Stone Industry Education
Stone World and the Marble INstitute of America

Duane Naquin

duane naquinDuane is one of the founding partners, and CEO, of Stone Interiors North America, a management company operating MIA accredited fabrication facilities in both Mobile, AL and Columbia, SC. In addition to direct management of these facilities, Stone Interiors also offers consulting services to other fabricators throughout the country. Duane also serves as Chairman of the MIA’s Education Committee. This role provides him with the opportunity to travel throughout the country presenting seminars and training classes for the MIA on the natural stone business.

Eric Tryon

tryonIn 2002 Eric Tryon started Premier Surfaces in Atlanta, GA. This venture was completely different than his previous life in a coat and tie “white collar” world. However, his business philosophy remains the same as day one of his career. Relationships, relationships, relationships. Frequently he tells his 135 employees over 4 locations (Atlanta, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Chattanooga) that “we are a relationship company”. Stone fabrication is just the product they represent.

Eric feels confident knowing his results speak volumes about the strength of his team and company. The company has profitably grown each year in business since inception. This includes growing through arguably the most challenging economic times. The recent downturn in the economy absolutely decimated the construction industry and he grew right through it. They genuinely care a great deal about their internal and external customers and show it each day. Happy customers / employees tell everyone about their experience. That is why the employee turnover rate is at a minimum and the biggest source of new customers is referrals.

The company has received many awards over the years. A few highlights are “Consumers Choice Award” in Atlanta each consecutive year from 2007-2015: “Top 20 Best Places to Work” in Atlanta. Eric was also named one of the Top 20 Entrepreneurs in Atlanta in 2012 and 2015. Premier Surfaces operates in 4 state of the art facilities in the SE. Premier Surfaces was one of the first accredited members for the Marble Institute of America.

GK Naquin

GK Naquin

GK Naquin has over 35 years of experience in the natural stone industry.  He and his partners own Stone Interiors North America, a large fabrication company with 4 locations in the Southeast (2 of which have received the coveted MIA “accreditation” credential).  GK’s accomplishments include: 2004 Pinnacle award for special use of stone; 2005 Stone World Magazine "Fabricator of the Year" Award; and, serves as 2011 president of the MIA and Board of Directors.

G.K. often provides independent consulting services to fabrication facilities and travels the country providing educational seminars at various industry related events such as Stone Expo, Coverings, KBIS and others.

Tony Malisani

Tony Malisani

Tony Malisani, owner of a third generation stone shop, has been working in stone industry for 20 years. His business specializes in high-end custom work from fountains, monuments, custom furniture to countertops. Tony has extensive knowledge about business management in the stone industry with the understanding of the growing-opportunities for a small business.

His firm is one of the first companies in the nation to receive the coveted "Natural Stone Accredited Fabricator" credential. In 2010, Tony was also elected to serve a five year term on the MIA Board of Directors.

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