James Paley is President of ATLAS Marble & Stone Care, Inc. and PALEY Stone & Tile Forensics, Inc. ATLAS has been providing natural stone, engineered stone, tile, and paver restoration, maintenance, and repair services since 1987. Mr. Paley has been responsible for the management of the company since 1997. He adds his unique perspective to the hard surfaces industry through his extensive experience in inspection and testing, formal education in geology, and real-life application of products and procedures learned in the stone care industry for more than 20 years. Currently, he is serving as a consultant to the Marble Institute of America (MIA) helping to rewrite its Dimension Stone Design Manual, Version VII sections addressing Natural Stone Diagnostics, Restoration, and Maintenance.
Licenses: California State Licensing Board – #808824, 973598
D64 – Non-specialized (maintenance)
C54 – Ceramic Tile and Mosaic (installation)
Porcelain, Ceramic, Glass Tile
Engineered Quartz, Marble, Travertine
Marble, Granite, Slate, Limestone, Travertine
Concrete, Terrazzo, and Mexican and French Clay Paver
Training and Seminars
Repair Feasibility Studies
Expert Witness Testimony
Environmental Impact Studies
Material Durability Studies
Maintenance Programs and Training
Installation and Product Failure Analysis
Historical Preservation and Conservation
Project Scheduling, Review, and Management
Insurance Claims (fire, flood and vandalism)
Restoration and Repair, and Specification Writing
ASTM Testing, and Infrared Thermography
Slip/Fall Testing and Programs, and Product Finish Modification
Trade Associations (Past and Present):
Marble Institute of America
World Floor Covering Association
National Tile Contractors Association
National Training Center for Stone and Masonry
ICRI Slab Moisture Testing Technician – Grade 1: ASTM F710, F1869, F2170, F2659; 2015.
Ardex MC Moisture Control Systems and Designer Floors Training Seminar, Ardex Americas; 2014.
Historical Preservation Certificate – (Campbell Center, Mt. Carroll, IL); 2014
Accredited Sealer Applicator: CA 130510P2235 (Dry Treat Products); 2014, 2009.
Certified Sealer Applicator (Aquamix/Custom Building Products); 2009.
Ceramic Tile Inspector – (CTI – Clean Trust/IICRC); 2011
Stone, Masonry, & Ceramic Tile Cleaning (SMCTC – Clean Trust/IICRC); 2007
Marble & Stone Inspector (MSI – IICRC, National Training Center for Stone and Masonry);2004
Substrate Subfloor Inspector (SSI – Clean Trust/IICRC); 2004
Floor Care Technician (FCT – Clean Trust/IICRC); 2004
Teacher Credentials, Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, CA; 1990.
Bachelor of Arts, Warner Pacific College/Columbia Christian College: Portland, OR; 1990.
Maintenance and Preservation of Natural Stone through Sealing, Marble Institute of America; 2015.
TriPointe Homes, Irvine, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2015.
Jay Woollacott PLC, Los Angeles, CA: Litigation Assistance and Stone Assessment; 2014.
Chateau Interiors and Design, Irvine, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2014, 2009, 2008, 2006.
Standard Pacific Homes, Irvine, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2014, 2010, 2007, 2006.
Natural Stone Diagnostics and Inspection, Marble Institute of America; 2014.
DR Horton Homes, Corona, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2014.
William Lyon Homes, Irvine, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2014, 2007.
Irvine Pacific Homes, Irvine, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2014, 2012.
Walker Zanger, Costa Mesa/Santa Ana, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2013, 2007.
Andrew Lauren Design, San Diego, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2013.
Vintage Design, Mission Viejo, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2013.
Emser Tile, Anaheim, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2013, 2007.
ISI Design Center, San Diego, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2013.
Stein Buildings, University of California, Los Angeles, CA: Maintenance Training; 2012.
Shady Canyon Country Club, Irvine, CA: Maintenance Specifications and Training; 2012.
St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA: Maintenance Specifications and Training; 2011.
Carrara Marble Stain and Water Absorption Analysis and Feasibility of Repair; 2010
King’s Castle: McCullough Residence, Newport Beach, CA: Newport Beach Magazine; March 2010.
JPS Surface Solutions, Anaheim/Chatsworth, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2009, 2007, 2006.
Geological Characteristics and Common Tendencies with Various Types of Natural Stone; 2009.
Dal Tile, Rancho Cucamonga, CA: Urbanslabs Product Rollout and Training; 2008.
John Laing Luxury Homes, Irvine, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2006.
Barona Hotel and Casino, Lakeside, CA: Maintenance Specifications and Training; 2006.
Ann Sacks Tile and Stone, Laguna Niguel, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2006.
Bedrosians Tile & Stone, Anaheim, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2006.
Residential Design Services, Anaheim, CA: Geology 101 Training; 2006.
Stone Treatment: The Pros Go Home, Stone Business Magazine; November 2005.
Blue King: Spalling and other Reactions to Wet Environments; 2005
Special Projects (an abbreviated list):
World Trade Center, Long Beach, CA: Maintenance and Repair
Merritt Mansion, Pasadena, CA: Historical Site Restoration and Repair
Southern California Edison Building, Rosemead, CA: Restoration and Repair
Pearl Building-Bower Properties, Laguna Beach, CA: Restoration and Repair
Cinerama Dome, Hollywood, CA: Historical Site Restoration and Repair
Paris Hotel and Resort, Las Vegas, NV: Maintenance; Traffic Analysis
Irvine Co., Howard Building Corp., Irvine, CA: Installation Defect Analysis
Irvine Co., The Islands Hotel, Newport Beach, CA: Hotel and Room Renovation
Beverly Hills Civic Center-Emser Tile, Beverly Hills, CA: Stone Defect Analysis
ACM Builders, Sunset Beach, CA: Limestone Environmental Suitability Study
Hyundai North America Headquarters, Fountain Valley, CA: Installation/Product Analysis
Standard Pacific Homes, Marina del Rey, CA: Tile and Maintenance Defect Issues
North American College, Houston, TX: Installation and Material Defect Analysis
Duggan Contracting Corp., St. Peters, MO: Limestone Environmental Suitability Study
Stein Buildings, University of California, Los Angeles, CA: Restoration and Repair
Pasadena Showcase of Dreams, Pasadena, CA: Historical Site Restoration and Repair
DR Horton Builders, Murrieta, CA: Integrity Testing and Cracks in Natural Stone Slabs
Pfizer Pharmaceutical, San Diego, CA: Installation Defect Analysis; Maintenance and Repair
Urbanslabs, Santa Ana CA: Concrete Slab Testing, New Product Specifications, Sealer Study
Corastone/Cal Bath, Santa Ana, CA: Engineered Travertine New Product Specifications
Fleming’s Restaurant Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA: Concrete Restoration and Repair
Santa Ana Courthouse, Orange, CA: Historical Site Preservation; Environmental Impact Study
JTC Project, Newport Coast, CA: Slate Defect and Installation Analysis; Restoration
Delanty Designs, West Hollywood, CA: Prehistoric Fossil-stone Museum Piece Restoration
South Coast Plaza, FSI Design/Floor Systems, Costa Mesa, CA: Installation Defect Repair
Subaru of North America, CA and TN: Environmental Impact; Maintenance-Sealer Specifications
St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA: Situational Analysis; Maintenance and Repair
Shady Canyon Country Club, Irvine, CA: Product Defect Investigation; Maintenance and Repair
Beverly Hills Civic Center, Beverly Hills, CA: Product Defect Analysis; Maintenance and Repair
Mercury Insurance, Van Nuys, CA: Situational Analysis of Affects of Water on Stone and Tile
Richard Crawford Construction, Inc., Newport Beach, CA: Stone Weathering and Sealer Durability
Newport Beach Marriott-Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA: Stone Restoration and Repair
Westside Pavilion Mall, Los Angeles, CA: Maintenance; Maintenance Specifications and Training
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