Florida Stone Summit – February 14, 2024


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Marble of the World
3001 W Copans Rd
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
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Date: February 15, 2024


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Analyzing Shop Performance

The Stone Industry Education Series is coming to Florida! Join us for a day of education and networking in Florida. Learn how to diversify your business, find and retain top talent, and understand OSHA safety regulations. Don't miss the opportunity - this one day workshop will only be available in your area once this year.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what metrics to follow as you develop your business plan.
  • Discuss how to create a team that will optimize efficiency and build customer satisfaction. 
  • Create a plan to help your company maximize profits.

Registration Fee


for Installers & Fabricators


for Suppliers & Stone Distributors

Earn two free registrations

Non-Natural Stone Institute member companies who join prior to the seminar can send two employees free of charge (a $198 value). For more information about membership, go to www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/whyjoin or call 440.250.9222 and ask for Katie Quintin.


Eric Tryon, Malisani, Inc.

Industry Leaders participating in the Fabricator Breakout Groups


Stone Industry Education

8:30 am


9:00 am

Welcome and Attendee Introductions

9:15 am

Analyzing Shop Performance

10:30 am


10:45 am

Analyzing Shop Performance (Continued)


Host Presentation

12:10 pm

Facility Tour

1:30 pm

Fabricator Breakout Sessions

  • Group 1: Business Management (Benchmarking, Hiring and Retaining Employees, etc.)
  • Group 2: Technical (Stone Characteristics, Technical Standards, etc.)
  • Group 3: Marketing (Setting Expectations Customer Relations, etc.)
3:00 pm

Closing and Reception

Target Audience

Business owners, marketing professionals, and other employees interested in growing their business, networking with suppliers, and/or learning “best practices” about running a successful fabrication business.

Natural vs. Manmade Materials: Interior Applications
February 14th, 2024 from 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Speaker: Mark Meriaux, Natural Stone Institute 
Marble of the World, 3001 W Copans Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Register for the Natural vs. Manmade Materials: Interior Applications course here.


Natural stone has been the premier building material of choice throughout history, thanks to its durability and timeless aesthetic. Inherently beautiful and versatile, it’s no wonder that manmade materials aim to replicate its attributes, appearance and ultimately its desirability.

This course will compare the versatility, performance characteristics, and green building considerations for both natural stone and manmade materials. Understanding these key points will prepare you with knowledge for design concepts, applications and how to educate the consumer.

Styles change from season to season, but mother nature creates unique designs in natural stone that are historically innovative and always on trend.

Learning objectives include:

  1. Define and explain attributes to understand what can affect the performance of both natural stone and manmade materials in interior applications.
  2. Compare and contrast the attributes and installation capabilities of natural stone and manmade materials to understand the optimal building material choice for project design and installation.
  3. Discuss common green building considerations for these materials, including embodied energy, potentially harmful ingredients, and land impacts.
  4. Learn which innovative design trends can be satisfied using natural stone, including biophilic design, complex geometries, and textures, to offer the consumer both creative and aesthetic opportunity.


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