RSS
TwitterFacebookGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn

March 2008: For the Record

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

March 2008

For the Record

Working the Show Circuit

jejennifer morrellJennifer Morrell, Editor
jmorrell@lionhrtpub.com

Most every industry I’ve worked in as an editor has had its perks. The newspaper industry meant that I could know and work with lots of local people and organizations. The sporting goods industry equaled free sneakers and outerwear, sent to me by manufacturers to “test.” In healthcare, I had all the sanitary gloves, vitamins and alcohol swabs a girl could want. Real estate allowed me to know the cities of Chicago and Miami like the back of my hand.

So what has working in the masonry industry meant to me so far? Why, standing atop a mound of rock, operating a Bosch jackhammer at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, of course. I have to admit, once Rob Foster and the nice guys at Bosch’s outdoor booth convinced me to climb up onto their display and use this piece of equipment, it was empowering. There have been times since when I wished I had that jackhammer, like when I am cut off by another driver in Atlanta traffic. I could do some serious damage, and have fun doing it.

Bosch jackhammer at the World of Concrete in Las VegasAt our Lionheart Publishing offices, we plan a list of trade shows, events and meetings we’ll be attending on behalf of Masonry magazine each year. The travel itself can be both good and bad. Work-related travel means working ahead and playing catch-up to assure our magazines go to press on time. It constitutes a brush with airport and airplane germs. And, it means time away from my 18-month-old daughter, Macy.

But traveling from city to city a few times a year to see what’s new out there, put faces with voices, and make new friends in the industry is incredibly rewarding to my coworkers and me. We love mixing it up with vendors as well as having our booth at different trade shows to spotlight our construction publications (Masonry, Masonry Design, and Building Stone).

On the heels of World of Concrete/World of Masonry, we attended the International Builders Show in Orlando. There, we had productive meetings and enjoyable conversations with many in our growing industry. When this issue publishes, we’ll be at Hardscape North America, and then it’s on to ConExpo in March, Brick Show 2008 in April, and so on and so forth. I hope that, during our jet setting, I get to bump into you. Please email me — jmorrell@lionhrtpub.com — if you’ll be attending an industry-related show or event. Maybe we can grab a cup of coffee (or a cold beer) and talk shop.

 

 

 

Related Posts

  • 48
    September 2012 Business Management What It Takes Interview by Jennifer Morrell The best way to learn what it takes to keep a masonry construction business in the black is to go straight to the sources. Masonry consulted three of our industry’s best, each with a unique perspective on successfully managing…
    Tags: masonry, industry, work
  • 39
    March 2011 Industry Report Creating the Future By Sarah B. Atkins Both residential and commercial construction activity have reached record or near-record lows. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, we have just lived through the lowest level of new housing starts since they began tracking this data in 1959. The…
    Tags: masonry, industry
  • 36
    August 2015 As a skilled labor shortage in the masonry industry continues to frustrate, we are reminded in this article of why the masonry trade is such a viable option for young people today. Masonry is an indispensable trade. Without working masons to construct important new buildings and perform needed…
    Tags: masonry, trade
  • 36
    Finding (Thinking) a Way to Let the Good Times Roll By Damian Lang It doesn’t matter if you are winning playing cards, making a three-pointer in basketball, bidding work and getting it, or running a profitable business: When things are going good, it seems you can’t lose. When things are…
    Tags: work, masonry, times
  • 34
    March 2014 A Successful MCAA Annual Meeting and Convention Exiting MCAA Chairman John Smith Jr. hands over the gavel to incoming Chairman Mark Kemp. The MCAA South of 40 fundraising event benefiting The Masonry Foundation was held at Bahama Breeze and drew a crowd of 125. Shown are Paul Odom,…
    Tags: masonry, year, industry

MASONRY MAGAZINE VIDEO NEWS

Zachary Zuldema 1st Place (2nd Year) Winner Interview at the World of Concrete

Zachary Zuldema 1st Place (2nd Year) Winner Interview at the World of Concrete

Bill Dentinger 2015 Inductee MCAA Hall of Fame

Bill Dentinger 2015 Inductee MCAA Hall of Fame

John Smith, Jr.

John Smith, Jr. receives the 2015 MCAA C. DeWitt Brown Leadman Award

2015 MCAA Fastest Trowel On The Block Winner

2015 MCAA Fastest Trowel On The Block Winner

Daniel Furr 1st Place Winner

Daniel Furr 1st Place Winner (First Year), Masonry Skills Challenge

Synpro Products

Masonry Magazine Video News Interview: Michael Goyne

Hydro Mobile Inc

Interview with Kevin O'Shea of Hydro Mobile, Inc.

Interview with Mark Kemp – Chairman, MCAA

Interview with Masonry Contractors Association of America Chairman, Mark Kemp

Mortar Net Solutions

Interview with Steve Fechino from Mortar Net Solutions

Pullman Ermator

Interview with Lyndon Kelsey of Pullman Ermator

Keene Building Products

Interview with Jim O'Neill of Keene Building Products