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.

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
  • A letter of nomination from their current employer.
  • At least three descriptions and photos of completed projects along with a write-up describing the candidate's role in the project.

Entry Deadline: May 20

Submit a Nomination


Current Recipient


Past Award Recipients

2022 — Timothy Johnston, Rugo Stone
2021 — John Cierech, Tennessee Marble Company
2019 — Dan Doyle, The Gallegos Corporation
2018 — Joey Marcella, Mario & Son, Liberty Lake, WA
2017 — David Unger, Dee Brown, Inc., Garland, TX
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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