Category: Columns

Leslie Named MCAA Legislative Committee Co-Chair

Melonie Leslie, General Manager of G & G Enterprises (Phoenix), has been appointed to the position of MCAA Legislative Committee Co-Chair. Melonie Leslie was born into the industry but started her masonry career with G & G Enterprises in 2004. Melonie holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University. Prior to that, she graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. She is a member of the MCAA South of 40 Committee and active in both the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and Arizona Masonry Contractors Association. Melonie is a strong...

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: Tripping Over Dollars to Save Pennies!

Tripping Over Dollars to Save Pennies Damian Lang I recently read a story posted by CNN about United Airlines (UA) forcibly removing a paying passenger from a flight in order to make room for a non-paying crewmember. To top it off, every passenger had to disembark the flight while a hazmat crew boarded it to remove blood from the aircraft left by the forcibly removed passenger. Classy, right? The flight ended up hours late, while video of the incident went viral. Unsurprisingly, UA stock proceeded to drop by one billion dollars. ONE BILLION DOLLARS. To get a crew member home in lieu of a paying customer. Another article stated that it cost the airline a cool $250 million in operational losses in one day due to the incident. That’s insane! Apparently, UA had offered $800 in compensation to any passenger willing bump to another flight. After not getting any takers (and instead of simply raising the offer), the airline made the decision to remove a preselected group of four passengers – one of which was a doctor who refused to leave due to having to get back home in time to treat his patients. UA “Tripped over dollars to save pennies” This article came at an interesting time for me. In fact, I read it after fielding a few contractor questions like, “When does mitigating expenses cost me more...

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MCAA Gateway: October 2017

Accepting Masonry Hall of Fame Nominations Nominations due by October 1, 2017 Do you know someone who has dedicated their life to the masonry industry? If so, nominate them to be part of the Masonry Hall of Fame. Nominees must have had a major impact on the masonry industry, not necessarily with just the MCAA, and must have been or be in the industry for a minimum of 25 years. Nominees can be, but are not limited to contractors, employees, instructors, architects, engineers, and association staff. Nominations are open to anyone in the masonry industry. Submissions must state the significant accomplishments of the individual nominee. Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM CDT. Nominees accepted into the Hall of Fame will be inducted during the MCAA Convention. Visit www.masoncontractors.org/hall-of-fame to submit your nomination.   Upcoming MCAA Webinars for August 2017   The MCAA Webinar Series features live and on demand webinars on topics such as job site safety new construction technology increasing profits and more. Visit www.masoncontractors.org/live to view a full schedule of upcoming programs and to register. ——————– How to Develop and Implement an Effective Quality Control Program Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: J. Construction Company ——————– The Relationship Edge in Business Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM CDT ——————– New Support for Masonry Modeling in Revit Friday,...

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Business Building Blocks That Work!

Q: What systems, programs and incentives does your company use to encourage everyone to pull in the same direction? Have you ever thought you were the only person in your company who gives a darn about bottom-line results, pleasing your customers, doing a great job, making enough money to stay in business, and making a fair profit? For the first few years he was in business, Damian Lang, owner of Lang Masonry Contractors, Inc., thought those exact thoughts. Then he realized to succeed and grow, he would have to change that thinking by installing systems that would insure his employees cared enough about his business as he did. Damian founded his company by laying brick and block throughout Central Ohio with a few local friends as employees. Over the next decade he grew his company into one of the largest masonry contractors in the central United States. In 1998, he also founded EZ Grout Corporation which manufactures premiere masonry equipment for contractors. His company grew to well over $20 million is sales through the boom years and now continues to manage and maintain a steady flow of business with the best general contractors building the most prestigious and largest masonry projects throughout Ohio and beyond. I spent several days business coaching and working with Damian Lang at his company headquarters in Watertown, Ohio. I observed his systems, operations, people,...

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Another Exciting Midyear Meeting

  Michael Sutter, MCAA Chairman While it may seem a while ago for you, it is very recent for me. You see I am writing this article just a couple weeks after our MCAA Midyear meetings in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I think we had very productive meetings and set the direction of the MCAA for the next year. The committee meetings were very successful in setting their goals under the leadership of Paul Odom, our Vice-Chairman. The speed dating sessions with our industry partners were as informative as always. I heard from suppliers that they were very pleased with...

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