Jill Archambeau, Sales/Office Manager for RockSolid Stone Works (RSW) of Cleveland, Ohio, is the winner of the 2012 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Award, presented annually to aspiring industry fabricators, installers, apprentices and administrative employees interested in furthering their careers in the stone industry.
Archambeau’s selection was based on a 500-word essay explaining her commitment to the natural stone industry. In her essay, Archambeau said, “I’ve always felt that training is the most important part of any job. I believe this scholarship is one resource that will give me the opportunity to learn, improve and master many new and existing skills. As with any learning opportunity that presents itself, I will share my experience with my co-workers and team. In today’s market place, knowledge and improvement of one’s self should be a goal for every employee and business owner.”
In a letter of recommendation, Kevin Thomas, General Manager of RockSolid Stone Works said, “Jill’s personal mantra is ‘knowledge is power’. She is constantly looking for new or better ways to train her staff here at RSW. She has set up an in-depth training program for all newly hired staff, as well as directing our staff in ‘refresher’ training courses.” Thomas continues, “Jill’s drive and energy to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers on a daily basis is truly exemplary. She never ceases to amaze me with her desire to make sure our customers are completely satisfied with all aspects of their purchase – from initial product selection through installation. Most clients today purchase only one natural stone countertop in their lifetime, and Jill’s aspiration is to make this event a very pleasurable, fun and rewarding experience. It’s been my pleasure to work with Jill at two different locations and at both locations she has excelled.”
MIA Executive Vice President, Jim Hieb, agreed with Thomas, "Jill is a fantastic representative of the natural stone industry and her energy is contagious. It was fantastic to award this scholarship to someone who truly appreciated and took advantage of it."
This scholarship was established in 2004 to provide educational opportunities for aspiring fabricators, installers, or administrative apprentices interested in furthering their careers within the natural stone industry. Funds are made available through the generous donations of MIA members worldwide.