Category: Columns

New Year, New (Assistant) Editor

New Year, New (Assistant) Editor Bronzella Cleveland, Assistant Editor – bcleveland@masonrymagazine.com Happy New Year everyone! For those who are reading this and don’t know who I am, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Bronzella Cleveland, the Assistant Editor of MASONRY. Dan has mentioned me a few times last year, and here I am writing my very first Assistant Editor’s Note. I’m so excited to see what this year is going to bring. Dan and I have been working hard to come up with new and fresh ideas to for the magazine. But first, let me tell you a little more about myself. I’m a proud alumna of Northern Illinois University. I graduated in the spring of 2015 with degrees in Journalism and Organizational Corporate Communication. I’ve always been interested in the masonry industry. My grandfather was a mason and built all of his sisters’ respective homes, so when the MCAA offered me the opportunity to learn more about and work to promote the industry, I didn’t hesitate to take it. As Dan has mentioned, we worked together previously and I knew our dynamic would be the perfect combination for the goals of this historic publication. I started working on MASONRY last April, and have already learned so much! Everyone I’ve talked with thus far has been so passionate, helpful and friendly. Like Dan, it has strengthened my belief in...

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Business Building: You Are What You Want!

People go into the construction business to make money, get rich, build wealth, and enjoy the perfect life they want. Those that follow basic business building rules for success succeed. And the rest struggle to get ahead, make ends meet their entire business life, and never achieve the level of success they deserve or should attain. First it must be clear, to be a successful business owner, you must make lots of money, have growing investments that cash-flow every month, and the ability to buy and invest in business opportunities and improvements without worrying about finding the money to do what you want to do. When your business makes significant profits year after year, you’ll have enough money to hire the best people, acquire great customers, set your company apart, stop selling low price, invest in the latest technology and equipment, and afford a management team to run your company. All of this will allow the owner to enjoy the benefits of business ownership, take plenty of time off, give back to the community, church, or family; and focus on priorities that will multiply his or her revenue, grow his assets, and increase his effectiveness Success is becoming what you want to be! Wealthy business owners want their companies and personal empire to continually grow and expand. They are never content with maintaining a level of comfort or status...

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Protecting Your Business

Contracts: Worth the Time! Words: John Swindal The Swindal Group (www.swindalgroup.com) is a full-service construction consulting company providing specialty contractors with practical advice on contract formation, contract review, contract revision, contract negotiation, litigation strategy, document review, general business planning, strategic planning, and contract management strategies. John B. Swindal (jbswindal@swindalgroup.com) is the Managing Director of the Swindal Group. Contracts are a part of the construction business. Large contracts and small contracts. Good contracts and bad contracts. In a perfect and bygone world (confluence of trusted client, cash richand timely-paying owner, unlimited manpower and no cash flow issues) a negotiated contract was not an issue, because a handshake guaranteed fair treatment. In today’s industry, it is vitally important for a mason contractor to review all contracts prior to signing— whether the contract is large, small, good or bad.   We always suggest a thorough review of any contract internally and by a properly licensed attorney, as applicable. There are no perfect contracts. Every contract (unless the mason contractor is the author and the contractor or subcontractor does not revise) needs revision in order to create, effectuate or properly preserve rights of a subcontractor. Once a mason contractor understands the contract, a series of business decisions must be made weighing risk against client, client relationship, project, owner, backlog, manpower availability and cashflow projections (to name a few). Ideally, the masonry contractor submits a...

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MCAA Gateway: January 2018

BMJ Stone Joins MCAA Strategic Partner Program The MCAA and our members welcome the newest Strategic Partner The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) is proud to welcome BMJ Stone as its newest Strategic Partner. BMJ Stone has been providing service as a quarrier, fabricator and installer of natural stone for building and landscaping for over 25 years. The company is committed to working with architects, designers, landscapers and masons to provide the highest quality, hand selected natural stone products. BMJ Stone has the product, knowledge and service to make any dream a reality. For more information visit www.bmjstone.com. The MCAA Strategic Partner Program allows suppliers to reach out to contractors through a large variety of methods including promotion throughout MCAA publications and events. To learn more, visit www.masoncontractors.org/strategicpartner. The MCAA looks forward to working with BMJ Stone. New MCAA Members for January 2018   Allan Spear Construction Gainesville, FL 352-337-0773 www.allanspearco.com Contractor Member   Archway System, Inc. Capitol Heights, MD 800-660-2542 www.archwaysysteminc.com Chapter Associate Member   Arizona Stone & Architectural Products LLC Mesa, AZ 480-641-1042 www.arizonastone.com Chapter Associate Member   Benchmark Masonry, Inc. Lewistown, MT 406-366-6257 www.BenchmarkMasonryInc.com Contractor Member   Bon Tool Company Gibsonia, PA 724-443-7080 www.bontool.com National Associate Member   Carolina Masonry and Concrete Indian Trail, NC www.charlottemasonry.com Contractor Member   Deerpath Construction Corp. Union, NJ 908-964-0408 www.deerpath.com Contractor Member   Del’s Masonry Longmont, CO 303-443-3201 www.delsmasonry.com...

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