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Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
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November 2018

2018 MCAA Midyear Meeting Recap

Chairman’s Message


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It’s been a week and a half now since we had the MCAA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas and I’m still thinking about the fun times we had and processing all the information I got from the meetings.

Would you believe it... Susie and I (plus Jeff), are in New Hampshire scoping out the resort and area we will be having next year’s Midyear Meeting.

As promised in last month’s message, I’m going to give you the “highlight reel” of the events during the Midyear Meeting:

Monday

It started early with the bus leaving the hotel at 5:45 AM for a 7:00 AM tee off. I got a little flack for that start time beforehand and jokes that we were going to have to use glow-in-the-dark balls. I’ll admit it was early and we will be revising that part of the schedule for next year’s outing. On another note, we all found it hilarious that the winning team from the 2017 tournament also received the award for the last place team this year.

Directly after the tournament, we headed back to the hotel for lunch and a presentation on how we can partner with NRMCA and hopefully NCMA in a program called “Build with Strength.” As a side note, we were excited to see a few days ago that the Senate has passed the checkoff program and the President has signed off as well. I will be talking more about that, along with The Masonry Foundation work, next month. This presentation was followed by the presentations by each of the Committee Chairs. What great work they’re doing! I thank each and every one of you.

After our meetings were complete, we hurried to get ready for a BBQ dinner at Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ downtown. Afterall, what is a trip to Texas without BBQ. We finished the night with rolling laughter at Esther’s Follies. In true “Keep Austin Weird” fashion, this show did not disappoint, and I still am getting a kick out of some of the acts.

MCAA’s Speed Dating with SPEC MIX
MCAA’s Speed Dating with SPEC MIX

Tuesday

We got the morning started with breakfast and getting into our “teams” for speed dating with our valued vendors and partners. We got the opportunity to see a few new things coming out, get updates on changes to existing products, give feedback to the manufacturers, and even enjoy some excellent cocktails. I’m not sure whether SPEC MIX or EZG makes a better Bloody Mary. All joking aside, I really get a lot out of this since I’m able to visit with my fellow contractor friends to see how they are using certain tools or doing certain applications.

It never fails that I’ll come away with at least 1 or 2 tips on how to be more productive. The rest of the day we had free - so some of us went shopping, a few others played golf, and then there were the overachievers who did some work to try to keep from being too far behind.

Wednesday

After breakfast, we went straight into our annual meeting to give everyone an update on the status of the MCAA and quick highlights from the committees again for those who couldn’t attend the committee meeting on Monday. From there, we started our roundtable discussions. We changed the format after some of the feedback we received last year. It was open to the entire room so we were able to get everyone’s thoughts and ideas on how to do things. Our topics this year were excellent and the conversation was fantastic. We had another afternoon of free time before dinner. The closing dinner was there at the beautiful Archer hotel. Following dinner, we enjoyed a desert reception, complete with guitarist and firepit on the balcony. The weather cooperated with us and it was a great finale to a wonderful Midyear Meeting.

Closing Dinner
Closing Dinner

As I’ve said before, I truly love the Midyear Meetings as a time for us to bond and learn together as an industry, while enjoying a great location... and if you’re like me, bringing my lovely wife along to enjoy it with me. Susie and I both appreciate you all for coming down here to our home state of Texas and we had a blast hanging out with y’all. From what I’ve seen over the last few days, here in New Hampshire, it’s going to be another great event and we hope to see you there.

But, before then, we hope to see you all in Las Vegas for the World of Masonry. In the next few months, you’ll start reading about this as well.

Until next month...


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Worthwhile Work

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A New Beginning

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Givers Gain

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Things to Remember

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Looking Forward

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A Fresh Start

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Who Moved My Cheese?

September 2016
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Giving back

December 2015
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An exciting year ahead

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Defining success

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Staying busy for you

August 2014
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Ready for action

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Thanks

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Happy holidays

December 2013
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MCAA Midyear update

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MCAA Midyear update

The MCAA in D.C.

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A Lot Happening

July 2013
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Eye opening

June 2013
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Positive movement

March 2013
Positive movement

Headed to Vegas

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Headed to Vegas

New beginning

January 2013
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It’s finally over

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It’s finally over

My trip to the Rockies

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My trip to the Rockies

The 2012 election

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The 2012 election

Stay involved

September 2012
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Networking

August 2012
Networking

Summer time

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Exciting time

June 2012
Exciting time

Working for you

May 2012
Working for you

New beginnings

March 2012
New beginnings

Farewell!

February 2012
Farewell!

One more to go!

January 2012
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Join us in Vegas

November 2011
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As the world turns

August 2011
As the world turns

A Bright Future

May 2011
A Bright Future

Tidbits From MCAA

March 2011
Tidbits From MCAA

Time Flies By

February 2011
Time Flies By

The End of the Year

December 2010
The End of the Year

Busy Times!

November 2010
Busy Times!

South of 40

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South of 40

What Are We Doing?

August 2010
What Are We Doing?

Moving Forward

March 2010
Moving Forward

A Fond Farewell

February 2010
A Fond Farewell

A New Year

January 2010
A New Year

Start the Year Strong

December 2009
Start the Year Strong

MCAA in D.C.

September 2009
MCAA in D.C.

Brick Voids

August 2009
Brick Voids

Vision 2020

February 2009
Vision 2020

State of the Association

February 2009
State of the Association

The Silver Lining

January 2009
The Silver Lining

Impact on the Hill

June 2008
Impact on the Hill

New Horizons

February 2008
New Horizons

Wrapping up Another Year

December 2007
Wrapping up Another Year

Greetings From Italy!

November 2007
Greetings From Italy!

We Need Your Help!

January 2005
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The Strength of Unity

November 2003
The Strength of Unity

Changing of the Guard

February 2002
Changing of the Guard

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