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John Heslip
John Heslip
December 9, 2020 8:00 AM CST

In Memoriam: John A. Heslip


It is with deep condolences that we announce that John A. Heslip, past President of the National Concrete Masonry Association, passed away on November 22, 2020, surrounded by his family in Chapel Hill, NC.

Mr. Heslip will be remembered for his unwavering passion in promoting the benefits of masonry to any architect that would listen. He was NCMA’s President from 1985-1995. In that time, he spearheaded efforts to improve marketing in the industry; strengthened ties on Capitol Hill; improved communication of the industry’s fire safety message and invested in important research efforts. Mr. Heslip was instrumental in implementing the Certified Consultant of Concrete Masonry (CCCM) program with the Construction Specifications Institute and worked closely with the American Institute of Architects to establish a nationally recognized design awards program.


Mr. Heslip’s career began studying engineering at Michigan State University, and then two years serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He started his own masonry business in 1957 and later worked as a masonry product manager. In 1969 he was hired as the first Executive Director of the Masonry Institute of Michigan. During his tenure, MIM expanded from a Detroit-area operation to all of Michigan. In 1984 he was hired as Executive Vice President of NCMA, and took over as President one year later. He remained with NCMA until his retirement in 1995. 

“John demonstrated throughout his career that it was possible to advance an aggressive agenda needed to proactively compete for market position while developing deep and lasting relationships,” recalls Robert D. Thomas, current president of NCMA. “He was known for his caring ways and an unassailable presence based on integrity and commitment.  He had a penchant for identifying and mentoring young talent, leading by example. And others have often remarked how welcome he made people felt." 

The entire NCMA family sends their deepest condolences to his wife Marlene and the rest of the Heslip family. 

To read more about Mr. Heslip’s life and career, click here

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The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), established in 1918, is the national trade association representing the concrete masonry industry. For more information visit


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