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MCAA secretary Paul Oldham of Ollier Masonry plays bartender during a reception hosted by Mark and Pauline Kemp
MCAA secretary Paul Oldham of Ollier Masonry plays bartender during a reception hosted by Mark and Pauline Kemp
October 5, 2014 8:00 AM CDT

Three acts of kindness

From the editor


Last month, the MCAA held its annual Midyear Meeting, this time in Milwaukee, Wis. – the hometown of MCAA chairman, Mark Kemp. The meeting was well attended, and everyone enjoyed the many fun and educational activities coordinated by the MCAA staff and board members.

MCAA committee and board meetings took place, along with the first-ever rounds of “Speed Dating,” which consisted of short, concise business-to-business meetings between mason contractors and manufacturers/suppliers (you’ll see more coverage on all of this in our November issue). Delicious dinners and even a Brewers game added to the Wisconsin feel. Networking, education and overall fellowship were in abundance, along with brats, cheese and beer.

Of all the takeaways from this meeting, the most important might have come from Mark during the TEAM Awards, held at the Harley Davidson Museum. In a packed room of MCAA members and TEAM Award recipients, we paused for Mark to speak before we enjoyed dinner. Mark, who is one of the most positive people I know, talked about the concept known as “Three Acts of Kindness.” In general, we all should try to do this every day. Small acts, large acts – any acts of kindness matter.

Mark is a great leader for our association and comes from a place of gratitude and positivity, with a pay-it-forward mentality. We’re lucky to have Mark and all of our MCAA staff and board members working to move the masonry industry forward every day.

If you missed this year’s meeting, you should plan to attend next year. But meanwhile, we hope you’re planning to attend the MCAA Annual Convention to be held during World of Concrete/World of Masonry in early-February 2015. It’s a week not to be missed for mason contractors and anyone in our industry.

Originally published in Masonry magazine.

About the Author

Jennifer Morrell was the editor of Masonry magazine. She has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry as a writer and editor, covering such topics as real estate and construction, insurance, health care, relationships and sports. A graduate of The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in magazines and is an award-winning newspaper columnist.


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