President Kent Addresses 2019 Convention
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The 2019 Charleston NCMCA Convention & Business Meeting is now in the books. Some 180 NCMCA members, their families, and guests participated at the Marriott Charleston. Highlights included two days of golf at The Patriots Point Golf Links, TriSure/NCMCA Safety Awards, and a presentation by author and child behavior specialist David Altshuler, M.S. sponsored by Adams/Oldcastle. Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Chairman Paul Odom provided comments and greetings on behalf of MCAA, and was joined by MCAA Chairman-Elect Paul Oldham. The convention concluded with a Saturday evening banquet featuring remarks by NCMCA President Kent Huntley (pictured standing, President-elect Danks Burton and wife Joanne to his right) and Dee-Jay Don Felton entertainment sponsored by Tucker-Kirby Company. The next convention is set for April 16 – 19, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Downtown Greenville, SC. To hear President Kent Huntley’s banquet comments, CLICK HERE.
ADDITIONAL CONVENTION PICTURES AT THIS LINK
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The Southeast Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) NC State Blockfest was held at the NC State University annex in Raleigh the end of March. More than forty students participated in two divisions: “Wall Competition Design” where teams design and craft a concrete masonry unit wall structure and “Unit Competition Design” where teams design a new concrete masonry unit. Winning teams claimed cash prizes and certificates. Participating companies included Adams/Oldcastle, Johnson Concrete Products and Carolina Masonry Unlimited. NCMCA Secretary/Treasurer Bo Black served as a judge for the contest along with Will Sendor of Cannon Architects, SCMA’s James Cain, and David McQueen of Adams/Oldcastle. Photo courtesy of SCMA. SEE ADDITIONAL RALEIGH BLOCKFEST PICTURES HERE
Third Annual Skills Rowan Masonry Competition
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Grant Helms of West Rowan High School (second from right) won the masonry competition at the Third Annual Skills Rowan in Salisbury held the end of March. Pictured left to right, NCMCA President Kent Huntley who served as contest head judge, third place finisher Cyress Brown, West Rowan High; second place finisher Ethan Fesperman, Carson High; Helms; and Ashton White who participated as practice for her upcoming post-secondary competition to defend her 2018 national title. Christian Kluttz of Mount Pleasant High School (not pictured) won the Johnson Concrete Products block-laying contest and Jakob Eudy of West Rowan High (not pictured) won the "Masonry One" competition.
UNCC Makes a Masonry Field Trip
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NCMCA joined with McGee Brothers Company and the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association for another SCMA "BlockFest" with students from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Adams/Oldcastle hosted the event at their Charlotte block plant Friday. The students received hands-on instruction and demonstrations from Doc McGee, Dalton Reynolds, and NCMCA's Ryan Shaver, and toured the manufacturing facility. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES
Safety Awards Announced in Charleston
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The Sixth Annual NCMCA Safety Awards sponsored by the NCMCA Insurance Program and TriSure Corporation were presented at the Annual Association Business Meeting at the Charleston NCMCA Convention in March. Bottom, left to right, Danks Burton, Pinnacle Masonry, three-year award; Jason Oliver, Edgar Boettcher Masonry, three-year award; and Mike Cook, Gates Construction Company, six-year award. Top row, left to right, John Cramer, TriSure Corporation; Calvin Brodie, Brodie Contractors, two-year award; Bill Anderson, Manning Masonry, one-year award; and Chris Joyner, Joyner Masonry Works, four–year award. Not pictured, McGee Brothers Company (because Greg Huntley had his first grandbaby the day the convention started) one-year award.
JFK Students Make a Masonry Field Trip
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McGee Brothers Company hosted Dean Bagnoni’s Winston-Salem John F. Kennedy High School masonry classes at their Greensboro facility for a day of hands-on training and demonstrations at the end of March. Several JFK students participated in the NCMCA Pre-Apprentice Program with McGee Brothers during the summer of 2018. NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver was on hand to greet and encourage the students. Photograph by Greg Huntley.
Convention Golf Results
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