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See Page Three In this Issue: A Message from the President Page 2 Welcome New Members Page 2 Sponsor’s Page Page 3 A Message from the WDTC Page 4 NCMCA Fall Golf Classic Page 5 Gold Hill Hosts Masonry Events Page 6 65th State Fair Contest Page 6 Certification Update Page 7 Metrolina Chapter Fall Events Page 7 New Directory Distributed Page 7 Wayne Starr Passes Page 8 Member News Page 8 Dates to Note Page 9 NC SkillsUSA Gold Winners Page 9 September 2018 Vol. 44 No. 3 The Newsletter of The North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association This Issue Sponsored by National Titles for North Carolina North Carolina upped its total National Masonry Gold Medal count in June at the 54th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference at Louisville.

Ashton White, representing RowanCabarrus Community College, won the post-secondary masonry contest and Mason Saunders of Mt. Pleasant High School won the secondary masonry contest. Forty-five contestants participated in the masonry event.

With Ashton and Mason’s win, North Carolina’s national masonry medal counts stands at 36 Gold, 15 Silver and 2 Bronze. Ashton and Mason earned the opportunity to represent North Carolina in Louisville by winning their respective masonry division titles at the April 2018 North Carolina SkillsUSA State Conference in Greensboro. Ashton’s instructor, Rodney Harrington of West Rowan High School, accompanied her to the Louisville contest and Mason’s instructor, Cody Alward, himselfaformernationalmasonrychampion(2003 & 2004,) joined Mason for the event. See “More Gold” continued on Page Nine Ashton lives in Cleveland,NC and is the daughter of Sheila White.

She has a brother, Clay. Her hobbies include gym, weight lifting and dancing. As a masonry student in her sophomore year at West Rowan High School, she watched students laying brick at the NC SkillsUSA State Conference and thought, “I can do that!” She is presently enrolled atRowan-CabarrusCommunityCollegeinSalisbury and plans to transfer to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the Construction Management Program. Ashton would like to be a masonry superintendent for a large commercial masonry contractor and have opportunities to perform masonry work. She interned with Gates Construction Company over the summer.

Mason Saunders lives in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and is the son of Scotty and Margaret Saunders. He has a brother, Douglas. He enjoys hunting, fishing and working in his greenhouse. As a freshman masonry student,he placed“second” in the NC SkillsUSA State Masonry Competition and, National Masonry Winners Front row, left to right, high school medalist: Silver-Cole Christadore, Connecticut; Gold - Mason Saunders,Mount Pleasant High School; and Bronze - Cole Rains,Arkansas; national technical committee member Tim O’Toole, MCAA. Back row left to right: National technical committee member and contest co-Chair Ryan Shaver; Postsecondary/college medalists; Silver -Bryce Dean, Pennsylvania; Gold - Ashton White, Rowan Cabarrus Community College-Salisbury; and Bronze - Jake Freeman, Alabama.

Photo courtesy of SkillsUSA

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Page 2 NC Masonry News September 2018 Kent Huntley, CME, President Huntley Brothers Company, Monroe, NC Danks Burton, CME, President-Elect Pinnacle Masonry, Cary, NC James “Bo” Black, CME, Sec/Treasurer Carolina Masonry Unlimited, Willow Spring, NC Robert H. Gates, CME, Chairman Gates Construction Company, Mooresville, NC Doug Burton, CME, Eastern Vice Pres. Whitman Masonry, Benson, NC Brandon Hartsell, CMP, Central V Pres. Gates Construction Company, Mooresville NC Don Caldwell, Western Vice Pres. C & R Masonry, Candler, NC John Cramer AAI, Insurance Consultant TriSure Corporation, Raleigh, NC Pete Schantz RHU, Insurance Consultant Mountcastle Insurance, Winston-Salem, NC Lynn Nash, Executive Vice President Hickory, NC Ryan Shaver, NCMCA WDTC Mount Pleasant, NC The Quarterly Newsletter of The North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association 109 11th Avenue NW Post Office Box 3463 Hickory, NC 28603-3463 Telephone (828) 324-1564 Fax (828) 324-2179 Andy-the-Cat Productions Photographs by Andy-the-Cat Productions unless otherwise noted The summer of 2018 is fading away.

Our schedule has been very busy over the summer. As I compose this message, we are preparing for the September 5th board meeting. I can’t help but reflect on the many reasons for being part of the NCMCA. My company has benefited greatly from beingapartofNCMCA. FromLynnNashtotheadditionofRyanShaverasWorkforceDevelopment& TrainingCoordinator,wehavesomehigh-powered resources at our fingertips.

As fall approaches, our kids are often enrolled in various sports and as parents we may spend whole Saturdays, nights etc. watching them play. TheNCMCAhelpswithvariouscontestsaroundthe state and nationally. We get a lot of support from parents etc. when their children are competing in the contest. As a parent myself, that will have my son competing in the Labor Department contest this October, I need to support this as much or more as if he were playing ball.This is training for my son’s future. While watching a competition, I often think that if we as parents put the same attention to the various competitions we have, how much of a difference we can make? There are 32 NFL teams competing in the 2018 season.

If you allow that on average they probably have, at the most, four quarterbacks on each team, that equatestoonly128jobsavailableforthisposition. If you look at that compared to the population of the US, the odds are pretty small of securing one of these positions.

Obviously, we don’t want to take away a dream, but in contrast, if we support our son or daughter Message From the President September 2018 to come into our industry, the odds are extremely highthatheorshewillsucceedworkinginourtrade. Solet’skeepencouragingouryouthtocomeintoour industry. Our trade offers a great option! Ryan Shaver is available if you need help recruitinginyourarea. Givehimacall! Let’skeep“looking up” as we go forward. Thanks for your continued support! Kent Huntley, CME President 2018-2020 The Tradition Continues As they have done for more than fifty-years, Statesville Brick Company hosted the Western Carolina Chapter at “Sunset Point,” the company’s Lake Norman conference center.

The Western Carolina Chapter was joined by members of the Metrolina Chapter on an unusually cool June evening as everyone grilled their own steaks on the massive charcoal grill. Pictured left to right, NCMCA President Kent Huntley; Scott Rankin, Statesville Brick Company; Western Carolina Chapter President Larry Kirby; and Sonny Rankin, Statesville Brick Company. Photograph by Carl Moser Welcome New Members Prime Energy Group Tim Kennedy (R2) Charlotte, NC Recruited by Brandon Hartsell McART Masonry, LLC Matt Cable, CME & Arturo Tobar (R2) Holly Springs, NC Recruited by Pinnacle Masonry Summa Contracting Alfonso Vergara & Jaun Vergara (R2) Raleigh, NC Recruited by NCMCA Firestop Carolinas Barbara Jones (A1) Mooresville, NC Recruited by Brandon Hartsell

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Page 4 NC Masonry News September 2018 By Ryan Shaver We have a great opportunity with school starting back to work with our local high schools and promote our industry! School starting can be a fresh beginning for not only students, but for us as Industry as well. Please take time this fall semester and build that“relationship”that I have referred to in several of our meetings.

We will have multiple events this fall to showcase the masonry industry and I encourage you to get involved. The first one is the Annual Apprenticeship Contest held at the State Fair on October 15th. This is the longest running Masonry Competition in the Country. It is my hope that we have thirty registered apprentices competing so we need for you to get your apprentices registered to compete! Thesecondeventthatwillshowcaseourindustry isthethirdannualMasonryEducationDaythatwill beheldatBenKetchieParkinGoldHillonThursday November 8th. This year the Masonry Education Day will be held in conjunction with the SPEC MIX L&D Kirby Investments,LLC Carolina Masonry Unlimited Bricklayer 500 Carolina Qualifier.

The event will host more than 400 high school students and will introduce many of them to the opportunity that Masonry can provide.

If you have not gotten your apprenticeship program registered, please notify me. I would like to have all of our participating masonry contractors registered by the end of the year and that will be a huge undertaking. So I challenge you to get started and get it done! If you need any help, please contact me! This fall semester, I will be presenting to high schools across the state and unless we have participating employers set up, registered with ApprenticeshipNC, where are the students going to work? We registered over twenty pre-apprentices that worked over the summer and received credit for completing the program.

Lynn Nash and I are in the process of putting together a short video that will highlight student success stories from young people who enrolled and gained work through the pre-apprenticeprogram.Ihopetoregisteratleast50 forthesummerof2019sothatworkmuststartnow! Thank you for all your support and please keep answering the phone when I call!

Ryan Shaver is NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator. Reach him at ryan. or (704) 791-5240 Summer Conference High School masonry instructors from across North Carolina were hosted by McGee Brothers Company, NCMCA, and Adams/Oldcastle in July as part of the North Carolina Department of Education’s Annual Trade and Industrial Education Summer Conference in Greensboro. Instructors heard presentations from ApprenticeshipNC, The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER,) and companies specializing in dust abatement and silica regulations. Among the participants, left to right, NC Masonry Instructors Association President Rodney Harrington, West Rowan High School; Jody Barbee, Cox Mill High School; Scott Settlemyre, South Caldwell High School; Matt Woods, West Caldwell HighSchool;MatthewMcKnight, DavieCountyHighSchool;andCodyAlward,MountPleasantHighSchool.

School is Back in Session! Golfing for a Cause!

Chairman David McQueen and his golf committee, Chris Mitchell and Dwayne Bryant are hard at work planning the annual fall NCMCA golf tournament Wednesday September 19th, Mill Creek Golf & CountryClub,Mebane. Thetournamentisthemajor funding source for the NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship awards at NC State and ASU. Plan to join us for golf, fun fellowship and Argos barbecue Chicken. 2018GOLDSPONSORSasofpresstime: Ryan Shaver

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September 2018 NC Masonry News Page 5 Wed. September 19, 2018* - 12:00 PM Shotgun Tee-Off Mill Creek Golf & Country Club - Mebane, NC 1700 St.

Andrews Drive, Mebane, NC 27302 Proceeds support NCMCA Projects First hundred registered golfers will receive NCMCA caps with the new Association logo! Soft spikes and collared shirts required. No blue jeans. Be at course no later than 11:15 AM. Complementary boxed lunches available beginning at 11:00. “Shotgun” start at Noon Join us for great fellowship and golf as you support NCMCA. Four-person* modified “Captain’s Choice” format: $120.00 per player for green fee, cart, practice balls, boxed lunch, refreshments, awards, and barbecue dinner afterwards by Argos USA. NAME: HANDICAP: EMAIL: Team Member “A _ _ Team Member “B _ _ Team Member “C _ _ Team Member “D _ _ Be a sponsor and promote your company as you support NCMCA! Gold - $850 includes four players, special recognition sign Silver - $750 includes four players, special recognition sign Bronze - $650 includes 4 players special recognition sign Hole Sponsor - $120 for tee sign For Sponsors - Name for Sign _ _ Prize donations are welcome.

Contact David McQueen (919) 815-4813 or Dwayne Bryant (336) 213-2100 Number of Golfers $ 120 each _ _ Tee Sponsorships $ 120 each _ _ Special Sponsor (circle one) @ $850 - $750 - $650 _ _ Total _ _ Mail to: NCMCA Golf Tournament Post Office Box 3463 Hickory, NC 28603-3463 (828)324-1564 Application Completed by: Name _ _ Phone _ _ Email _ _ Make Checks Payable to “NCMCA” Call or e-mail for credit card payments * Important: Only four-person teams are eligible for the tournament championship. Registrations submitted with fewer than four players are welcomed but should be submitted early to secure placement on a complete team.

(Good faith effort will be made, however no guarantee of four-person placement is implied.) It is suggested that late registrations be submitted only with four players. Cancelation deadline: 5:00 PM Friday September 14, 2018 Contributions and registration fees paid to the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expense.

NCMCA’s Twenty-Eighth Annual State Golf Tournament *DATE CHANGE -The Annual NCMCA Fall Golf Tournament is traditionally played on the fourth Thursday in September and that is the plan going forward. However, the 2018 date has been changed to accommodate a conflict with the MCAA Mid-Year Meeting in Texas. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Page 6 NC Masonry News September 2018 CP Golf Winners! The NCMCA Central Piedmont Chapter held their Annual Danny Koonts Memorial Golf Tournament in June at the Lexington Golf Club. As they did in 2017 and have often done previously, the Kirby Construction Services team finished in first place.

Pictured left to right, chapter treasurer Nick Ferrucci, chapter vice president Brent Moore, team members Brian and Mark Nelson, and Larry Kirby, past NCMCA president Ashlee K. Moore, and team member Joe Norman. In second place was the team of Buddy Sink, Daniel Qualls, Kenny Boone, and Dave Wilcox. (Not pictured) Chapter Vice President Brent Moore says, “The tournament was very successful because of all of our sponsors!” Photograph by Kilee Moore 65th Annual State Fair Contest Calvin Brodie is again chairing the Annual State FairMasonryApprenticeSkillsContest. HewillpartnerwithDougBurton who will once again serveas ContestHead Judge and Master of Ceremonies.

This year marks the Sixty-Fifth Anniversary of the contest at the State Fair Grounds in Raleigh. Previously sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Labor, the event is now sponsored by North Carolina Community Colleges and ApprenticeshipNC. The date is Monday, October 15, 2018 at the State Fair Grounds in Raleigh. Contestant entry information is available at this link: apprenticeship-state-fair-contests Contestparticipationislimitedtothefirsttwentyfive qualified apprentices to register. The deadline is September 15,2018. Apprentices must be sponsored by a firm registered with ApprenticeshipNC.

McGee Brothers Company continues to hold the championship title with last October’s win by Haran McGee. McGee Brothers Company apprentices also claimed the championship in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.

Donations to the prize fund are solicited. As is customary, each local NCMCA chapter is requested to make a $250 donation. Donations from masonry contracting firms and material suppliers are also appreciated. In 2017, NCMCA members, chapters andfriendsprovidedmorethan$6,000incash,tools and materials for the contest. Make checks payable to “NCMCA” note “Fair Contest” on the memo line and mail to the NCMCA state office - PO Box 3463, Hickory, NC 28603-3463. For information and assistance call ApprenticeshipNC (919) 807-7175 or contact Ryan Shaver at NCMCA: (704) 791-5240 Call Ryan to learn about opportunities to volunteer and judge the competition.

Calvin Brodie JohnsonConcreteProductsandCarolinaStalite’s Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill is the site for a big day of masonry events this fall. On Thursday November 8th, the third annual Masonry Education Day for high schools across the regionwillfeaturethe SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Carolina Qualifier, one of twenty-four regional qualifiers to be held around the country. Some 400 students fromabout25schools will be bussed in to Gold Hill for masonry tutorials, lunch and the opportunity to watch teams of brick masons and tenders battle for a competition spot in the January 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 WorldChampionshipcompetitionheldinLasVegas.

There, they will compete for over $125,000 in cash and prizes including a new 2019 Ford F-250 XLT 4×4 truck.

LastyearattheCarolinaqualifier,WristonMcGee, a mason with McGee Brothers Company and his Gold Hill to Host November Masonry Events mason tender and brother Kaleb McGee, edged out the rest of the competition to take home first place. His net count of 588 brick got the job done.Not only did first place carry the opportunity to compete in the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 in Las Vegas for Wriston, but italsocamewith a cash prize of $400.00 TheSPECMIX TOP CRAFTSMAN Award also went to Wriston McGee, earning him an additional cash prizeof$250.00. Who is the Carolinas’ best brick mason? For competition information,contact Steve Bell (704) 294-5231 - Volunteers and masonry professionals needed for Masonry Education Day activities with the students.

Thisisagreatopportunitytomeetyoungpeopleand encourage them to masonry careers. For information, contact Ryan Shaver (704) 791-5240 - ryan. Goodbye NCMCA Fax Machine This fall,NCMCA will disconnect the dedicated fax line at the NCMCA office as a cost saving measure and because no one uses the machine, which needs to be replaced. Facsimile technology seems to have gone by the wayside as folks have adopted e-mail attachments instead for exchanging documents.

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September 2018 NC Masonry News Page 7 Certification Classes Continue Filberto Espinosa (left) and Oscar Murillo of Boettcher Masonry were among the participants in the June Module 6 “Blueprint Reading and Basic Estimating” certification class taught by Joe Canitano hosted by McGee Brothers Company in Greensboro. The eighth series of NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certificationclassesisnearinganend. Certification Board of Governors Chairman Doug Burton and attorney Thomas Davis team to instruct Module 8 “AdvancedBiddingWorkshop”onThursdaySeptember13th. Module8isrequiredforCertifiedMasonry Executive(CME)candidatesandelectiveforCertified Masonry Professional (CMP) candidates.

Module 8 will be at McGee Brothers Company on Triad Drive in Greensboro.

The NCMCA Certification Program Board of Governors announced in June that the following individuals have been approved for personal certification in the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program: Approved as Certified Masonry Executives (CME) - Matthew H. Mahoney, Brad Scott,and Christopher Scott Trogdon of McGee BrothersCompany,and ImaniBrodieSurratt,Brodie Contractors. Approved as Certified Masonry Professionals (CMP) - Joshua Gray, Brodie Contractors; Bill Anderson, Manning Masonry, Inc.; and Sean A. Loftis, Carolina Masonry Unlimited, Inc. Also approved, Matt Cable of McART Masonry, LLC has changed status from CMP to CME.

Congratulations to each of these individuals for their accomplishment and for doing their part to help keep the Carolina masonry industry among the best anywhere. NCMCA Certification is regularly a masonry subcontractor requirement in construction masonry specifications. Please inform the NCMCA office of projects encountered that require NCMCA Certification for masonry subcontractors so these projects can be tracked and followed up. Upcoming Metrolina Chapter Events The NCMCA Metrolina Chapter (Greater Charlotte) once again hosts dinner for students and apprentices that have achieved success in masonry competitions over the last year.

Charlotte area winnersfromvariousNorthCarolinaandNationalSkillsUSA competitions, the Sam McGee Memorial Apprentice Contest, the NC State Fair Apprentice contest and other competitions, along with their families, will join the chapter for a recognition dinner featuring a “low countryboil”Monday eveningOctober29th. Mason Contractors AssociationofAmerica(MCAA)PresidentJeffBuczkiewiczis thefeaturedspeaker. Locationandadditionaldetails will be distributed via email in mid-September. Thechapter’sannualgolftournamentisTuesday November 6, 2018 at the Mooresville Golf Club in Mooresville. Registration begins at 8:00 for a 9:00 AMshotgunstart.

Teamsandsponsorsaresolicited: For additional information about Metrolina Chapter events, contact chapter president Brandon Hartsell: (704) 310-1674 - brandon.hartsell@ Certification Update 2018-2019 Membership Directory Distributed Some 1,600 copies of the 2018-2019 NCMCA Membership directory have been printed with most of them already distributed to members, architects, generalcontractors,masonryinstructorsandfriends of the Association. A few extras remain. Click here to view the directory on-line for_customer_lr The cover of this year’s book features the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh.

Masonry Contractor: Brodie Contractors, Raleigh. Submit photographs for consideration for the cover of the 2019-2020 directory by April 1, 2019. High-resolution photographs should be vertically oriented and include complete details about the photograph and the project.

The annual membership directory is made possible by advertisers. Be sure to say “thanks:” Adams, and Oldcastle Company AIA North Carolina Amerimix Argos Brodie Contractors Carolina Ceramics Brick Chandler Concrete Custom Brick & Supply Gates Construction Giant Cement Gregory Poole Equipment Hydro Rents Hydro-Clean Jim Bricks It Johnson Concrete Products. Joyner Masonry Works Koontz Masonry LafargeHolcim LehighHanson Lynn Ladder & Scaffold Manning Masonry Masonry Unlimited of Cherryville Metrolina Chapter NCMCA Michael J Rogers Masonry Mountcastle Insurance New South Construction Supply P & D Architectural Precast Pinnacle Masonry RBD Associates Roanoke Cement Company SCMA SPEC MIX Sutton Brick Triad Supply & Renta Triangle Brick TriSure Insurance Tucker-Kirby Company White Cap Construction Jeff Buczkiewicz

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Page 8 NC Masonry News September 2018 Calvin and Debra Brodie’s daughter Jazmine married Reggie Washington Saturday June 2nd at the Brodie family farm near Louisburg. Calvin and Debra have a new grandson. Pinkie Christopher Alexander Surratt was born June 21st to Imani and Chris. He will be called Tré since he is the third “Pinkie” in line. NCMCA masonry contractor member Eddie Land, Eddie Land,Inc.passed away June 15th. Eddie was 76 and lived in Brown Summit. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Melanoma ResearchFoundation,PO Box 759329, Baltimore, Md. 21275-9329 or online at

Western Regional Vice President Don Caldwell is is mostly recovered from an accident suffered while biking the Virginia Creeper Trail in May. PresidentKentandotherNCMCAmembersjoined inveneeringthe2018St.JudeHospitalDreamHouse in early June. The two-story home in Weddington near Charlottewas completely veneered with19,000 brick in less than a day. Masonry began at 7:30 and was done by 1:40. The raffle to benefit the hospital concludes in October 2018. The Weddington project is one of forty such houses being built around the country.

Frank Werner, Adams/Oldcastle, lost his motherin-law,Sandi’smother,inmid-June.BettyEberlewas 83 and lived in Collinsville, Illinois. RandallCox,apastpresidentoftheTriadChapter and a third-generation journeyman brick mason,is the new masonry instructor at South Stokes High School in Walnut Cove. Jonathan Blanton is the new instructor for a new masonryinstructionprogramatShelbyHighSchool in Cleveland County. Hydro-Rents Carolina has opened a new service facility and storage yard at 1314 North Graham Street in Charlotte. For information, contact Bill Marsh: (704) 634-5786.

Bubba Metts has joined Fay Block Materials as sales representative.

Wesley Curlee, a former NCMCA masonry contractor member of the Metrolina Chapter based in Past President Passes Wayne Starr passed away June 29th after a long period of declining health. Wayne served as NCMCA President for the 2006-2008 term. As president, he played a major role in instituting the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program implemented duringhisterm. Wayne was personally NCMCA CertifiedandaJourneyman Mason. He was an active member of NCMCA and the Western Carolina Chapter, of which he served several terms as chapter president. In 2015, he received the Western Carolina Chapter’s prestigious “Founders Award”for years of exemplary service to the chapter and to the masonry industry.

In the spring of 2018, the Association Board of Directors named Wayne an “NCMCA Life Member.” Wayne was a US Army veteran and served in Viet Nam deployed with the 101st Airborne Division. His military awards include a Bronze Star. Wayne is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Campbell Starr; sons,Anthony and Rusty; and three granddaughters. He was 67 and lived in Hickory. The family suggests memorial contributions be madetotheAmericanHeartAssociationortheNorth Carolina Masonry Contractors Association Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 3463, Hickory, NC 28603-3463.

Wayne Starr Member News Masonry for Girls! In June, NCMCA participated in “Masonry Life Skills for Girls” with Girl Scout Troop 743 at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury.NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver says he and NCMCA President Kent Huntley,“had approximately eighteen girls for hands-on training and building a fire pit at the church. We demonstrated masonry tools and let them practice laying a few brick before having them lay brick and block on the fire pit project. It was a great day!” Ryan says a couple of the girls now plan to take masonry class in high school.

The event was Emma Grace Amos’“Gold Project.” Emma Grace has been in Girl Scouts for twelve years and is a rising senior at Jesse Carson High School. Masonry instructors Phil Faggart and Darren Yow from Jesse Carson High School also participated. Photograph courtesy of Troop 743 Concord, died August 8th from respiratory injuries sustained two weeks earlier.

BanksChoate,retiredfromMetromontMaterials/ Charlotte,passed away August 10th after suffering a stroke. He was 77 and lived in Waxhaw. Central Piedmont Chapter Vice President Brent Moore reports on the chapter’s August outing at a Winston-Salem“Dash”minorleagueballgame:“We had a Flow Executive Suite that included all you can eat, drink vouchers, a Dash Hat, popcorn, and peanuts!Wehadsomewherearound35-plustoshow up. Thanks to our sponsors for the night! Roanoke Cement, SPEC MIX, and SafeDay!

NCMCA Insurance Program partner firm MouontcastleInsuranceissportinganewcompanylogo. (See page three.) With encouragement from NCMCA WDTC Ryan Shaver, Masonry Unlimited of Cherryville will host the high school masonry instructors from their area as well as county Career & Technical Education Directors and high school Career Development Coordinators for dinner at the Cherryville Golf and CountryClubonTuesday,September11th.

Ryanwill updateeveryoneonNCMCA’snewworkforcedevelopment initiatives. Ryan is encouraging other NCMCA contractor member firms across the state to come up with similar ideas for interaction with schools. Eddie Land

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September 2018 NC Masonry News Page 9 as a high school senior, will have a shot to defend his national secondary title next summer. Mason says he’d like to stick with masonry but would also like to pursue a career as a game warden because, “I love being outside.” Mason spent the summer as a pre-apprentice with Huntley Brothers Company. Of the Louisville competition, Mason says he enjoyed traveling to the National because it was only the second time he had ever flown. He says,“I met a lot of new people from across the country. I felt the project was very challenging, but once I got started, I got in the groove and began to relax which helped me to build a great project.” Ashton says the National Contest was“a very cool experience.

I made new friends from across the country. It was a great, challenging project to build thatseparatedthecompetitionandwastougherthan anything I had ever built in a contest.” Bothstudentshadacommentfornewsletterreaders. Mason simply says, “Practice makes perfect.” Ashton said, “I couldn’t have done it without God and all of Mr. Harrington’s instruction.” Instructor Harringtonadded,“TheNationalMasonryCompetitionisatremendousexperiencefortheinstructorbut anevengreateropportunityforthestudentsthatare competing. IamproudofhowAshtonreactedunder pressure, even as the youngest (19) post-secondary competitor and a female competitor in a field that is amake-dominatedtrade.

WegiveGodalltheglory!” Ashton is the first woman to win a national SkillsUSA masonry gold medal in recent times and the only one to win since the organization became SkillsUSA in 1994. Her story has been featured in several national industry publications including an interview in the August issue of MCAA’s “Masonry” magazine (page 14.) SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. The nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 360,000 member studentsandinstructorseachyearinmiddleschools, highschoolsandcolleges.Thisdiversetalentpipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Through an investment from business and industry partners of approximately $36 million,the annual national event occupies a space equivalent to 20 football fields. At Louisville, there were more than6,200contestantsin100separateevents. Nearly 2,000 judges and contest organizers participated. NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver serves as co-chair for the SkillsUSA National Masonry Competition, which he won in 1993 as a student at Mount Pleasant High School. Hisco-chairisMasonryContractorsAssociation of America (MCAA) President Jeff Buczkiewicz. NC SkillsUSA Masonry National Gold Medals 1969, Memphis, TN - Waverley Brinkley, J.R Hawkins High, Warrenton, Instructor, W.E.

Exum 1972, Roanoke, VA - Frank Walter, Beaver Creek High, West Jefferson, Instructor, Bobby Absher 1975, Washington, DC - Rocky Canupp, Central Cabarrus High, Concord, Instructor, Louis Suther 1980 - Atlanta,GA - Harold Trogden,South Johnston High, Four Oaks, Instructor, Phillip Hagwood 1986,Phoenix,AZ-TimmyMedlin,ClaytonHigh, Clayton, Instructor, Jesse Grissom 1987, Wichita, KS - Chandler McGee, Central Cabarrus High, Concord, Instructor, Louis Suther 1990,Tulsa,OK-ShannWomble,MountPleasant High, Mt. Pleasant, Instructor, Doug Drye 1992,Louisville,KY-FrankPaul,MountPleasant High, Mt. Pleasant, Instructor, Doug Drye 1993, Louisville, KY - Ryan Shaver, Mount Pleasant High, Mt.

Pleasant, Instructor, Doug Drye 1994, Kansas City, MO - Jason Hamby, South Caldwell High, Hudson, Instructor, Jesse Fox 1995, Kansas City, MO - Jason Hamby, South Caldwell High, Hudson, Instructor, Jesse Fox 1997, Kansas City, MO - Brandon Tarlton, Union CountyCareerCenter,Monroe, Instructor,TimKidd 1998,Kansas City,MO - Chad Smith,Mt.Pleasant High Mt. Pleasant, Instructor, Doug Drye 1999, Kansas City, MO - Bryan Crouse, South Caldwell High, Hudson, Instructor, Jesse Fox 2000,Kansas City,MO - Ben Petrea,Mount Pleasant High, Mt. Pleasant, Instructor, Doug Drye 2000, Kansas City, MO - Joseph Issak, Caldwell CC (Post Secondary) Hudson, Instructor, Jesse Fox 2001, Kansas City, MO - Garrett Hood, Central Cabarrus High, Concord, Instructor, Todd Hartsell 2003, Kansas City, MO - Cody Alward, Mount Pleasant High, Mt.

Pleasant, Instructor, Doug Drye 2004, Kansas City, MO - Cody Alward, Mount Pleasant High (Post-Secondary,) Mt. Pleasant, Instructor Doug Drye 2005, Kansas City, MO - Dallas Caudle, Central Cabarrus High, Concord, Instructor, Todd Hartsell 2005, Kansas City, MO - Josh Morrison, Central CabarrusHigh(Post-Secondary,)Concord,Instructor Todd Hartsell 2006,Kansas City,MO - Josh Kimrey,Mt.Pleasant High, Mt. Pleasant, Instructor Doug Drye 2007, Kansas City, MO - Marcus Hefner, West Stanly High, Oakboro, Instructor, Tim Kidd 2009,KansasCity,MO-JaredGandy,Mt.Pleasant High, Mt. Pleasant, Instructor, Ryan Shaver 2011, Kansas City, MO - Dylan Ennis, Central CabarrusHigh(Post-Secondary,)Concord, Instructor, Todd Hartsell 2012, Kansas City, MO - Jordan Hartsell, Central CabarrusHigh(Post-Secondary,)Concord,Instructor, Todd Hartsell 2013, Kansas City, MO -Brent Austin, Central CabarrusHigh(Post-Secondary,)Concord, Instructor, Todd Hartsell 2013, Kansas City, MO -Andrew Mullis, South Rowan High School, China Grove.

Instructor, Ronnie Milller 2014,KansasCity,MO–DanielFurr,MountPleasantHighSchool,(Post-Secondary,)MountPleasant, Instructor, Ryan Shaver 2015, Louisville, KY – Luke Dutton, West Rowan High School, Mount Ulla, Instructor, Rodney Harrington 2015, Louisville, KY - Alex Ossoski, Central Cabarrus High School, Concord (Post-Secondary) Instructor, Todd Hartsell 2016, Louisville, KY – Kelby Thornton, Central Cabarrus High School, Concord. Instructor, Todd Hartsell 2016,Louisville,KY-CodyHarrison,MountPleasantHighSchool,MountPleasant,(Post-Secondary) Instructor, Ryan Shaver 2017, Louisville, KY – Kelby Thornton, Central Cabarrus High School, Concord.

Instructor, Todd Hartsell 2018, Louisville, KY – Mason Saunders, Mount Pleasant High School, Mount Pleasant. Instructor Cody Alward 2018, Louisville, KY – Ashton White, RowanCabarrus Community College, Salisbury. (PostSecondary.) Instructor, Rodney Harrington. Dates to Note 9/5/18 Board of Directors Meeting, 1:00 PM Courtyard, W. Wendover Ave – Greensboro 9/13/18 Module 8 Certification Class “Advanced Bidding” McGee Brothers – Greensboro 9/19/18 NCMCA Annual Golf Tournament, Mill CreekGolf&CountryClub–Mebane DATECHANGE 9/20-9/21/18 South Carolina Masonry Contractors Association Fall Conference, Embassy Suites – Greenville, SC 9/24-9/26/18 MCAA Mid-Year Meeting – Austin, Texas 10/15/18 ApprenticeNC Annual State Fair Masonry Apprentice Contest - Raleigh 10/29/18 Metrolina Chapter Recognition Night (details pending) 11/6/18 Metrolina Chapter Annual Golf Tournament, Mooresville Golf Club - Mooresville 11/8/18 SPEC MIX Regional Qualifier/Masonry Education Day, Ben Ketchie Park – Gold Hill DATE CHANGE 1/18-1/20/19 RaleighChapter20thAnnualMurdell Golf Tournament and Bus Tour – Grand Strand 1/20-1/25/19 MCAA Convention/World of Masonry - Las Vegas 3/21-3/24/19 NCMCA Annual Convention, Marriott - Charleston 4/9-4/11/19 NC SkillsUSA State Conference (masonry contest) details pending 5/18/19 Annual Samuel A.

McGee Memorial Apprentice Contest, Triangle Brick – Durham Additional details and registration forms are always available on the “Calendar” page of

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N Page 10 NC Masonry News September 2018 This Issue Sponsored by See more pictures from NCMCA events and activities linked at the News page Silica Presentation Member Mike Rogers (pictured standing) of Michael J. Rogers Masonry in Pisgah Forest has taken several training classes and done extensive personal research concerning the US Department of Labor OSHA revised silica control and exposure standards. He considers the time he has invested to be essential for his own firm. At the August meeting of the NCMCA Land of the Sky Chapter, Mike shared what he has learned and provided an extensive presentation to help fellow NCMCA members become more aware of the implications of the new standards.

His comments included an enthusiastic endorsement of Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) membership and the classes and services MCAA provides for silica regulations compliance.

Instructors Hall of Fame Caldwell County’s Jesse Fox (right) was inducted into the National Masonry Instructors Association “Hall-of-Fame” at the association’s July meeting in Gulf Shores, Alabama. He is pictured with inductee Orlando Pettway of Acme Brick Company and Barbara Mallard, who accepted the award on behalf of her late husband, instructor Raymond Mallard. A former member of NCMCA, Jessie had his own successful masonry and general contracting firm in the seventies and eighties and later moved to teaching masonry at South Caldwell High School where he produced several stateandnationalmasonrychampions.HelatertaughtattheCaldwellCareer CenterinHudson,whereheproducedstateandnationalchampionsinseveral construction trades.

Jesse continues to participate in masonry training and contest events in Caldwell County. Photograph courtesy of Jesse Fox 2019 Convention Planning Underway The 2019 NCMCA Annual Business Meeting and Convention is set for March 21 to March 24 at the Charleston Marriott. Plans are underway for another great event!

In recognition of NCMCA’s new commitment to recruiting young people to the trade, noted author and childhood specialist David Altshuler, M.S. of Miami will be our keynote speaker for the Friday morninggeneralsession. Mr.AltshulerwillbeworkingwithNCMCAWorkforceDevelopment&Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver to present a program tailored to helping us best understand the minds of today’s youth and how that knowledge can help us in recruiting the workforce of tomorrow. This will be a program for the entire family. Mark the dates and plan to attend. Watch for registration details and sponsorship opportunities coming soon.

2019 NCMCA Convention in Charleston September Board Meeting TheNCMCABoardofDirectorswillmeetWednesday September 5, 2018 beginning at 1:00 PM at the Courtyard by Marriott on West Wendover Avenue in Greensboro. BoardmeetingsareopentoallNCMCA members in good standing however motions and voting are limited to board members. Discussion participation by non-board members is at the discretion of the board president.

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