interiors), Tony Malisani (Malisani, Inc.), Marty Gould (Focalize Consulting), and Eric Tryon (Premier Surfaces). 

Several locations will also offer optional events the day before the Stone Summit, including CEU courses and MIA Accreditation Immersion Classes. 

The schedule for the 2016 Stone Industry Education Series is as follows: 

February 18: 
Charlotte, N.C. (M S International)

March 10:
Albuquerque, NM 
(Arizona Tile)

May 11:
Edison, NJ
(M S International)

May 19:
Seattle, WA 
(M S International)

June 9:
Wixom, MI 
(M S International)

June 23:
Toronto, Ontario
(Cosentino Center)

July 14:
Birmingham, AL 
(Pacific Shore Stones)

September 22:
Minneapolis, MN 
(M S International)

October 6:
San Antonio, Texas

October 19:
San Diego, CA 
(Arizona Tile) 

Participants who register before February 1, 2016 will receive 20% off their registration. For more information, please visit

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the application of natural stone products for 70 years. More information can be found on the association’s website: