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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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ISFA Announces Annual Award Winners

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ISFA Announces Annual Award Winners

Posted on 22 November 2016 by CRadmin3

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the winners of its annual awards at the association’s annual meeting and conference recently held in Cancun, Mexico. The ISFA awards are chosen by association members, and given to industry professionals that stand out as the very best.

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Hall of Fame Inductee Jon Olson

Industry Veteran Jon Olson was inducted into the ISFA Hall of Fame, joining a long list of esteemed industry professionals. The Hall of Fame Award is given to the individual who has, in the course of his/her career, made significant contributions to the decorative surfacing industry, and has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of ISFA. Olson was recognized for his significant contributions to the industry knowledge base and for his understanding and awareness of surfacing materials such as solid surface and quartz. Through his article writing for several industry magazines, his social media outreach, speaking engagements and his various roles in the industry, from fabricator to manufacturer representative to associate at a well know material distributor, Olson has earned his place in the ISFA Hall of Fame.

The 2016 Fabricator of the Year Award was given to Augie Chavez of GECKO SSS in San Antonio, Texas. The Fabricator of the Year is awarded to an individual of a fabricator member company that in the past year has best demonstrated the ISFA ideals of quality, innovation, character and exemplary service to ISFA and/or the decorative surfacing industry. Chavez earned the award for building a successful commercial fabrication business from the ground up, while maintaining a commitment to social standards, such as environmentally friendly practices and training, as well as educating and respecting the company’s staff.

The Associate of the Year Award is given to an associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and who has best supported ISFA in all activities. This year’s winner is Moraware for going out of its way to expand the amount of solid information available to fabricators through its innovative newsletter, blog, podcast (StoneTalk) and its approach to marketing that works to improve industry standards and quality.

The Innovator Award is for the member firm or individual who goes outside the box to create a product or system that enhances the life or elevates the role of the surface fabricator. The 2016 Winner is ArtCor for using its experience and innovative solid surface design and fabrication techniques in Russia to advance the scope and possibilities for the use of solid surface material around the world.

The Envision Award is given to the manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. The 2016 Winner is Cosentino for developing Dekton Large Format Tile, which allows traditional countertop fabricators to expand into flooring with a durable, high quality product that can be used in both interior and exterior applications.

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ISFA Announces 2016 Annual Award Nominees – Voting Open for Members Only

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ISFA Announces 2016 Annual Award Nominees – Voting Open for Members Only

Posted on 19 September 2016 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) has announced that the nominations for its 2016 Annual ISFA Awards are in and voting for ISFA members in good standing is now open. The nominees this year are as follows:

For the Hall of Fame Award, which is given to the individual who has, in the course of his/her career, made significant contributions to the decorative surfacing industry, and has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of ISFA, the nominees are: Jon Olson for contributing significantly to the knowledge base, understanding and awareness of surfacing materials such as solid surface and quartz; Charles “Chuck” Sawyer for his years of service to the surfacing industry including as a past executive director of ISFA; and John Lancto for his years of assisting with the growth and advancement of the surfacing industry and standing as a pillar of the surfacing arena on the East Coast and an example for all.

For the Associate of the Year Award, given to an associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and who has best supported ISFA in all activities, the nominees are: Moraware for going out of its way to expand the amount of solid information available to fabricators through its innovative newsletter, blog, podcast (StoneTalk) and its approach to marketing that works to improve industry standards and quality; and Cosentino for its ongoing support of ISFA events and programming and for supporting the fabrication community.

For the Innovator Award, given to the fabricator member firm or individual who goes outside the box and creates a product or system that enhances the life of the surface fabricator, ArtCor was the only nomination for using its experience and innovative solid surface design and fabrication techniques in Russia to advance the scope and possibilities for the use of solid surface material around the world.

For the Envision Award, given to the manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry, Cosentino was the only nomination for developing Dekton Flooring, which allows traditional countertop fabricators to expand into flooring with a durable, high-quality product that can be used in both interior and exterior applications.

And for the prestigious Fabricator of the Year Award, that is earned by an individual of a fabricator member company that in the past year has best exemplified the ISFA ideals of quality, innovation, character and exemplary service to ISFA and/or the decorative surfacing industry, with overall excellence, the nominees are: Augie Chavez of GECKO SSS for building a successful commercial fabrication business from the ground up, while maintaining a commitment to social standards, such as environmentally friendly practices & training, educating and respecting the company’s staff; Mitch & Sonny Hires Construction Resources (Atlanta Kitchens) for pushing the envelop, developing partnerships and setting the standard in the Southeast for excellence; and ArtCor for using advanced systems and methods to fabricate numerous outstanding solid surface projects making it one of the most innovative solid surface fabricators in Russia and the world.

All ISFA members are encouraged to vote for the 2016 ISFA Awards HERE.

Voting must be done on or before September 29. The winners will be revealed at ISFA’s Annual Conference & Meeting in November.

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Still Time to Sign up for ISFA/IWF Countertop Symposium Sponsored by SolidSurface.com

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Still Time to Sign up for ISFA/IWF Countertop Symposium Sponsored by SolidSurface.com

Posted on 18 August 2016 by cradmin

There is still time to register for the full-day Countertop Symposium on Tuesday, August 23, at IWF. The event is put on by ISFA and sponsored by SolidSurface.com, and takes place the day before the show floor opens for IWF. The seminar is designed to provide a wealth of information to both established countertop fabricators and those exploring their options in the countertop industry.

Industry experts will share information and insights to help you learn about the products and business of the decorative surfacing industry.

Topics will include:

• Solid Surface Thermoforming
• Profiting from Diversification of your Countertop Shop
• Solid Surface Casework: Why it Makes Sense
• Countertop Industry Outlook: A Forecast of Factors Affecting the Industry
• Q & A opportunities with a distinguished panel of industry experts
The presenters include the owners of successful surfacing companies and others who are well versed in the technology, techniques and business requirements of countertop operations.

The session covers both residential and commercial operations, and encompasses information on solid surface, quartz surfacing, stone, laminate and a variety of other countertop options.

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ISFA Hires New Membership Director

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ISFA Hires New Membership Director

Posted on 27 July 2016 by cradmin

Bryan Stannard, new ISFA Membership DirectorThe International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) hired industry veteran Bryan Stannard  as its new Membership Director. In this new position, Stannard will take charge of all membership-related activities, including member recruitment and retention, program and meeting development and handling member educational and networking opportunities.

Stannard has been in the surfacing industry since the mid-90s. He previously was 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 beginning. He has a bachelor’s of business administration degree from The University of Texas San Antonio.

“Bryan has a strong understanding of the surfacing industry and is very familiar with the workings of ISFA,” said ISFA President Adam Albee. “The unique perspective he brings having served on the board of directors and being a long-term member should make him an effective trailblazer for our organization. We are very confident in his ability to provide excellent service to our members and improve the benefits we offer the industry.”

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ISFA Industry Outlook Predicts Growth in 2016

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ISFA Industry Outlook Predicts Growth in 2016

Posted on 26 April 2016 by cradmin

ISFA Outlook article grabThe International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) published its annual Countertop Industry Outlook for 2016 in its magazine Countertops & Architectural Surfaces. The ISFA forecast is the only one of its kind in a print publication (although it can also be read online), taking into consideration that it is not specific to a single type of countertop material. The forecast is researched and written each year by the editor of the magazine, ISFA Communications Director Kevin Cole, who predicts fabricators and others involved in the countertop industry are “poised for another year of growth.”

This is expected to be the fourth consecutive year of growth in the countertop industry since the economy recovered from the recession that began to hit hard in 2008. According to the 2013 industry forecast, the economy was still a bit sluggish but was beginning to look up, and since that time, most industries and the economy in general has improved.

Because there are very few sources available that specifically focus on countertops, the ISFA Industry Outlook is based on data that supports countertop demand, which begins with the general economy and then looks more closely at allied areas, such as U.S. housing starts data, nonresidential building construction, home improvement product sales, remodeling predictions, cabinet sales and others. If you are not a member of ISFA or are not otherwise receiving their quarterly publication, we strongly suggest you subscribe online. Subscriptions are free to qualified individuals and organizations in the United States, at least at the current time.

ISFA’s industry forecast has been anchored for the last four years by the Countertops study conducted by The Freedonia Group. The latest report is 389 pages in length and forecasts the state of the countertop market through 2024. According to this report, demand for countertops is expected to increase by 4.2 percent annually through 2019, which values the industry at about $29.3 billion.

The Freedonia Group also expects the share of laminate countertops will fall in terms of square footage in comparison to other materials, yet continue to account for more than one-third of the market through 2019, and demand will rise by 3.4 percent per year through 2019.

Natural stone is predicted to make the largest gains as low-cost imports enter the market and prices continue to drop. However, the forecast for total annual sales by square footage has dropped from 5.9 percent to 5.3 percent for the next few years.

Also according to the report, solid surface will hold steady as the third most-popular countertop material in terms of square feet after natural stone with demand predicted to rise by 1.2 percent, and engineered stone holds the fourth spot and is expected to grow by 5.8 percent. The fifth spot is occupied by the generic cast polymers category, and it is expected to increase by 1.3 percent.

Tile follows cast polymers in expected popularity, and the segment is expected to increase each year over the next several years. Finally, the forecast shows the Other Materials category, which includes concrete, metal recycled materials and pretty much everything else will increase by 10.1 percent through 2019.

This year, the 238-page “2015 Natural and Manufactured Stone Product Industry Report” published by Catalina Research in December 2015 complements the Freedonia report. According to Catalina Research, natural stone ruled the countertop market in terms of dollars (versus square feet, which is what Freedonia uses as a gauge, with 43 percent of the share in 2015 while laminate was at 18 percent and engineered stone at about 16 percent.

When it comes to residential construction, housing starts have increased by 10 percent at an estimated 1.1 million after breaking the million-unit mark in 2014, and starts for multifamily dwellings have increased by 15 percent since 2006. However, starts for single-family homes are less than half they were at the peak of the housing boom.

Another resource used for the ISFA forecast is the latest Construction Outlook from FMI, a leading investment banking and consultancy firm for the construction industry. Highlights of this edition, which focuses on non-residential construction, are as follows:

  • Four out of five non-residential construction categories have grown for five years straight.
  • Growth in lodging is centered on upscale properties, and green construction is becoming more common.
  • Office construction has increased by 19 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • Food service and beverage establishments are the fastest growing segment in commercial construction.
  • Construction of healthcare facilities continues to remain in flux with most work going toward renovations and additions.
  • Increased attention to green building technologies will be apparent in the academic sector.

All in all, the 2016 ISFA Countertop Forecast provides a pretty in-depth and solid reasoning with substantial evidence for its positive outlook for the industry.

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ISFA Launches ‘ISFA on Demand’ Solid Surface Training Program

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ISFA Launches ‘ISFA on Demand’ Solid Surface Training Program

Posted on 14 December 2015 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is launching a new “ISFA on Demand” training program, in which a certified ISFA trainer will travel to facilities to train on-site personnel in solid surface fabrication. The training will be performed using the client company’s own equipment and supplies, so that those being trained will be shown fabrication processes on the very machinery that they will be using in actual production. While the on-site program currently only covers solid surface training, expansion into quartz/stone training, business training and shop optimization is being planned. Companies that sign up for ISFA on Demand training must be members of ISFA or must sign up for membership prior to training.

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ISFA Appoints New Executive Director After Previous Director Steps Down

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ISFA Appoints New Executive Director After Previous Director Steps Down

Posted on 22 October 2015 by cradmin

Mike Langenderfer of ISFAAccording to a statement released by the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), a new executive director has been appointed. Mike Langederfer, a former ISFA Board Member and seasoned countertop fabrication business owner, was appointed to fill the vacant role after previous executive director Keith Haight left the organization. Haight served in the role for two years and “left to pursue other opportunities.”

It is not clear if Langenderfer (pictured here) is only serving as an interim executive director or if his role will be for the long term, but according to the statement he is beginning the role immediately. Langenderfer is the sixth person to fill the executive director role in the 19-year history of the organization (the others being Mike Duggan, Robert Oxley, Russ Lee, Chuck Sawyer and most recently Haight).

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StoneTalk Episode 14: ISFA Executive Director Keith Haight

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StoneTalk Episode 14: ISFA Executive Director Keith Haight

Posted on 01 September 2015 by cradmin

In this episode of StoneTalk, produced by Moraware, host Patrick Foley speaks with Keith Haight, executive director of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA). ISFA is a trade association dedicated to the surface fabrication industry in general, regardless of material fabricated. It focuses on solid surface, quartz surfacing and newer, developing materials, but also offers plenty of information, but to a lesser degree, on other traditional surfaces such as granite, marble, laminate, tile, etc.

Listen to this episode to learn:

  • What the International Surface Fabricators Association is
  • How the association has evolved over the years to meet the needs of fabricators
  • The sustainability of the future of ISFA
  • How to break a solid surface seam using irons.
  • The hands-on training opportunities available to ISFA members
  • The enormous success of the ISFA mentor program
  • What is “Lean” and the “Theory of Constraints

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Read the transcript of this StoneTalk podcast here.

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StoneTalk Podcast 13: Dave Paxton

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StoneTalk Podcast 13: Dave Paxton

Posted on 03 August 2015 by cradmin

In this episode of StoneTalk, produced by Moraware, host Patrick Foley speaks with David Paxton of Paxton Countertops and Showers in Grand Ledge, Mich. In addition to leading his business, he is a past president of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA). He is also a very hands-on participant in his business.

Listen to this episode to learn:

  • Paxton’s highest-ROI piece of equipment in the shop
  • The pros and cons of outsourcing some fabrication
  • Paxton’s unforgettable experience as the president of ISFA
  • Why relationships are as important as price
  • The reasons Paxton enjoys working with showers and solid surface
  • The importance of truly listening to your customers
  • How to break a solid surface seam using irons.

StoneTalk Episode 13 - Dave Paxton

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