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BART DEL DUCA AWARD

Each year, the Arizona Masonry Guild honors the memory and service of Bart Del Duca by presenting this award to an individual who epitomizes Bart’s dedication and service to the masonry industry. Each recipient demonstrates outstanding performance, service or significant achievement in the masonry industry.

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Bart Del Duca served his entire life in the masonry business. He became a masonry contractor in Detroit in 1930. After relocating to Phoenix in 1951, he began Bart Del Duca Masonry.

As founder of Marvel Building and Masonry Supply, he was very committed to the success and promotion of the masonry industry until his passing in 1995.

As a founding member of both the Arizona Masonry Contractors Association and the Arizona Masonry Guild, he served on their boards and committees.  He was also involved with the Apprenticeship program, with many graduates remaining loyal crew leaders for 40 years.

INTERESTED IN NOMINATING SOMEONE FOR THE BART DEL DUCA AWARD?

Complete the nomination form and email to Dawn Rogers.

RECIPIENTS

2019
2019 AMG Awards

Jennifer Freiland
Quality Block Company

2018
2017 Excellence in Masonry Awards

Lisa Prichard
AMC - AMCA - AMG

2017
Todd Nessler

Todd Nessler
Sun Valley Masonry

2016
Dave Enders

Dave Endres
Superlite Block, an Oldcastle company

2015

Canan D'Avela
Western American Minerals & Chemical Consultants

2014
BDD winner 2014 Doug Schulter

Charles "Doug" Schlueter
Arizona Portland Cement / CalPortland Company

2013
Ed Freyermuth

Ed Freyermuth
Superlite Block, an Oldcastle company

2012
Robert Baum

Robert Baum
Sun Valley Masonry

2011
Bob Ahlers

Bob Ahlers
Rhino Masonry

2010
Terry Rathbun

Terry Rathbun
Sun Valley Masonry

2009
Jim Hari

Jim Hari, Sr.
Vickers/Hari Masonry Contractors Inc.

2008
Mike Sutter

Mike Sutter
Sutter Masonry

2007
Clem Hellmann

Clem Hellmann
Quality Block Company

2006
Max Graves

Max Graves
AZ Block 2000

2005
Joan Borter

Joan Borter
AMG Executive Director for 16 years

2004
John W Pete Peters

John "Pete" Peters
Western Block Company

2003
Kenneth Bud Nessler

Kenneth "Bud" Nessler
Sun Valley Masonry

2002
Sharon Del Duca

Sharon Del Duca-France
Marvel Building & Masonry Supply

2001
Veterans

Veterans of the USA

2000
Wayne J Webb

Wayne James Webb
Superlite Block

1999
David H Gober

David H. Gober
Sun Valley Masonry

1998
Gene C Quenzler

Gene C. Quenzler
Phoenix Cement/SRMG

1997
Richard Stary

Richard "Dick" Stary
Empire Block

1996
Virgil Griner

Virgil F. Griner
Arizona Flagstone

1995
Hank Slicer

Henry C. "Hank" Slicer
Phoenix Brick Yard

CLEM HELLMANN AWARD

Clem passed away in late October of 2017. To quote well-known scholar and author Peter Drucker “Leadership is doing the right things. Great leaders set direction, build an inspiring vision, and guide people to achieve common goals.” Clem Hellmann embodied these qualities throughout his 30-year career in the masonry industry.

Clem Hellmann

Clem and his wife Mary Jo entered the masonry industry in September of 1987 with the purchase of Quality Block Company in Phoenix. Clem was actively involved in the masonry industry and lived the “Givers Gain” philosophy. A philosophy of “What we are given in life, we need to share and give back.”

As a member of the Arizona Masonry Contractors Association, Clem not only supported AMCA financially – but truly gave of himself.  He was actively involved… or in today’s terms “Showed Up” and “Was Present!”

He volunteered many hours to the masonry industry serving as a long-standing Board Member of the Arizona Masonry Contractors Association (AMCA) and Arizona Masonry Guild (AMG) and was State Chair for the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

He is credited for helping producers and contractors understand that non-masonry products/systems are the true “competition” and was the unifying force that brought members together to work for the good of the industry.

He was the industry’s official “Master of Masonry Ceremonies” for all major events including AMCA’s Annual Dinner, Fastest Trowel and Masonry Skills Challenge Competitions and AMG’s Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards Banquet.

He is credited helping producers and contractors understand that non-masonry products/systems are the true “competition” and was the unifying force that brought members together to work for the good of the industry.

He was the industry’s official “Master of Masonry Ceremonies” for all major events including AMCA’s Annual Dinner, Fastest Trowel and Masonry Skills Challenge Competitions and AMG’s Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards Banquet.

Clem was a strong supporter of our industry’s workforce development efforts. While serving on the AMCA Apprenticeship Committee – he was involved with the move of the AMCA’s apprenticeship program to the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) – where it is still in place today.  He also served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Construction Technologies Class at EVIT. He believed the way to attract new talent into the industry was to expose students to the masonry trade in high school.

In his words, “If we can interest students at this level, it is the best way to begin to fill the vast need for construction personnel and careers at all levels.”

His belief was so strong that he paid for a full-time masonry instructor at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) to work directly with construction students for over five years.

Clem also encouraged and supported members of the Quality Block staff to volunteer their time during works hours to take part in various masonry industry association meetings, events and committee meetings.

MASTER MASON AWARD

The Master Mason Award recognizes exemplary achievement in the area of workmanship, leadership skills, problem-solving, time management and safety management.

The nominee must hold a masonry contractor license or be employed by a licensed masonry contracting company that is located in Arizona and is a current member of the Arizona Masonry Council. The nominee must have worked in the trade for at least three years.

RECIPIENTS

2020
AMCA

Terry Rathbun
TLR Enterprises

2019

Mike Gray
Sutter Masonry

2016

Terry Sabo
Pioneer Masonry

2013

Vince Fallecker
Sun Valley Masonry

2018

Jack Sutter
Sutter Masonry

2015

Al Roberts
Sutter Masonry

2012

Martin Martinez
Top Quality Masonry

2017

Art Canez Sr.
CJS Enterprises

2014

Secundino Lizzarraga
Hobbs Masonry

2011

Jim Cox
Cox Masonry

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