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An Event-Packed MCAA Annual Convention
The MCAA Annual Convention kept attendees busy, from the MAC/PAC reception with guest speaker Danny Tarkanian, and an Opening Banquet, to daily committee meetings, and education and certification opportunities. The South of 40 group hosted a night of dueling pianos. And, a Closing Banquet ended the festivities on a super-high note, as members honored outgoing MCAA President Mackie Bounds, and welcomed new president, John Smith Jr. Here’s a rundown of some of the other stellar events that took place during the convention.
Fastest Trowel on the Block
The Fastest Trowel on the Block showcases the skill of masons and importance of teamwork. Each contestant’s goal was to complete as much of an 18-block-long wall as possible in 20 minutes. Winners were presented with trophies. First place took home $6,000 and a special trophy from Marshalltown; second place received $2,500; and $1,500 was awarded to third place. All contestants received a Marshalltown tool bag and tools, a Grout Grunt, and more. Sponsors and donors were SPEC MIX Inc., QUIKRETE, Angelus Block Co., Marshalltown, Gatorback, Grout Grunt and Linovation Corp.
C. DeWitt Brown Leadman Award
Barnes is the chairman of the board and CEO for Dee Brown Inc. He serves on numerous civic and trade association boards and is active in the community. Barnes has worked in the construction industry since 1964 and has been with the Dee Brown Co.s since 1969.
Masonry Hall of Fame
The Masonry Hall of Fame was created to recognize and award those individuals who have dedicated their lives to the masonry industry. All inductees are nominated by their peers and carefully reviewed by a panel of judges.
The MCAA inducted four mason contractors into the inaugural Masonry Hall of Fame class: C. DeWitt Brown, Richard Felice, Jerry Painter and Glenn Sipe. Please visit www.masoncontractors.org/2012/02/03/four-inductees-named-to-masonry-hall-of-fame to read more about each of these fine recipients.
C. DeWitt Brown founded Dee Brown Masonry Inc. Oct. 31, 1955. The company expanded to a regional contractor Jan. 1, 1977, and a national contractor in February 1985. He established DBM/Hatch Inc. in 1989 and Kepco+DBI in 1998. C. DeWitt Brown passed away April 25, 2000.
Richard Felice started in the masonry industry as a laborer and advanced to journeyman bricklayer. He began his own company in 1959 with one truck and a mixer and incorporated Forrest & Associate Inc. in 1960 and joined the MCAA. Felice helped establish the Masonry Institute of Iowa.
Jerry Painter grew up in a family with masonry flowing through their veins, and was taught dedication to the trade at a young age. He has been in the masonry profession with over 48 years experience in all phases of the industry including journeyman mason, masonry contractor, masonry materials, masonry materials manufacturing, lecturing, instruction, promotion, inspection, estimating, consultation and restoration.
Glenn Sipe came from a farm family in Catawba County, N.C., where he has lived his whole life. Glen worked for Herman-Sipe Construction Co., which offered him a job helping as a laborer. He was promoted to the concrete gang, mixing and placing concrete by hand. Sipe was a regular mason by the end of 1940, and was in charge of a masonry crew by mid 1941. Glenn Sipe retired from the business in 1987 at age 67.
Two Companies Certified
Masonry Skills Challenge
Contributors were Angelus Block Co., Boral Bricks Inc., GATORBACK Inc., QUIKRETE, and SPEC MIX Inc. Prize donations were from Boral Bricks Inc., Calculated Industries, GATORBACK Inc., Grout Grunt, Johnson Level, Linovation Corp., Marshalltown Co., Mortar Net Inc., and Vatne Concrete Systems.
The blocks are ready for the Fastest Trowel on the Block to begin.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 10 March 2012 14:23|