News release from UALR
LITTLE ROCK (December 12, 2016) ~ Former friends and colleagues honored the memory of an Arkansas construction industry leader by donating $60,000 to help future civil engineering and construction engineering students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
About 10 donating companies and organizations presented the check to establish the Michael Allen Lasiter Endowed Scholarship, which will serve as a permanent tribute to Mr. Lasiter’s contributions to the central Arkansas construction industry. The scholarship donation presentation was held at noon at FCA, Certified Public Accountants, 2228 Cottondale Lane, Suite 200, in Little Rock.
The Michael Allen Lasiter Endowed Scholarship will help full- or part-time students majoring in civil engineering and construction engineering at the UALR College of Engineering and Information Technology. Special consideration will be given to first-generation college students and Arkansas residents.
At a young age, Mr. Lasiter, a Little Rock native, started working at his father’s business, Lasiter Asphalt Maintenance, a small asphalt repair company. He eventually built that business into Redstone Construction, one of the largest highway and asphalt construction companies in the state.
Those who worked with him lauded Mr. Lasiter’s focus on mentoring, the value he placed on education, and his ability to motivate his employees to reach their full potential.
In 2007, Redstone became the first Arkansas company to recycle waste asphalt and concrete — cutting costs and helping the environment by giving new life to waste products that previously ended up in landfills.
By 2011, under Mr. Lasiter’s leadership, Redstone acquired a quarry, which helped the company open asphalt plants and enabled it to pursue larger highway projects.
In late 2015, doctors diagnosed cancer in Mr. Lasiter. He studied the disease, sought the best available medical advice, and followed treatment plans, but lost his battle with cancer two months after his 50th birthday.
A written tribute by the donors praised Mr. Lasiter’s legacy:
“Michael’s life was one of learning and teaching. He learned from every situation he encountered. His can-do attitude enabled him to motivate others from the things he had learned. He led by example. He never backed away from any challenge. His legacy will undoubtedly be carried on by everyone he mentored.”
Donors to the scholarship include: