2011 MCAA Annual Convention Recap
World of Concrete/World of Masonry 2011 returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center in January with 48,554 professional registrants in attendance, and more than 1,200 exhibitors. During World of Concrete/World of Masonry, the MCAA held its annual Convention. Many of the industry’s finest leaders and most enthusiastic masonry professionals were in attendance. Learning, networking and committee meetings took place, along with MCAA’s annual competitions and some fun, new events.
Fastest Trowel on the Block
Masons and their tenders were highlighted during the annual Fastest Trowel on the Block competition, presented by QUIKRETE. The event drew a large audience to catch the action and see who would win the $6,000 grand prize.
The Fastest Trowel on the Block showcases the skill of masons and how important teamwork is in accomplishing a final product. The competition pitted the masons from across the United States and Canada against one another in a show of both speed and craftsmanship. Each contestant’s goal was to complete as much of an 18-block-long wall as possible. With the 20-minute time limit that was placed on the contestants, they had to make split-second decisions based on the judging criteria.
2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block, Second Place – Keith White, Frazier Masonry, North Highlands, Calif. Tenders: Frankie White, Charlie Weger
2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block, Third Place – Ray Robinson, J.A.M. Construction Inc., Gainesville, Fla. Tenders: Lynette Darby, James Allen
Each mason worked quickly to build a quality wall while the crowd cheered them on through the 20-minute competition. After the judges completed their scoring, the results were announced.
Winners were presented with trophies, plus first place took home $6,000 and a plaque from Marshalltown, second place received $2,500, and $1,500 was awarded to third place. All contestants received a Marshalltown tool bag and tools, a Grout Grunt, and additional prizes. For more information about the Fastest Trowel competition, please visit www.fastesttrowel.com.
South of 40 Committee
The mission of the South of 40, chaired by Lindsey Stringer, is to provide members the opportunity to learn, to become more involved, and introduce a youthful voice into the masonry industry by educating the leaders of tomorrow with the objective of increasing the masonry market share and ensuring the industry is solid.
South of 40 will sponsor a MCAA Webinar Series, and a schedule of Live webinars can be found at www.masoncontractors.org/southof40. A fundraising event at Hofbräuhaus raised money in support of the MCAA Foundation, which was created to build a stronger and more successful future for mason contractors. MCAA Foundation is a 5013c organization and all sponsorships are tax deductible.
The Membership Committee meeting was led by chair Don McCauley. Renewals, new members, committee growth and participation, a monthly Member Postcard Program, and the Group Challenge/New Member Contest of 2010 were discussed.
The MasonrySystems.org Committee meeting was led by chair Brian J. Grant. Topics discussed were defining direction from the MCAA Board, the goals of the committee, committee ground work, a LEED task group, an advertising and self-funding task group, and the promotion task group. The MasonrySystems.org website will continue to grow and develop in 2011.
Marketing Committee chair Damian Lang led the meeting, during which several topics were covered. Those topics included Vision 2020 and the MCAA’s continued close work with the National Concrete Masonry Association on this effort, the rebuilding of Haiti and work with the Dominican Republic, Phase II of the MilCon presentation, green building, task groups, the MCAA website and its continued growth, and the year ahead.
Mike Falencki of The Keelen Group gave a presentation to update MCAA members regarding several pieces of legislation. Updates were given on such issues as MilCon, Estate Tax, 3% Withholding Tax, Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), Immigration Reform, and Regulation/Agency Rulemaking. For more information on the progress being made by MCAA’s lobbyists in Washington, D.C., see “Government Affairs” on p. 10 of this issue.
| 2011 MCAA TEAM Award Winners
Winners of the 2011 MCAA TEAM Awards were announced during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas in January. The Tribute to Exemplary Achievements in Masonry (TEAM) Awards were created to recognize quality masonry projects and members of construction teams for outstanding accomplishments in masonry design and construction. The committee is chaired by Elizabeth Beber. Visit www.masoncontractors.org/team for more information.
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| MCAA Vision Award Winners
The first-ever Vision Awards were bestowed during the 2011 MCAA TEAM Awards at the MCAA Convention in Las Vegas in January. The Vision Awards celebrate school districts, universities, communities and architects who have demonstrated outstanding use of masonry in their projects and incorporated masonry into their campuses, communities and buildings. The Vision Awards Committee is chaired by Elizabeth Beber. Visit www.masoncontractors.org/team for more information.
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|2011 Masonry Skills Challenge|
The twelfth annual Masonry Skills Challenge was held during the 2011 MCAA Convention in Las Vegas and showcased the best apprentices our industry has to offer. The Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition of masonry apprentices in first-, second- and third-year skill levels. Each contestant was presented with a project drawing appropriate to his skill level just moments before the competition began, and had three hours to construct the project based on the materials provided.
All winners received trophies, cash prizes, Grout Grunts and Marshalltown tool bags and tools. First place winners also received engraved trowels from Marshalltown and concrete calculators from Calculated Industries.
First Year Apprentices
Second Place – Miguel Pina
Third Place – Romeo Sarmiento
Second Year Apprentices
Second Place – Galdino Lucio
Third Place – Darren Tolbolt
Third Year Apprentices
Second Place – Andrew Fernandez
Third Place – Eric Cambron