Amerimix
CrewTracks
EZ Scaffold Corp.
EZG Manufacturing
Federated Insurance
Fraco USA, Inc.
Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
Husqvarna Construction Products N.A.
Hydro Mobile, Inc.
iQ Power Tools
Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
Mortar Net Solutions
Non-Stop Scaffolding
Southwest Scaffolding
SPEC MIX LLC
Stabila
Tradesmen's Software, Inc.
SkillsUSA
August 2019

The American Dream

Chairman’s Message

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As I sit down to write this month’s message, I have just finished celebrating the 4th of July with my family.

We had a fantastic long weekend, as I am hoping many of you were able to do as well. It got me thinking about how incredibly fortunate we all are as Americans thanks to those who have served our country. We owe a lot to you. It is my hope that we can all honor them through our thoughts, actions, and prayers.

America is a great place to live, and I am convinced the American Dream is not dead. I had the opportunity a couple of weeks back to go to the SkillsUSA National Competition. It is always a fantastic event and I am constantly amazed by the talent we see out there. With all those high school students competing from around the nation to show off their skilled trades, it is clear the American Dream lives on through programs like this!

Not everyone has to go to college after high school to be successful and live that American Dream.

Let me expand a little bit on that. From what I have read, the average college student accumulates $40,000 in debt. That’s a pretty large sum for someone in their early 20s. Then, they may graduate and not find a job or it’s not a very high-paying job.

On the other hand, you have a high school student that has been studying a trade, such as masonry. During the summer they work for a contractor, making more money than most of their friends working at the fast food joint. It may be hot outside, but they are banking it and know that when they graduate, they will have a good paying job. After graduation, these students go straight into an apprenticeship and are being paid to learn a trade.

After a few years as a mason, let’s say they become a foreman and their pay and benefits increase even more. They then have the opportunity in a few years to become a superintendent, project manager, or estimator. They have accomplished all of this, making good money and not accumulating debt like their college friends are. Plus, they have got a career that will stand the test of time.

Don’t get me wrong, there is still a need for a college education. After all, we will always need doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc. In no way am I saying that it is bad to go to college. What I am saying is that we need to be doing a better job of making sure young people know that there is more out there than a college education can provide.

Soon kids all over the nation will start getting ready to go back to school. In junior high and high school, they are starting to talk about what they want to do after graduation. We have got to get the word out that there are opportunities in masonry at this point.

This month, I want each of you to make the effort to either get with your local or state association or talk to a counselor at a school about ways that you can help encourage more trade involvement. It starts with each of us. SkillsUSA is all over the country. Find out how you can be a volunteer to help prepare these young adults for a successful career in masonry.

The other thing I want you to make sure you are doing is registering for the Midyear Meeting coming up September 8-11 at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire. Sign up soon! Check out all of the great things we have planned at www.masoncontractors.org/midyear/. You will not want to miss it, with opportunities to golf, networking with contractors and suppliers, and so much more. Susie and I hope to see you all there next month.

Chairman’s Message Archive

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Preparing for D.C.

April 2019
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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
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MCAA Midyear update

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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
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Positive movement

March 2013
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Headed to Vegas

New beginning

January 2013
New beginning

It’s finally over

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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

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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
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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

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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!

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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
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A Fond Farewell

February 2010
A Fond Farewell

A New Year

January 2010
A New Year

Start the Year Strong

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Start the Year Strong

MCAA in D.C.

September 2009
MCAA in D.C.

Brick Voids

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Brick Voids

Vision 2020

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Vision 2020

State of the Association

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State of the Association

The Silver Lining

January 2009
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Impact on the Hill

June 2008
Impact on the Hill

New Horizons

February 2008
New Horizons

Wrapping up Another Year

December 2007
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Greetings From Italy!

November 2007
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We Need Your Help!

January 2005
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The Strength of Unity

November 2003
The Strength of Unity

Changing of the Guard

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Addison Kalish
KMI-Kalish Masonry, LLC
MCAA member since 2011

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