Being an association executive requires an extremely heavy time and travel commitment. Fortunately, Frank Campitelli has a strong, veteran staff at Baltimore Masonry to look after business affairs while he is on the road.
Son Victor, with the company since 1980, serves as a vice president and oversees all field operations, 20-year employee Tom Ford is a vice president in charge of estimating, and 12 year-staffer Carroll Ensor is an estimator/project manager. Frank's wife, Angela, works in the office, along with 15-year veteran Kathy Covington.
Like so many in the industry, Campitelli comes from a line of bricklayers, following his father and grandfather. He started in the union apprentice program in 1953 after high school, while working for his grandfather. In 1969 Campitelli spun away from the family business and formed Baltimore Masonry Inc. The company moved to Eldersburg, Md., about 22-years ago. The company works in the counties surrounding Baltimore and the District of Columbia (50-mile radius).
The union contractor serves the commercial market, working on shopping centers, institutional buildings, hotels, and high rises. He typically has about 100 craftsmen in the field doing brick/block, stone, and precast work.
Business has been a little tight lately, with Baltimore Masonry currently operating at about a dozen jobsites, some of them on the small side. There are plenty of jobs to bid, according to Campitelli, but many more bidders on each as contractors in the declining housing market are looking for other avenues.
Frank Campitelli has always believed in the importance of trade associations, and has been an active participant in their affairs since he started the company. He has served on the board of The Masonry Institute of Maryland and American Subcontractors Association of Baltimore, and two boards of BAC Local 1 – Joint Apprenticeship and Training and Health and Welfare and Pension.
Campitelli's participation in MCAA activities goes back to 1970. He served as president of the local chapter – Mason Contractors Association of Baltimore – and was later recruited to be state chairman. He later moved up to regional vice president and eight years ago joined the executive team as treasurer. Two-year stints as secretary, vice president, and now president have completed his eight-year commitment. His presidency expires at January's annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Tom Daniel, GBC Concrete and Masonry Construction Inc., Lake Elsinore, Calif., will assume the presidency, with Mackey Bounds, Brazos Masonry, Waco, Texas, moving up to vice president and John Smith Jr., Smith Masonry Inc., St. Louis, becoming secretary. Mark Kemp, Superior Masonry Builders, Butler, Wis., will join the executive team as treasurer.
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