Guido Gliori presenting award to Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher, a LEED® AP, Sales, Business Development specialist at Valders Stone & Marble, Inc. of Valders, Wisconsin, is the 2009 recipient of the MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Award. Schumacher's selection was based on a 500-word essay explaining why he desires a career in the industry. "This scholarship would allow me to contribute to the natural stone industry as a whole. I'm fortunate to work where I do, and I will be taking advantage of every chance I can to perpetuate the natural stone movement. We all carry a message...I say, "Let's Rock!" In a letter of recommendation from Bryan Frankovis, sales manager, Valders Stone & Marble said, "Mr. Schumacher's decision to apply for the MIA Natural Stone scholarship doesn't come as a surprise. He has constantly shown his initiative and willingness to learn product knowledge, applications, and awareness of the marketplace. He has the drive and energy necessary to make sure any project he is working on is complete, and done to the best of his ability." The award was presented to Schumacher at the MIA annual Awards Luncheon at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas in Las Vegas on October 23, 2009.