Jack Seiders Receives 2019 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement
Natural Stone Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oberlin, OH, February 18, 2020—Jack Seiders (Architectural Granite & Marble) is the recipient of the 2019 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement.
In his letter nominating Seiders for this award, Jim Hogan only needed ten words to put his career into perspective: “Jack Seiders is a titan of the natural stone industry.”
Seiders’ career in the natural stone industry began in the 1970s with his father-in-law Tom Wilson, owner of Capital Marble and Granite. The next forty years would include developing a state-of-the-art stone processing facility, serving as a top sales and marketing executive for one of the stone industry’s largest companies, developing his own company, and becoming a major force in strategic direction for what was then the Marble Institute of America.
Jack’s impact on the industry began when he was elected to the board of directors of the Marble Institute of America in 2003, ultimately becoming board president in 2007. While serving on the board, Jack insisted on two priorities. “We wanted to be involved in promotion of natural stone and we wanted to be the leaders in technical education for natural stone.” He started the Artisan Group with a focus on building membership among successful fabricators across the country and insisted that all Artisan Group members also become accredited. That commitment infused a number of fabricators as early adopters of the Natural Stone Institute accreditation program.
In 2008, Seiders played a major role in the industry’s response to the radon crisis. He was also a key advocate for the utilization of a check-off program, which remains an industry priority. Some early fruits of that promotional emphasis have been realized through the association’s Use Natural Stone campaign and education to the design community.
Additional contributions have included hosting multiple association seminars and supporting the safety committee, which led to the creation of a vast library of slab handling and silica training materials. The Natural Stone Institute and the industry at large continue to benefit from Jack’s original strategic vision.
To learn more, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/migliore.
About the Natural Stone Institute
The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 nations. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.