NCMCA two-time Past President Gary Joyner (left) recently received national recognition for his contributions and ongoing involvement in the nation’s masonry industry. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Joyner Masonry Works, Inc. in Greenville, North Carolina, Gary was inducted into the National Masonry Hall-of-Fame at the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) closing banquet during the August 2022 MCAA Annual Mid-Year Meeting held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  He launched Joyner Masonry Works, Inc. in 1978 primarily performing residential masonry. Since then, the firm has grown to become one of the larger masonry contracting firms in the state and has performed work on prominent projects across eastern North Carolina including work at NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gary’s son Chris is now the President of the firm.  In 1981 Gary became involved with the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association. Gary says, “Becoming involved in NCMCA was the single most important experience and the turning point in my career. The knowledge gained from the association with other masonry contractors from around the state was immeasurable.” In 1987 Gary was elected President of NCMCA for the first time. In 2012 Gary was the first person to be elected to a second term as NCMCA President.  The Masonry Hall of Fame was created by the Mason Contractors Association of America “to recognize and award individuals who have dedicated their lives to the masonry industry.” Gary Joyner joins forty other individuals previously inducted into the Hall-of-Fame, including four from North Carolina: Glenn W. Sipe (2012,) Sam McGee (2014,) Bob Merrill (2019,) and instructor Doug Drye (2020.)  Along with Gary Joyner, Past MCAA President Richard “Mike” Johnston of Johnston Construction Company in Tacoma, Washington was also inducted into the Hall-of-Fame for 2022.  Fellow Masonry Hall-of-Fame member Robert “Buddie” Barnes, (right) Chairman of the Board of Dee Brown, Inc. of Texas, nominated Joyner for the Hall-of-Fame and introduced Gary at the Hall-of-Fame banquet.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS    CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO INTERVIEW

In July, the North Carolina Masonry Instructors Association met in Greensboro and elected new officers for the 2022-2023 term. Left to right, new Vice President, Fred Mason of Columbus College & Career Academy; new President Matthew Almond, North Stanly High School; out-going President Rodney Harrington, West Rowan High School, who served six years because of the pandemic; new secretary Chris Garner, Lee County High School; and new Treasurer Roland Dixon, Pender County High School. McGee Brothers Company hosted the instructors for a day of continuing education that included lunch provided by McGee Brothers Company and Adams/Oldcastle. Among the day's activities were hands-on demonstrations by Masonry Cosmetics, East Coast Brick Staining, iQ Power Tools, EZG Manufacturing, and Stabila.

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Anderson Pruett of West Rowan High School is the Champion of the National SkillsUSA High School Masonry Contest for 2022. Pruett’s win makes North Carolina’s 39th National Masonry Gold Medal and brings the total medal count for North Carolina to 56, including 15 “Silver” and two “Bronze.” The masonry competition was part of the 58th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference held in Atlanta in June. Pictured left to right, Bronze Medalist Ross Nye of Ohio, Gold Medalist Anderson Pruett of North Carolina, and Silver Medalist Samuel Berryman of Pennsylvania. NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver co-chairs the SkillsUSA National Masonry Contest Committee along with Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) President Jeff Buczkiewicz. West Rowan High School Masonry Instructor Rodney Harrington, whose students hold three other National Gold Medals, accompanied Pruett for the Atlanta event.  Photo courtesy of Rodney Harrington.

The 2022 NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Memorial Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest is in the books. Pictured, top, left to right, NCMCA President-Elect and Contest Chairman Cliff McGee; Fifth Place finisher Cam Hill, McGee Brothers Company; Fourth Place finisher Mason Saunders, Huntley Brothers Company; Third Place finisher Colson Childers, Griffin Masonry; Second Place finisher Cade Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company; 2022 Champion and “David R. Sigmon” Award winner Christian Kluttz, Huntley Brothers Company; and NCMCA President Bo Black. Bottom, left to right, Tenth Place, Joshua Queen, McGee Brothers Company; Avina Rodriguez, Manning Masonry, Ninth Place; Leonard Oconnor, Harrington Masonry, Eighth Place; Carter McGee, Seventh Place, and Grant Haney Sixth Place, both of McGee Brothers Company. Nicholas Sloop, Harrington Masonry, finished “first” in the first-year apprentice division (not pictured.) Fifty apprentices from thirteen NCMCA member firms participated in the competition hosted by Adams, an Oldcastle® company at their Colfax manufacturing facility Saturday, May 21st. The 2023 competition is set for Saturday, May 20, 2023, at EastWest Products in Kinston.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL EVENT PICTURES

Christian Kluttz, an apprentice with Huntley Brothers Company, is the Champion of the 2022 NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Memorial Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest and takes home the “David R. Sigmon” award for his first-place finish. The contest took place May 21st at the Adams/Oldcastle® facility in Colfax.

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The NCMCA Land of the Sky Chapter conducted a very successful masonry competition for high schools in western North Carolina on May 5th. Mason Collins, a senior at McDowell High School, is the 2022 Champion. Pictured, top, left to right, Land of the Sky Chapter President Gary Kitchen; Tuscola High School instructor Eric Sollie; East Henderson High School instructor Stanley Stepp; McDowell High School instructor Chad Brewer; Brevard High School instructor Colby Guice; and NCMCA Western Regional Vice President Don Caldwell. Bottom, left to right, Fourth Place Finisher Johnny Chubb, Tuscola High School; Third Place Finisher Jesus Pacheco Cera, East Henderson High School; First Place Finisher and Contest Champion Mason Collins; Second Place Finisher Rachel Wiener and Fifth Place Finisher Tyler Glance both of Brevard High School. Not pictured, Andy Brown of Tuscola High School who won First Place in the First Year Division competition. Six schools participated in the event at the Haywood County Fair Grounds.

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Anderson Pruett of West Rowan High School is the new Secondary State Champion of the 2022 NC SkillsUSA Masonry Competition. The contest was held at the end of April at the Greensboro Coliseum with forty-eight students participating in the Masonry II division. Finishing second through tenth respectively were Nathaniel Myers, North Stanly High School; Annayeli Dionisio and Israel Bugarin, Columbus Career & College Academy; Austin Mullins, Mt. Pleasant High School; Aaron Russel, West Rowan High School; Colby Kirkland, West Stanly High School; Aden Toledo, Jesse Carson High School; Oconner Leonard and Nicholas Sloop both from West Rowan High School. Mason Ridenhour of East Rowan High School finished “First Place” in the Masonry One contest and Cody Landahl of Mt. Pleasant High School won the masonry estimating competition. Pruett will represent North Carolina in the Atlanta National SkillsUSA Masonry Championship in June.

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