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Fabricator adapts for success

Everett, MA, USA – September 4, 2014 – In business for more than two decades,” Cumar, Inc. of Everett, MA, continually invests in its fabrication business and searches for new ideas to best serve its customers.

Angelo “Ivo” Cubi first opened Cumar, Inc. in 1992. Based just outside of Boston in Everett, MA, the fabrication shop soon became known for its residential and commercial work. It has furnished stonework for many large-scale hotel and condominium projects throughout the Boston area. Today, the company concentrates on an elite residential market — primarily homeowners seeking unique and exotic materials.   View Stone World Magazine Article

“Designing The Next Generation” Goes To Germany
Boston, MA, USA – April 1st, 2013 – Awards series “Designing the Next Generation” created by Over My Shoulder Foundation and Cumar Marble and Granite, and represented by Dawn Carroll and Patti Austin, goes to Germany to participate at the prestigious Leaders of Design Council Conference. View Release

Cumar Marble and Granite To Participate At The Design Bloggers Conference / Los Angeles This March
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 21, 2013 – Cumar Marble and Granite joins interior design bloggers, new media innovators, and interior design industry leaders for the 2013 Design Bloggers Conference on March 3-5, 2013 at the Hilton Los Angeles. View Release

CUMAR Marble & Granite owner, Ivo Cubi, and his daughter, Carlotta, share their words of wisdom and what motivates them to continue building their 8 generations stone business. New England Home covered these questions in their beautiful “Style Leaders” section of their July/August issue:

Cumar Marble & Granite “PROfile – Focus On Stone and Tile” spread in Boston Design Guide magazine issue 2013,

Three generations, Owner Angelo“Ivo” Cubi, daughter Carlotta and baby Isabella celebrate Cumar’s 20th Anniversary.

Thank you!”

Thank you to everyone who attended our first annual “Designing the Next Generation” event on June 18th at The Liberty Hotel.

With more than 300 of you in attendance, it was a spectacular evening of inspirational stories and song.

Our thanks go out to our speakers, including Patti Austin, Attorney Rick Dyer, Governor Michael Dukakis, Ted Fujimoto (Founder of The Right to Succeed Foundation), Stephen Powell ( Executive Director of Mentoring USA), and Mayor of Newton Setti D. Warren, for all getting to the core about how mentoring and helping others is imperative for our communities and our future.

A huge thank you to all our amazing musical performers, including Patti Austin, Charlie Farren, Robin Lane, Hal Lebeaux Boudreau, and Julie Silver. The music you made was a perfect way to make the point about the power of each of us helping another.

We will be posting photos and videos on Facebook in the coming days, so check in soon at and to take a look (or see what you missed!).

We hope the evening was inspirational to you, too! CUMAR Marble & Granite and the Over My Shoulder Foundation‘s goal is to inspire more of us to mentor and support mentoring, so we hope that everyone will take some action to advance the cause of mentoring in Greater Boston and beyond.

Here are a few simple ways you can take action today:

1) Become a mentor:

Many mentoring relationships only require one hour per week, but think of how much good you can do for another person’s life with so little time:

2) Donate to one of these terrific local organizations working in mentoring and other vital social causes in our communities:

3) Nominate someone for a MIDDIE!

The MIDDIES (Mentors in Design Awards) salute design professionals in interior design, architecture, building, landscape design, and related fields, who share their time, expertise, and wisdom with the next generation.

A nominee might be someone who has mentored you or who you have observed mentoring others during his or her career. The candidate might be your boss, a close colleague, or someone from another discipline who has opened the door to new possibilities.

Nominating someone takes just a few minutes, but is a wonderful way to reward them for their mentoring!

Nominate at Design New England today

4) Donate to the Over My Shoulder Foundation, so we can use your funding to create more editorial, video, and audio to help inspire even more people to mentor!

5) Let us know what action we helped inspire you to take…we want to know if our actions are working, too!

We look forward to seeing you at our next event in January 2013!


* Dawn Carroll, Design Specialist, CUMAR Marble & Granite and Executive Director, Over My Shoulder Foundation
* Dave Connor, General Manager, CUMAR Marble & Granite
* Carlotta Cubi, Executive Vice President, CUMAR Marble & Granite

Patti Austin and Santana Roberts. Thank You Mentor Day. January 25, 2012. Photo by Cumar’s designer Dawn Carroll.

Over My Shoulder Foundation + CUMAR Marble & Granite would like to thank everyone who attended our local event to celebrate “Thank Your Mentor Day” January 25th at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom in Boston’s Back Bay.

It was a terrific evening and a great way to celebrate the recent MIDDIES Award for mentoring in the field of design on Wednesday, we were thrilled to see so many of you come out for some delicious drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to see old friends and make some new ones.

More than 200 attendees heard some amazing mentoring stories from VIP guests, including Grammy Award-winning recording artist Patti Austin, Boston attorney Rick Dyer, and Magic 106.7’s Candy O’Terry. Boston musicians and advisors to the foundation who also attended included Jon Butcher, Charlie Farren, and Robin Lane.

One emotional highlight included when Patti Austin gave Santana Roberts a $10,000 check to help cover part of her tuition at the Berklee College of Music. Santana had sent Patti an email when Santana was 11 to ask for advice about becoming a singer-and Patti has been mentoring Santana ever since! Santana was recently accepted to Berklee and Austin surprised her (now 17 years old) with a donation to help her cover part of her tuition.

That moment and the event was featured in The Boston Globe’s Names columnBoston Magazine’s
, and The Bay State Banner.

We’ve also collected photos from the event in a Facebook album, so be sure to take a look and tag yourself or your friends and colleagues at .

And don’t forget to “like” the Over My Shoulder Foundation page while you are there so we can keep you up to date on our future activities and mentoring information.

Did we inspire you to become a mentor? If so, please tell us your story on our Facebook page too.

We’re working on our next event for this spring and will be sure to let you know as the details are confirmed!

Dawn Carroll, Executive Director, Over My Shoulder Foundation.
Dave Connor, General Manager, CUMAR Marble & Granite.


Cumar hosts the first annual MIDDIES award with Design New England and the Over My Shoulder Foundation at the Boston International Fine Art Show in Boston’s South End on Thu, November 17, 2011. The star studded event will be attended by over 350 of the top local designers. Awards will be presented to designers who have exemplified the what it means to mentor young designers who are working in the industry.










The Art of Mentoring = Mentorology. The Over My Shoulder Foundation, founded by Dawn Carroll, award-winning stone designer at Cumar, Inc. and Grammy Award winner Patti Austin is proud to have inspired Design New England’s Mentors In Design Awards(MIDDIES). The MIDDIES recognize design professionals who share their time, expertise and wisdom with upcoming generations of designers.The Over My Shoulder Foundation is a unique media-based project whose goal is to raise awareness of the impact of mentoring both cross-culturally and cross-generationally.“Our goal is to break down barriers that separate generations of people and cultures. Through mentoring, we all are increasingly interdependent on each other, rather than independent individuals. And, because of people’s interdependency, the foundation hopes to foster respect, diversity, culture,and individuality.” Patti Austin,



Welcome to the unveiling of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams new Spring Collection:
Modern Classic and an evening celebrating the Spirit of Mentoring.
Mitchell Gold,Cofounder of the renowned home furnishings brand Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams
Gail Ravgiala, Editor, Design New England
Carlotta Cubi, David Connor, Cumar Inc.
Sally Grant, EcoStuctures, Inc.