The 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional season that included 22 separate qualifier competitions across North America ended in Phoenix, on December 6th. The winners of each Regional contest have earned a spot to take on the returning 2014 World Champion and Top Craftsman winner at the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship held in Las Vegas on Wed., Feb. 4 at the 2015 World of Concrete/World of Masonry tradeshow. With as many as 4,000 spectators in attendance and 24 world-class masons competing for over $100,000 in cash and prizes, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is the single largest masonry competition in the construction industry. The champion is awarded the title “World’s Best Bricklayer” and handed the keys to drive home in the grand prize, a new Ford F-250 4x4 Super Duty Truck.
The list of 24 teams who will compete in the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship is as follows:
1. Returning 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Champion and 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 TOP CRAFTSMAN
Mason: Jerry Goodman
Mason Tender: Heidi Albea
Contractor: Jerry Goodman Masonry, Blythewood, S.C.
2. Quebec, Canada
Mason: Gabriel Legault
Mason Tender: Maxime Legault
Contractor: Legault Masonry, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Mason: Billy Gabbard
Mason tender: Joe Telinda
Contractor: Jacob Masonry Contractors, Cleves, Ohio
Mason: Phil Evans
Mason tender: Brenden Evans
Contractor: R & D Masonry, Marysville, Wash.
5. East Tennessee
Mason: Fred Campbell
Mason tender: Tony Shelton
Contractor: Creative Masonry, Greeneville, Tenn.
Mason: Scott Tuttle
Mason tender: Brian Tuttle
Contractor: Quik Trowell Masonry, Clearfield, Utah
7. British Columbia, Canada
Mason: John Kerr
Mason tender: Jacob Martin
Contractor: Sunvalley Steel & Fabrication Limited, Surrey, BC, Canada
Mason: Cory Firkus
Mason tender: Robert Wanyen
Contractor: Firkus Masonry, Stevens Point, Wis.
9. West Tennessee
Mason: Brian Wade
Mason tender: Brandy Noble
Contractor: Wade Masonry, Stanton, Ky.
Mason: Juan Cabral
Mason tender: Ivan Flores
Contractor: Commercial Masonry Specialist, Eaton, Colo.
Mason: Dave Moyle
Mason tender: Zach Moyle
Contractor: SeeHase Masonry, Sumner, Iowa
Mason: Pascal Robertson
Mason tender: Tyler Robertson
Contractor: Pascal Robertson Masonry Inc., Apopka, Fla.
Mason: Leif Reints
Mason tender: Lloyd Dean Sidwell
Contractor: Reints Masonry, Miami, Okla.
14. Ontario, Canada
Mason: Filipe Orfao
Mason tender: Jose Orfao
Contractor: Res Group of Companies, Cookstown, ON, Canada
Mason: Ray Byers
Mason tender: Adam Byers
Contractor: Arch Masonry, Pittsburgh
Mason: Steve Cleveland
Mason tender: Sedat Süpürgeci
Contractor: Midwest Masonry, Mundelein, Ill.
Mason: Bob Christensen
Mason tender: Shaun Romano
Contractor: New Dimension Masonry Inc., San Diego, Calif.
18. North Carolina
Mason: Garrett Hood
Mason tender: Ed Huntley
Contractor: Huntley Brothers Company, Monroe, N.C.
19. New Jersey
Mason: Mark Wells Sr. Mason tender: Mark Wells Jr. Contractor: Back Brook Masonry, Hillsborough, N.J.
Mason: David Chavez
Mason tender: Edgardo Martinez
Contractor: Ranch Masonry, Houston
Mason: Darrell Evett
Mason tender: Joey Evans
Contractor: Evett Masonry, Scottsboro, Ala.
22. Alberta, Canada
Mason: Ken Rutley
Mason tender: Logan Kessler
Contractor: Mayzes Masonry, Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
Mason: David Puga Arce
Mason tender: Filiberto Granados
Contractor: G & G Enterprise, Glendale, Ariz.
Mason: Daniel Black
Mason tender: Ryan Corcoran
Contractor: Blacks Bricklaying, Albury, NSW, Australia
The 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship is ranked as the top attraction during the World of Concrete tradeshow. This super-sized masonry party takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Gold Lot with the very best who lay brick starting at 12:15 p.m. You will see an unbelievable bricklaying competition that the competitors themselves describe as “INTENSE!” At the same time live product demos of the latest and greatest point the way to profitability and there are sponsor giveaways that will rock the crowd of masons and those who love masonry. You will hear the key members of masonry associations speak about the future of 21st Century masonry and key issues that will keep our trade strong. Simply put, this is the biggest masonry party on the planet and you don’t want to miss it!
Established by SPEC MIX, Inc. in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is a two-person team competition consisting of a mason and a mason tender that are given 60 minutes to construct a 26 foot 8 inch, double wythe brick wall while meeting strict quality standards. Judged by over 30 highly qualified industry experts, the award places are based on the highest brick counts meeting the quality standards and competition rules. Following the Champion distinction, the second most coveted title is the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award that the panel of judges rates ”the most sellable wall” meeting the required 500 brick count.
The preliminary SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER event where the top mason tenders go head to head for the fastest time setting up their bricklayer’s work station with $2,500 on the line will be held at 10:45 a.m. Two other exciting under card events, the MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge starting at 9:00 a.m. and the MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block at 11:30 a.m. will get the get the masonry crowd charged up.
As a new addition to the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship competition this year, SPEC MIX, Inc. and our co-sponsor family are joining together in support of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. This non-profit foundation provides post-secondary education funds for the surviving children of military personal of all services who have died while in military service. CFPF has the highest charitable organization rating possible and ensures 100% of all funds raised go directly to the educational support of the surviving children. It is our honor to promote general awareness of the Foundation’s important mission during our bricklaying competition and raise donations for CFPF. There will be a value filled auction board held during the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship that attendees can bid on that is sure to provide some really outstanding values to some lucky bidders, all in support of a great cause.
The 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship relies on the support of its outstanding sponsors who support the event’s mission to promote the skill sets of quality masons and masonry construction.
Ford Commercial Vehicles
Masonry Construction Online
Belden Brick Company
iQ Power Tools
Beta Max Hoists
Mortar Net Solutions
AZ Best Block
FOR MORE EVENT INFORMATION
Visit www.specmixbricklayer500.com or go to or to this digital magazine The 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Series/ Paving the Way to Las Vegas for a history and background of the Regional and World competition program. Learn more about attending World of Concrete 2015 and stay up to date on the latest news about the event here.
SPEC MIX Inc.
The construction industry’s national source for high quality; factory preblended cement-based building products for the construction industry. With more than 60 manufacturing facilities in all major markets across the US and Canada, SPEC MIX production plants utilize state of the art batching equipment and the finest materials to ensure total quality control throughout your project. SPEC MIX offers various patented silo systems to maximize a contractor’s proficiency and safety rating. The mission of SPEC MIX Inc. is to keep a masonry crew going, moving and working safely—all day, every day.
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
Founded in 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation mission is to provide college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty in the last 25 years. Their goal is to ensure that EVERY such child receives ALL necessary college funding. The organization works to identify those children who are eligible and to make them aware of the Foundation and the opportunities and services it offers. In addition, they raise funds and bridge the gap between existing sources of grants and scholarships. The Foundation also acts as a resource to eligible families as they try to find other sources of scholarships and provide counseling as they prepare their children for college.