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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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
2020 Murdell Golf Tournament and Bus Tour
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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.
Western Carolina Chapter Annual Winter Social
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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.
Apprentices Compete at the Fair
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NCMCA members and friends contributed over $9,000 in cash for tools and expenses, plus materials and equipment for October’s 66th Annual North Carolina State Fair Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest sponsored by ApprenticeshipNC. Thirty apprentices from ten NCMCA member companies participated, along with two high school masonry student alternates. Volunteers spent a Sunday afternoon and all day Monday setting up the contest, tending the contest, judging and scoring the contest, and cleaning up the contest.
66th Annual NC State Fair Contest "Top Five"
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