Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award
The MIA+BSI Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award will single out one craftsman who has physically performed outstanding stone fabrication and/or installation over a period of many years. The individual candidate must have served as an apprentice stone mason and risen through the ranks as journeyman stone mason, foreman and superintendent. In addition, the person honored must have a solid track record of leadership and mentorship — a real educator for those he works with.
While the innate beauty and durability of natural stone is what attracts customers to our products, there is nothing more important than excellence dedicated in craftsmanship to get the most out of nature's oldest building material. That's why the Marble Institute of America established an award to recognize a single individual whose body of work in the natural stone industry stands out above all else.
The competition to select the Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year is open to all MIA+BSI members. To be considered, the craftsman must submit an application detailing his career, plus a letter of nomination from his current employer. In addition, the entry submission should include at least three descriptions and photos of completed projects along with a write-up describing the candidate's role in the project.
2016 Award Winner
Andrew Swinley, Red Leaf Stone
Past Award Recipients
2015 — Regis Studeny, Rugo Stone, Lorton, VA
2014 — Stefano Follega, Grazzini Brothers & Co., Eagan, Minnesota
2013 — Samy Beshara, Marmi Natural Stone, Norcross, Georgia
2012 — John Kunz, KEPCO+
2011 — Daniel (Danny) Catania, Miller Druck Specialty Contracting, Inc.
2010 — Jimmy Ternent, Rugo Stone LLC
2009 — Randy Severson, Carrara Marble Company of America, Inc. (1st recipient)