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Welcome to Countertop Resource

CountertopResource.com is the most comprehensive source for information related to countertop fabrication. It was founded as both a labor of love and the culmination of years of research and work behind the scenes in the countertop fabrication industry. Since the effort to develop this comprehensive source of news and information relevant to countertop fabricators began in 2012, the response has been tremendous, which only pushes the founders to provide the company’s audience and clients with new features and increasingly relevant, original material to help drive the businesses to new heights.

CountertopResource.com is a grass roots organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and the founders and directors strive to provide friendly, personable service to each and every client. Even as the company continues to expand and weave its way ever deeper into the industry, the services provided will always be based on these humble beginnings that emphasize responsive service. In addition, CountertopResource.com’s database is already the largest of its kind, and it continues to grow and be refined on a monthly basis.

For further information, do not hesitate to send us your questions, thoughts, ideas or concerns via email, postal mail or telephone at the addresses and numbers available on our contact page.


So Who Are We?


Howie-PHowie Phillips – Publisher and Idea Man
Howie Phillips is the chief backer and driving force behind the establishment of CountertopResource.com. He has worked as a leader in several industries, both consumer-driven and B2B, and shows complete confidence in the company and its personnel. However, he chooses to remain mostly behind the scenes, providing valuable resources, insight and advice. As the publisher of CountertopResource.com, he consults on content, marketing and client services/relationships with the website’s staff and is committed in his efforts to produce a quality site that serves the needs of fabricators and the countertop industry as a whole.

Brian Jones – Editor, Lead Content Manager and Jack-of-All-Trades
Brian Jones fell into the countertop fabrication industry as a result of his career as a freelance writer and is now the co-founder, editor and operations director of  CountertopResource.com. He has ghost written several articles for industry magazines, including Solid Surface Magazine and Surface Fabrication, as well as numerous industry websites. In addition to his time as a writer/researcher, Brian also pulls from his years of experience with B2B and retail business. Brian has not only worked in management, but also as a consultant and software analyst for the appliance, music and hearth and home sectors. However, he is now happy to turn all of his attention to the business of countertop fabrication.

Chad Thomas Head Shot LRhorizonatChad Thomas – Sales Director
Chad Thomas has more than 15 years of experience in the countertop and surfacing industry, having started at Integra Adhesives in 2001, where he was an integral part of its sales and product development. In 2010, he left Integra to found Gluewarehouse.com, a very successful e-commerce start-up, dedicated to the sale of adhesives and accessories for the surfacing industry. Throughout his tenure in the industry, Thomas has developed friendships and a host of contacts with fabricators, as well as product suppliers. He now assists suppliers and manufacturers in developing their customer base through marketing with CountertopResource.com. he also leads sales for CountertopResource.com’s companion website GreenSurfaceResource.com.

Rebecca Devlin – Website Administrator/Database Manager
Rebecca Devlin has a diverse background including management at a large technology manufacturer, accounting, database management and customer service. She assists diligently behind the scenes in writing and editing content for the website, as well as handling database and technical projects. She is known as “being the glue” that holds the company together behind the scenes and works out of her office in Wisconsin.

Sydne Unnerstall – Content Development Specialist
Sydne Unnerstall is the newest member of the team. She is a recent college graduate with a knack for concise writing and a background in web publishing. She generates unique content for the website developed from various industry sources with an eye for key information that affects countertop and allied businesses. She works out of her office in Illinois where she resides with her growing family.

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