After two years of determination and hard work, Bill McConnell passed the leadership of the MCAA to the new President, G. Alan Griffin. McConnell has played an instrumental role in expanding the Association and moving the Association into the position of being regarded as a key leader in the masonry industry. Griffin will continue to pursue many of the goals that McConnell and the MCAA staff have set forth for the Association, as well as some new goals of his own (see page 6).
The new elected officers of MCAA are as follows:
G. Alan Griffin, Griffin Contractors, Inc., Morganton, N.C.
Frank Campitelli, Baltimore Masonry, Inc., Eldersburg, Md.
Tom Daniel, GBC Concrete & Masonry, Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Mackie Bounds, Brazos Masonry, Inc., Waco, Texas
(l to r) Rob Greer, Bill McConnell, and John Spencer
Retiring Regional Vice Presidents
Also after years of loyal service, three Regional Vice Presidents have retired. Rob Greer (Region A), John Spencer (Region E) and Robert Barkshire (Region I) were honored at the Annual Meeting for their dedication and assistance to the masonry industry.
The new Regional Vice Presidents are now Ron Clough, John Smith, Jr., and Tim Spilker, respectively.
Bill McConnell, at left, presents Dick Lauber the C. DeWitt Brown Award.
C. DeWitt Brown Lead Man Award
Every year, one distinguished member of MCAA is applauded for his or her commitment and long-time service to the Association and the industry. This year, the C. DeWitt Brown Lead Man Award was presented to MCA-Chicago President and Owner of J&E Duff, Inc., Dick Lauber.
Masonry Systems Promotion Campaign
The MCAA Annual Member Meeting was the perfect place to introduce the new masonry promotional initiative. See the "MasonrySystems.org" sidebar for more details on this exciting new push to make masonry the building system of choice.
Over sixty vendors exhibited their masonry products for the attendees. From small hand tools to large equipment, the 2004 MCAA Masonry Showcase offered something for everyone.
Some of the new items exhibited during the Masonry Showcase and other shows held this Spring can be found in our special "New Equipment Round-up" (see pages 24-27).
MCAA has partnered with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), and next year the Masonry Showcase will co-locate with CSI's Construct America in Chicago. This joining of forces will create a show that covers virtually the entire construction lifecycle. It will also bring together over 600 exhibitors, giving attendees even more of the latest products and services available to them.
International Masonry Skills Challenge
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