At the end of March, NCMCA and the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) wrapped up the last of three masonry presentations for the North Carolina Building Inspectors Association (NCBIA) with a workshop in Hickory. NCBIA provides the sessions as a service to its members who are required to obtain continuing education on a regular basis. Since the beginning of the year, SCMA and NCMCA also provided workshops in Greenville, NC, and in Aberdeen. More that 215 participated in the Hickory workshop in person and online. Picture left to right, the committee that developed and presented the masonry programs; SCMA President James Cain; Christine A. Subasic, PE of Raleigh; Doc McGee, McGee Brothers Company; Matt Love of NCBIA; and NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator, Ryan Shaver.

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James “Bo” Black, Jr. of Carolina Masonry Unlimited (right) was elected as the new President of NCMCA at the Association’s March annual business meeting in Greenville, SC. His first duty as new president, President Black recognized Danks Burton (left) with a plaque for his service as outgoing president. Burton of Pinnacle Masonry moves to the position of Chairman of the Board. Also elected for the 2022-2024 term are Cliff McGee, McGee Brothers Company, President-Elect; Tim Manning, Manning Masonry, Secretary/Treasurer; Lynn Nash, Executive Vice President; Doug Burton, Whitman Masonry, Eastern Regional Vice President; Brandon Hartsell, Gates Construction Company, Central Regional Vice President; and Don Caldwell, C & R Masonry, Western Regional Vice President. NCMCA Workforce Development and Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver was approved for promotion to Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer effective in September 2022 when Nash steps down from that position in preparation for retirement at the end of May 2023.

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Convention Golf Committee Co-Chair Lee Heath (with the sign) congratulates (left to right) the winning team of the 2022 EZG Manufacturing Company NCMCA Convention Golf Tournament Saturday, March 26th in Greenville, SC: Dwayne Bryant, Jimmy Wall, Calvin Brodie, and Doug Burton, Jr. Bryant is Co-Chair of the committee.

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In March, Adams/Oldcastle hosted their 40th Annual Masonry Top Trowel/Lineburner Contest for high school masonry programs in the eastern part of the state in Goldsboro, co-hosted by the NCMCA Eastern Carolina Chapter. Pictured, the winners of the “Top Trowel Contest,” bottom, left to right, Israel Burgarin, second place; Annayeli Dionisio, first place; and Leslie Maldonado, third place, all three from Columbus Career & College Academy. Top, left to right, Lineburner Chairman Tim Manning; Juan Valdivia of North Pitt High School, Top Trowel fourth place; Columbus Career & College Academy masonry instructor Fred Mason; Top Trowel fifth place finisher Kaylyn Stover of Columbus Career & College Academy; Gary Hensley, Adams/Oldcastle; and NCMCA Eastern Chapter President Kendra Blackmon. Annayeli Dionisio also won the “Lineburner contest followed respectively by Juan Valdivia, North Pitt High School, Pitt County Tradesformer program in second place; and Kailyn Stover, Columbus Career & College Academy in third place. Aidyn Merry, Columbus Career & College Academy won the Masonry One competition. Columbus Career & College Academy won the overall school team competition. Five schools participated in the event. Photo by Macy Williams

Anderson Pruett of West Rowan High School is the Champion of the February 26th SkillsUSA Southwestern Regional Masonry II Competition held at Salisbury. Pictured left to right, Jack Victor, Pyramid Masonry Contractors; Ryan Shaver, NCMCA; Fourth Place Finisher Nicholas Sloop, West Rowan High; Third Place Finisher Aden Toledo, Jesse Carson High; Anderson Pruett; West Rowan High School Masonry Instructor Rodney Harrington; Second Place Finisher Nathaniel Myers, North Stanly High School; Fifth Place Finisher Aaron Russel, West Rowan High; Dalton Reynolds, McGee Brothers Company; and Dr. Holly Pore, Career and Technical Education Director, Rowan-Salisbury School System.  Oconnor Leonard won the block laying competition and Corban Nations finished First Place in the Masonry I contest.  (Not pictured.)  Both are students at West Rowan High School.

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In January, Mason Saunders (right) won the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Second Year Apprentice Contest at the World of Concrete "Masonry Madness Day" in Las Vegas. Mason is an apprentice with Huntley Brothers Company and is pictured with company co-owner Chet Huntley. Mason earned the right to represent North Carolina in the MCAA apprentice contest by winning the Annual North Carolina State Fair Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest in October 2021. No stranger to the winner’s circle, he was the National SkillsUSA High School Masonry Champion in 2018 as a student in Cody Alward's masonry class at Mount Pleasant High School and placed “Second” in the NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Memorial Apprentice Skills Contest in May of 2021. Finishing in second and third place respectively for the Second Year Division was Oscar Montano, Sun Valley Masonry, Tuscon, AZ, and Kurtis Sutter, Rudolph Libbe, Inc., Grand Rapids, OH. In the First Year Division, first place went to Frank Kocjancic, Bricklayers Local 9 PA, Pittsburgh, PA.  Josh Rehme, Patrico Masonry, St. Louis, MO finished first in the Third Year Division.  Photo by Ryan Shaver

Haron McGee, tending for his brother Wriston, of McGee Brothers Company won the title of “Toughest Tender” at the January SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 World Championship in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete.  His winning time was 17 minutes and 19 seconds.  Photo by Ryan Shaver

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