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Women in Stone launches award program, scholarship

Women In Stone LogoOberlin, Ohio and Chestertown, N.Y.—Women in Stone has unveiled two new opportunities to promote the program’s efforts to promote women in the stone industry.

The Women in Stone Pioneer Award will recognize an advocate within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retain and advancing women. The winner’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable and inspirational.Women in Stone co-chair Allyson Humphries of M S International said, “The Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has ventured into the unknown to educate and empower women in our industry.”

Co-chair Kim Dumais of Miller Druck Specialty Contracting agreed. “There are many individuals within our industry who go above and beyond to educate and elevate women. This award has been established to acknowledge those individuals and recognize them publicly for their efforts.”

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship will provide an MIA+BSI member with an all-expense-paid trip to a 2017 industry event (TISE, Coverings or an MIA+BSI study tour). The winner will also be able to shadow industry professionals during the event in order to gain a better understanding of different sectors of the industry. Applicants should be a first-time attendee of the chosen event and should have between two and five years of stone industry experience. “The Empowerment Scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity that otherwise may not be accessible to women in the industry,” Dumais said. “The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to be personally guided, mentored and exposed to all aspects of our industry.”

Humphries added, “The scholarship is the perfect vehicle for the woman who needs a kick start to her career and wants to learn more about our industry.”

Nominations for the Pioneer Award and applications for the Empowerment Scholarship are due by Friday, Sept. 9. To download forms, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/womeninstone.

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Attendee registration opens for SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

Dallas – Surfaces| StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2013 attendee registration is officially open for the event being held January 29-31 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees are encouraged to register early as both shows are offering complimentary education registration if they register by the early deadline date of November 29, 2012.

Online registration is available at www.Surfaces.com and www.Stonexpo.com, where information is accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Registering in advance will save attendees not only money, but also time by not having to wait in long on-site registration lines. Continue reading Attendee registration opens for SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

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Beaulieu wins Best New Product of the Year at Surfaces|StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

Dallas — Surfaces| StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, the leading event in the floor covering and natural stone industries, held January 24-26 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, was an impressive showcase of all of the newest and hottest products to hit the market in 2012. Hundreds of exhibitors were on hand to introduce the products that will set them apart for the upcoming year. Continue reading Beaulieu wins Best New Product of the Year at Surfaces|StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas