2016 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship Roster

Words: Dan KamysAfter four months on the road and 20 tour stops across North America, the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Series is officially complete. The “Road to Las Vegas” is paved for the 20 teams that won their qualifying competition. With the roster set for the 2016 World Championship event, which includes the 2015 returning Champion Fred Campbell and SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN Garrett Hood, plus a bricklayer from Australia, a total of 23 elite bricklayers and their respective mason tenders will be headed to Vegas to compete for the title: “World’s Best Bricklayer!” The 14th Annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship event will be held Feb. 3, 2016, at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry tradeshow in the Gold Lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. With as many as 4,000 spectators in attendance and thousands of live webcast viewers tuned in to watch 23 world-class masons compete, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is the largest masonry competition in the construction industry. In a town where “cash is king,” it’s only fitting that these masonry teams will compete for about $100,000 in cash and prizes, including a 2016 Ford F-250 XLT 4x4 Crew Cab truck. The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is revered as the premier promotion of the masonry industry that showcases the skill and craftsmanship of its tradesmen. The competition is unique in that it promotes masonry both regionally and internationally through an exciting year-round campaign that culminates in Las Vegas during the World of Concrete tradeshow. The mission of the program is to unite all the major players in the masonry trade: manufacturers, suppliers, associations, contractors, masons, mason apprentices, mason tenders, media and their enthusiastic families to promote masonry construction and the trade. The competitions inspire a sense of fun, family, pride, and a love for the skill of masonry, while calling attention to the value it offers to our world. THE BIGGEST MASONRY COMPETITION ON THE PLANET The roster for the 23 teams competing in the 2016 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship is as follows:
  1. Returning 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Champion Mason: Fred Campbell, Mason Tender: Tony Shelton Contractor: Creative Masonry Inc., Greenville, TN
  2. Ohio Mason: Emilio Dibra, Mason Tender: Charlie Cheatham Contractor: United Masonry, Cleveland, OH
  3. Eastern Tennessee Mason: Jason Peek, Mason Tender: Jake Peek Contractor: Peek Masonry, Churchill, TN
  4. Utah Mason: Scott Tuttle, Mason Tender: Brian Tuttle Contractor: Quik Trowell, Clearfield, UT
  5. Alabama Mason: Darrell Evett, Mason Tender: Joey Evans Contractor: Evett Masonry, Scottsboro, AL
  6. Illinois Mason: Steve Cleveland, Mason Tender: Sedat Süpürgeci Contractor: Midwest Masonry, Valparaiso, IN
  7. Colorado Mason: Esteban Cabral Ceballos, Mason Tender: Oscar Luis Gaucin Contractor: Phoenix Masonry, Thornton, CO
  8. Pennsylvania Mason: Vince Polverini, Mason Tender: Richard Small Contractor: D.M. Sabia & Company Inc., Conshohocken, PA
  9. Wisconsin Mason: Nick Brock, Mason Tender: Jake Brock Contractor: Exteriors Plus LLC, Jefferson, WI
  10. Washington Mason: Phil Evans, Mason Tender: Brenden Evans Contractor: R & D Masonry, Marysville, WA
  11. South Carolina Mason: David Kelly, Mason Tender: Matthew Kelly Contractor: Kelly Masonry, Pendleton, SC
  12. Returning 2015 SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN Mason: Garrett Hood, Mason Tender: Ed Huntley Contractor: Huntley Brothers Company, Monroe, NC
  13. Oklahoma Mason: Darian Douthit, Mason Tender: Andy Zepeda Contractor: Providence Masonry, Miami, OK
  14. Ontario, Canada Mason: Mario Alves, Mason Tender: Kevin Avila Contractor: A & M Masonry, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  15. Western Tennessee Mason: Bruce Miller, Mason Tender: Jorge Goitia Contractor: Miller Masonry Inc., Riverside, IA
  16. California Mason: David Jones Sr., Mason Tender: Mark Starkweather Contractor: Bratton Masonry Inc., Fresno, CA
  17. New England Mason: Mark Wells Sr., Mason Tender: Mark Wells Jr Contractor: American Masonry Corp., Beverly, NJ
  18. British Columbia, Canada Mason: Riel Voigt, Mason Tender: Theo Van Tunen Contractor: S & S Masonry, Langley, BC, Canada
  19. Texas Mason: Jacobo Ramirez, Mason Tender: Jesus Zepeda Contractor: Ranch Masonry, Houston, TX
  20. North Carolina Mason: Matt Cash, Mason Tender: Chet Huntley Contractor: Huntley Brothers Company, Monroe, NC
  21. Alberta, Canada Mason: Ken Rutley, Mason Tender: Logan Kessler Contractor: Mayzes Masonry Inc., Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
  22. Arizona Mason: David Puga Arce, Mason Tender: Filiberto Granados Contractor: G & G Masonry, Glendale, AZ
  23. Australia Mason: Travis Sweetnam, Mason Tender: Anthony Giordano Contractor: T & A Bricklaying, Mornington, Victoria, Australia
For more information, contact: Ashley Wolfe, awolfe@specmix.com.
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