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March 7, 2011 11:45 AM CST

Technical Committee Looking for Volunteers

MCAA looking to expand our reach and influence

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The MCAA Technical Committee is looking to expand our reach and influence on two key industry regulating bodies. We are looking for volunteers to participate.

ASTM is a more passive involvement and MSJC does require attendance at their meetings in order to stay a part of the group. A description of each group is below. Both of these organizations are critical in the development of our future from the technical side. It is critical that we have contractor representation in each area and that we have a strong voice.

Currently the MCAA has staff that sits on both and we have several volunteer members serving, but we need more. We are currently significantly outnumbered by groups that from time to time have differing perspectives than us and we need additional support.

ASTM

The MCAA is looking to go on offense with regard to ASTM. We are looking to begin to drive issues at the ASTM level that are important to contractors and the masonry industry as a whole in lieu of just reacting to what other parties are doing in their own interest. Please submit your ideas / items for MCAA to pursue at ASTM to jeffb@masoncontractors.org no later than April 25, 2011. These will be reviewed by the technical committee and pursued in the near future. We are also always looking for contractors to join ASTM and be an active voter on committees. This does not require travel as most ballots are responded to via e-mail.

MSJC

Similar to our position at ASTM just a few years ago, MCAA is sorely under represented at MSJC. This committee is responsible for the TMS 402 / 602 document that our entire industry is governed by. The committee issues ballots similar to ASTM and meets twice each year. Responses to the ballots and attendance at these meetings are mandatory - you will be removed from the roster if you fail to meet these requirements. While this is a commitment that cannot be lightly made, it is also extremely important to get more contractors on this committee due to the impact on our daily operations.

Please consider serving. If you are interested and need more information contact the MCAA office today at 800-536-2225 and ask to speak with Jeff.


About the Author

Jeff Buczkiewicz is the President and CEO of the Mason Contractors Association of America. Jeff has worked in the masonry industry for several years as the Executive Vice President of the Building Stone Institute and the Director of Marketing and Membership for the Mason Contractors Association of America. Jeff has also served as Secretary on the Board of the Natural Stone Council and is a former Board Member of the StonExpo Federation.

 

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