Each year, the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) presents the C. DeWitt Brown Leadman Award “to an individual who has provided exemplary leadership in advancing the masonry industry.” Pictured, Don Foster (left,) founder of NCMCA member firm Masonry Cosmetics was recognized with the 2022 award by MCAA Chairman Paul Oldham at the Las Vegas World of Concrete MCAA membership meeting in January. MCAA photo


The team of, left to right, Thomas Johnson, Josh Martinez, Doug Burton, and Chris Mitchell are the Champions of the Raleigh Chapter’s Annual January Grand Strand “Murdell” Golf Tournament. For only the second time in Murdell Tournament history, there was a hole-in-one. Lee Amick took home the $1,905 pot that has been building since 2014. Forty-eight golfers participated. 2022 represents the thirty-third year the Raleigh Chapter has conducted their golf tournament and the twenty-second year for the multi-day Grand Strand “Murdell” event. Raleigh’s golf tournaments have raised in excess of $103,000, all dedicated to the promotion and betterment of masonry and the masonry industry. Photo by Danks Burton.

Lee Amick scored a hole-in-one at the Raleigh Chapter’s Annual January Grand Strand “Murdell” Golf Tournament, only the second ace in the tournament’s twenty-two-year history. The Late Wayne Coleman scored the first one in 2003. Lee made the hole-in-one on #17 at the Glen Dornich course and takes home the $1905 pot that had been building since 2014. Photo by Steve Bell

A project named “Modern Monument” is the November winner of the 2021 NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Design Competition at Appalachian State University.
NCMCA Chairman Kent Huntley, along with Griffin Masonry’s Chad Davis reviewed and judged the projects, which are a graded assignment of Dr. Chad Everhart’s Architectural Design Studio III / Integrated Design Studio. Huntley and Davis were joined by ASU Professor Jason Miller and architect Phillip Jefferson, Program Director/Associate Professor at Wake Technical Community College to make comments about the projects and to announce the winners.  The winning team of Daniel Kahill, Javier Fuentes and Shea Marlowe will share a semester’s in-state tuition as their prize. Second Place went to the team of Jordan Runnion, Daniel Scruggs, and Camden Seybert. Third place went to Natalie Black, and Jackson Sloane, and fourth place went to Aidan Davis-Mercer, Spencer Fox-Davis, and Emma Havmoeller. Runner-up teams received quality masonry tools as their prizes. 2021 marks the eleventh year for the competition at ASU.

In November, the Metrolina Chapter held its Annual Recognition Night dinner to honor local apprentices who have won masonry competitions over the last year. Pictured top, left to right, Metrolina Chapter President Brandon Hartsell; North Carolina Eighth District US Congressman Richard Hudson who was on hand to help congratulate the apprentices and provided comments; Mason Saunders of Huntley Brothers Company who won the October Annual North Carolina State Fair Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest and placed second in the May 2021 NCMCA Samuel A. McGee Memorial Apprentice Skills Contest; Grant Helms of Helms Masonry, winner of the 2021 Sam McGee Memorial Contest with a rare perfect score and winner of the 2021 Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Apprentice Challenge Skills Contest, third year, at Las Vegas in June; NCMCA President Danks Burton; and MCAA Chairman Paul Oldham who flew in from Indiana for the event. Bottom, left to right, Grant Haney of McGee Brothers Company, who finished in third place at the State Fair Contest; Christian Kluttz of Huntley Brothers Company, fourth place in the Sam McGee Contest; Bayden Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company, second place in the State Fair Contest and fifth place in the Sam McGee contest; and NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver. Cyress Brown won third place in the Sam McGee Contest but was not present for the picture. The apprentices and their families were hosted for a low country boil dinner prepared by chef and journeyman mason Jerry Talley and sponsored by Huntley Brothers Company, the Metrolina Chapter, and the Porter Family's Farmstead Wedding Venue in Mount Pleasant. The event included special recognition of Veterans Day.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES

CLICK HERE to view and download a great collection of pictures from the October 29, 2021 Fifth Annual North Carolina Masonry Education Day at Stalite's Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill.  Photographs by Judy Johnson, Steve Bell, Ashton White, Fred Mason, Jodi Helms, and the SPEC MIX crew.

NCMCA Metrolina Chapter President Brandon Hartsell has announced the team of (left to right) Mike Cook, Brandon Roberts, Chet Huntley, and Greg Huntley are the winners of the chapter golf tournament held at the Mooresville Municipal Golf Course November 2, 2021. President Brandon expressed appreciation to tournament sponsors: Adams/Oldcastle, Johnson Concrete Products, Carolina Firestop, P & D Architectural Precast, MSC Masonry Construction, General Shale, ACT Equipment, The Metrolina Chapter of NCMCA, Palmetto Brick, L&D Kirby Investments, Lynn Ladder & Scaffolding, Pyramid Masonry, Cast Stone Systems, Jollay Masonry, Tucker-Kirby Company, Argos USA, R & N Construction, Wire-Bond, Chandler Concrete, Lehigh Hanson, Gates Construction Company, Carolina Masonry & Concrete, Taylor Clay Products, Brand Safway, Holcim US, Hydro Rents, Vega Construction Company, and Triangle Brick.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICTURES FROM THE TOURNAMENT

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