December 2016: From the Editor

Words: Dan Kamys

It’s Been Real

Karen HickeyKaren D. Hickey, Editor -

This issue of Masonry is my last. A new editor, Dan Kamys, will take over the reins in January when the magazine passes from Lionheart’s to MCAA’s jurisdiction. Whether the topic is workforce development or the new silica rule or safety, I know Dan and the MCAA will continue fighting for the real concerns of your small businesses. Masonry was an entirely new field to me, and it was a pleasure getting acquainted with the issues as well as the people involved in this industry. Masons and mason contractors are indeed the passionate, hard-working people one would expect to find. To all of you who make this industry tick, I say thank you. I must thank two inspiring individuals who helped me immensely along my journey since the March 2016 issue of Masonry. First, I met Steven Fechino during my first week on the job at World of Concrete in February. An expert on moisture management, he can churn out a 1200-word article in a day, making it look easy! His contributions to both the magazine and this industry are certainly recognized, as he was recently inducted into the National Masonry Instructors Association Hall of Fame. Second, I met Brandon Hartsell at NCMCA’s annual meeting at the end of April. Motivated and enthusiastic, Brandon is always willing to help. He is now working diligently to bring more young people into masonry. I can only imagine how far he’ll go in the industry, as his passion is contagious! I encourage you to be an inspiration to others as these two gentlemen have been to me. It’s been a real pleasure and privilege to be a part of this great industry. Thank you, all!
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