The Marble Institute of America (MIA) will hold the first of three advanced residential countertop sales and production seminars in Knoxville, TN, from March 2 to 3, 2006. The event is a combination of classroom instruction coupled with hands-on equipment demonstrations.

The first advanced seminar will be hosted by VIC International, which is headquartered in Knoxville. Other advanced sessions are slated for Portland, OR, from July 13 to 14, 2006 and Boston, MA, from August 17 to 18.

“We're pleased to host the site of the first advanced countertop seminar and support the MIA's regional education program,” said J. Vic Green, President of VIC International. “This seminar is for companies thinking about growth in the future, and it will help identify markets, sales targets, equipment and procedures that must be in place.”

Principal instructor will be G.K. Naquin, a 33-year industry veteran who was named “Fabricator of the Year” by Stone World in 2005. Naquin and his partners operate Stone Interiors LLC, with facilities in Loxley, AL, and Columbia, SC, and Naquin is considered one of the industry's leading countertop experts.

The first day of the seminar will focus on classroom discussions on sales and marketing and taking fabrication and installation businesses to the next level. Day two will offer leading edge equipment demonstrations in a production setting, designed to help increase production and productivity.

Attendees can take part in one or both days of the seminar and fee structures have been designed to accommodate either one- or two-day attendance. The MIA member rate is $329 for both days, with substantial discounts for multiple company attendees. Non-members can register for $379 for both days. Early registration discounts are also available.

For complete information on the seminar, visit or call 440-250-9222.