CLEVELAND, OH -- Tony Malisani, of natural stone fabricator Malisani, Inc., has been elected President of the Marble Institute of America (MIA), the 1,600-member global organization representing the natural stone industry.

Malisani is an owner of the third-generation, family-owned specialty contracting company and natural stone fabrication shop. He has been working in the industry for over 25 years, and his company completes ceramic tile, terrazzo and dimension stone projects of all sizes and types. Malisani previously served on the MIA Accreditation Development committee. His firm is one of the first companies in the nation to receive the coveted "Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator" credential.

At the same time of Malisani's election, Dan Rea of Coldspring in Cold Spring, MN, was selected as Vice President; David Castellucci of Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc. of Lincoln, RI, as Secretary and Jon Lancto of Surface Products in Cornelius, NC, as Treasurer. They all assumed office during StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas in Las Vegas, NV, during the MIA annual meeting.

The MIA also elected three new members to the association's Board of Directors. David Carnevale of Carnevale & Lohr, Inc. in Bell Gardens, CA, was chosen to represent zone seven (Pacific); Brenda Edwards of TexaStone Quarries in Garden City, TX, was selected to represent Zone five (Mid-South) and Robert Zavagno, Jr. of the Cleveland Marble Mosaic Co. in Cleveland, OH, was selected to fill an at-large position on the board.