Bill Kjorlien, masonry tech manager at Argos USA, was recognized for 25 years of service with the Masonry Technical Committee at the 50th Skills USA National Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, June 23-27.
Kjorlien chaired the Masonry Technical Committee for 10 years. He is a journeyman mason who served as executive director of the Southern Brick Institute, and has been Argos' Masonry Technical Service Manager for more than seven years. He also was chairman of the National Concrete Management Association (NCMA) Workforce Development Subcommittee. He was just appointed ASTM C12.03 Chair. Currently, he is Skills USA Masonry Technical Committee Secretary Treasurer.
During his tenure as Masonry Technical Committee Chair, he expanded the scope of the Skills USA Competition leadership conference to promote the bricklaying trade and all of the associated support from the Masonry Industry. He designed challenging projects that were well within the ability of students to complete.
Increased interaction with masonry instructors was instituted via a Masonry Manpower Forum during contest week. The nation’s best and brightest instructors now have a network through the Masonry Manpower Forum.