Randy Severson (center) of Carrara Marble Company receives the MIA Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award from MIA president Guido Gliori (right) as Laticrete's Mike Faso (an award sponsor) looks on.

Randy Severson, general superintendent of Carrara Marble Company of City of Industry in California, has been chosen as the first MIA Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year; a competition introduced by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) in 2009.

A six-member panel of stone industry veterans selected Severson from a pool of nominees in a competition sponsored by two industry suppliers, Laticrete and Campolonghi Italia. The award was presented during the MIA Annual Awards Luncheon at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas in Las Vegas, October 23, 2009.

“Randy Severson epitomizes everything you could ask for in an employee and particularly in the stone business,” said Jim Hogan, senior vice president of Carrara Marble Company, who nominated Severson and for whom the award winner works directly.

Severson admits he got hooked on the stone business early in his career. “What I liked about it is that at the end of the day, you can feel like you’ve put in a hard day’s work and then you can step back and see what you’ve actually created,” he said.

Severson is also passionate about helping young people in the industry so they have the knowledge and expertise to become the next generation of top craftsmen. “It’s very important that my journeymen, foremen, and I take time to teach the young guys the proper way to install material,” he commented.

The Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award will be an annual MIA competition to honor the men and women who truly reflect the best of the natural stone industry and bring stone to life through love of the material, craftsmanship, and attention to detail.