Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award

2017 Award Winner

David Unger, Dee Brown, Inc., Garland, TX

About the Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award

The Natural Stone Institute's Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award will single out one craftsman who has physically performed outstanding stone fabrication and/or installation over a period of many years. The individual candidate must have served as an apprentice stone mason and risen through the ranks as journeyman stone mason, foreman and superintendent. In addition, the person honored must have a solid track record of leadership and mentorship — a real educator for those he or she works with.

While the innate beauty and durability of natural stone is what attracts customers to our products, there is nothing more important than excellence dedicated in craftsmanship to get the most out of nature's oldest building material. That's why the Marble Institute of America established an award to recognize a single individual whose body of work in the natural stone industry stands out above all else.

Selection Criteria

The competition to select the Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year is open to all Natural Stone Institute members. To be considered, the craftsman must submit an application detailing their career, plus a letter of nomination from their current employer. In addition, the entry submission should include at least three descriptions and photos of completed projects along with a write-up describing the candidate's role in the project.

Entry Deadline: June 22, 2018


Past Award Recipients

2016 — Andrew Swinley, Red Leaf Stone, Abbottsford, British Columbia
2015 — Regis Studeny, Rugo Stone, Lorton, VA
2014 — Stefano Follega, Grazzini Brothers & Co., Eagan, Minnesota
2013 — Samy Beshara, Marmi Natural Stone, Norcross, Georgia
2012 — John Kunz, KEPCO+
2011 — Daniel (Danny) Catania, Miller Druck Specialty Contracting, Inc.
2010 — Jimmy Ternent, Rugo Stone LLC
2009 — Randy Severson, Carrara Marble Company of America, Inc. (1st recipient)


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