Amerimix
BMJ Stone
EZG Manufacturing
Federated Insurance
Fraco USA, Inc.
Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
Hydro Mobile, Inc.
iQ Power Tools
Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
Mortar Net Solutions
Non-Stop Scaffolding
Pullman Ermator
SPEC MIX LLC
Stabila
Tradesmen's Software, Inc.
Shown are Mark and Pauline Kemp at the Harley-Davidson Museum
November 2014

Coming together for our industry

Chairman’s Message


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Wow! It was nice to see so many of you at the Midyear Meeting in Milwaukee. My wife and I thank you for coming and, if you get up this way again, don’t be afraid to drop in.

We had some great meetings, starting with the TEAM Awards Dinner held at the Harley-Davidson Museum. There were some great masonry projects, and I am sure the judges had a tough time selecting winners. Before and after the meeting, it was nice to be able to socialize with so many members. Plus we all had time to have a picture taken on some really nice Harleys.

The committee meetings went very well, with lots of great input from just about everyone there. This is why the Midyear Meeting is so important – to get the input from members about the how their association can best serve them. The goals and direction of each committee have been redefined for the next year. A special “thank you” goes out to all the committee chairs, co-chairs and active committee members. Something new for the Certification Committee is the starting of a Certificate Program on key masonry educational topics. You will be able to get certificates on a variety of topics. Look for more to come on this. MCAA also will be putting together a program for certification on the proper way to build Storm Shelters, which will be required in school construction starting in 2015.

Pauline and I truly enjoyed having attendees at our home for the Open House Reception. What made it special was how everyone helped out without being asked. The catering people showed up at the same time as the first bus load of attendees. But everyone pitched in to help. I have said it before, but this is what MCAA is all about, everyone helping everybody.

On the third day, we had our board meeting ratifying some minor changes to The Masonry Foundation, and then went right into the Roundtable Discussions. The discussions are a great opportunity to find out how other contractors handle different situations. Later, we had our closing dinner. The first stop was Barnacle Buds on the river, followed by dinner at The Horney Goat. Congressman Reid Ribble was there to greet us and told us all to contact our representatives about moving the Check-Off Bill forward. Rep. Ribble is a true friend to our Industry.

The next morning, our first-ever Speed Dating event took place. This event connected contractors to vendors, so they could tell us what is new with their products and how we could save money. All walked away with something positive. We are already being asked to do it again at the next Midyear, which will be in Key West, Fla.

The Midyear Meeting gave The Masonry Foundation a nice push, and we are excited about the support contractors have provided to the foundation. We will be opening up the pledge opportunities to everyone soon. We have developed a regional committee that will be asking contractors to make a pledge as well.

I am excited about our first Regional Masonrypaloozo to be held November 14th and 15th in Phoenix, Arizona. There will be lots of education classes and also serves as a great way for us to reach out personally to our members. We have several other regional events planned for this year and will keep you updated.

In closing I leave you with this thought, let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.


Chairman’s Message Archive

A New Beginning

February 2018
A New Beginning

Givers Gain

January 2018
Givers Gain

Things to Remember

March 2017
Things to Remember

Looking Forward

February 2017
Looking Forward

A Fresh Start

January 2017
A Fresh Start

Who Moved My Cheese?

September 2016
Who Moved My Cheese?

Giving back

December 2015
Giving back

An exciting year ahead

February 2015
An exciting year ahead

Defining success

December 2014
Defining success

Staying busy for you

August 2014
Staying busy for you

Ready for action

February 2014
Ready for action

Thanks

January 2014
Thanks

Happy holidays

December 2013
Happy holidays

MCAA Midyear update

November 2013
MCAA Midyear update

The MCAA in D.C.

August 2013
The MCAA in D.C.

A Lot Happening

July 2013
A Lot Happening

Eye opening

June 2013
Eye opening

Positive movement

March 2013
Positive movement

Headed to Vegas

February 2013
Headed to Vegas

New beginning

January 2013
New beginning

It’s finally over

December 2012
It’s finally over

My trip to the Rockies

November 2012
My trip to the Rockies

The 2012 election

October 2012
The 2012 election

Stay involved

September 2012
Stay involved

Networking

August 2012
Networking

Summer time

July 2012
Summer time

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
One more to go!

Join us in Vegas

November 2011
Join us in Vegas

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

October 2010
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
We Need Your Help!

The Strength of Unity

November 2003
The Strength of Unity

Changing of the Guard

February 2002
Changing of the Guard

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MCAA member since 2015

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