2015 NCMCA Annual Convention

Words: Dan Kamys

North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association’s Annual Convention Brings Education, Networking and Entertainment

[caption id="attachment_9571" align="alignright" width="300"]MCAA Chairman Mark Kemp addresses the April Annual Business Meeting of the NCMCA in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Shown left of Mark is NCMCA Secretary Treasurer Kent Huntley. MCAA Chairman Mark Kemp addresses the April Annual Business Meeting of the NCMCA in Myrtle
Beach, S.C. Shown left of Mark is NCMCA Secretary Treasurer Kent Huntley.[/caption] The North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA) held its Annual Convention in April at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The meeting was well attended, including participation by board members of the MCAA.  A combined Board of Directors Meeting and Annual Business Meeting included an update on the Masonry Quality Institute, among many other issues discussed. Changes to MCAA’s Masonry Quality Institute program have been delayed, so MCAA will accept competition of the NCMCA’s presentation of the older version of MQI, planned for June, as credit for MCAA certification. Committees presented updates on their different initiatives. In addition, many different North Carolina chapters presented reports for attendees. [caption id="attachment_9567" align="alignright" width="300"]NCMCA President Ashlee Moore addresses the Annual NCMCA Convention Banquet in April with her inspirational message, “Let’s Build Something Together.” NCMCA President Ashlee Moore addresses the Annual NCMCA Convention Banquet in April with her inspirational message, “Let’s Build Something Together.”[/caption] In review, the 2015 NCMCA Convention got underway Thursday, April 16, with an early-bird social featuring musical cement man Donnie Howard. On Friday morning, Adams, an Oldcastle company, presented an education session featuring John Locke Society columnist, John Hood, and the designer of the American Tobacco Campus project, architect Eddie Belk. The Friday evening President’s Reception was an opportunity to meet old friends and to make new ones. Saturday morning was the Annual Business Meeting. The Convention featured a Saturday Spouse Event hosted by President Ashlee Moore and Denise Gates. The Annual NCMCA Convention Golf Tournament, sponsored by EZG Manufacturing, was Saturday afternoon and featured an EZG Mud Hog MH-9 Mixer hole-in-one prize, valued at $5,495. Saturday evening, President Ashlee presided as attendees enjoyed the CEMEX closing banquet and danced the night away with Barry Herndon & The Party Nuts. Next year’s meeting will take place April 21 - 24 at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va.
Among those attending the April NCMCA Annual Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., shown left to right are Shelly Joyner, Denise Gates, NCMCA President Elect Bob Gates, MCAA Regional VP and NCMCA Chairman Gary Joyner, and Katie DeJarnette. NCMCA-Wrap-Speakers
Among those attending the April NCMCA Annual Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., shown left to right are Shelly Joyner, Denise Gates, NCMCA President Elect Bob Gates, MCAA Regional VP and NCMCA Chairman Gary Joyner, and Katie DeJarnette Left to right, NCMCA Chairman Gary Joyner and NCMCA President Ashlee Moore express appreciation to 2015 NCMCA Convention speakers, architect G. Edwin Belk and political columnist and broadcast commentator John M. Hood, after their presentations at the convention April 17 General Session in Myrtle Beach. Edwin Belk of Belk Architecture in Durham, a firm that specializes in preservation and revitalization, presented the program “Transformation ¬ New Uses for Old Places.” John Hood of the John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh presented “The State Economy: A Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?” The speakers' general session was sponsored by Adams, an Oldcastle company.
The April NCMCA Myrtle Beach Annual Convention ended with a banquet and entertainment with Barry Herndon and The Party Nuts. In the foreground, Lizzie and Paul Elder along with Anna and Ron Sanders enjoy the music. Members of the NCMCA enjoy the Annual President's Reception at the April 2015 NCMCA Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The April NCMCA Myrtle Beach Annual Convention ended with a banquet and entertainment with Barry Herndon and The Party Nuts. In the foreground, Lizzie and Paul Elder along with Anna and Ron Sanders enjoy the music. Members of the NCMCA enjoy the Annual President's Reception at the April 2015 NCMCA Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Ashlee Koontz Moore receives the Safety Award plaque on behalf of Koontz Masonry in Lexington from TriSure Corp.’s John Cramer, chairman of the NCMCA Safety Committee.  Mike Cook, company safety director, accepts the award from John Cramer on behalf of Gates Construction Co. in Mooresville.  NCMCA President-Elect Bob Gates addresses the NCMCA Annual Business Meeting in April.
NCMCA Annual Safety Awards for 2014 were presented at the April 2015 NCMCA Annual Business Meeting in Myrtle Beach. Ashlee Koontz Moore receives the Safety Award plaque on behalf of Koontz Masonry in Lexington from TriSure Corp.’s John Cramer, chairman of the NCMCA Safety Committee. Mike Cook, company safety director, accepts the award from John Cramer on behalf of Gates Construction Co. in Mooresville. LPS Enterprises of Spring Hope, not represented at the meeting, also earned a 2014 NCMCA Safety Award. This is the second-consecutive year for Gates Construction Co. and LPS Enterprises to win NCMCA safety recognition. CMCA President-Elect Bob Gates addresses the NCMCA Annual Business Meeting in April.
Award criteria is based on comparing actual 2014 results versus national Bureau of Labor Statistic rates for both DART (Days Away, Restricted or Transferred) and TIRC (Total Incident Reported Cases), along with a review of Experience Modification Factors and summaries of each company’s safety program. This year, 2015, will mark the third year for the NCMCA Safety Awards with winners to be recognized at the April 2016 convention in Hot Springs, Va.
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