The purpose behind the National Concrete Masonry Association's first "Masonry; Design-Build Micro-Conference" held recently in Scottsdale, Ariz., "was to identify what the industry needed to know about the design-build process and how to encourage alliances between suppliers and contractors so that concrete masonry will have an active role," according to Mark Wilhelms, chairperson of NCMA's CM Wall Delivery Task Force. A group of 30 contractors, suppliers, and representatives from various state and national masonry organizations participated in the inaugural event.