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2018 Midyear Meeting Highlights

The 2018 NCMA Midyear Meeting will be a truly special occasion as we celebrate our 100 Year Anniversary. Explore the highlights of this event below. Details on schedule, venue, and registration can be found through the links on the right.

Antique Block Machine Auction

Take home a piece of history! This Wizard Concrete Block machine was orginally sold in the Sears and Robuck catalog in the early 1900′s. Promotional material from the time stated that one man could make 100 to 150 perfect blocks per day. A two man crew could make 250 to 300 blocks per day.

Restored by NCMA Research and Development Laboratory staff, the machine comes with a variety of face plates and end plates to produce architectural units similar to ones made at the turn of the century. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of concrete masonry industry history.

A very special thanks to the International Masonry Institute for donating the machine.

Participate in the online auction here. Instructions on how to bid can be found hereHurry – auction closes at 6 PM CST on Wednesday August 1. Winner announced at the 100-Year Anniversary Gala Celebration. 




Check out highlights by day:

Monday July 30
Tuesday July 31
Wednesday August 1
Thursday August 2
Friday August 3

MONDAY, July 30

State and Province Association Executives Meeting – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

By invite only, this meeting gives executives of regional promotion groups the chance to collaborate with each other.

TUESDAY, July 31

State and Province Association Executives Meeting – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
By invite only, this meeting gives executives of regional promotion groups the chance to collaborate with each other.

NCMA MSV Committee Meetings – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Midyear Meeting will kick off with the Manufactured Stone Market Segment Committee.

NCMA Town Hall and 100-Year Kickoff – 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Let the celebration begin as NCMA officially opens the Midyear Meeting and 100-Year Anniversary Celebration. Come hear about important issues to be discussed during the week, special 100-Year Celebration Sessions planned and the week’s celebratory events.

Town Hall

 NCMA Member Networking Reception – 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

Begin the 100-Year Anniversary Celebration and join the NCMA membership at the member reception, allowing attendees the opportunity to connect outside of the meeting room.



NCMA Committee Meetings – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Be a part of setting the direction of the association for the year to come as well as provide feedback on current projects. Meetings on Wednesday include the NCMA Foundation and the SRW Committee Track.




100-Year Anniversary Special Sessions – 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Celebrate the history of NCMA and the industry with special speakers highlighting innovations in concrete masonry over the past 100 years, innovative uses of manufactured concrete products, and the impact of political decisions on our industry. More details here.

Family Business/Small Business Forum – 1:00 – 2:30 PM
One of our most popular sessions is back! Those who work within a family business or a small business know that there are different dynamics and best practices associated with working within and managing these companies. Come learn and share with others who know exactly what you have to deal with.




Unit Design Competition – 4:00 – 5:30 PM
It is a special year—so this is a special approach to one of our top-rated sessions! Not only will you hear presentations from the finalists of our annual NCMA Foundation-sponsored Student Unit Design Competition from three different architectural universities, we will also share some stories of successes and failures of concrete unit designs over the past century. You will not want to miss the opportunity to support these young future designers and to consider our path to innovation.

 GALA 100-Year Anniversary Celebration – 6:30 – 11:o0 PM
Join your colleagues and welcome back old friends as we celebrate 100 years of NCMA. This black-tie optional banquet celebration will include a reception, dinner and entertainment to commemorate NCMA’s history. We will also re-create the 1945 NCMA banquet photograph as we memorialize the event with a panoramic photograph of the celebration. More details here.

 black tie 


THURSDAY, August 2

100-Year Anniversary Special Sessions – 8:00 – 11:45 AM

Start off the day with a reminiscing coffee hour and share your stories of NCMA and the industry. Then take a look forward to the next 100 years, looking at trends in how buildings are being designed and constructed, innovations in the labor workforce, and trends in manufacturing. More details here.




NCMA Business Lunch – 12:00 – 2:00 PM
You will not want to miss the NCMA Business Luncheon! NCMA Chairman of the Board Kent Waide and NCMA Foundation Chairman Bill McHugh will provide their perspectives on the state of their respective unions.
NCMA will honor  Billy J. Wauhop with the Lifetime Achievement Award.


NCMA Committee Meetings – 2:15 – 5:30 PM
Be a part of setting the direction of the association for the year to come as well as provide feedback on current projects. Meetings on Thursday include the Masonry Committee Track, the Tradeshow Subcommittee, and the Associates Member Division Board.




Second City Social Event with PAC (optional), 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Some of the best comics in the world got their start at Second City. Join NCMA members, PAC members, Young Professionals Group and the NCMA Board for a fun evening of cocktails and dinner with great entertainment. The show contains adult language and subject matter and may not be suitable for sensitive viewers. Children under the age of 10 will not be admitted. (Separate fee for attendance)

FRIDAY, August 3

NCMA Board of Directors – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Midyear Meeting will wrap up with the NCMA Board of Directors.


Baseball Game: Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres – Game Opening 1:20 PM

Take me out to the ball game! Wrigley Field Budweiser Bleachers home of the Chicago Cubs, will be THE place to socialize and watch the game with fellow NCMA members. Join us on the bleachers where there is standing room and seating in the outfield. Concessions are available for purchase. Each person is responsible for all expenses for the game ticket(s) and transportation. Visit the Chicago Cubs website to purchase ticket(s). The promotion that day is a Cubs Umbrella Hat presented by Budweiser for up to the first 5,000 early arriving Budweiser Bleacher adults (age 21 and older). Tickets are $64/per person as of 6/14/18. Ticket prices will go up closer it gets to the game.