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INDEX: May 2014

This month we profile two innovative businesses. Our cover story features Artistic Stone Design, a thriving company operating in the Richmond, Virgina area. Their business strategy and marketing efforts have been so successful for them that larger companies should pay attention: here is someone doing things right.  We also feature BCD Management, and their creative and innovative use of simple technology to solve an age-old problem with wet stone surfaces: slip prevention. We present the incomparable work of master carver Daniel Sinclair as our Profiles in Sculpture this month, and conclude the MIA Pinnacle Awards. We have a lot of good advice to share this month on the value of motivating and training – with thanks to our many special contributors. Send your letters and comments to  – Larry Hood, Editor

May 2014 Issue Articles

Artistic Stone Design Rocks the Richmond, Virgina Market, by Peter J. Marcucci

Some Guys Have All the Luck 

Be Thinking About New Hires and Training Resources, by Tony Malisani

Slip Protection with Style: The Core of BCD Management Surface Specialist, Inc., Joel Davis

Samy Beshara of Marmi Natural Stone Named MIA Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year

MIA Releases 2013 Benchmarking Survey 

Wake Up and Smell the Bacon 

The NKBA Announces the Release of the 2nd Edition Kitchen & Bath Design Book 

Hanley Wood Exhibitions Announces “Best of Show” Award Recipients at The International Surface Event 2014

Want Accountability? Look in the Mirror First!, by Richard Pierce Thomas 

Stone Forensics to Offer Stone Inspectors Program in Florida

Upcoming Training Opportunities at Braxton-Bragg

Del Conca USA Brings Italian Tile Technology to Rural East Tennessee, by Joel Davis 

Don’t You Judge Me 

From the Mouths of Babes, by Sam Venable 

Sports Quote of the Month  

Burger King Baby Finds Her Mom 

Equipment (Alone) Can’t Save You, by Aaron J. Crowley

Acme Brick Tile & Stone First to Distribute DC USA Tile  

Stones of the World: The Timeless Colors of Greece, by Peter J. Marcucci

The Stone Detective, by Frederick M. Hueston, PhD  

Getting Your Employees to Commit to Customer Service, by Bill Sims, Jr.  

Restoration & Maintenance Corner, by Bob Murrell 

The Slippery Rock Classifieds 

MIA Releases Two New Radon/Radiation Studies 

Jésus González III Receives 2013 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement 

Introducing Aqua Art™ Mosaic Tiles Developed for the Pool & Spa Industry 

The Varmint County Chronicles, by Boomer Winfrey 

2013 MIA Pinnacle Awards, Part 2  

Profiles in Sculpture: A Lineage of Images by Artist Daniel Sinclair, by Peter J. Marcucci 

A Papal Prize

2014 Pinnacle Awards Entry Forms Now Available 



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