Each Fall, the Elberton Granite Association offers a class for monument retailers. For many years Design Mart has been happy to host the class for a session on monument symbolism, technology, and sales.
While in Elberton, students learned about quarrying, production techniques, foundations and setting, designing and counseling/selling. At Design Mart, students were able to check out sales books and brochures, electronic sales aids such as website construction and hosting, and demo Design Mart's Online Catalog & Monument Designer. Students watched and asked questions as a monument was designed and sent to students' phones. When they return home, they are able to open the new monument design directly in their CAD and stencil cutting systems.
Design Mart wrapped up with a tour of Elberton's historic Elmhurst Cemetery, where Mike Fernandez lead a walking tour related to monument design and symbolism.
Retailers travel from all over the US to participate in EGA courses, and this year's class was well attended. We are happy that these retailers chose to invest in their own education, and we are confident their new knowledge will help both their customers and their businesses.