The Marble Institute of America (MIA) held its annual Pinnacle Awards luncheon during The International Surface Event (TISE) West. The event, which recognizes projects whose beauty, creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone in commercial and residential environments, was held on Thursday, January 22.

Before the awards ceremony took place, a tribute video was played in memory of Michael Reis, long-time Stone World editor who passed away unexpectedly on February 7, 2014. Michael joined Stone World in March of 1993 and became editor in 1995. While he is certainly missed on both a personal and professional level, we have continued to publish Stone World with his spirit in mind. The tribute video was a nice way for those in the industry to remember Michael.