Congratulations to Mark and Mike Simmons on their retirement and as they begin winding down their company, LPS Enterprises. The brothers started LPS Enterprises in 1994 and have been active members of the NCMCA Raleigh Chapter. Mark and Mike both hold "Certified Masonry Executive" (CME) status in the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program. Friends and family gathered for a retirement celebration on Friday afternoon in Raleigh. Photo provided by LPS Enterprises.

The 2021 Annual NCMCA/NC State Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Masonry Design Competition was September 30th at the College of Design. Pictured standing left to right, NC State Professor Emeritus J. Patrick Rand and NCMCA Past President Doug Burton, who together developed the design competition at NC State twenty-one years ago; winning team members Jack Dalton, Lucas Stott, Gabrielle Schiltz, and Kunal Bhardwaj; and Dana K. Gulling, Associate Professor of Architecture.  Rand and Burton served as judges for the competition.  The projects are a graded assignment of Professor Gulling's "Architectural Construction Systems" class.  The winning team splits a semester's in-state tuition among the team members.  Eleven teams participated.  CLICK HERE TO SEE ADDITIONAL EVENT PHOTOGRAPHS

Tournament Chair David McQueen has announced the winners of the 2021 NCMCA Annual Fall Golf tournament held September 23rd at Mill Creek Golf & Country Club in Mebane. Anthony Vogel’s Johnson Concrete Products team of, left to right, Casey Mitchell, Anthony Vogel, Wes Frazier, and Jordan Zell are the new champions. Second place went to the Johnson Concrete Products team of Danny Niday, Hunter Vernon, Jody Wall, and Chuck Vogel. The Roanoke Cement team of Chris Miller, Adam Riggs, Rob Thomas, and Jim Morton claimed third place. Rob Thomas was recognized for “Longest Drive,” Kevin Neuschaefer won “Closest-to-the-Pin,” and Doug Burton won the “Beat the Pro Par 3 Challenge.” Golfers enjoyed perfect weather and hot dogs and hamburgers courtesy of the Argos Cement Team. The proceeds of the tournament go toward funding the Annual Sigmon Memorial Masonry Design Scholarships at North Carolina and Appalachian State Universities. The NCMCA Fall Golf Tournament is always the fourth Thursday in September.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENT PHOTOGRAPHS

The Southeast Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) celebrated its Seventy-Fifth Anniversary at its August 2021 meeting at Hilton Head Island. SCMA began as the North Carolina Concrete Masonry Association in 1946. Among the presenters at the meeting was NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver who spoke about masonry workforce recruitment and development in North Carolina and participated in a session on masonry framed homes. A highlight of the event was the induction of Paul LaVene into the SCMA Hall-of-Fame. Paul retired from the association in 2010 after serving some twenty years as SCMA/CCMA President.  Paul LaVene was recognized with NCMCA's prestigious Eleanor Upton Award in 2011.  He currently resides in Oklahoma. Pictured left to right, SCMA President James Cain; Frank Werner, retired from Adams/Oldcastle, who introduced Paul; Paul LaVene; and SCMA Chairman Sam Finney.

After more than a year’s absence due to pandemic concerns, NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program classes resumed in August. Retired NC State Professor J. Patrick Rand (right) and George Arnold of “Specified Materials” conducted the Module Five “Mastering the Details of Masonry Construction” class in Greensboro with some sixty participants. The August class is Professor Rand’s ninth time teaching the module, having been an instructor in the certification program since the program’s inception in 2006. For a schedule of future classes, check the NCMCA website calendar.

In July, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver (to the left of “Batman”) visited the regular Thursday evening apprentice training session of member firm “Creative Masonry” in Greenville, Tennessee, assisting company owner Fred Campbell (to the right of “Batman”) with instruction utilizing NCMCA’s new EZ Manufacturing training rack. Photo by Krista Campbell.

Past NCMCA President Doug Burton regularly refers to Patrick Rand as “The Professor of Masonry.” Indeed, NC State’s Professor J. Patrick Rand has proven to be among the Nation’s leading authorities on masonry performance, research, and design. He is a past president of The Masonry Society, has authored several books, received numerous professional awards and recognitions, and has been an instructor for the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program since the program’s inception in 2006. Some twenty years ago, Professor Rand and Doug Burton created the Sigmon Memorial Design Scholarship at NC State, also now awarded at Appalachian State University. In June, after forty-four years, Rand retired as a Distinguished Professor of Architecture in the College of Design at NC State University. Masonry association officials joined Professor Rand and NC State College of Design faculty and staff in July for a lunch to discuss masonry-supported scholarships as Professor Rand steps away from his teaching role. Left to right, Doug Burton; NCMCA Executive Vice President Lynn Nash and President Danks Burton; Professor Rand; Frank Werner, retired from Adams/Oldcastle; David McQueen, Adams/Oldcastle; and Southeast Concrete Masonry Association President James Cain. Photo by Lauren Hipp.

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