The Stone Academy

Stone Academy Sponsors:

The Natural Stone Institute would like to give a special thank you to sponsors of the Stone Academy for Architects and Designers. The Stone Academy is a 9 hour self- paced CEU course for the Architect and Design Community. Nearly 2,000 architects and designers take advantage of this resource yearly.  2018 Stone Academy sponsors include:


ABC Stone
Whether you’re looking for marble, onyx, granite, sandstone, slate, or something semi-precious, ABC’s extensive portfolio is comprised exclusively of the world’s finest natural stone imported from six continents. We take pride in our ability to procure rare and hard to find materials through our relationships with top quarries the world over. If we don’t have it, we will find it. We make it our mission to anticipate your needs and exceed your expectations at every turn. Live your life in stone.


Artistic Tile

Innovation takes work. Artistic Tile stays ahead of the market, producing designs that define the direction of the tile industry. Exquisite attention to detail ensures a final product that sets the bar for the luxury tile segment. Interlocking sections connect seamlessly, grout lines take on intention, and patterns emerge in ceramic, glass, stone and porcelain that are fresh, unique and simultaneously timeless. The company prides itself on its unparalleled quality control, investing significant resources to ensure that all products are received in good order and carefully lotted for the highest level of consistency.

Inventory is maintained for all current items to enable quick turnaround, and complex custom projects can be delivered in mere weeks. Since its founding, Artistic Tile has served the most discerning consumers of luxury tile and stone products under the guidance of founder and CEO Nancy Epstein, who continues to lead the company into the future, along with sons Michael and Zachary Epstein, and cousins Lauren Cherkas and Joshua Levinson.


Beginning in 1898 with a single quarry and a hardworking stonecutter, Coldspring has become one of the largest natural stone manufacturers serving commercial, landscaping, memorialization and residential customers.  Motivated by our customers’ success, we continue to embrace and develop technology, create new products for the marketplace and foster a business culture that supports industry-leading sustainability practices. 


Custom Building Products/Aquamix
For more than 50 years, CUSTOM continues to be a leading and trusted name in the tile and stone installation industry with a long-standing reputation for quality, service and value.  CUSTOM’s patented product technologies are the choice of experienced professionals. Our expert Architectural and Technical Service teams also provide designers, architects and builders with specification assistance including jobsite inspections across the U.S. and Canada. 


Dimpomar is one of the Worldwide Leading Players in the Natural Stone Business. We have the experience to source natural Stone from Portugal and Around the World. We also have the Knowledge, Technology and Craftsmanship to Fabricate it… and just the right people to accompany you through the process. At Dimpomar we believe in hard work and commitment to quality with an efficient service, a touch of luck… and a beautiful outcome. We have shaped nature into architecture and lifestyle since 1980.  


Fischer Fixings
Steel anchors are a mechanical anchoring solution for heavy load. Fischer offers optimum anchoring solutions with different functional principles for various applications. All offer top ease of installation and load-bearing capacity - which means top safety, too.


Gallegos is the leader in quality residential and commercial construction services. Our craftsmen are uniquely qualified to create custom works of art in stone, masonry, stucco, plaster, concrete, marble, granite, tile and art rock. We are proud of our ability to work with your design team, contractor and owner in developing details and budgets. Given the opportunity, we will complete your project with unparalleled quality.


Ghirardi Italian Stone Contractors
Ghirardi Marmi is the first and only Italian stone contractor specializing in top-quality natural stone projects. Through an integrated system of expertise, professionalism and problem solving skills which were developed over many years, Ghirardi Marmi is a stone contractor capable of creating high quality natural stone architectural and artistic project, at every stage.


Marmomac is the most important trade fair in the world specifically for the entire natural stone supply and value chain, from the quarry to processed products, technologies, machinery and tools. Following the health emergency and consequent lockdown, Marmomac responds to the needs of the largest natural stone community to rethink a new future for the sector’s economy and the trade fair system in general – and does so by launching the “Marmomac Re-Start 2020” project.  


Picco Engineering
PICCO Engineering is an award-winning professional services firm founded in 1992, with 3 distinct areas of expertise: Stone Consulting, Residential Engineering and Structural Engineering.  We believe there is an innovative solution to every engineering challenge as we strive to facilitate the vision of our clients.


Russell Stone Products
At Russell Stone Products we take great pride in our Quality Craftsmanship, Top-Rated Services, Dependable Support, and a History of Excellence in the industry! At our manufacturing site in Central Pennsylvania we have the capabilities of doing nearly anything. Our craftsmen are experts in the field and utilize a combination of age-old techniques along with modern technology to produce masterpieces that will last for generations out of our famous sandstone quarries.


Vermont Quarries Corp.
The Vermont Danby Quarry is owned by RED Graniti and Mazzucchelli Marmi of Carrara Italy and operating under Vermont Quarries Corp. The quarry is the largest underground marble quarry in the world and stretches 1 1/2 miles into Dorset Mountain. The history of the Danby quarry is one of rich American importance. The future of Danby marble is as promising as it’s past with worldwide importance.


Zucchi Luxury Stones
Zucchi Granite was founded by Jonas Zucchi in 1994, and soon turn into a major player in Brazil’s manufacturers and exporters league. Entrepreneurial vision and constant investment in modern equipment, technology, marketing, research & development, creation and sales of granite at all steps of the stone process have contributed to build up a role model company, that never stops challenging and re-inventing itself.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

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