About Us 2017-09-27T19:15:21+00:00

GROUP FOCUSED RESOLUTION THINKING

The Rockhead Group USA, LLC is a council of “Best in Class”​ stone fabricator executives in diverse markets. We are raising the industry bar and member ROI through MIA accreditation requirements, best practices, benchmarking and financial transparency.

WE HAVE WORKED WITH THE WORLD’S MOST SOPHISTICATED BUSINESSES IN THE STONE INDUSTRY

We represent over $600M in countertops sold in North America, with our 65+ members combined. Our group continues to lead the surface fabrication category and the numbers show it.

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OUR COMMITMENT TO HELP OUR CLIENTS DELIVER THEIR STRATEGIES HAS SEEN US BUILD A TRULY GLOBAL NETWORK

The Rockhead Group USA was founded by a group of stone fabricators dedicated to ethical and best practices in the industry. A primary requirement of membership is the Marble Institute of America’s accreditation which is a rigorous examination process including a voluntary OSHA inspection. The group saw the need for a trade group specifically focused on the stone fabrication industry, with ample time dedicated to developing best practices specific to the fabrication of granite and quartz.

Rockheads Group Specialties  

ROCKHEAD FOUNDERS

JON KAPLAN

ROCKHEADS FOUNDING MEMBER

ROCKHEAD GROUP MANAGING PARTNER

Jon Kaplan is an accomplished executive with a proven record of consulting successful businesses in many different industries. His vast experience includes serving Senior Management positions at top international corporate accounting and consulting firms, including leadership positions in the Countertop Industry, as well as a history in a family business performing large Commercial Construction.

Jon was the President and Co-Owner of Stoneworks Ltd. Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio where he led the company beginning in 2002, growing revenues from $1.8 Million to $14 Million. Later Stoneworks Ltd. Inc. completed a merger with Cutting Edge Granite in Tampa Bay, Florida where the new company formed, Stoneworks Ltd. LLC, and Jon Kaplan was appointed CEO.  After completing 2 additional acquisitions in New York and Florida.  Stoneworks reached Revenues of approximately $50 Million and employed approximately 280 people.

Jon currently is focused on the leadership of the Rockhead Group, his business consulting practice which includes implementation of the EOS system, which creates a platform for Executive Leadership, Managing Executive Teams, Improving Company results and Outsourced CFO services.

Jon is a CPA with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Accounting from Ohio University and can be reached at jonk@rockheadsusa.com

NICK BEGAN

ROCKHEADS FOUNDING MEMBER

ENTREPRENEUR / CONSULTANT

Nick’s 31 years of stone industry experience began in stone fabrication as a certified union tile installer. In 1991, Nick founded Stoneworks Ltd. Inc in Cleveland Ohio. Stoneworks Ltd. Inc. began as a tile installation company with Nick, himself, installing over a million square feet of tile and stone.

In 1992 Nick acquired a Marblelife franchise and soon received Union Carbide’s Top Franchise of the Year. Under his leadership, Stoneworks grew to a 40,000 feet facility in Northeast Ohio.

Nick currently is focused on consulting on commercial projects across the USA and vendor affinity programs for the Rockhead Group.  Nick’s expertise in sourcing stone and stone related products as well as solving stone related issues is a great asset to the Rockheads.

Nick attended Lakeland Community College and completed the Schluter Training Certification Program. To contact Nick,
email nickbegan@gmail.com

LARRY CROWLEY

ROCKHEADS FOUNDING MEMBER

VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING-STONEWORKS LTD.

Larry Crowley has over three decades in the stone fabrication industry, opening his first shop in 1987. In 1999, Larry co-founded Cutting Edge Granite, which quickly grew throughout the state of Florida. Larry merged his company with Stoneworks LTD in 2015.

Larry founded JLC Technologies where he develops and nationally distributes StoneBrite/Invisablock granite cleaner and sealer and polish products.

Larry’s expertise is in Sales and Marketing and his leadership focuses on Retail Sales and Box Store Sales in 4 markets across the East Coast. Those markets include, Tampa-St. Pete Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, Newburgh, New York and Cleveland, Ohio.  Larry expertise also includes sourcing and importing stone products oversees.

Larry serves on the board of directors at the University of Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation.

Larry attended both the University of Florida and Phoenix University and holds a B.S. in Business Management. To reach Larry, email lcrowley@stoneworksltd.com.

PAUL MENNINGER

ROCKHEADS FOUNDING MEMBER

PRESIDENT OF CAPITOL GRANITE

Paul Menninger is the founder of Capitol Granite in Richmond, Virginia. Paul’s business philosophy developed from his service to our country, where he served as a tactical and mission coordinator for the U.S. Naval Forces. Paul was on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1983-1991, designator 1320, Naval Flight Officer and Naval Commander aboard a P-3C Orion Antisubmarine Warfare.

His strategic mind grew Capitol Granite to an $11 million dollar operation, a 27,000 square foot facility with 72 employees in two locations. In 2008, Capitol Granite & Marble had become one of the first fully accredited shops and was voted National Fabricator of the Year by Stone World Magazine.

Paul graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Operations Analysis. To contact Paul, email pmenninger@capitolgranite.net.

ERIC TRYON

ROCKHEADS FOUNDING MEMBER

CEO OF CLIO HOLDINGS

Eric Tryon is the CEO of Clio Holdings, where he parlays the lessons he has learned over two and a half decades of professional success as an entrepreneur and business owner into shaping the future of the nation’s biggest and most profitable countertop and specialty surfaces company.

In 2002, Eric founded the award-winning Premier Surfaces, an Atlanta, Georgia-based stone fabrication and installation business. Eric’s consistent focus on the importance of relationships, building a close-knit company culture and prioritizing customer satisfaction would help him grow the business to include more than 170 employees over four locations, and more than $27 million in annual revenues. Eric was recognized as the City of Atlanta’s top entrepreneur in 2015. Most impressively, the company grew profitably in each of its 15 years, even in the face of a punishing economic depression. When Premier Surfaces was acquired by Clio Holdings in May 2017, Eric accepted the position of CEO for the Clio Holdings platform of companies.

Eric graduated in 1991 from Union College in Schenectady, New York. A former college football player who played in the 1989 NCAA Division III National Championship game, Eric remains active outside of the office. When he isn’t spending time with his family, he is an avid fisherman and sportsman, as well as a volunteer high school football coach.

You can reach Eric by emailing him here: eric@premiersurfaces.com

LEADING MINDS. LATEST PUBLICATIONS.

Rockheads Group Benchmark Meeting

July 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Rockheads Group Benchmark Meeting

The Rockheads Group (“RHG”), a private group of stone fabrication businesses, held its annual benchmarking meeting where over 60 [...]

Rockheads visit Precision Countertops!

June 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Rockheads visit Precision Countertops!

During our 2017 Rockhead Benchmark Meeting, we got a chance to see behind the scenes of Precision's Oregon facility! [...]

Congratulations to Eric Tryon on his new appointment of CEO for Clio

May 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Congratulations to Eric Tryon on his new appointment of CEO for Clio

We're very proud of member Eric Tryon for his recent sale of Premier Surfaces and appointment of CEO for [...]

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