The Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Stone World magazine have announced that they are conducting two separate one-day, fabricator-focused educational seminars in July of 2010. Registration for events in both Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Denver, CO, is now open.
The first-ever MIA/SW seminar in Canada
will be held in Calgary
on July 20. Mondial Granite and Marble will host this event, and MIA-accredited
fabricator Tony Malisani of Malisani Inc. will be the featured speaker. “We are
excited to bring our first-ever event to Canada
and looking forward to networking with the fabricators in the Calgary market,” said Jim Hieb, MIA Vice
President. “Tony will be featuring some great information about understanding
your costs, financial benchmarking and diversification.”
A bonus session is also being planned to showcase how fabricators can become
accredited, as well as offer CEU (continuing education) classes to architects
The “Business Success for Fabrictors” seminar will also be presented in Denver
on July 22, and it will be hosted by Daltile. Duane Naquin of Stone Interiors
will be the primary speaker. As an MIA-accredited fabricator and chair of the
MIA Education Committee, Naquin brings perspectives that will help fabricators.
Attendees will have an opportunity to receive the 2009 fabricator financial
benchmarking survey, which highlights key operational
A recent presentation of the “Business Success for Fabricators” seminar in Ft.
Lauderdale, FL, drew high praise from attendees:
“Tony Malisani provided great food for thought; no magic bullets, but
information and examples that made you think about how to tailor your own
business to get the most out of today’s business climate.” - Jeff Wilson,
Macata Stone and Tile Design, LLC, Vero Beach, FL
“Mr. Malisani . . . was not only very informative, but engaging as well. It was
eye opening and well worth the time spent. The entire day exceeded my
expectations greatly. I would recommend this type of educational/informational
event to anyone in our industry, and urge them to take the time to look at our
business with fresh eyes, as it seems we develop tunnel vision about both our
business and our clientele.” - Rick Watson, Italbec U.S., Inc., Dania Beach,
“I thought there was a lot of business information that is helpful for all
types of business, and being that it was geared towards the stone industry, it
gave everyone ideas to implement into their daily work. Tony has the perfect
personality to relay that information and enough wit to keep it interesting.” -
Missy Rehfuss, Marble of the World, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Registration for this event is just $99 per person, and companies that register
two people can bring a third person for free. Registration also includes lunch,
a networking reception and a $25 coupon to the event bookstore. For more
information, go online to www.stoneworld.com/miaeducation or call the MIA
office at 440-250-9222.
STONE WORLD/MIA â€œBUSINESS SUCCESS FOR FABRICATORSâ€ SEMINARS PLANNED FOR JULY 2010 IN CALGARY AND DENVER . . .
July 1, 2010