â€œWe expect several more member-ships to come in from the show and that we will reach an all-time high of 1,200 members by December 31,â€ said Garis F. Distelhorst, Executive Vice President of the association, which serves as an authoritative source of technical infor-mation on natural stone and the leading advocate for the use of real stone in commercial and residential settings.
MIA members also elected a new Board of Directors at the annual meeting and appointed Scott Lardner of Rocky Mountain Stone Co. in Albuquerque, NM, MIA President for 2005. â€œIt is truly an honor to serve MIA in this capacity at this exciting time, when membership continues to swell in response to the very real advances MIA is making in serving the needs of the natural stone professional and the natural stone industry as a whole,â€ said Lardner, who succeeds Paul Vigna of Artisan Tile & Marble of New Jersey.
Other business included the approval by the MIA membership of an amended and restated set of MIA bylaws. The MIA Board also approved a Partnership Agreement with Hanley Wood, the new owner of StonExpo, through which MIA becomes a leading sponsor of StonExpo for the next 45 years. Hanley Wood's Exhibitions Division conducts 12 premier industry trade shows and events, including World of Concrete, one of the top 20 trade show events in the country.
â€œMIA plans to work closely with Hanley Wood to make StonExpo an even more powerful educational event,â€ said Distelhorst, noting that MIA has traditionally sponsored StonExpo's educational programming. â€œAll of our seminars enjoyed robust attendance this year, with 80 or more registering for each. Several of our newest programs, including Small Shop Countertop Fabrication and Exterior Cladding, proved especially popular.â€
Sales of MIA educational materials were also brisk, particularly for the much-anticipated â€œBasics of Stone Shop Safetyâ€ CD and the new â€œGranite Cleanabilityâ€ poster that touts the hygienic benefits of granite countertops.
Presentation of the highly coveted MIA Pinnacle Awards for achievement in natural stone commercial and residential projects was another highlight of the annual meeting. Winning projects are featured on MIA's Web site at: www.marble-institute.com and in a full-color brochure available from MIA.
The following is a list of the 2005 MIA Board of Directors: