2018 MIA+BSI Convention


Date: Sunday, February 25th - Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Location: Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, Texas

Contact: Jane Bennett or Gina De Nardo
Email: or
Phone: 518-803-4336 or 440-250-9222

Registration, Sponsorship Opportunities and Auction Donation info Coming Soon!

Join us at the Hotel Contessa, an all-suite hotel overlooking the San Antonio River Walk for our 2018 Annual Convention, a 4-day member retreat that offers the ideal blend of education, fellowship, and fun and also provides unmatched benefit for all sectors of the natural stone industry. We kick off the event on Sunday with the Tucker Design Awards and banquet at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The Annual Convention is the perfect stone industry immersion resource for member companies seeking to develop the skills and knowledge of new employees, and a valued networking opportunity for developing new business relationships in a relaxed setting.

NOTE:  Hotel reservations must be made “on your own”.  A reduced group rate and block of rooms have been established at the hotel with both a direct phone line, and an online reservation system available for MIA+BSI members.  Tucker Design Award and Convention registration WILL NOT include lodging costs.  Attendees are encouraged to book at the Hotel Contessa for optimal networking and convenience. 

Monday through Wednesday Enjoy:

  • Tours of local member facilities
  • Team building challenge
  • Educational and professional development sessions
  • Structured local activities
  • Benefit auction

Convention Session topics to include:

  • Attracting and Retaining New Employees to Our Industry/Creating a Good Work Culture
  • Succession Planning
  • Women in Stone - Mentoring New Members
  • Gary Sinise Foundation Presentation
  • Advocacy Group Discussions

General Schedule of Activities for the Event:  (times are subject to change)

SUNDAY 2/25  
Tucker Design Awards  |  Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

An early evening awards ceremony and presentation of the Bybee Prize, followed by a celebratory reception and dinner. 

Off-site Tours | Team Building
Visit Alamo Tile & Stone’s fabrication and distribution center followed by lunch and a showroom tour at Triton Stone. Triton Stone will also host a geology tour of the slab showroom. Afterwards, become familiar with San Antonio on our team challenge scavenger hunt!

Breakout Sessions | Activities
Start the day with educational and professional development sessions. Spend the afternoon experiencing San Antonio: Quarry Golf Course; Bicycle Tours; Kayak on the River; Shop and Dine in the Pearl District, and more!

Breakout Sessions | Auction  

Spend the morning and afternoon at selected educational and professional development sessions. In the evening, enjoy a group dinner and benefit auction.
A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to hurricane and wild fire relief efforts.

Depart Hotel Contessa | Convention Concluded


Additional Information:

Hotel Contessa is just a 10 minute drive from San Antonio Airport. Once you've arrived at the hotel, you can easily access restaurants and activities via river boat taxi, on foot alongside the river walk or by Uber and taxi services.

San Antonio in February - Average High Temperature of 67° F and Average Low Temperature of 44°. This is one of the driest months for San Antonio, however you should still pack a rain coat just in case..

All meetings, education sessions and tour are Business Casual.  Dressy attire is suggested for Sunday night Tucker Design Awards. 

San Antonio
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Hotel Attractions

  • Located directly on the River Walk
  • Woodhouse Day Spa offering full-service massage therapy
  • Heated Rooftop Pool with a hot tub overlooking the downtown San Antonio skyline
  • 24 Hour Fitness Center with cardio and strength equipment alongside free weights
  • La Rabmlas Restaurant  and the Cork Bar (indoor & outdoor seating) offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Cork Bar offers specialty cocktails, beer and wine.
  • In-room dining
  • Spacious and bright meeting rooms

Close by:

  • The Alamo
  • Many museums and galleries
  • Zoo, aquarium and a wildlife ranch 
  • Caves and caverns
  • Ghost Tours
  • Botanical Garden
  • Schlitterbahn Water Park


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