AUSTIN, Texas -- The Second Artisan Group Annual Shop Tour & Meeting in Arizona generated plenty of heat in many ways.

All but five member companies attended, including new members Paxton Countertops and Bedrock Granite, with the event hosted by Stockett Tile and Granite of Phoenix.

artisan shoptourClick photo for galleryartisan shoptour2artisan t1artisan t2artisan t3The event began with a welcome dinner sponsored by Park Industries. The next day, the intense business end of the meeting included a shop tour of Stockett, where members learned about the capacity, layout and growth plans for the company.

Then, the Artisan Group discussed best practices, the new PR co-op plan and the latest detailed metrics results, and also worked with the Predictive Synergistic System Test.

The Predictive Index exercise with Dan Courser identified employees and future employees with the correct role, based on personality. It surprised many in the group and will be a valuable tool in keeping the right team in place at fabrication shops. The speaker and lunch were sponsored by Gran Quartz.

Meetings were followed by golf at Talkingstick Golf Course and shooting at the Scottsdale Gun Club, with both activities were sponsored by Braxton-Bragg. The winning golf foursome was Brad Pearce of Front Range Stone, Jon Lancto of Artisan Group, Bill Hickey of Braxton-Bragg and Nick Wadenstorer with Baca Systems. Alan Jorgensen with Bedrock Countertops won the sharp shooter award at the gun range.

Another group took a tour of Taliesin West, the desert workshop of the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, in Scottsdale.

Dave and Becky Stockett were the most amazing hosts, allowing the entire group to invade their home for an amazing dinner. Sponsors for happy hour, dinner and transportation were Baca Systems, Architectural Granite & Marble and GMA Garnet.

The group’s 2018 Shop Tour will be hosted by Brad Pearce of Front Range Stone in Englewood, Colo.

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