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.  

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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

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!  

 

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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. 

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.  

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