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I had the honor of being invited to attend the NCMCA convention in Charleston, N.C.
May 2019

Doing Our Part

Chairman’s Message

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As I sit to write this month’s message, I am flying home from the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA).

I had the honor of being invited to attend the NCMCA convention in Charleston, N.C. this week. It was fantastic, as always. Flying always gives me time to reflect and having just attended that convention, my reflection was on masonry. Imagine that.

I was so fortunate to be surrounded by so many leaders in the masonry industry. NCMCA is an amazing organization. If you’re not already involved in your local or state association, please do so. Looking at how successful mason contractors are I know a big part of that success comes from their state and local associations. Contractors and suppliers both are very involved with their associations. One of MCAA’s slogans is “Together we’re stronger.” I point this out a lot, I know. It’s so true though. When we, as mason contractors and suppliers, work together we ALL benefit.

Let me share a few examples of some of the great work a few of our state associations are doing. These things are happening because their contractors work together:

North Carolina has a very successful pre-apprenticeship program going. Why? They have 80 contractor members and together they have decided that workforce development is a priority. It is such a priority they have a dedicated staff member, Ryan Shaver, who focuses solely on workforce development.

They have 85 high school programs active that provide students 16 years and older the opportunity to work on the job for contractors, starting at $12 an hour. Additionally, they get a high school credit for this, which will help attract more students to our trade. They were featured by PDS: https://www.ncmca.com/news-events/595-masonry-apprenticeship-featured-on-pbs-wtvi.

For years, we had an in-house apprenticeship program because we didn’t have a state or local association that had one. It makes so much more sense to do these programs together rather than absorbing ALL the cost yourself, only to have your masons leave to work for your competitor who isn’t training anyone. I encourage each of you to talk to your state and local associations to find what you can do to push for workforce development. We all need people and together we can train more than trying to do it ourselves.

The Texas Masonry Council has a great program that helps to push for more wall share. They work with local municipalities to get masonry ordinances pushed. They have helped to get masonry ordinances passed all over Texas. They also host Masonry Days in conjunction with schools of architecture throughout the state, which allows students to build a masonry “project,” which is a fun competition giving architecture students the opportunity to work with masonry products to understand the flexibility and opportunities designing with masonry can provide. Mason contractors and suppliers put these programs, promoting masonry together.

These are just a few examples, there are so many great things going on throughout the nation I can’t list all of them in my message. However, my point is that each local and state association is doing countless things that your business could benefit from. Here’s my challenge for you this month:

  • If you are not already a member of your local and state associations, go join.
  • If you are already part of your state and local associations but are not active, you are missing out on opportunities. Going back to last month’s message, I talked about not complaining unless you’re doing something about it. Be active and participate in your local and state associations.
  • Join a committee- whether it is at the local, state, or national level. Join a committee that you’re passionate about- whether it’s workforce development, safety, etc.
  • If your state or local area doesn’t have one, reach out to MCAA. They can help you take the next steps.

As I have said over and over- together we are stronger. Until next time, let’s each do our part!

Chairman’s Message Archive

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Recent Updates

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Masonry’s Future

August 2018
Masonry’s Future

Worthwhile Work

June 2018
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A New Beginning

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Givers Gain

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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
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An exciting year ahead

February 2015
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Defining success

December 2014
Defining success

Staying busy for you

August 2014
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Ready for action

February 2014
Ready for action

Thanks

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Thanks

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MCAA Midyear update

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The MCAA in D.C.

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A Lot Happening

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Eye opening

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New beginning

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Networking

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Summer time

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Exciting time

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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
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A Bright Future

May 2011
A Bright Future

Tidbits From MCAA

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Time Flies By

February 2011
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The End of the Year

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What Are We Doing?

August 2010
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Moving Forward

March 2010
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A Fond Farewell

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A New Year

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A New Year

Start the Year Strong

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Start the Year Strong

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Vision 2020

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State of the Association

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State of the Association

The Silver Lining

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Impact on the Hill

New Horizons

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New Horizons

Wrapping up Another Year

December 2007
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Greetings From Italy!

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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

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“The MCAA is truly trying to move the masonry industry forward.”

Thomas Cummer
Cummer Masonry, Inc.
MCAA member since 2003

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