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.
Check Masonry Madness out and show support to the Children of Fallen Patriots
January 2015

MCAA Convention is approaching

Chairman’s Message


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With the holidays behind us, it is time to start moving forward on all the New Year’s resolutions we have made. I find it funny how when I go to the health club, it is always packed with people who are there trying to fulfill their resolutions right after Jan 1.

Fast forward a month or two, and I then find myself with the same familiar faces from the year before.

These familiar faces realize that it takes hard work and dedication to stay on the course. If it were easy, the health club would still be packed. You can apply the same principles in your life, your businesses and your industry: Hard work and dedication will bring success.

One way you can improve your business and industry is by attending the MCAA Annual Convention during the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas, Feb. 1 - 6. This is a perfect time for you to recommit to your business by attending educational seminars, seeing and learning about new materials in the masonry industry, and networking with other contractors. You can find out everything you need to know about the convention by visiting www.masoncontractors.org/convention.

We will also have a key industry leader entering the Masonry Hall of Fame. This individual has given a lifetime to our industry and is well deserving of the award. Make sure you sign up for the South of 40 event to be held at Señor Frogs, and receive your free hat and hoodie. The hat and hoodie will be perfect to wear to Masonry Madness. This year, Masonry Madness has teamed up with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. We hope to raise awareness of the needs of the families of loved ones who have laid down their lives for our freedoms. Check Masonry Madness out and also show support to the Children of Fallen Patriots.

Some other noteworthy events we are working on are our next Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. We are continuing to build a strong network with Congressmen and Senators, many who are taking on key committee positions in D.C. If you have a particular subject you would like to see addressed, please contact Jeff or myself so we can start preparing our position papers. One thing we have been working on is the Check-Off Program for the masonry industry. While we did not get it done in 2014, we are confident that it will get done – and done early – in the next session of Congress. As I stated above, we need to remain dedicated to staying the course, if we are to accomplish our goal.

The first part of December, Jeff and I made a trip down to Key West, Fla., to start planning for the 2015 MCAA Midyear Meeting, or at least that is what we told our wives. Although this is a work in progress, we are going to have some really fun events for everyone.

A few things on the list are a welcoming sunset cruise, fishing, snorkeling and either a pub crawl or scavenger hunt. Of course, we will have plenty of business to do as well. This is the time when we sit down with the committee chairs and plan your association’s future direction and goals. It was also nice to get away from the cold, Northern weather, even if I had to be with Jeff. Speaking of Jeff, ask him how he liked his walk from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. I have to give him credit; he wanted to take a taxi, but I made him walk.

I close with this thought: It seems we are living in a messed up world. If you turn on your television, radio or pick up a newspaper to read, everything is negative. I actually prefer not to listen to the news, because there is more to look at than all the negativity and spin on what the truth really is. I admit things are not all rosy out there, but sometimes we need to look at the mess to find the beauty. It is there; we just have to look and believe in it.


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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Joe Bonifate
Arch Masonry & Restoration
MCAA member since 2012

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