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Throwback Thursday: MIA Past Presidents Pause for a Celebration

August 06, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

Past MIA Presidents Tony Malisani, Jeffrey Matthews, Jonathan Zanger, Guido Gliori, Scott Lardner, Louie Carnevale, and Jim Hogan pause for a moment of celebration at the 2014 MIA Awards Luncheon on January 22, 2015 at StonExpo. Matthews was honored as the 2014 recipient of the Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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MIA Networking Reception Brings Together Over 550 Stone Professionals from Around the World

June 16, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments


Tony Malisani, Jim Hieb, Dan Rea, Diego Martinez, Diego Martinez Jr., David Castellucci. The Martinez family owns Cuellar Arquitectura del Mármol in Macael Spain.

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MIA Hosts Organizers of the Xiamen Stone Fair at the MIA Headquarters in Ohio USA

June 15, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

In early June, Xiamen Stone Fair General Manager, Guixiang Lai led a delegation from China to visit the MIA and Stone World magazine at MIA headquarters to discuss greater collaboration for the 2016 fair, scheduled for May, 6-9 2016. Preliminary discussions centered on MIA providing multiple education sessions as part of the upcoming conference program and hosting a VIP reception on the second day of the show (similar to the networking receptions at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, Coverings, and Marmomacc). MIA will also organize a member delegation to attend the event.

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MIA Technical Expertise Showcased at the Middle East Stone Show

June 03, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

The Dubai World Trade Centre was the setting for the first annual Middle East Stone Show where the MIA assisted with eight of the forty educational sessions. Many in the Middle East region are familiar with the event’s host (dmg events) and the Big 5 construction show they also produce. The Middle East Stone Show was launched to provide a much larger stone presence than was currently available at the Big 5 event.  The event was held May 18-21, 2015.

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Fabricators Discuss Planning as Key to Success at Utah Stone Summit

May 21, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

On February 18th, 42 fabricators from 5 states gathered at Arizona Tile in Salt Lake City, Utah to discuss how creating a plan can build a stronger company and help sell product.  The result was a day of education and networking that built relationships and strengthened the natural stone industry in the region. 

The MIA and Stone World Utah Stone Summit was billed as a marketing and town hall discussion.  Soon after the discussion started, everyone realized strong planning could quickly mitigate any problems that a company faces.

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President's Message

May 21, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

Greetings fellow MIA members, I hope things are going well for you as we approach mid-year. I have been visiting with quite a few industry people over the last couple of months in the United States and at trade shows in Brazil and China. There remains an optimistic feeling about the balance of this year; however the pace of improvement has been disappointing for some. There is mixed data, but what I see at this time, shows the domestic housing market has slowed over the last few months. However, reports still expect a 7-10% increase for the year over 2014 activity. Many sources are reporting total construction for the U.S. should finish 2015 at 8-9% over 2014. There are caveats to the data; a harsh winter in some parts of the country has delayed project starts and the plunge in oil prices may temper growth projections in the energy regions across the nation. It’s hard to imagine these influencers would not impact the year end actual results. This makes 2015 a little more unpredictable, however, the U.S. market is still the focus of the Brazilians and the Chinese as they see their domestic economies struggling for growth. 

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A Note from Jim

May 21, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

So much of the MIA’s mission is focused on providing members with technical support, standards, education, and credentialing.  Yet the one area I sometimes take for granted is the role the MIA plays in bringing people together.  Whether it is helping with business-to-business relationships or helping members connect with the design community or consumers, the MIA is a great vehicle to help you make connections

In the past 60 days, I’ve really enjoyed watching the following member networking activities:

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No CommentsTags: coverings · education · international · membership · safety · women in stone

Construction Corner: Some Housing Markets May Take a Decade to Reach Pre Recession Levels

May 21, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

While the overall housing market has rebounded steadily from the drastic drop caused by the recession, some experts say that in some large urban areas it might take more than 10 years for homes to recover their value.

At the same time USA Today quoted 24/7 Wall Street as saying that, on average, it will still take the value of single family home nationally, at the current pace, another 2.5 years for full recovery. The housing markets with the longest recovery periods either had especially slow growth rates, particularly large percentage drops in home values, or both.

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Queries & Quandaries

May 21, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

Q: We recently received some material with off-colored veining and unsightly patching and filling.  Our purchase order clearly stated “select” material was to be supplied.  What we received is definitely not select.  We need a document to help make our case to our supplier that we did not get what we ordered.

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Law Library: Basics of Appropriations/Eminent Domain Cases

May 21, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

Black’s Law Dictionary defines “eminent domain” as the right of the state or sovereign to take private property for public use.  In laymen’s terms this means that the government takes private property for what the government perceives to be an overall benefit to the community at large.   In most contexts this means taking real estate for highway improvements or expansions, development of public facilities, grounds or parks, buildings or schools.   We have all seen movies in which a private land developer comes in and gobbles up personal residents as part of a commercial real estate development project and there is one holdout who cannot be bought no matter what the price.  Unfortunately, in the case of the government, they can never be a hold-out as long as the government pays fair market compensation to the property owner. 

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