In April, NCMCA elected officers for the 2018-2020 term at the Association’s annual business meeting in Asheville. Left to right, Executive Vice President and CEO Lynn Nash; Robert H. “Bob” Gates of Gates Construction Company, Mooresville, Chairman of the Board; Daniel “Danks” Burton of Pinnacle Masonry, Cary, President-Elect; Kent Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company, Charlotte, President; James “Bo” Black, Carolina Masonry Unlimited, Willow Spring, Secretary/Treasurer; Brandon Hartsell, Gates Construction Company, Mooresville, Central Region Vice President; and Don Caldwell, C & R Masonry of WNC, Candler, Western Region Vice President. Not pictured, Doug Burton, Whitman Masonry, Raleigh, Eastern Region Vice President. Photograph by Carl Moser.  


McQueenUpton2018WEBNEWSDavid McQueen of Adams, an Oldcastle company, has been recognized with the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association's "Eleanor Flowers Upton" Award. The Upton Award is presented to an associate member of NCMCA who has demonstrated exemplary long-term service to the Association and to the masonry industry. Left to right, John Cramer, a past recipient of the Upton Award (1997,) who introduced the award and memorized Mrs. Upton who passed away earlier in 2017; Jimmy Wall, a previous recipient of the award (1999;) David McQueen; NCMCA President Robert H. Gates; and Brett Hardy of Adams/Oldcastle, who introduced McQueen as the award recipient. The award is not made annually but rather only when an unquestionably worthy candidate is proposed for consideration. The award was last presented in 2013 to Kenny Duncan of Holcim (US) Inc. McQueen is the eleventh recipient and was cited in particular for his extraordinary promotion of the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program (in which he holds personal certification,) for his work with the College of Design at NC State University, and for chairing the NCMCA Annual Golf Tournament for eight years. His recognition came at the NCMCA Annual Convention Closing Banquet April 28th at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAl PICTURES FROM THE CONVENTION

SkillsUSA2018NCWinnersWEBNEWSMason Saunders and Ashton White will represent North Carolina this summer at the 2018 National Masonry Championship at the Annual SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Saunders and White had top scores at the April North Carolina SkillsUSA Masonry Competition in the secondary and post-secondary divisions respectively. Pictured left to right, Mount Pleasant High School instructor Cody Alward; Mason Saunders of Mount Pleasant High School; Second Place finisher Jesse Baker of West Rowan High School; Third Place finisher Grant Helms of Mount Pleasant High School; Ashton White representing West Rowan High School; and Rodney Harrington, instructor, West Rowan High School. Not pictured, Aaron Jones, fourth place, Hibriten High School; and Seth Helms, fifth place, Central Cabarrus High School. 114 students participated in the Greensboro brick and block laying competition. Photograph by Ryan Shaver.     CLICK HERE FOR MORE CONTEST PICTURES


 In April, NCMCA partnered with Griffin Masonry for a high school career event at the Charlotte Convention Center. Students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools got hands-on demonstrations of masonry and other trades. Presently CMS, North Carolina’s largest school system, has no masonry training in the system but NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver says contacts he made at the career event suggest a program could be implemented soon. In the photo, Ryan Love (right) with Griffin Masonry instructs a student in trowel technique.  Photograph by Ryan Shaver


In April, Quinton Ledford, a junior at McDowell County High School, won the annual Land of the Sky Chapter High School Masonry contest at the Haywood County Fair Grounds in Waynesville. Pictured left to right, Ledford; Ryan Snoddy of McDowell County High School who finished in Fourth Place; fifth place finisher Tristan Cutshall from Madison High School; second place finisher Daniel Ross of Tuscola High School; Land of the Sky Chapter President Gary Kitchen; and Colton Buchanan, also of Tuscola High School, who finished in Third Place. Quinton is the son of Stephen and Ginger Ledford.



Mike Rogers of Michael J. Rogers Masonry in Brevard conducted the afternoon session of the Eastern Carolina Chapter’s Training Day for masonry managers and superintendents March 27th in Kinston. Mike’s program, titled “Babysitter & Boss: A Supervisor’s Role in Masonry” covered job communication skills, the superintendent’s role in scheduling, jobsite reporting, onsite administrative skills and responsibility in training. The morning session was presented by Teri Costen, “New OSHA Standards & Your Safety Manual.” Nineteen masonry professionals participated. Photograph by Tim Manning


For the second week in a row, Jesse Baker of West Rowan High School has won a regional masonry competition. Baker had the best score March 23 at Lowes Home Improvement, Concord, for the annual Home Builders Association of Greater Charlotte Pre-Skills Cabarrus County Masonry Contest. Pictured left to right, top, HBA President Chad Little; Fourth Place Finisher Mason Saunders, Mount Pleasant High School; first Place Finisher Jesse Baker; Hunter Roark, Third Place Finisher, West Stanly High School; Thad Magill, Pro-Services, Lowes; and NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver. Bottom, left to right, Firth Place Finisher Ethan Fesperman, Jesse Carson High School; and Second Place Finisher Grant Helms, Mount Pleasant High School.


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