Cleveland, Ohio -- The Rockheads Group, a network of surfacing industry entrepreneurs dedicated to leadership, best practices and financial health, concluded their spring 2018 member summit in Atlanta, Ga., during Coverings. With more than 85 people in attendance, the group held a successful full day and a half event with participation from stone and surfacing fabricators in North America, as well as key strategic partners.

Produced by Marqet Group, a marketing firm behind the Rockheads Group rebranding and the marketing efforts of several of the organization’s members, the event was hosted outside the convention center at Terminus 330. As part of the agenda, members were able to engage in in-depth conversations around financial benchmarks and bettering their company’s bottom line. During the interactive roundtable discussions, members were able to share their individual experience on how sales prices, cost of materials, cost of labor, rework and material optimization can have a significant impact to financial performance. The event calendar also included visits to stone and quartz distributors Cosentino and MSI, where members had the opportunity to review new products and materials as well as engage in deeper conversations around the future of the quartz industry.

“Bringing our growing member base together to participate and share their business opportunities and challenges is one of the most rewarding things about being a Rockhead,” said Jon Kaplan, managing partner of the Rockheads Group. “Complementing that with quality time spent with our key suppliers makes our events that much more beneficial.”

The event was hosted by some of the Rockheads preferred vendors which include Gran Quartz, Braxton Bragg, Baca Systems, Laser Products, and ESGI Safety. In attendance to the event were also Jim Hieb, CEO for the Natural Stone Institute, and Bill Darcy, CEO of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), who both spoke about the benefits of engaging with each respective association to broaden business networks and knowledge. Elle H-Millard, former HGTV Design Star and now NKBA Insider, also presented on the latest surfacing trends observed in Milan as part of EuroCucina.

Following the meeting, Rockheads Group members will be working on their yearly financial benchmark process, where they will rank their business performance around Key Performance Indicators as well as measure there Companies Financial Health. Findings of this process will be released during the next Group meeting in August which will be hosted by Inspiration Design Center in Minnesota.

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