SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Winners Heading to WOC in Vegas

Words: Dan KamysSPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Winners Heading to WOC in Vegas

The 2013 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional season that included 16 separate qualifier competitions across North America ended in Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec. 7. The winners of each contest have earned a spot to take on the returning 2013 Champion and Top Craftsman at the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National event held in Las Vegas, Nev., on Jan. 22 at the 2014 World of Concrete/World of Masonry tradeshow. 

With as many as 4,000 spectators in attendance and 20 world-class masons competing for over $100,000 in cash and prizes, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is the single largest masonry competition in the construction industry. The champion is awarded the title “World’s Best Bricklayer” and handed the keys to drive home in the grand prize, a new Ford F-250 4x4 SuperDuty Truck.

Established by SPEC MIX Inc. in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500  is a two-person team competition consisting of a mason and a mason tender that are given 60 minutes to construct a 26-foot 8-inch, double wythe brick wall while meeting strict quality standards. Judged by over 20 highly qualified industry experts, the award places are based on the highest brick counts meeting the quality standards and competition rules. Following the Champion distinction, the second most coveted title is the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award that the panel of judges rate ”the most sellable wall” meeting the required 500 brick count.

The list of 20 mason and mason tender teams competing in the 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National Event are as follows:

1. 2013 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National Champion Mason: Fred Campbell
Mason Tender: Tony Shelton
Contractor: Creative Masonry, Jonesborough, TN

2. 2013 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 TOP CRAFTSMAN Mason: Steve Cleveland
Mason Tender: William R Hill III
Contractor: Midwest Masonry, Mundelein, IL

3. Ohio Mason: Justin Jakubisin
Mason tender: Jason Jakubisin
Contractor: Foti Contracting LLC, Wickliffe, OH

4. Washington Mason: Eric Kent
Mason tender: Raul Black
Contractor: Cascade Construction, Tacoma, WA

5. Illinois Mason: Brad Riordan
Mason tender: Rob Waite Jr.
Contractor: Adam's Masonry – Dyer, IN

6. Utah Mason: Brian Tuttle
Mason tender: Scott Tuttle
Contractor: Quik Trowell Masonry, Clearfield, UT

7. East Tennessee Mason: Darrell Evett
Mason tender: Joey Evans
Contractor: Evett Masonry, Scottsboro, AL

8. Wisconsin Mason: Nick Brock
Mason tender: Mike Miller
Contractor: Exteriors Plus LLC, Jefferson, WI

9. Colorado Mason: Bob Boll
Mason tender: Jason Boll
Contractor: Boll Masonry, Littleton, CO

10. West Tennessee Mason: Zac Guire
Mason tender: Oscar Herrera
Contractor: WASCO Inc., Nashville, TN

11. Florida Mason: Ray Robinson
Mason tender: Luis Mejia Garrido
Contractor: JAM Construction, Gainesville, FL

12. North & South Carolina Mason: Jerry Goodman
Mason tender: Heidi Albea
Contractor: Jerry Goodman Masonry, Blythewood, SC

13. Oklahoma Mason: Leif Reints
Mason tender: Josh Hardy
Contractor: Reints Masonry Works, Neosho, MO

14. Ontario, Canada Mason: Filipe Orafo
Mason tender: Jose Orafo
Contractor: Res Group, Cookstown, ON

15. Iowa Mason: Bruce Miller
Mason tender: Jorge Goita
Contractor: Bruce Miller Masonry, Riverside, IA

16. California Mason: Tracy Newkirk
Mason tender: David Jones Jr.
Contractor: Bratton Masonry, Fresno, CA

17. Alberta, Canada Mason: Dave Sontag
Mason tender: Sonny Harvey
Contractor: Gunther’s Masonry, Lethbridge, AB

18. Arizona Mason: David Puga Arce
Mason tender: Filiberto Granados
Contractor: G&G Enterprises, Glendale, AZ

19. Utah Mason: Kim Pierce
Mason tender: Adam Pierce
Contractor: Kim Pierce Masonry, Spanish Fork, UT

20. Oklahoma Mason: Darian Douthit
Mason tender: Fernando (Andy) Zepeda
Contractor: Providence Masonry, Fairland, OK

The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Event relies on the support of its outstanding sponsors who support the event’s mission to promote the skill sets of quality masons and masonry construction.

Platinum Level Sponsors:


Ford Trucks

Masonry Construction Online

Hydro Mobile



Belden Brick

Gold Level Sponsors:

Prism Pigments

Marshalltown Company


Mason Contractors Association of America

Crick Tools

i.Q. Power Tools

Beta Max Hoists

National Concrete Masonry Association

Contributor Level Sponsors

GATORBACK Mortarboards


US Fabrics


Xtreme Manufacturing

AZ Best Block

Safway Scaffold

Ames/True Temper/Razorback/Jackson Tools

Mortar Net

Easy Spred

For more details about the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 masonry competition go to www.specmixbricklayer500.com.  

For further information view the 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National special edition.

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