Apprentice. Journeyman. Foreman. Estimator. President. Consultant. Teacher.

Jesse H. (Herb) Slavens, Dallas, Texas, has done in all in a masonry industry career that stretches beyond 50 years.

He began working as apprentice for a small union contractor for about a year before moving to Dee Brown Masonry in 1955 as an apprentice and then a journeyman. (Dee Brown Masonry had about 20 employees in 1955, but the current company û Dee Brown Inc. û is one of the five largest masonry contractors in the country.) He continued his career there for 40 years in a variety of positions before retiring in 1998. He now devotes his time and energy to teaching masonry at a local junior college, plus some consulting.