Wade Taylor (left) and Jace Huntley represented North Carolina in the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Annual Masonry Skills Challenge for apprentices at the February World of Concrete in Las Vegas.  Wade finished in first place in the first year division and Jace finished third place in the second year division.  They earned their chance to compete at Las Vegas by winning the NC State Fair Apprentice Contest and the Annual NCMCA Samuel McGee Contest respectively in 2019.  Wade and Jace are apprentices with Huntley Brothers Company.   Deyver Tena of Glendale, Arizona finished first in the second year division and Jake Freeman of Chattanooga, Tennessee finished first in the third year division.  READ MORE HERE  At the MCAA meeting in Las Vegas, NCMCA President Kent Huntley was elected Secretary of MCAA, which puts him on the road to become MCAA Chairman in about seven years.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL NCMCA PICTURES FROM LAS VEGAS          

Retired Mount Pleasant High School masonry instructor Doug Drye is the fourth North Carolina nominee inducted into the Mason Contractors Association of America “Masonry Hall of Fame,” joining North Carolina nominees Glenn W. Sipe (2012,) Samuel A. McGee (2014,) and Robert L. Merrill (2019.)  Drye’s former student, Ryan Shaver, NCMCA’s Workforce Development & Training Coordinator, introduced him at the February MCAA Convention Closing Banquet at the Las Vegas World of Concrete.  In Doug’s almost twenty-four years at Mount Pleasant, he built a nationally recognized program, holding the record for the most VICA/SkillsUSA secondary national champions.  He helped to guide hundreds of young people into successful careers in masonry and construction.  Pictured left to right, daughter-in-law and son Amanda and Mark Drye; MCAA Chairman Paul Odom; Doug and Thyra Drye; NCMCA President Kent Huntley; and NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver.  Also inducted into the Hall-of-Fame for 2020 were SPEC MIX’s Brian Carney; Paul Hoggatt, Hoggatt Masonry; and Mark Kemp, Superior Masonry Construction.  READ MORE HERE        

The team of Matt Blair, Doug Burton, Jr., David James, and David McQueen are the Champions of the 21st Annual Raleigh Chapter Three-Day Murdell Golf Tournament held in January along the Grand Strand.  Tournament Chairman Doug Burton reports that, as of 2020, the 31 Raleigh Chapter golf tournaments have raised in excess of $100,000, all dedicated to the promotion of masonry and the masonry trade.  2020 tournament sponsors: P & D Architectural Precast, Tucker-Kirby Company, Brodie Contractors, Crocker & Reed Corporation, Custom Brick & Supply Company, CRH Oldcastle, Carolina Clean Pressure Washing, General Shale, Whitman Masonry, Hydro Rents Carolina, Jeb Burton, Fay Block Materials, Popes Masonry Group, Johnson Concrete Products, Pinnacle Masonry, and White Cap Supply.  Fifty golfers participated.  The 22nd annual tournament is set for Friday, January 15 to Sunday. January 17, 2021.     Photo courtesy of Grande Dunes Golf Club.

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In January, the NCMCA Western Carolina Chapter held their annual Winter Social in Hickory.  The highlight of the evening was the announcement of two "Founders Awards," the chapter's annual recognition of members who have made exemplary contribution to the chapter, to NCMCA, the masonry industry and the community.  Awarded posthumously were Glenn W. Sipe and Carl E, Moser, Sr.  Both men were instrumental in starting the Western Carolina Chapter of the Mason Contractors Association of America in the sixties, which would eventually evolve into NCMCA.  Both men were Life Members of the Western Carolina Chapter and served as chapter presidents on several occasions.  Mr. Sipe was the first president of NCMCA and was inducted into the MCAA Masonry Hall of Fame in 2012.  Mr. Moser passed in 2012 and Mr. Sipe in 2014.  Pictured bottom, left to right, Lauren, Jackson, Mason, and Dylan Moser, great grandchildren.  Back row, left to right, Western Carolina Chapter President Larry Kirby; Mandi, Donna, and Kevin Moser; Glenn Sipe’s grandson Jeff Sipe; Carl Moser, Jr.; Trey and Ann Moser, and NCMCA President Kent Huntley.  Dinner was made possible by Adams/Oldcastle, Hydro Rents Carolina, Kerr's HRM Concrete, RBD & Associates, Eckard Brick Cleaning, Statesville Brick Company, ACT Equipment Company, Triangle Brick Company, and L & D Investments.  In addition to members of the Sipe and Moser family, special guests included NCMCA President-Elect Danks Burton with wife Joanne; NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver with wife Brandy; and NCMCA President Kent Huntley with wife Robin along with several NCMCA prospective members.  

In November, representatives of the Texas Masonry Council were in North Carolina to compare notes on workforce development and observe NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver at work with students in several local high schools as Texas prepares to reinvigorate their own workforce development efforts. NCMCA hosted a dinner for the Texas visitors that included several NCMCA senior members. Pictured, top left to right, Lynn Nash, NCMCA; Past Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) President and MCAA Masonry Hall of Fame member Mackie Bounds/Waco; Ryan Shaver; MCAA Chairman-Elect Paul Oldham; Michelle Weyant, Brazos Masonry/Waco; Melvin Smith, Smith Custom Masonry/Arlington; Past-NCMCA President and current Vice President Doug Burton; and Lindsey Geeslin, Executive Director and Tony Topping of the Texas Masonry Council. Bottom, left to right, NCMCA Past President and North Carolina MCAA State Representative Calvin Brodie; Reggie Wilson WDP Masonry/Ft. Worth; NCMCA President-Elect Danks Burton; Liz Graves, Spec Rents/Hamilton; and NCMCA President Kent Huntley. Photo courtesy of 73 & Main Restaurant     

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NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program classes resumed in November with Module One “Occupational Safety Management” presented at McGee Brothers Company in Greensboro. Forty individuals participated in the class taught by Bill Parsons (left,) recently retired as Chief of Occupational Safety for the United States Air Force, and Mike Rosser of Corporate Safety Services of Colorado. The November class is the first of the eleven certification class modules that will be presented though the end of 2020. The 2019-2020 class series is the ninth time the class series has been provided since the NCMCA certification program began in 2006. Mr. Parsons has been instructing the Module One class since the program began.  For the schedule for future classes, CLICK HERE.  For additional information about the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program, CLICK HERE.

Chet Huntley (left) and Matt Cash will be making a return trip to Las Vegas in February 2020 to compete in the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 at the World of Concrete. With Chet tending, Matt won the November SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Carolina Qualifier held at Statlite’s Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill. Matt’s adjusted brick count was 702, compared to 2019 World Champion Mario Alves’ 760 winning adjusted count. The event was part of the Fourth Annual North Carolina Masonry Education Day where almost five hundred high school students from across the state competed in competitions, enjoyed lunch, participated in demonstrations, viewed exhibits, and watched the pros compete in the SPEC MIX qualifier. Matt Cash’s wall also won the “Best Craftsman” award for fewest point deductions. Finishing in second place was Pendleton, South Carolina’s Kelly Masonry team of David Kelly and tender Mathew Kelly. (490) The Greenville, Tennessee Creative Masonry team of Jose Louis Perez and tender Diego Perez finished in third place. (468) Seven teams competed, including 2019 National High School SkillsUSA Champion Grant Helms of Helms Masonry. Matt Cash won the Las Vegas Bricklayer 500 in 2016, taking home over $10,000 in cash and prizes and a new Ford truck. The Carolina Qualifier was one of twenty-four regional competitions held around the country to select the field of twenty-eight teams that will compete in February. Photo by Judy Johnson  

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