Stone World organizes events several times a year in various locations around the country in partnership with the Natural Stone Institute. While our virtual events proved successful during the pandemic, we are all excited to get back to meeting with industry members in person.
The world and the stone industry lost the physical presence of a great person recently, however, Larry Crowley’s contributions left a legacy to our industry. On June 20th of this year, Larry Crowley made the journey to be with his almighty father. I lift my glass to celebrate the life of a dear friend and a great man.
While I have seen booked-matched slabs form shower and bathroom walls, floor-to-ceiling fireplaces and even used as an interior accent wall, I have never seen ones used so creatively as a striking headboard in a bedroom.
Just about everyone working in the stone business has been asked about the value and benefits of natural stone at one time or another. When your sales people are asked this question, will they have the answer or will they struggle with their response?
I recently returned from Las Vegas to attend TISE. I must admit, a few months ago when I made the decision to go I was excited but still a little apprehensive. But by the time I was in the airport, I suddenly enjoyed the feeling of being “normal” again. And once I entered the Mandalay Bay, it felt good to be back.
One of the biggest frustrations I have had over the years with a lot of stone fabrication companies is their unwillingness to invest into human capital. Many owners seem reluctant to hire and develop middle-level managers because they see it as an unnecessary expense.
Stories of stone accidents and injuries go back generations. It is common to meet people that work in the stone business who have a story to tell. Stories of their mishaps and close calls provide a glimpse into their world.
As we head into summer, I have to say that the future is looking brighter. Life is starting to feel more like it did pre-pandemic. I am excited that in a few weeks I will be traveling to Las Vegas for The International Surface Event (TISE).
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