A Fresh Start
By Mike Sutter
What a great time to be in the Masonry Industry! After going through some tough times a few years ago, it now seems that almost everything is the complete opposite of those times. Many of us are seeing both our revenues and margins improving and hiring as many people as we can get our hands on. We are able to return to training our apprentices and laborers and back to recruiting workers in our high schools. Wages are increasing again and bricklayer hours are much improved. We have a new Administration in office and we are all hoping that will be good for business and continue the growth we are now experiencing. We also have some new young faces in the MCAA that assures us that the excitement of being in our industry will continue. Young energetic people like our South 40 Co-Chairs Brandon Hartsell and Imani Brodie Surratt are exactly what every association hopes for while us old timers move on.
Speaking of exciting times, what do you think of our new magazine? Beside a new look, a new feel and a new name (now just simply Masonry) it is so much more than a print magazine. While we all like to have a physical copy in our office to pick up and read, so much more is now being accomplished electronically. If you haven’t yet, please read the note by our new editor, Dan Kamys that can explain Masonry and what we are going to be doing with it. Please take a moment to read about our vision. We want all the key people in your company to receive Masonry, so just log into our website at www.masonrymagazine.com/subscribe and add them on through the ‘subscribe’ button. In addition to your management team, be sure to include your apprentices as they love to hear what is happening in our association and our industry. If you like what you see in our new magazine please let us know. Likewise if you see areas we could improve on we want to know that as well.
I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and is looking forward to a great New Year. With all of the hustle and bustle that goes along with the holidays behind us, we can get back to business. The first thing on the list is to join us at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry beginning on January 14th in Las Vegas. I have written about the events at our MCAA convention in the past couple of articles but this is your last chance to register. The highlight of the week is MASONRY MADNESS® on Wednesday when the MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block and the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 are held. Just log onto our website and you can register for all the events right there. Be sure to attend the Closing Dinner, where we will honor a few deserving people that have dedicated their lives to our industry in the Masonry Hall of Fame. I love seeing them and their families at the event to accept their awards and we see how proud they are.
This convention will be the halfway point of my chairmanship, and I can’t believe how fast this first year passed by. I was able to do quite a bit of traveling across the country to go to local chapter events and events of our Industry partners. My wife, Colleen along with MCAA Vice-Chairman Paul Odom and his wife Suzie have traveled together to most events we have been invited to. We love making new friends with members in their local areas and renewing friendships with those we were able to meet previously. Please invite us to attend your events and we will do everything we can to be there to let you know what your MCAA is doing for you and listen to your ideas on what we can do more of to help you and your business. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Vegas in a couple of weeks!
Chairman’s Message Archive
January 2017A Fresh Start
December 2016Making Our Industry Stronger
November 2016MCAA Midyear Meeting Does Not Disappoint
October 2016Have You Made Your Pledge to the Foundation?
September 2016MCAA to Publish Masonry Magazine
Who Moved My Cheese?
August 2016Get Ready for MCAA’s Midyear Meeting
July 2016Making a Difference
June 2016Southern Hospitality
May 2016The 2016 MCAA Legislative Conference
April 2016MCAA: Looking out for your interests
March 2016Let’s share our passion!
February 2016Thanks for letting me give back
January 2016A week of masonry you can’t miss
December 2015Giving back
November 2015A successful Midyear Meeting in the Florida Keys
October 2015Seeing the future before our eyes
September 2015Join us for the Midyear Meeting
August 2015The MCAA Midyear Meeting is approaching
July 2015Spread the Word: Masonry Doesn’t Burn
June 2015Busy on ‘The Hill’ for you
May 2015Progress in the making
April 2015A voice in Washington
March 2015Another successful Convention in Vegas
February 2015An exciting year ahead
January 2015MCAA Convention is approaching
December 2014Defining success
November 2014Coming together for our industry
October 2014Striving to reach perfection and continually improving
September 2014Hitting the road and making a difference
August 2014Staying busy for you
July 2014MCAA Midyear Meeting approaching
June 2014MCAA staying busy and making progress
May 2014Be a voice in your industry
April 2014The MCAA is on the move
March 2014It’s all about helping each other
February 2014Ready for action
December 2013Happy holidays
November 2013MCAA Midyear update
October 2013Ushering in a busy fall season
September 2013Workforce a familiar friend
August 2013The MCAA in D.C.
July 2013A lot happening
May 2013Why not be a member?
April 2013First South of 40 Conference
March 2013Positive movement
February 2013Headed to Vegas
January 2013New beginning
December 2012It’s finally over
November 2012My trip to the Rockies
October 2012The 2012 election
September 2012Stay involved
July 2012Summer time
June 2012Exciting time
May 2012Working for you
April 2012Join us in D.C. next month
March 2012New beginnings
January 2012One more to go!
December 2011The life of a mason contractor
November 2011Join us in Vegas
September 2011This ole cowboy is excited!
August 2011As the world turns
July 2011Update From the President
June 2011The Strong Spirit of our Industry
May 2011A Bright Future
April 2011Springtime Updates from MCAA
March 2011Tidbits From MCAA
February 2011Time Flies By
January 2011The MCAA Convention: A Priceless Experience
December 2010The End of the Year
October 2010South of 40
September 2010Get Involved on All Levels
August 2010What Are We Doing?
July 2010Have a Great Summer
May 2010MCAA Key Accomplishments 2009-2010
The Government is Working, 24-7
April 2010MCAA is Working for the Mason Contractor
March 2010Moving Forward
February 2010A Fond Farewell
January 2010A New Year
December 2009Start the Year Strong
November 2009The Greening of our Industry
October 2009A Successful Midyear Meeting
September 2009MCAA in D.C.
August 2009Brick Voids
July 2009Vision 20/20 Moving Forward
June 2009Success On The Hill
May 2009Show Your Support Through Membership
March 2009On a Positive Note...
February 2009Vision 2020
State of the Association
January 2009The Silver Lining
December 2008How Is Your Business Doing?
November 2008Fastest Trowel on the Block
October 2008Thoughts on the 2008 Election
September 2008Industry Cooperation for Positive Change
August 2008Networking: Not Just a Buzz Word
July 2008MCAA: A Critical Investment in Your Future
June 2008Impact on the Hill
May 2008An Industry Response to a Customer Request
April 2008Join Us Next Month in D.C.
March 2008Were you at the World of Masonry in January?
February 2008New Horizons
January 2008State of the Association
Thanks for an Enjoyable Term as President
December 2007Wrapping up Another Year
November 2007Greetings From Italy!
October 2007MCAA, World of Masonry Join Forces
September 2007MCAA Looking to Expand Masonry Markets
August 2007Certification: Good Efforts and Bad Rumors
July 2007Positive Changes on the Horizon
June 2007MCAA Appoints New Executive Director
Mason Contractors Step up to Promote Total Masonry Construction
May 2007Certification is Not a Financial Windfall to the MCAA
April 2007Isn’t It Time You Joined With Us?
February 2007Advancing Masonry in a Global Economy
Certification Can Strengthen Our Markets
January 2007A New Battle Rages in Washington
December 2006National Initiatives Will Build a Stronger Industry
November 2006Masonry Showcase 2007: Networking to Build a Better Industry
October 2006Totally Engaged in Washington
September 2006MCAA's Skills Competitions Create Enthusiasm for Training
August 2006Heeding Huckabee's Call for Action
July 2006MCAA Membership Can Pay Real Dividends
June 2006Inaugural Masonry Industry Legislative Conference Presented a United Masonry Industry
May 2006This Years Convention Exhibited A New Excitement
April 2006I Can't Wait To Get Started!
March 2006Coming Together to Advance the Industry
Serving the Industry Has Been a Rewarding Experience
February 2006Coming Together to Expand Our Opportunities
January 2006Strategic Planning Creates Successful Future
November 2005It's Time You Joined the MCAA
October 2005You Have A Choice of Trades Shows Next Year in Las Vegas, But Only One Supports The Industry and Your Future
September 2005Volunteerism Advances America and Our Industry
August 2005Legislative Conference Puts Face of Industry in Front of Elected Officials
July 2005MCAA National Insurance Program Has Something to Offer Everyone
June 20052005 Masonry Showcase in Chicago Promotes Our Finest
April 2005Advancing the Masonry Industry
"Village" Competition Will Spotlight Our Industry at Construct America
March 2005Strong Reasons to Go to Masonry Showcase
February 2005Contractors Taking the Promotion Initiative
January 2005We Need Your Help!
December 2004Elections 2004: An Interesting Political Year
November 2004The Internet is Opening New Doors for Contractors
October 2004Mason Contractors + Specifiers = Construct America
September 2004Your Influence Can Impact the Election
August 2004Mason Contractors Lead Effort to Develop Volunteer Silica Work Practice
July 2004MCAA is More Active Than Ever on Your Behalf
June 2004Stepping Up to Sell Masonry Systems
April 2004New Challenges Await Us!
The State of the Association
March 2004Seeking Expanded Opportunities for Mason Contractors
February 2004The MCAA: Getting Plugged into Washington
January 2004Contractors Organize to Tackle Promotion
December 2003If You're Not Part of the Team, Now's the Time to Get off the Bench
November 2003The Strength of Unity
September 2003Association Health Plans - Making Insurance Accessible and Affordable
Military Construction: Traditional Masonry or Modern Design