OBERLIN, OH --Natural Stone Institute is pleased to announce that Michael Picco (PICCO Engineering) has been selected to join the association’s executive committee as assistant secretary.

Picco commented: “I am honored to have been selected to the Natural Stone Institute executive committee. Having worked in the industry for over thirty years, I hope to use my experience and work closely with my peers to help facilitate the continued use of natural stone and growth of the market.”

David Carnevale (Carnevale & Lohr), 2018 Natural Stone Institute president, looks forward to the experience Picco will bring to this leadership position: “Coming from the technical side of the natural stone industry, Michael will broaden the diversity and perspective of the executive committee, which has historically been mostly comprised of quarriers and contractors. He is the perfect candidate to keep the Institute focused on being the leader in technical research and education for natural stone.”

The Natural Stone Institute executive committee is currently comprised of President Carnevale, Vice President Greg Osterhout (Northern Stone Supply), Treasurer Robert Zavagno (Cleveland Marble Mosaic Co.) and Secretary Kathy Spanier (Coldspring). 

Nominations are currently being accepted for two seats on the Natural Stone Institute Board of Directors. Nominations are being accepted for Zone 5 (South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas) and Zone 7 (Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington). Nominations are due Friday, August 31. To learn more, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/boardelections.