- About Our Training
- Meet the Instructors
- The ORIGINAL Stone Restoration Class
- MORE™ AntiEtch™ Certification
- About Our Training
- Meet the Instructors
- The ORIGINAL Stone Restoration Class
- MORE™ AntiEtch™ Certification
Our Training Program
Train With the Best Stone Care Professionals & Learn the Best Stone Refinishing Techniques.
For those new to the industry or for professionals looking to add to their knowledge and skill base, MB Stone Care offers stone restoration classes. You receive the training that MB Stone's owner Stu Rosen got after working with the master craftsman himself, Maurizio Bertoli, for several years.
Stu's mission in these stone restoration training classes is to provide you with the wisdom he has gained in his career, and the experiences he's faced that can help you operate your own company or improve upon your skills in the business.
Throughout the days of your classes, you'll receive the most dedicated, unbiased look into all of the MB line of stone restoration equipment, tools, diamonds, polishing compounds and accessories, and even get the chance to try out your skills in engaging situations that require the right touch and a quick mind.
This course spans over 4 days. Classes begin at 9:00 AM and end at 6:00 PM, with lunch provided daily. If you have additional questions, comments, or are interested in additional hands-on training, you can stay afterwards for one on one instruction.
Small Class Size to Ensure Proper Attention is Given.
Classes are available for 10-12 people at a time to guarantee a class environment conducive to learning, with plenty of hands on opportunities for an interactive training experience. Space can fill up quickly and if you have multiple employees or trainees you would like to ensure attend the same course period, please call us and we’ll arrange a schedule that best works for your needs.
If you are unable to attend the professional training courses, you can purchase MB's one and only Natural Stone Maintenance and Restoration Guide for only $159.
It's not just a job, "It's a Passion". As a former apprentice to Maurizio Bertolli, Stu Rosen acquired his knowledge and skills in the craft of stone refinishing from the best of the best. He has continued to be an innovator always researching to find and/or create new products. Stu has a passion to learn and evolve in the stone industry. A recognized industry icon (or "Stone Guru"- as many Stone Professionals refer to him), Stu is dedicated to consumer education and continues to maintain Maurizio's legacy, specializing in restoration and re-polishing of marble, granite, and all other natural or engineered stones. Stu is the owner of MB Stone Care and Supply LLC, MB Stone Pro, and Stoneshine NJ.
Dean McArthur combines stone and tile restoration expertise with strategic business management experience to offer distinct services to a wide variety of clients in the United States and Canada. As a principal in Certified Stone Professional, he has decades of experience in the art of problem-solving, restoring natural stone and is a certified tile and stone inspector. He learned his trade early on, working in his family’s new home construction business while earning degrees in Accounting and International Finance. Upon graduating and earning his CPA at a large regional firm, he went to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He was recruited to become the executive vice president of finance for a national restaurant chain. He then went on to obtain his PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and his SHRM-SCP (SHRM Senior Certified Professional) when he was a director for a large regional accounting and consulting firm. He was one of the first in the nation to obtain the honor of being a Certified Talent Optimization expert.
He is currently managing partner of Crimson Strategic Solutions, Inc., a consulting firm offering a variety of services to business owners, including various financial and employee educational programs, total transformation programs, business valuations and creative financing for mergers and acquisitions. Because he has worked on the ground floor of many different companies, Dean McArthur has a unique perspective to look at a single project or an entire business from many different angles, resulting in the best possible solutions for his clients.
Paul Bunis of Boston Stone focuses not only on the highest quality of craftsmanship but also in exceptional customer service. Initially trained by renowned Italian stone expert Maurizio Bertoli, owner Paul Bunis has provided education and stone restoration solutions for years. From homeowners to commercial building owners, architects, superintendents, facility managers, hotel managers, general contractors, and insurance companies we offer the best service and attention to detail in the area. Because stone is our passion, we are able to provide innovative and pragmatic solutions to even the most challenging issues.
Our commitment to ongoing training and education through The Stone and Tile School in Florida and at MB Stone Academy in New Jersey ensures that all of our technicians are constantly perfecting their skills and keeping up to date with the latest industry developments and standards. Boston Stone Restoration is also committed to educating our clients in the proper care and maintenance of their marble or natural stone floor or surface.
Since 1987 David Bonasera has been working in the stone and tile industry. David researches all of his product to use the correct procedures on how to use products and equipment. David has been working in tiles and stone forensics for 15 years now working with Law firms, insurance company, homeowners, developers, and contractors.
David is a California tile contractor which holds a C-54 he also hold a C-15 electrical license which he received working in the touring Rock n Roll entertainment business in the 80’s and 90’s.
For the last 18 years, David has been speaking at Surfaces/Stone Expo, Coverings. ASID groups and architects. This has been a passion for David to share his knowledge and experiences.
David also has won awards for his environmental work in the San Francisco bay area and had a TV show in the bay area for 10 years called Environmental Concerns. David also helps write standards in the stone and tile industry along with other very talented industry leaders.
David also has help many under privileged schools and churches in East Los Angeles and the Bay Area for over 23 years with cleaning supplies, equipment, and musical instruments.
David is the owner of ESP/Environmentally Safe Products and Procedures, ESP Sales, Better Bio and now ESPS/Engendered stone polishing systems all based out of San Jose, California.
Bryan Thomson, 61 years of age, has been in the hard surface / natural stone restoration cleaning and maintenance industry for 15 years. and has been a hard surface instructor for 15 years; Bryan has achieved certifications from the Institute Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC) in: Stone Masonry & Tile (SMT), Hard Floor Care Technician (FCT), Carpet Care Technician (CCT) as well as, Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) "Train The Trainer" (TTT) and is an ISSA Certified Expert (I.C.E).
Bryan also has a certificate of completion from the Dale Carnegie Institute in "Public Speaking".
Bryan specializes in natural stone cleaning and restoration and runs a successful stone and carpet restoration company "Advantage Plus Carpet & Stone Care" in Phoenix AZ.
Bryan has worked for Legend Brands Prochem / Sapphire Scientific for 9 years as a "Hard Surface Instructor" & "Cleaning and Restoration Specialist" and works closely with Jan San industry and professional carpet cleaning at the distribution level, holding 1 and 2 day "Hard Surface Natural Stone Training" classes throughout North America.
He has trained and worked closely with a large number of major national "Building Service Contractors" (BSC) and his hard surface training program is being used at many of the major US airports such as... George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) as well as JFK, Detroit Metro, Newark airport. His cleaning program is also being implemented at the largest mall in North America the "West Edmonton Mall" in Alberta Canada.
Bryan has personally developed a 5 step testing procedure for identifying "pre-existing" flooring conditions that severely impede the cleaning and restoration process. This testing procedure has allowed BSC's throughout North America to put their facilities back into manageable conditions from what typically has been a frustrating and extremely challenging process.
Bryan is passionate and committed to helping the professional cleaning industry become more proficient, and effective in all phases of the hard surface cleaning and natural stone restoration.
- Course Info
- Private Courses
The entire seminar will span 6 days and is about 95% hands-on. Class will start each day at 9 AM and end when someone cries Uncle. Lunch will also be provided daily. Beginning in August, we will be expanding our class to 6 days in order to accommodate the different levels of expertise of our students. The class will be broken up into 4 parts:
Day 1 - For the Novice student, who will need a more thorough introduction to stone restoration and hands-on practice using the tools and machinery needed for the job.
Days 2-5 - For any level student, who will benefit from an introduction, refresher or who just wants to learn more in-depth techniques of stone restoration / refinishing. The portion is considered our core class for all students, novice or advanced; If you are only interested in counter tops or floors, you may also choose that option only.
Counter top will be days 2 and 3 - will include chip and crack repair as well Floors will be covered on days 4 and 5 - this will cover walls too
Day 6 - For the Advanced student, who wants to dive deeper or maybe just a little refresher. For students who have questions or would like additional hands-on training, opportunities to stay afterwards with the instructors will be available.
Because of the high demand of this training class, it is beneficial to all to break the class in to separate levels, giving everyone the extra time needed to learn all they can. You can sign up for all 6 days or just for the days you need. Discounts will apply to those who are taking all three classes or have been to one of our core classes before. To provide a more conducive learning experience, and to ensure all students have an opportunity to work the equipment, classes will be limited to 10-12 students. Join us for this one-of-a-kind, interactive training experience.
Stone restoration is not about following static recipes or blocks of instructions. Stone restoration is about thinking on your feet and applying a broad set of fundamental expertise to solve unexpected or previously unseen problems. That is why we believe in a hands-on learning experience for all of our students. A copy of Maurizio Bertoli’s book (the natural stone restoration bible as we refer to it) will be sent out upon enrolling in the core portion of class or any combination of 2 segments. This will give you a great opportunity for some advanced reading. This invaluable resource is included as a part of your tuition. After attending, You will have all access pass to technical support pretty much around the clock. (Who are we kidding, we'll help you even if you don't come to the class) And remember... you are welcome to come back for a free refresher. One of the benefits of becoming part of the family!
* NOTE: Listing is not indicative of the order the training is conducted and we are constantly adding to the list to provide the most comprehensive training experience available
Introductions & Background
Dedication to Maurizio Bertoli (About MB. How and Why the product lines were developed. The mission of MB Stone. Basic petrography (Stone identification and understanding)
The Maintenance of Natural Stone (Lecture & Hands-on)
Examples and Samples of Machines and Equipment
Refinishing Natural Stone-Lippage Removal, Honing, Polishing (to include both dry and wet polishing techniques)
Tools of the Trade-What makes it all Happen (Diamonds are not just a girls best friend) Stain Removal (a little Witchcraft)
Chip And Crack Repair (floors and counters)
Shower Stall Restoration along with caulking and grout repair.
Countertop Restoration (Marble, Granite, & Engineered stone.)
Intensive Grout Cleaning techniques and equipment
Chip and crack repair
How To Get Started In the Stone Restoration Industry
Pre Qualification of the customer. Marketing, Pricing, Contracts, Advertising, Profiting
All topics covered will be demonstrated by instructors to show the procedure. Then students will have the opportunity to get on machines and work what they have been shown for themselves. During this course, each student will fix a crack, polish a vertical and horizontal piece of stone, and hone and polish a floor section using one of our Klindex planetary and/or a Swing machines. And, don’t forget, we will be available after the official end of each days training session for students that wish to get some additional practice and to make sure students have a grasp of everything we covered.
Our class location is in our new facility in North Carolina Class will be held at 3195 Airport Blvd Suite F Wilson, NC (Approximately 45 minutes away from the Raleigh Durham International Airport)
*There will be transportation available from the hotel to the class everyday and lunch will also be provided.
**The class and conversation continue as we share dinner together as well. Of course this is optional.
For those who desire even more in depth interaction with our expert trainers, MB STONE now also offers this training as a semi-private class. We ask you have at least 4 - 5 students. It will be 21 hours of instruction presented in a two 10.5 hour or three 7 hour days. These classes will follow the same core topics listed above but in an even more dynamic fashion with lots of hands on training.
This class is endorsed by MB Stone and promises the same level of stone expertise that is the hallmark of our company. As always, MB Stone is committed to "Education Before Any Sale."
WANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ALL THAT WILL BE COVERED IN THIS TRAINING? Please contact the office at 888-509-5831. Don't delay. Sign up today.
*Have specific training needs?
MB Stone offers tailored, individualized training for your company. Bring all of your stone education needs to us!
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- Course Info
Call 888-509-5831 for details on the next class.
In our restoration business, we have worked with many different coatings over the years and are very familiar with their advantages and disadvantages. This system is proving to be one of the best options available at this time. If you have been in the business for a while, I'm sure you have seen these types of things come and go over the years. The cutting edge technology provided with this system may just change your mind about being able to offer a real solution to your clients for etch protection for years to come. Join us in this training and see for yourself.
Features and Benefits
Crystal clear finish
Can be applied on marble, limestone, onyx, travertine, and concrete
Available in honed, polished, and leathered finishes
Can be applied to vertical and horizontal surfaces
Low odor during application
Safe on food grade surfaces
Zero porosity - germs and bacteria have nowhere to grow
Will not crack or peel
Easy to maintain
Durable – 10 year expected wear
This course & evaluation is required to become a MORE™ AntiEtch™ Certified Applicator
Register early, space is limited. You don't want to miss it!
The cost of the course is $4200 and includes the following:
MORE™ AntiEtch™ Curing System ($3,000) Along with helmet, gloves and Tyvek suit
One day of hands-on training and evaluation
The course is 99.9% hands-on and will cover the application of the MORE™ AntiEtch™ System on marble and other acid-sensitive countertops.
A brief list of the process involved:
Grinding the surface to prepare it for application
Applying the MORE™ AntiEtch™ Treatment
Curing the 1st and 2nd coat
Sanding to a hone finish
Sanding to a polished finish
Maintaining the surface
Repairs and other hands-on exercises
We will be using the MORE™ AntiEtch™ Curing System and Festool sanders. Each is a required tool for the application of the MORE™ AntiEtch™ treatment.
Financing opportunities are available - Please contact us for more information