EZG Manufacturing
Federated Insurance
Fraco USA, Inc.
Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
Husqvarna Construction Products N.A.
Hydro Mobile, Inc.
iQ Power Tools
Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
Mortar Net Solutions
Non-Stop Scaffolding
Southwest Scaffolding
Tradesmen's Software, Inc.
April 26, 2004 8:39 AM CDT

Fifth Annual International Masonry Skills Challenge


The stage was set in Las Vegas at the Masonry Showcase on March 23rd for the fifth annual International Masonry Skills Challenge to be an exciting day of competition and apprentice excellence, and it delivered!

Nineteen contestants in their first, second, and third years of apprenticeship began the contest at 10am, and built their projects from the ground up in three hours. The biggest challenge for these young men was building a project that they had never practiced or prepared for, and building it under the precise criteria of the judges. These men met that challenge, and nine of them prevailed as the winners. MCAA congratulates:

First Year Apprentices
1st place: Rey David Flores
Pioneer Masonry, Glendale, Arizona

2nd place: Antonio Hamilton
Masonry Arts, Pensacola, Florida

3rd place: Troy Holmes
Foti Construction, Cleveland, Ohio

Second Year Apprentices
1st place: John Nero
Frank Brown and Sons, Stow, Ohio

2nd place: Conrado Ramierez
L.F. Jennings, Falls Church, Virginia

3rd place: Chris Pruitt
Masonry Specialist Corporation, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Third Year Apprentices
1st place: Matthew Botts
Masonry Unlimited, Cherryville, North Carolina

2nd place: Jason Rentfrow
Rentfrow Masonry, Miami, Oklahoma

3rd place: Robert McGalliard
JB McGalliard, North Hollywood, California

The help of volunteers and donations from many industry supporters made this Skills Challenge a great success. MCAA sincerely thanks:

Lafarge North America, Marshalltown Trowel, Non-Stop Scaffolding, E-Z Grout Corporation, ACME Brick Company, Quikcrete

Contest Judges
Doug Nichols- Contest Chairman, Merritt Johnson, Lawrence Johnson, Milton Young, Scott Hitchens, Curtis Hoover, Alonza Lewis, Adam Slattery, Eugene Johnson

Materials and Manpower
SPEC MIX, Inc.; Steven Fechino of WASCO, Inc.; ACME Brick Company; Rinker Materials Corporation; Marshalltown Trowel; Kraft Tool Company

About the Author

he Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) is the national trade association representing mason contractors. The MCAA is committed to preserving and promoting the masonry industry by providing continuing education, advocating fair codes and standards, fostering a safe work environment, recruiting future manpower, and marketing the benefits of masonry materials. Visit to learn more.


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