Jeff Lassiter, a machine operator for the International Flooring and Protective Coatings Company of Norfolk, Virginia. He is the fifth recipient of the MIA Natural Stone Scholarship utilizing his scholarship to attend the 2008 MIA Annual Convention held in conjunction with StonExpo in Las Vegas. His supervisor indicated that "Jeff has incredible potential and exhibits all of the qualities necessary to succeed in this business. He has advanced very rapidly and earned my trust and confidence. I can assign Jeff complex jobs and he has yet to disappoint us."