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Enter to Win an ISFA Award!

Meet Our Judges

An independent panel of industry professionals will select the winners for the seven project-based awards. Submissions are judged on excellence in all areas of fabrication and installation, including aesthetics, creativity, fit and finish. One winner will be selected in each category. 

The Fabricator of the Year and the ISFA Hall of Fame submissions will be narrowed to two finalists. These finalists will be determined by a vote from the association’s board of directors. The winners will then be chosen by the general membership; the vote will be held August 1-15.


Ryan Lance, National Kitchen and Bath Association

Ryan is the digital product manager at the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), helping to oversee website design, content and production, newsletters and digital communications. Over the past several years, Ryan has helped facilitate the promotion and judging of NKBA’s annual Kitchen & Bath Design Awards. In addition, he plays a prominent role in working with designers featured in NKBA digital programs, virtual events and summits. 

Gary Ness, Willis

Gary Ness is a technical services manager at Willis, a full-service distribution company supplying premium surfacing materials throughout its exclusive territories in North America. Gary has an extensive forty-year history in the industry, starting with the formation of a solid surface fabrication and installation company in the Pacific Northwest.

Additionally, Gary has accumulated a vast amount of experience in all facets of the surfacing industry, including solid surface, quartz, natural stone and porcelain materials. Gary has been a certified Corian solid surface fabrication and installation instructor for more than 35 years.

Khoi Vo, American Society of Interior Designers

Khoi Vo brings over 20 years of experience in interior design, architecture and education. He began his career at California State University as an assistant professor for the interior design program, and he later became a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD) department of interior design. After a stint at the University of North Carolina, Vo returned to SCAD to head its former Hong Kong campus and then served as the institution’s vice president for industry relations.

In 2002, he founded Studio Four Los Angeles, where he worked as the design director. He later founded Khoi Vo Design and operated as the studio’s design director for 12 years while he oversaw all phases of the firm’s projects. He is currently the chief executive officer of the American Society of Interior Designers. He sits on the board of directors for the Interior Design Educators Council, and he has been a member of the International Interior Design Association and Interior Design Educators Council for more than a decade.

Vo has received numerous awards during his career, with highlights including the 2015 Honorable Mention for the CIDA Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2017-18 Design Intelligence Top 25 Most Admired Educators, and a SCAD Presidential Fellowship.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2023. Winners will be announced at the 2023 ISFA Annual Conference, which will take place October 16-19, 2023, at the Sonesta Ocean Point resort in Sint Maarten. Entrants should submit their projects with the expectation of attending the Awards Celebration at the 2023 ISFA Annual Conference. 


Read the Latest Issue of Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Magazine!

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) releases a quarterly magazine in support of the decorative surfacing industry. Find out all the latest news, educational opportunities, material trends and business developments that elevate and perpetuate the industry.

In this issue, we're exploring the power of precision: from tools that make clean cuts (page 28) to sharp strategies that increase efficiency (page 24) to maintenance plans that mitigate risk (page 14) to three manufacturers that are prioritizing sustainable manufacturing (page 34) and a fabricator with dreams as big as the Texas sky (page 40).


Stay up to date on all the latest product and service developments with Countertops & Architectural Surfaces magazine. Each quarter, we feature more than a dozen cutting-edge products for the manufactured surface industry. From slabs to tools to software and more, CTAS has you covered.

Interested in receiving Countertops & Architectural Surfaces magazine in your mailbox each quarter?


Got a product or service you'd like to see featured in our magazine?

We are now accepting submissions for the August issue. It will have a dedicated feature about software and digital solutions for fabricators. Not in the software biz? No problem! The Product News section is open to any product or service relevant to the decorative surfacing industry. There is no cost for inclusion!

Submissions should include the following: 

Product Summary 

  • Include a write-up of up to 150 words about your software, support service or tooling technology.
  • Write-ups should limit promotional language and focus on facts, the latest advancements and informational aspects. 
  • Comparisons to competitors’ products are not allowed.  
  • All write-ups will be edited for style, grammar, space and content. 
  • Contact information will not be included in any write-up except for direction to a URL for more information. For example, include a final sentence that reads: For more information visit


  • A high-resolution photo of your latest offering(s) will be considered for inclusion. 
  • Photos must be 300 dpi or higher resolution and at least 2 x 3 inches.
  • JPEG is preferred. 
  • Logos are not suitable for use.
  • Photos should not include text if possible. 

The deadline to submit for the software and tech feature or the Product News section is June 23. 


Questions? Ask the editor!