ST. LOUIS, MO - Jialin “Charles” Qi has joined Global Granite & Marble as a sales engineer. Qi brings seven years of sales, marketing and engineering experience - both domestic and international - to the Global Granite & Marble team.

His newly created position will support sales of two types of machinery he helped introduce to the U.S. market: the Global Easy EdgerTM and the Global Vanity MasterTM. As sales engineer, Qi will offer technical advice to customers and help the machinery manufacturer improve design and quality. His responsibilities include machine demonstration, customer assistance with problem-solving and post-sales technical and training support.

Prior to joining Global Granite & Marble as a full-time employee, Qi worked as a summer intern for the company during graduate school, communicating with Chinese suppliers, developing the company's Web site and implementing new methods of inventory control. He has worked as a consultant with Allsteel Inc. of Muscatine, IA. Qi also brings experience from his work as marketing manager for Guiyang Tristar Machinery Co., Ltd. of Guiyang, Guizhou, China; and founder, president and project manager for Shanghai Wudai Digital Technology Co., Ltd. of Shanghai, China.

Qi received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He also earned a master's degree in operations management from the Henry B. Tippie School of Management in Iowa City, IA.

Now at Global Granite & Marble, Qi will focus on advancing the applications of the Global Easy Edgerâ„¢ and the Global Vanity Masterâ„¢. The tools are the latest precision instruments for fabricators who want to keep pace with orders for natural stone applications specified by architects, designers and custom homebuilders, reports the company. Available in North America, exclusively through Global Granite & Marble, the tools are versatile, affordable and of exceptional quality. They can increase fabricator capacity and supplement existing equipment.