NCMCA Annual Convention
From left to right, NCMCA President Danks Burton, Freddie McMahan and Betty McMahan.
Convention speakers included David Biggs of Ryan-Biggs Associates and Ann S. Wolter, former Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute (RMMI). Biggs, whose visit was sponsored by Adams Products Company, presented "Masonry Aspects of the World Trade Center Disaster," based on his work as a member of the official team of engineers that studied the disaster. Biggs has made his presentations around the country and has donated all his speaking fees to the "New York September 11th Firefighters' Counseling Support Foundation." Wolter discussed the programs of RMMI, including mason contractor certification, a program presently being discussed as a possibility for NCMCA.
Longtime member Freddie McMahan, Owner of McMahan Insurance and Employee Benefits of Lexington, N.C., was presented the Association's prestigious "Eleanor Flowers Upton" award. Named for NCMCA's first Executive Director, the award is presented to recognize "long-term and exemplary service to NCMCA by an Associate member."
In the 31-year history of the Association, the award has been presented a total of only seven times, counting McMahan's recognition as part of NCMCA's annual convention. McMahan has been active in NCMCA since the early eighties and is responsible for the creation of the very successful health and benefits portion of the NCMCA Insurance Program. McMahan is presently working with a talented team of professionals to create a benefits program for MCAA.
Convention sponsors were Cemex, Adams Products Company, EZ Grout/Grout Hog, The Amerisure Companies, McMahan Insurance, The NCMCA Insurance Program, TriSure Corporation, Giant Cement, Gaston Rentals and Kirby Construction Services.
The 2006 NCMCA Convention is April 27-30 at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
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