Meeting/Event Information

January 2021 Meeting (with Membership Orientation)

January 20, 2021
6:00 PM PST - 8:30 PM PST
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All Natural Stone
2504 Seaboard Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131
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Monthly Chapter Meeting open to all members and prospective members-get 2 complimentary meetings! Join us for networking, dinner and an educational program!

Join us for a comprehensive educational discussion on stone sealers and proper water drainage on shower floors to avoid problems with natural stone and tile installations.

To start the presentations off, we will have Juan Vasquez and David Bonasera, two industry experts, give a co-presentation about proper preparation for tile and stone installations. They will cover topics including:

  • The importance of planning ahead so that designers and architects can prevent unwanted outcomes.
  • Choosing the proper materials for the project including the correct tile or natural stone. And an in-depth look at proper materials for substrates, expansion joints, wet areas, and the proper sealers for the indoor and outdoor installation.
  • A comprehensive view on proper installation methods, Per TCNA and ANSI 108, 118 installation methods.
  • Understanding why projects fail.
  • Who is responsible if things go wrong? (specifiers or installers)?


The final presentation will be led by Dan Bartel, also an industry expert, on proper water drainage on shower floors. 

All backed up with photos and stories of actual issues per the MIA, Marble Institute of America Design Manual (now the NSI Natural Stone Institute).

Our Speakers: 

Juan Vasquez is Co-Owner of All Natural Stone in Burlingame and has been in the tile and stone business since 2002. He has extensive product knowledge gained through years of traveling directly to quarries;, tile manufacturers; practical experience with materials, tile installation, wet areas, grouts; and many hours of testing of sealers from actual tile and natural stone installations.

David Bonasera is the Owner of ESP (Environmentally Safe Products and Procedures). He has been in the tile and stone industry since 1987 and has presented his knowledge and experience at trade shows and working with technical committees for the last 17 years. He has worked on countless projects which give him a wealth of experience to draw on.

Dan Bartel is the Outside Sales Manager of All Natural Stone in San Jose and Programs Co-VP of NARI Silicon Valley, is a third generation tile installer. Has served 10+ yrs in the tile setters union and was owner of a tile & slab business for 10 yrs.


All members (lead and team members) who would like to submit Meta entries will need to acquire a minimum of 3 participation credits (*) each Awards year (excluding the Meta Awards Gala). 

(*)Individual staff (project lead) must earn 3 points, companies can earn 3 credits and then distribute the credits to their staff. NOTE: Any project staff member(s) who wants their own name(s) also shown on the award must have their own 3 participation credits earned otherwise only the company name shown.
(*)Credits non-transferable to other company members (i.e. any project team member listed on the award has to have 3 credits each)


Generously Sponsored by: All Natural Stone

Cancellation/Refund Policy: You may cancel up to 24 hours before the meeting begins and request to receive a full refund or have credit applied for a future meeting (except Meta Gala) in the same year. No shows or same-day cancellations will not receive a refund.

Prospective Members/Returning Guests Policy: Prospective guests will be allowed to attend their first 2 chapter meetings at no charge (this is limited to 2 people from the non-member company). After their 3rd chapter meeting, prospective members need to pay the current non-member rate before deciding to join. After their third meeting, if prospective members have not joined, their name(s) will be removed from the meetings e-mail list.