Jeffrey Matthews, one of the natural stone industry’s most knowledgeable experts, has been awarded the industry’s highest honor, the Marble Institute of America's 2014 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement. It was presented at MIA’s annual awards luncheon at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas in Las Vegas on Jan. 22, 2015.

Matthews, owner of Trade International, Inc. of Atlanta,, has been in the stone industry since the early 1970’s, amassing more than four decades of experience in sales, marketing consulting and service to the industry and the  MIA. A native of Washington D.C., he has visited over 30 countries, over 300 quarries and inspected more than 400 factories worldwide.

In 1986, after several years of service to the MIA as an officer and director, at age 37 he was named the association’s youngest president. Since then he has been instrumental in revising the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM), producing the MIA StoneColor Book, and assisting the MIA with becoming a more relevant organization. Once off the board, his involvement with the MIA continued. Jeff assisted in authoring the early version of the Stone Selection & StoneTesting technical bulletin, as well as helping to complete version 6 of DSDM, after MIA technical director Vincent Migliore passed away. Today, Jeff Matthews is still consumed with learning and helping others do a better job in selling and producing better projects. He is currently working with other MIA volunteers on a new “Supplier to Buyer” stone manual which will debut in 2015.

In a letter nominating Matthews for the Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement Award, David Carnevale of Carnevale and Lohr in Bell Gardens, Calif., said, “his vast knowledge makes him a valuable asset to our industry.” Carnevale continued: “But more than that is his unwavering dedication to the betterment of our industry.”

Matthews and his wife, Sandy, have been married 41 years and have two children. Additional information about Jeff Matthews and the Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement can be found at:

About the MIA:
The Marble Institute of America has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the application of natural stone products for 70 years. Membership in the association is worldwide and includes over 1,700 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers in 55 countries committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics. MIA offers an industry accreditation program for fabricators and installers, markets a range of technical publications and consumer pamphlets on natural stone, sponsors business and technical meetings and seminars on industry-related topics, provides educational programming for architects and construction specification professionals, and conducts the annual Pinnacle Awards competitions recognizing outstanding natural stone projects worldwide. More information can be found on the association's website: