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CountertopResource.com Hires Countertop Industry Veteran Chad Thomas as Sales Director

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CountertopResource.com Hires Countertop Industry Veteran Chad Thomas as Sales Director

Posted on 30 January 2017 by cradmin

Chad Thomas, well known in the countertop/surfacing fabrication industry is CountertopResource's new Sales Directo

Chad Thomas, well known in the countertop/surfacing fabrication industry is CountertopResource.com’s new Sales Director

CountertopResource.com, the leader in information portals for the countertop industry and its subsidiaries, is pleased to announce that it has hired Chad Thomas as its Sales Director.

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 countertop and surfacing fabricators, as well as other product suppliers and the media. In his new role, he will be assisting suppliers and manufacturers of countertop and surfacing-related products to develop their audience through marketing with CountertopResource.com. Thomas will also handle sales of the marketing products related to CountertopResource.com’s companion website GreenSurfaceResource.com.

“CountertopResource.com and GreensurfaceResource.com are the industry’s best sites for countertop content,” commented Thomas on the new position. “I am excited about being part of the team. I’m really looking forward to reconnecting the relationships I’ve made over the years and making new ones as well.”

“With Chad’s in-depth knowledge of countertop fabrication, high level of respect for and from the industry and extensive contact base, we know he will be a great addition to the team of expert writers and researchers at both CountertopResource.com and GreenSurfaceResource.com,” said Brian Jones, Editor & Content Manager of the sites. “We expect Chad’s expertise to allow us to continue to grow the websites in new directions to better serve our audience with expanded content and new offerings.”

Thomas officially began the role on January 16 and can be reached for comment at cthomas@countertopresource.com or by phone at (360) 922-9191.

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ISFA Promotes Bryan Stannard to Executive Director

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ISFA Promotes Bryan Stannard to Executive Director

Posted on 23 January 2017 by CRadmin3

Bryan Stannard ISFA Executive Director

Bryan Stannard New ISFA Executive Director

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) promoted Bryan Stannard to the position of ISFA Executive Director, after having previously served as Membership Director. Stannard was named Acting Executive Director in early November 2016, replacing Mike Langenderfer, who served as the Interim Executive Director since November of 2015. In January, the position was made permanent.

“Bryan is a knowledgeable professional with nearly two decades of experience in the surfacing industry,” said ISFA President Ryan Miller. “He has a lot of great ideas for advancing the association. The ISFA Board of Directors is confident he will do a great job in the role.”

Before taking on his previous role as ISFA Membership Director, Stannard held a variety of positions in the surfacing industry including surfacing manager for ITW Polymers Sealants North America, commercial manager for DuPont, and strategic account manager for IPS. He has also served three years as an Associate Board Member with ISFA and has been a member of ISFA since its inception.

“My goal is to grow not only the membership of ISFA, but also the number and depth of member benefits the association offers,” said Stannard. “I am excited to take on this responsibility and getting out to meet with our members to find out how we can better serve them going forward.”

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L.E. Smith Company Launches New Quartz Program and Quoting Technology

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L.E. Smith Company Launches New Quartz Program and Quoting Technology

Posted on 20 January 2017 by CRadmin3

A screen shot of LE Smith's new SQUAD countertop quoting system

A screen shot of LE Smith’s new SQUAD countertop quoting system that allows clients to quote jobs independantly

The L.E. Smith Company introduced a unique quartz countertop offering and a web-based quartz quoting tool. Both investments support the evolving business needs of their broad client base, and exemplify L.E. Smith’s passion for bringing meaningful value to the construction and kitchen and bath industries.

According to the company, the new quartz countertop program is unique to the industry because clients are not charged for offall. “Clients are amazed and ecstatic when I share that they are only charged for the material that they use. They are all accustomed to having to pay for full sheets and additional square footage. This program eliminates that issue for them,” stated Brian Smith, Owner and Director of Sales. Smith also shared that the variety and quantity of “in stock” colors from known brands Viatera®, Hanstone®, Silestone®, Wilsonart® Quartz, and TruQuartz is unique to the industry.  The program boasts 40+ colors (with more coming,) a fast lead time (just 2-3 weeks from sign-off,) and the ability to quote countertop projects online.

To offer quoting in real time, L.E. Smith developed a web-based technology solution named SQUAD.  SQUAD allows clients to independently quote a Quartz kitchen, bathroom, or multi-unit project in minutes and with confidence.  SQUAD houses quotes in a client library, and long term, will allow clients to quote and order for all projects and in all surfaces.  SQUAD will also house online training, industry resources, and sales analytics.  When asked about the unique name, Laura Juarez, CEO and President of L.E. Smith indicated that, “We liked the name SQUAD because it really conveys who we are to our clients.  We’re their SQUAD, working for them 24-7.  We have their back, and we’re always striving to bring them the products and technology that they need to succeed.”

For more information about the company and its offerings, visit www.lesmith.com.

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Clio Holdings, LLC Acquires Top Master, Inc.

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Clio Holdings, LLC Acquires Top Master, Inc.

Posted on 18 January 2017 by CRadmin3

Top MasterClio Holdings, LLC of Birmingham, Mich. has acquired Top Master, Inc. of Kansas City, KS, expanding its footprint of regional countertop fabrication businesses to eight states. Top Master, a portfolio company of CID Capital, Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind., is a designer, fabricator and installer of a comprehensive line of custom countertop products, including granite, quartz and solid surface, used in both residential and commercial applications. Jordan, Knauff & Company served as exclusive financial advisor to Top Master and CID Capital throughout the transaction.

Founded in 1984, Top Master has operations in five locations primarily serving the Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska markets. As a result of successful partnerships in each market with big box home improvement retailers, kitchen and bath dealer networks, homebuilders and commercial contractors, Top Master has grown to become the largest provider of countertops to the residential remodeling and new residential construction markets in the Midwest. The Company has been recognized for its extensive product offering and commitment to customer service.

Clio was founded in 2016 with a vision to create an industry leading supplier and fabricator of countertops, providing the capital and operational expertise to implement best practices across this highly fragmented industry.

Michael Varone, President of Top Master, stated that partnering with Clio will allow the company to continue its commitment to customer service while enhancing the products, services and opportunities offered to customers, suppliers and team members.

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Cosentino Receives 2016 Home Depot Supplier of the Year Award

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Cosentino Receives 2016 Home Depot Supplier of the Year Award

Posted on 16 January 2017 by CRadmin3

cosentino Cosentino Group, a  producer and distributor of natural stone, quartz, recycled and architectural surfaces, was honored with the 2016 Home Depot Supplier of the Year Award during the retailer’s annual supplier conference at its headquarters in Atlanta. Suppliers that have gone above and beyond in their collaboration with The Home Depot were recognized. Cosentino was acknowledged for its continued commitment to product innovation, speed to market and collaborative spirit with The Home Depot’s business model in North America.

“This award is the merit recognition of a collaboration from multiple divisions across Cosentino, including product innovation and design, manufacturing, logistics, account management, sales and marketing,” says Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “Building our relationship with The Home Depot has been a key component in expanding Cosentino’s presence in North America and we look forward to further success for both brands as our partnership continues and grows.”

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Interior Design Magazine Honors BLANCO

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Interior Design Magazine Honors BLANCO

Posted on 13 January 2017 by CRadmin3

BLANCO Interior Design AwardBLANCO, the German manufacturer of sinks and faucets, announced the BLANCO IKON® Apron Front Single Bowl Sink and the BLANCO ARTONA® faucet as honorees in the Kitchen Fixtures and Kitchen Fittings categories at the 2016 Interior Design’s Best of Year (BoY) Awards.

The BoY Awards, hosted by Interior Design Magazine is one of the year’s most prestigious awards in design for architects, designers and manufacturers. Now in its eleventh year, the 2016 BoY Awards received over 80,000 votes for 2,000 of the year’s most renowned products. A full list of winners and honorees can be found in the December issue of Interior Design or by visiting interiordesign.net.

BLANCO IKON is the first Apron Front sink of its kind. Made of BLANCO’s patented SILGRANIT® material, the company states that IKON is the perfect combination of design, function and durability.

The BLANCO ARTONA® faucet with pull-down spray is offered in a variety of dual finishes to coordinate with BLANCO’s SILGRANIT colors.

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Laser Products Announces Strategic Workforce Changes

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Laser Products Announces Strategic Workforce Changes

Posted on 10 January 2017 by CRadmin3

laser-productsLaser Products Industries (LPI) announced two workforce changes that are intended to continue the company’s rapid growth and to better position it to realize future strategic initiatives.

Rich Katzmann was promoted to President, continuing to report to Dan Louis, owner and CEO. Since joining Laser Products almost one year ago as the VP of Sales and Marketing, Katzmann has lead the company into record growth, expanded its sales force and entered new markets including the recently announced partnership with Slabsmith. Trained as a Nuclear Engineer, Katzmann changed careers to co-own and manage several highly successful start-up companies.

Laser Products also announced the hiring of Brian Hall, as a software developer, reporting to Erik Louis, VP of Engineering. Hall most recently worked at Coilcraft Inc. and brings 14 years of software development experience to his new position.

“The recent growth of Laser Products has been very exciting to see,” said Dan Louis. “The skill, energy, and excitement that Rich has brought to LPI has been astonishing. Because of his efforts, we now have a solid strategic plan that will include new products, new markets, and new ventures that will be introduced over the next few years. Hiring Brian to be a key member of our product engineering group is an important step towards the realization of some of those goals.”

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NAHB Names Michael Menn 2016 Remodeler of the Year

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NAHB Names Michael Menn 2016 Remodeler of the Year

Posted on 09 January 2017 by CRadmin3

NAHB logoThe National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers honored Michael Menn, CAPS, CGP, CGR, a remodeler and architect from Northbrook, Ill., with its highest annual remodeling achievement award, the 2016 NAHB Remodeler of the Year. The award, which recognizes superior business management, exemplary NAHB involvement at all levels and outstanding contributions to the remodeling industry, was presented during the NAHB Remodelers All Stars Party in conjunction with the Remodeling Show | DeckExpo | JLC LIVE in Baltimore.

“Michael Menn’s ongoing commitment to superior quality workmanship, outstanding customer service, and dedication to his community made him the obvious choice for this prestigious award,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Tim Shigley. “He is a respected and accomplished professional remodeler who has been an active industry leader for more than 25 years, while at the same time building a successful remodeling firm and serving as a local leader.”

Menn’s company, Michael Menn, Ltd., has been providing residential and commercial remodeling, architectural, and construction services in Chicagoland since 1987. AS A member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC) and NAHB Remodelers since 1991, Menn has served in many local and national leadership roles for both organizations, including chair of the HBAGC’s remodelers council in 2008. Menn has also has been an active member of the American Institute of Architects since 1980 and the National Kitchen and Bath Association since 2010.

His awards include Illinois State Remodeler of the Year (twice) and the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from the Illinois Better Business Bureau. Dedicated to improving his community, Menn also sat on the Northbrook Senior Housing Commission from 1994-2010, the Northbrook zoning board of appeals from 1998-2012, and the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce from 1991-2005.

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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

Posted on 06 January 2017 by cradmin

groves catalogGroves Incorporated has released the new 2017 edition of its “Stone Storage, Fabrication and Transportation Systems” catalog. The catalog features several new products, such as its Heavy-Duty Bundle Rack-Long; Heavy-Duty Backsplash Cart; and Heavy-Duty Drywall Cart, as well as a variety of fabrication tables and storage/material handling products for granite, quartz and numerous other slab and countertop related materials. It can be downloaded at Groves website or the company will send a printed copy to those requesting one.

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MIA+BSI Welcome 3 New MIA Board Members

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MIA+BSI Welcome 3 New MIA Board Members

Posted on 03 January 2017 by CRadmin3

mia bsi natural stone institute logoMIA+BSI announced that three individuals have been elected to the thirteen-person MIA Board of Directors. These individuals will also serve on the transitional MIA+BSI Board of Directors during the second year of the joint venture.

Duane Naquin, CEO of Stone Interiors, an MIA Accredited fabrication /installation company in Gaston, SC, will represent Zone 3 (Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Naquin is an MIA+BSI CEU speaker, Women in Stone mentor, and is actively involved in the education program. Naquin replaces Jon Lancto, who will remain on the board as 2017 MIA President.

Herwig Callewier, Chairman of Beltrami N.V., a natural stone producer and wholesale company located in Belgium, will represent Zone 10 (Europe). Callewier is founding member and now president of Febenat, an association which furthers the natural stone industry in Belgium and Holland. He is also involved with the WTCB Belgian Technical Institute’s stone committee and the World Natural Stone Association. Callewier replaces Claus Larsen (DANSK Srl), who served on the MIA Board for five years.

Ali Kader, President and CEO of Egy-Mar International, a quarry and supply company based in Egypt in Dubai, will represent Zone 11 (Africa, Asia, Australia, Middle East, and Philippines). Kader is the founding member of the World Natural Stone Association and has been involved with the Egypt Expo & Convention Authority, the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Marble Sector, and the Marble & Granite Investors Association. Kader replaces Arik Grebelsky (A.Grebelsky & Son), who served on the MIA Board for five years.

2016 MIA President David Castellucci (Kenneth Castellucci & Associates) expressed his gratitude to the two outgoing board members, saying: “We are most appreciative of the work done by both Claus and Arik during their time on the MIA Board of Directors. With their help, we have made great strides to become a more inclusive and international association. We welcome the three new board members and look forward to what the future will bring for our combined organization.”

 

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