2015 MCAA Convention one week away
The industry's premier event
By Tim O’Toole
The MCAA's Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry is only one week away. Register now for the industry's premier event to find the latest news and information regarding the association and the masonry industry, network with other mason contractors and suppliers across the country, and strengthen your operation. Make it a priority to attend and be part of the action!
MCAA "Ask the Expert" BarTuesday, February 3 - Thursday, February 5, 2015
9:30 - 5:00 PM
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall Booth N1613
Visit the MCAA at booth N1613 where we'll be hosting short question and answer sessions with industry experts on a wide array of topics. These experts will answer questions and share knowledge.
Networking RoundtablesTuesday, February 3, 2015
8:00 - 11:00 AM
Las Vegas Convention Center, N212
Networking Roundtable Discussions engage different positions within a masonry company. The groups address and discuss issues of relevance to the duties they perform for the company.
- Maximizing profit
- Reducing overhead costs
- How to get profitable work
- Best safety practices
- Regaining market share
- Improving productivity
- Differentiating your company from the competition
- Keeping up with governement regulations
South of 40 Lunch and LearnTuesday, February 3, 2015
11:00 - 1:00 PM
Las Vegas Convention Center, N209
The MCAA will host the first South of 40 Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas. The South of 40 Lunch and Learn is free for all MCAA members.
FMI has graciously volunteered to present two topics to our group. FMI is a leading provider of management consulting, investment banking and research to the engineering and construction industry. The selected topics are:
How to Read Financial StatementsThis session will provide a one-hour rundown on how to read financial statements, including profit and loss statements.
If You Want World-Class Operations, Focus on the ForemanWhat sets world-class contractors apart from average and struggling contractors? World-class contractors all have incredible talent at the foreman level. That is not to say company leadership, business strategy, project management, etc., are not important, but operations without great foremen always struggle to achieve anything but mediocrity. During this session several of the universal truths that foremen and their companies need to remember will be unveiled.
Lunch is included.
MCAA Committee MeetingsTuesday, February 3, 2015 - 1:30 - 5:00 PM
Las Vegas Convention Center, N212
Each committee will present a brief overview of accomplishments from the past year and goals for the upcoming year. Members of the MCAA are encouraged to attend as many committee meetings as they would like.
South of 40 Event at Señor Frog'sTuesday, February 3, 2015 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Señor Frog's Las Vegas
Señor Frog's Restaurant & Bar at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino is the only place on the Strip dedicated to those looking to be adventurous and experience authentic Mexican hospitality and party atmosphere.
Full of bright colors, sights, sounds, textures and fun, Señor Frog's Las Vegas features humor and outrageousness with original "butt" stools, attractive decorative elements, signs and banners on the walls and ceilings, and crazy antics of the servers creating a cool place to hangout for hours and spend the best of times in an informal way.
Grab a steak taco, a humongous burger, a fajitas platter, or a mixed appetizer along with a yard of beer or signature drinks while watching entertaining videos on the monitors throughout the restaurant and bar. Nightly entertainment at Señor Frog's Las Vegas includes fun contests, shot girls, live music and/or DJs.
Proceeds from this event will benefit The Masonry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and will be distributed to programs that help support masonry education, research, and training.
Purchase tickets for the South of 40 Event at Señor Frog's
MASONRY MADNESS™Don't miss MASONRY MADNESS™ at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas this February! It's a collection of the most exciting masonry competitions in the world and it all takes place on one day, at one location. There's nothing like it on the planet! One event after the other, you'll see the best bricklayers, blocklayers, mason apprentices and tenders battle in four unique masonry contests to prove who is the world's best. You don't want to miss seeing these highly skilled craftsmen compete for the largest value of cash and prizes awarded for any construction industry event held in the world—it's pure MASONRY MADNESS!
Ranked as the top attraction during the World of Concrete/World of Masonry tradeshow, this trowel and mortar party takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center's Gold Lot. Spectators and webcast viewers will witness an amazing display of human skill and endurance as over 75 masonry warriors fight for the champion title in their respective competitions.
The action in the Gold Lot is as real as it gets. Anything can happen in Las Vegas, especially during MASONRY MADNESS™, but it only happens once a year, so don't miss out!
MCAA Annual MeetingThursday, February 5, 2015 - 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Las Vegas Convention Center, N212
The MCAA Board Meeting is structured to allow interaction and participation from members. Members of the MCAA are asked to attend and take an active role in shaping the future of the association and the masonry industry. An update on activity of The Masonry Foundation will be given as well.
Closing DinnerThursday, February 5, 2015 - 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Morton's The Steakhouse
The MCAA Convention closes with a dinner at Morton's The Steakhouse, where we'll induct the newest members of the Masonry Hall of Fame.
Morton's has grown to over 69 restaurants, but the vision is the same today as it was when they opened their first restaurant in Chicago in 1978. Quality. Consistency. Genuine Hospitality.
Since day one, Morton's has used the same suppliers for their aged prime beef and other meat. If it doesn't meet Morton's standards, it doesn't get cut for their steaks. When they say that we offer "The Best Steak... Anywhere," they mean it!
Purchase tickets for the Closing Dinner
Make your plans to join us at the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!
Visit www.masoncontractors.org/convention today for more information and to register.
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.