Overall, it was a very successful show for MIA, which broke a new membership record when it enrolled its 1,000th member at the event. Hilltop Contracting of Clark Lake, MI, became the 1,000th natural stone business to join the organization. The organization's Cornerstone Forum seminars were also well received in Atlanta. â€œOver 3,100 registered for MIA educational seminars this year, an increase of nearly 75% from 2002,â€ reported MIA Executive Vice President Garis F. Distelhorst. â€œMIA introduced several new educational seminars for fabricators and installers and all were enthusiastically received. Architects and designers also responded positively to the new sessions designed expressly for them.â€ According to Distelhorst, StonExpo registrants numbered over 5,000, up 25% from the previous year. StonExpo also recorded a record number of exhibitors and exhibit space.
MIA also presented its highly coveted Pinnacle Awards for achievement in natural stone commercial and residential projects to 10 member companies and posthumously awarded the first MIA Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement to the late Vincent R. Migliore, MIA's long-time Technical Director who passed away in November. Pinnacle Award-winning projects are featured on MIA's web site - www.marble-institute.com - and in a full-color brochure available from MIA.