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.  

In November, representatives of the Texas Masonry Council were in North Carolina to compare notes on workforce development and observe NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver at work with students in several local high schools as Texas prepares to reinvigorate their own workforce development efforts. NCMCA hosted a dinner for the Texas visitors that included several NCMCA senior members. Pictured, top left to right, Lynn Nash, NCMCA; Past Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) President and MCAA Masonry Hall of Fame member Mackie Bounds/Waco; Ryan Shaver; MCAA Chairman-Elect Paul Oldham; Michelle Weyant, Brazos Masonry/Waco; Melvin Smith, Smith Custom Masonry/Arlington; Past-NCMCA President and current Vice President Doug Burton; and Lindsey Geeslin, Executive Director and Tony Topping of the Texas Masonry Council. Bottom, left to right, NCMCA Past President and North Carolina MCAA State Representative Calvin Brodie; Reggie Wilson WDP Masonry/Ft. Worth; NCMCA President-Elect Danks Burton; Liz Graves, Spec Rents/Hamilton; and NCMCA President Kent Huntley. Photo courtesy of 73 & Main Restaurant     

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NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program classes resumed in November with Module One “Occupational Safety Management” presented at McGee Brothers Company in Greensboro. Forty individuals participated in the class taught by Bill Parsons (left,) recently retired as Chief of Occupational Safety for the United States Air Force, and Mike Rosser of Corporate Safety Services of Colorado. The November class is the first of the eleven certification class modules that will be presented though the end of 2020. The 2019-2020 class series is the ninth time the class series has been provided since the NCMCA certification program began in 2006. Mr. Parsons has been instructing the Module One class since the program began.  For the schedule for future classes, CLICK HERE.  For additional information about the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program, CLICK HERE.

The team of (left to right) Brian Nelson, Tracy Townsend, Larry Kirby and Ron Sanders are the winners of the 2019 NCMCA Metrolina Chapter Annual Golf Tournament played at the Mooresville Municipal Golf Club in November. Chapter President Brandon Hartsell reports the team of Ricky Taylor, Scott Wilson, Mike Carlisto and Alex Hunter finished in second place followed by the team of Chris Liner, Todd Greer, Chris Wood and Ken Burns in third place. Alex Kiser had “the longest drive” and Jeremy Eudy was “closest to the pin.” President Brandon expressed the Chapter’s appreciation to the event sponsors: ADAMS, GATES, JOHNSON, BARBARA JONES; CAROLINAS FIRESTOP, THAD SKINNER; EZG, GREG BREEZE; P&D PRECAST, JJ DIXON; BLUE DOT, GENERAL SHALE, FAY BLOCK, BILL MARSH; HYDRORENTS, CAROLINA MASONRY UNLIMITED, EDDIE CAIN; WET O WASH, JIM YOST; GIANT, MARK NELSON; ACT, METROLINA CHAPTER, MIKE DOANE - CAROLINA MASONRY & CONCRETE, PALMETTO BRICK, PHIL FRANCHINO - HOHMANN & BARNARD, TED ECHOLS; CSS, TAYLOR CLAY, TERRY WARD; TUCKER KIRBY, SOUTHEASTERN CONTRACTING, TIM GABOSCH;BRIXMENT, ARGOS, L&D KIRBY INVESTMENTS, NEW SOUTH, BRAND SAFWAY, and RAM TOOL.

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NCMCA Past President (1989-1991) Danny Batten passed away November 2, 2019 after a battle with cancer. He was 72. In 2001, he became the sixth person to receive the NCMCA Eleanor Upton Award for outstanding and ongoing service to the Association and to the masonry industry by an associate member of NCMCA. He was a life member of the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association. When Danny was a boy, his father, Avery, was a partner in the firm of Batten & Elrod Masonry. Danny said he started laying brick at age eight, adding, “I didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter.” By the time Danny graduated from Glendale High School in Johnston County, his father was “the head masonry guy” for Davidson-Jones Construction of Raleigh and Danny had been running his father’s masonry firm “on the side” for a number of years while a high school student. At age nineteen, he took over his father’s business, managing the firm as his own until he became partners with his uncle, Donald Braswell in 1988 to form Consolidated Masonry, Inc. In addition to Consolidated Masonry, Batten also owned and operated Masonry Systems, Inc. a general contracting firm specializing in light commercial and residential construction. Danny was recruited by Blue Circle Cement as Eastern North Carolina Masonry Sales and Technical Service representative and after several mergers and acquisitions, retired from Argos Cement. Danny’s main hobby was cooking and operating his very sophisticated mobile kitchen, a skill he utilized extensively to feed contractors, masons, masonry students and apprentices at masonry and building industry functions around both Carolinas. “As I’ve always said,” Batten explained, “we started the Association to improve the professionalism of masonry contractors. (NCMCA) has done more to bring the masonry contractors together than anything I’ve seen or experienced since I’ve been in the trade... and we’ve never lost sight of the little guy. All (of our members) were little guys at one time. One of the reasons we’ve been successful is because everyone in the Association is like family, big and small alike.” Batten was born in Johnston County but lived in Wake County ever since he was eighteen. He was married to Beverly and they have two children, Kelli and Collin. Danny is pictured competing in NCMCA’s 1988 Raleigh Journeyman Contest. Photograph by Burnie Batchelor Studio.   READ DANNY'S OBITUARY, CLICK HERE

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