OBERLIN, OH and CHESTERTOWN, NY -- Realstone Systems of Troy, MI, has been named 2015 Educator of the Year by the MIA CEU program. The company presented a total of 62 CEU classes in 2015, a group effort among 10 members of the Realstone team.

"The CEU program is an irreplaceable tool," said Shea Quarton, territory manager for Realstone Systems. "I have developed strong relationships over the past three years as a result of my involvement with the program. I am very grateful for the opportunity to give these presentations!"

2015 was the strongest year for the CEU program to date, with a total of 338 CEU classes held and 3,759 architects and design professionals educated. The number of certified speakers doubled in 2015, and 24 companies were added to the program, which is a new record. Two new courses, "The Art of Specifying Natural Stone" and "Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone: ANSI/NSC 373" were also added to the course roster and have been well-received. 

With a total of 24 presentations, reaching 250 architects, Ralph Crozier, architectural manager at Garden State Tile in Philadelphia, PA, was named 2015 Speaker of the Year by the CEU program. "I always enjoy educating architects and designers, and they have given such amazing feedback," he said. "I have had many people say it was the best presentation they have seen in an extremely long time."

Sarah Gregg, CEU administrator at MIA+BSI, looks forward to the future of the CEU program and added, "I want to thank each and every speaker involved in our program in 2015 for their commitment to the stone industry. In 2016, the MIA and BSI CEU programs will merge, creating a cohesive program with even more speakers, companies and resources