Laticrete International, together with Campolonghi, Italia SpA, have announced their sponsorship for the Marble Institute of America’s (MIA) Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year award in recognition of “an individual whose work in the natural stone industry stands out above all else,” the association says.

“The Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year award will recognize one craftsman who has physically performed outstanding stone fabrication and/or installation over a period of many years,” said Brett Rugo, MIA’s vp. He added, “The ideal candidate must have served as an apprentice stone mason and risen through the ranks to journeyman stone mason, foreman and superintendent. Additionally, the person honored must have a solid track record of leadership and mentorship – a real educator for those he works with.”

Deadline for entry is June 30, 2009. The award will be presented at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas in Las Vegas, Oct. 23, 2009 during the MIA Awards Luncheon. MIA’s Pinnacle, Grande Pinnacle, Lifetime Achievement and Natural Stone Scholarship awards will also be presented at this event.

The competition is open to all MIA members. For additional details and an application, call (440) 250-9222 visit