September Fundraiser for Workforce Development
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NCMCA members were joined by masonry students and instructors from West Rowan, North Stanly, Montgomery Central, and Jesse Carson High Schools on an early September afternoon to install a house slab foundation in Stanly County. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward new association projects related to the NCMCA’s workforce and training initiative. Concrete masonry units and mortar were donated by Johnson Concrete Products, and Triangle Brick Company contributed the brick. Builder Wes Joyner worked with NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver to arrange for the fundraiser. Participating member firms also included Helms Masonry, Carolina Masonry & Concrete, Gates Construction Company, and Seagraves Masonry. Photograph by Lainey Love.
Apprentice Training For Member Firms
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In August, Pinnacle Masonry hosted an apprentice training session at their Cary office/shop for up and coming future masons working for NCMCA Raleigh Chapter member firms. NCMCA’s Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver (right) did the instruction assisted by Dennis Little and other local NCMCA members. There were sixteen participants. Future such events are planned for other areas of the state along with added advanced classes for previous participants. Photo by Sean Loftis.
NCMCA's "Masonry Contest Project Tips & Technique"
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In June, NCMCA Chairman Kent Huntley (right,) Secretary/Treasurer Cliff McGee (Left) and Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver (second from left) along with President Danks Burton (second from right) made a video at the request of the NC Department of Public Instruction that was used for the July DPI Trade and Industrial Education Annual Summer Conference. Because of COVID-19, the conference was presented virtually for 2020 but in past years NCMCA has hosted masonry instructors for one day of the weeklong conference for training specific to masonry. The forty-five minute-long video features narration during the construction of a typical masonry contest project, followed by a detailed explanation of the judging and scoring process.
Kent Huntley Recognized
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The April 2020 North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association Annual Convention was a victim of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020 will always be "The convention that never was." The closing convention banquet is traditionally an opportunity to recognize the Association's outgoing president but there was no closing banquet in 2020. However, new President Danks Burton took an opportunity in June at Greensboro to recognize Immediate Past President Kent Huntley and to present Kent with his "Glenn W. Sipe Presidential Service" plaque. As immediate past president, Kent now serves as board chairman. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE YOUTUBE PRESENTATION
New NCMCA Video: Masonry Students at Work!
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In the summer of 2019, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver set out across the state to interview students participating in the NCMCA Masonry Pre-Apprentice Program for high school students. The participants reported they are learning, earning, and having fun!
Burton is New NCMCA President
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In the absence of the 2020 Spring Annual Business Meeting, canceled because of the COVID-19 public health crisis, NCMCA contractor member firms participated in an April email election of association officers for the 2020-2022 term. Elected President, Daniel “Danks” Burton of Pinnacle Masonry in Cary. (Pictured) Burton previously served as NCMCA president for the 2004-2006 term. He is a Certified Masonry Executive (CME) in the NCMCA certification program. The new President-Elect is James “Bo” Black, Jr. of Carolina Masonry Unlimited in Willow Spring. Black presently serves as President of the Raleigh Chapter and is also a CME. Cliff McGee of McGee Brothers Company in Greensboro the new Secretary/Treasurer. McGee is a CME also. NCMCA Executive Director Lynn Nash will remain as Executive Vice President and CEO. Regional vice presidents remain unchanged: Doug Burton, CME, of Whitman Masonry in Raleigh is Eastern Regional Vice President; Brandon Hartsell CMP of Gates Construction Company in Mooresville is Central Regional Vice President; and Don Caldwell of C & R Masonry of WNC, Candler is Western Regional Vice President. Current NCMCA President Kent Huntley moved into the Board Chairman’s position. Bob Gates steps down as Board Chairman after serving eight years in NCMCA executive leadership positions. The new officers assumed their duties May 1, 2020.
Doug Drye Inducted into MCAA Hall-of-Fame
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