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Saturday, February 28, 2015
The year that saw Dolly Parton's 9 to5 and Police's De Do Do Do, De Da Da, 1981 was also the year Andrew Major was born in Toronto. Not sure what the zodiac symbol for that year was, but suffice it to say, there were some some diverse stars to lull baby Andrew to sleep in his crib!
Andrew went to school for business and now works in one of the world’s oldest professions: stone! Living and working in Toronto, he is the only native Canadian working for Sanicolstone, a Chinese fine stone supplier. Each day he works with developers, designers and contractors to bring the beauty of granite, marble and other stone to life in Toronto’s condominiums, civic spaces and other locations.
It is a rare perk to be able to go back to something you have helped bring to life. Andrew has a few such places including the almost complete, Gibson House, black stone wall, a massive laser-etched mural depicting a scene from the 1800’s.
“Being able to work with the most talented artists/designers from around the world on their projects is what drivers me every day”.
In addition to Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Japan, Thailand and other destinations, Andrew is a frequent visitor to Sanicolstone’s offices in China, sometime flying there 3-4 times a year. “To travel the world and do business globally, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else”.
Cooper is Andrew’s 6 year old husky who often rides with him to job sites in Toronto. With his snow white hair catching the wind as they drive, Cooper can often be found with his head out the window of their pickup truck as they visit sites where their stone is being fitted and finished.
Cooper is a sophisticated companion who compliments his kibble with treats such as sushi, although a good beef bone is always welcome! Rounding out his day, he thrives on his daily 10km walks and napping to jazz and classical music!
ANDREW FUN FACT: He is a big kid at heart and loves the outdoors and exploring the planet. He finds peace in cooking and tasting foods from around the world. A true omnivore, he has never met a dish he hasn’t liked.