StonExpo 2004 Expand Your Skills & Grow Your Business
July 1st, 2004


By Garis Distelhorst, CAE July-August 2004

Ceramic tile specialists looking to expand into natural stone will find the stone industry’s best exhibits, highest-quality education, and most valuable networking opportunities at StonExpo 2004.

Held October 27-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this premier stone industry event is expected to draw thousands of stone and design professionals from around the world to explore the latest in natural stone technology, products, and services… learn from leading stone experts at educational seminars… and do business with the industry’s best.

Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase spectacular granite, marble, and other natural stones, as well as the equipment, supplies, and tools used to fabricate and install stone.

StonExpo 2004 will also feature a comprehensive array of educational seminars taught by stone industry experts and sponsored by the Marble Institute of America (MIA), the leading international trade association for the natural stone industry. MIA is StonExpo’s key co-sponsor and holds its annual meeting concurrently with the trade event.

According to MIA Executive Vice President Garis Distelhorst, “StonExpo is the most important event of the year for our members. The ‘who’s who’ of the stone industry gathers each year at StonExpo, making it THE place to network and keep up with latest industry news and trends.”

“StonExpo is the only event of its kind produced BY the stone industry FOR the stone industry. If it’s about natural stone, it’s ALL at StonExpo 2004,” says Pennie Sabel, Executive Director of StonExpo Federation, the nonprofit organization that has produced the event since 1987.

Tile Dealers Will Get Practical Information & Technical Guidance

Through MIA’s educational seminars, tile professionals can learn strategies for growing their business through diversification. They can discover the latest techniques for successful countertop installation and proven ways to protect and maintain natural stone. And, they will get advice from the experts on selecting stone working machinery and equipment.

A number of orientation CDs will also be featured in the MIA exhibit booth including: “Basics of Natural Stone Countertop Installation” and “Basics of Natural Stone Countertop Fabrication.” The association’s newly revised Dimension Stone Design Manual, the natural stone industry’s most highly regarded technical manual, will also be available for review and purchase.

The Marble Institute of America – Setting the Standards in the Natural Stone Industry

MIA serves as the world’s most trusted resource on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice, and is committed to aggressively promoting the use of natural stone within the commercial and residential marketplaces for the benefit of its more than 1,000 members worldwide.

Joining MIA puts you in the company of the country’s most skilled and successful natural stone businesses and gives you exclusive access to unmatched industry expertise. New MIA members also receive the MIA Dimension Stone Design Manual free with their paid membership and enjoy a wide variety of additional benefits designed to lower their costs of doing business and drive their success, from freight and energy discounts to monthly newsletters and discounted StonExpo participation.

For more information about MIA membership, call 440-250-9222 or go to

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