Apprentices highlighted during MASONRY MADNESS
First, second and third year apprentices competed in the 2016 MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge
By Tim O’Toole
The seventeenth annual Masonry Skills Challenge, held February 3, 2016 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas, showed off the best apprentices our industry has to offer.
The Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. The contest is a showcase for skills training in the masonry industry, challenging winning apprentices from regional U.S. and foreign competitions to determine the top masonry apprentice at each level. This exciting competition spotlights our industry’s finest young masons and focuses attention on careers in the masonry industry.
Each contestant was presented with a project drawing appropriate to their skill level just moments before the competition began. Contestants only had three hours to construct the project based on the materials provided. The final projects looked great; the apprentices should be very proud of their three hours of hard work. The judges were impressed with the quality of the apprentices’ construction, and had the tough decision of choosing the winners.
The top-placing contestants for each skill level were:
First Year Apprentices
First PlaceChaz Tomberlin
McGee Brothers Company
Second PlaceAndrew Siefert
JP Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Third PlaceJaris McClurg
Second Year Apprentices
First PlaceHeath Maclean
Second PlaceMack O’Dell
Fort Scott Community College
Third PlaceKen Hernandez
Third Year Apprentices
First PlaceLane Mullis
McGee Brothers Company
Second PlaceNeal Hydeman
D & D Masonry
Kansas City, Mo.
Third PlaceNicholas Bracy
Bracy & Jahr
All winners received trophies, cash prizes, and Marshalltown Company tool bags. First place winners also received engraved trowels from Marshalltown Company and concrete calculators from Calculated Industries. All contestants received a level from competition sponsor Stabila 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:
- Al Herndon, Florida Masonry Apprentice and Educational Foundation; Green Cove Springs, Fla.
- Tony Bishop, Australia Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation; Brendale, QLD, Australia
- Joe Bonifate, Arch Masonry, Inc.; Pittsburgh
- Dan Hiltebeitel, Williamson College of the Trades; Media, Pa.
- Curtis Hoover, Anne Arundel County Public Schools; Severn, Md.
- John Jacob, J. Construction Co. Inc.; Cleves, Ohio
- Eugene Johnson, Lake Marion High School; Santee, S.C.
- Gary Porter, Masonry Advisory Council; Park Ridge, Ill.
- Brian Smith, John J. Smith Masonry Co.; St. Louis
- Dave Zeltwanger, D K & Son, LLC; Francesville, Ind.
- International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
- International Masonry Institute (IMI)
- Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
- AZ Best Block
- The Belden Brick Company
- GATORBACK, Inc.
- SPEC MIX, Inc.
- Calculated Industries, Inc.
- EZ Twig
- Marshalltown Company
MCAA Strategic Partners
- Airplaco Equipment Company
- Dow Building Solutions
- EZ Grout Corporation
- Fraco Products, Ltd.
- iQ Power Tools
- Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
- Mortar Net Solutions
- Non-Stop Scaffolding
- SPEC MIX, Inc.
- Trademen’s Software, Inc.
About the MCAA’S Masonry Skills ChallengeThe Masonry Skills Challenge is hosted annually by the MCAA as part of MASONRY MADNESS™ during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas. This exciting competition highlights our industry’s finest young masons and focuses attention on careers in the masonry industry.
The 2017 MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas.
For more information about the competition, please visit www.masonryskillschallenge.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.