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Chee Repeats as Fastest Trowel Champion

Kris Chee is the 2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block Champion

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Kris Chee, 2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block winner, with his tenders, Enrique Esparza and Gilberto Palacio.

Kris Chee, 2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block winner, with his tenders, Enrique Esparza and Gilberto Palacio.
Masons and their tenders were highlighted at the 2011 MCAA Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry on January 20, 2011. The annual Fastest Trowel on the Block competition presented by QUIKRETE drew a big audience to catch the action and see who would win the $6,000 grand prize.

The Fastest Trowel on the Block showcases the skill of masons and how important teamwork is in accomplishing a final product. The competition pitted the masons from across the United States and Canada against one another in a show of both speed and craftsmanship. Each contestant's goal was to complete as much of an 18-block-long wall as possible. With the 20-minute time limit that was placed on the contestants, they had to make split-second decisions based on the judging criteria.

Each mason worked quickly to build a quality wall while the crowd cheered them on through the twenty minute competition. After the judges completed their scoring, the results were announced.

The top-placing contestants in this year’s competition were:

2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block, First Place - Kris Chee
2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block, First Place - Kris Chee

First Place

Kris Chee
Sutter Masonry, Inc.
El Mirage, Ariz.
Tenders: Enrique Esparza, Gilberto Palacios Aguero

Kris Chee has worked in the masonry industry for over ten years. He placed 3rd in the 2009 Fastest Trowel on the Block and won the 2010 and 2011 competitions.

2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block, Second Place - Keith White
2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block, Second Place - Keith White

Second Place

Keith White
Frazier Masonry
North Highlands, Calif.
Tenders: Frankie White, Charlie Weger

Over twenty-five years ago Keith helped a neighbor build houses in Phoenix, Ariz. and has been in the masonry industry ever since. He placed 4th in the 2009 and 2010 Fastest Trowel on the Block competitions.

2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block, Third Place - Ray Robinson
2011 Fastest Trowel on the Block, Third Place - Ray Robinson

Third Place

Ray Robinson
J.A.M. Construction, Inc.
Gainesville, Fla.
Tenders: Lynette Darby, James Allen

Ray Robinson has worked in the masonry industry for more than 25 years. He was the 2007 Fastest Trowel on the Block competition champion and placed second in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 competitions.

Winners were presented with trophies, plus first place took home $6,000 and a plaque from Marshalltown, second place received $2,500, and $1,500 was awarded to third place. All contestants received a Marshalltown tool bag and tools, a Grout Grunt, and additional prizes.

The Mason Contractors Association of America would like to thank the judges from across the country for donating their time and expertise:
  • Mike Sutter (Head Judge), Sutter Masonry; El Mirage, Ariz.
  • Don Borchert, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College; Fennimore, Wis.
  • Dave Endres, Superlite Block; Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Brett Hales, IMS Masonry, Inc.; Lindon, Utah
  • Curtis Hoover, Center of Applied Technology; Severn, Md.
  • Bud Johnson, Fort Scott Community College; Fort Scott, Kan.
  • Eugene Johnson, Lake Marion High School; Santee, S.C.
  • Paul Odom, P and S Masonry; Hamilton, Texas
  • Paul Tomek, Tomek Masonry & Concrete, Inc.; Hunlock Creek, Pa.
  • Don Walker, District Council Training Center; Addison, Ill.
And a special thank you to the sponsors and service/material donors for their contributions including:
  • QUIKRETE
  • SPEC MIX, Inc.
  • Angelus Block Co.
  • EZ Grout Corporation
  • Gatorback
  • Grout Grunt
  • Marshalltown
The Fastest Trowel on the Block presented by QUIKRETE is hosted annually by the MCAA during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas. The competition is a showcase of industry craftsmanship and a testament of both the speed and skill of our industry’s workforce. For more information about the competition, please visit www.fastesttrowel.com.


About the Author

Tim O’Toole is the Director of Marketing, Education, and Information Technology for the MCAA. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and has worked in the masonry industry since 2003.

 

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