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January 2019

Looking Forward to the New Year and World of Concrete

Chairman’s Message


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Today I’m gearing up for the first CMU check-off meetings here in Dallas.

As I said in my previous Chairman’s Message, I’m very excited that we have an opportunity to use this funding to implement, develop, and manage programs desperately needed to reclaim and grow our market share in today’s competitive environment. If you have not already read about this program, please do so either in last month’s message or at www.cmucheckoff.com. I gave you a homework assignment last time, to do everything you can to push this into effect by talking to your block suppliers, manufactures, and fellow members and associations.

Your other homework assignment was to sign up for the World of Masonry/World of Concrete. There are so many opportunities that the convention has to offer this year. I’m going to highlight just a few that I’m excited about:

MCAA Committee Meetings

You don’t have to be a committee chair to come to these meetings. It’s an opportunity for all in attendance to ask questions and also give recommendations. A lot comes from these meetings and I encourage members to attend.

MCAA Annual Meeting

If you’ve gone to the committee meetings, you may as well stay for the Annual Meeting. This gives us an opportunity to discuss where the association is headed and get feedback. We also will get an update on The Masonry Foundation.

Walk the Floor/Walk the Masonry Innovations & Workforce Development Zone

I try to take at least half a day to check out the new products/equipment/developments that are out there. Almost every year I find something that will help us improve. Plus, you may even find some great deals on equipment while you’re out there.

MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge
MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge

MASONRY MADNESS

It’s the “superbowl of masonry.” Don’t miss out on the opportunity to come cheer on the apprentices at MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge, the SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER, MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block, and the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500. It’s always fun to find out who will be the “World’s Best Bricklayer” and walk away with a brand-new Ford Truck.

Networking Roundtables

This is one big open roundtable. I find this to be one of the most beneficial events there. It gives me an opportunity to learn how other masons do things. I get to know these contractors and build relationships that allow me to call on them in the future for advice or opinions on a challenge, and they do the same with me. Take advantage of this, it’s one of the biggest benefits of being a member in a national association.

There are a ton of other opportunities from the fun times at the South of 40 Party at Drai’s After Hours, the Closing Banquet, to classes on wall bracing, and the Silica Train-the-Trainer course. There’s something for everyone! I look forward to getting to see you there.

In the meantime, we are all preparing for the holiday season and the New Year. I challenge each of you to make sure that you spend quality time with your family. We never know when we may not have that opportunity. I also challenge you to ensure that each of your team members know how much they mean to you and how thankful you are for the hard work and dedication they put in all year. Lastly, I challenge you to start setting some goals for the New Year, if you haven’t already, start considering that. We often get so wrapped up in closing the year out and the holidays that we fail to plan or set goals for the coming year.

Until next month...Merry Christmas and I’ll see you at the World of Concrete/Masonry!


Chairman’s Message Archive

Recent Updates

September 2018
Recent Updates

Masonry’s Future

August 2018
Masonry’s Future

Worthwhile Work

June 2018
Worthwhile Work

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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Bobby Gladu
Artisan Masonry, Inc.
MCAA member since 2017

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