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From the Editor

Since I have been the Editor of Masonry, I've learned a lot, not only about the masonry industry itself, but also about what it takes to succeed in this world. I've made my fair share of mistakes along the way, but you don't learn anything unless you encounter a few bumps in the road.

While I don't have a background in masonry, I've been told that I make up for it with a will to learn, the eagerness to listen, the ability to utilize constructive criticism and, above all, the passion that I put into my work. Someone said to me recently, "I enjoyed working with you on this project because you were passionate about doing it."

That got me thinking. I can certainly recall many people that I've come across over the years who take the cake when it comes to passion for masonry and bringing that drive to a project. Just as David Gillick, Executive Director of Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, said to me recently, "People in the masonry industry are some of the proudest people you'll ever meet." I couldn't agree more.

I recently spoke with Mackie Bounds, Owner of Brazos Masonry and MCAA Treasurer, for an upcoming article. For those who aren't familiar with him, Bounds lives, breathes, walks and talks masonry, with a Texas accent to boot. His passion for the industry creates such a positive energy — energizing everyone around him with his "can do" attitude — you can't help but want to do more.

People in this industry bring out their passion in all different forms. Michael Adelizzi, Executive Director of the Mason Contractors Association of America, is passionate with not only his words but his actions, making sure that everyone knows that masonry is the greatest building system around. Lynn Nash, Executive Director of the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association, puts a holy roller preacher touch on his passion for masonry that will make you say "Amen" when he's done. Or Mario Canton, Owner of Invisible Tuckpointing, who calls me about once a month just to discuss the industry as a whole and things that he's seen and learned since the last time we spoke. The list goes on and on.

While working on a brick and block article last year, I got the opportunity to speak with John Guy, Owner of Verot Oaks Building Block. Literally, every person he speaks with is immediately asked, "Do you own a masonry home?" If not, you better be prepared to hear every reason why you are missing out. Also, any excuse you might come up with of why you don't own a masonry home will be quickly rendered inconsequential with a logical and well-put counter-punch.

I'm going to put a little twist on John Guy's question and ask the readers of this magazine, "Are you passionate about masonry?" If not, give me a call and I will let you know every reason why you, and subsequently those around you, are missing out. I can be reached at 770-431-0867 ext. 225 or by e-mail at jen@lionhrtpub.com.

The section "Masonry Contributions to LEED Credits" in the November issue's article on green building was previously published in The Masonry Society's newsletter "TMS Responds." We apologize for this error and omission.



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