OBERLIN, OH -- Jeffrey Matthews, owner of Trade International, Inc. of Atlanta, GA, and one of the natural stone industry's most knowledgeable experts, has been awarded the 2014 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement, the industry's highest honor, by the Marble Institute of America (MIA). It was presented at MIA's annual awards luncheon at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas in Las Vegas, NV, on January 22, 2015.

Matthews has been in the stone industry since the early 1970's, amassing more than four decades of experience in sales, marketing consulting and service to the industry and the MIA. He has visited over 30 countries, over 300 quarries and inspected more than 400 factories worldwide.

In 1986, after several years of service to the MIA as an officer and director, he was named the association's youngest president.Over the years, he and other officers were instrumental in revising the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM), producing the MIA Stone Color Book, and assisting the MIA with becoming a more relevant organization. Once off the board, his involvement with the MIA continued. Matthews assisted in authoring the early version of the Stone Selection & Stone Testing technical bulletin, as well as helping to complete version six of DSDM, after MIA technical director Vincent Migliore passed away. Today, Matthews is still consumed with learning and helping others do a better job in selling and producing better projects.  He is currently working with other MIA volunteers on a new "Supplier to Buyer" stone manual which will debut this year.

"His vast knowledge makes him a valuable asset to our industry," said David Carnevale of Carnevale and Lohr in Bell Gardens, CA, in a letter nominating Matthews for the award.

"But more than that is his unwavering dedication to the betterment of our industry."