Natural Stone Institute inducts new board members

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Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute will welcome three individuals to its board of directors in January 2022. They are as follows:


North American Installer
Sam Arcot, Rugo Stone, LLC

Arcot is the special projects manager at Rugo Stone in Lorton, V.a. With over 22 years of experience, Arcot began his career in the Indian stone industry at the age of 17 as an entrepreneur. He is an MBA graduate with a strong background in sales, marketing and business development. Having joined Rugo Stone in 2010, Arcot has spearheaded the company’s marketing initiatives to promote natural stone products and to strategically diversify operations to target niche markets, according to the Natural Stone Institute. Arcot was the recipient of the Natural Stone Institute’s Natural Stone Scholarship in 2013 and is currently a mentor in the Women in Stone Mentorship Program.


North American Quarrier
Darrell Petit, Stony Creek Quarry

Petit has worked in all capacities of the Stony Creek Quarry since 1990. He has led the team on many projects including: The Statue of Liberty Museum, The Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Columbia University, the Second Division Memorial in President’s Park, DC and 550 Madison in New York City. An internationally renowned sculptor, he has worked with quarries around the world to complete monumental sculptures including those for the Chubu Museum and Cultural Center in Japan, the Yale University Peabody Museum, the Four Seasons One Dalton Boston and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. Petit has been a member of the NSF joint committee on dimensional stone to develop the ANSI/NSC 373 sustainability assessment for natural dimension stone and currently volunteers as a mentor for the Women in Stone Mentorship Program and on the association’s sustainability committee.

Associate Member
Filippo Emanuel, Tenax USA


Emanuel is the founder and CEO of Tenax USA LLC. After 14 years spent in the Italian navy, Filippo moved to the U.S. in 1998 to develop the market for Tenax S.p.A. In 2000, he founded Tenax USA LLC and became its general manager. From 2012 to 2016, Emanuel was also in charge of Tenax do Brasil, acquiring an enormous amount of experience in the stone industry both from the manufacturing point of view and of the fabrication side of the business. Emanuel has supported the association’s safety committee and multiple networking events and has also provided equipment resources for the association’s testing lab.

Arcot, Petit and Emanuel will be formally welcomed to the board during the first meeting of 2022 at TISE in February.

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