Formerly the California Conference
of Mason Contractor Associations,
Inc. (CCMCA), the Mason Contractors
Association of California, Inc. (MCAC)
was incorporated in California as a
non-profit corporation on April 1,
1963. Ryan M. O'Brien, who operated
as a mason contractor from 1948 till
1962 and very active in the Mason
Contractors Exchange of Southern
California, Inc. proposed in 1960
that the Association establish an
Executive Council of the Exchange
and invite the other surrounding
mason contractor associations to
join in the establishment of this
Executive Council. Local
associations in the San Fernando
Valley, Long Beach, Orange County,
San Bernardino, and Ventura County
became members of the Executive
Council and Ryan M. O'Brien served
as its first Chairman.
This organization gave the mason
contractors a much greater voice in
labor negotiations representing
almost all the signatory mason
contractors in Southern California.
The idea of establishing a single
organization to represent Southern
California prompted the idea that
expanding statewide would provide
even greater benefits. Ryan M.
O'Brien agreed to stop contracting
for three to six months and visit
the other mason contractor
associations in California and
encourage them to join this new
statewide organization. O'Brien flew
his Cessna 195 to the meetings of
these associations and obtained
their signature on the Articles of
Incorporation of the CCMCA.
The Masonry Contractors' Association
of San Diego and Imperial Counties
was the first to join with the Los
Angeles group to establish a
statewide organization. They were
followed by the Mason & Builders
Association of California, Inc. in
San Francisco, the Associate Mason
Contractors of Santa Clara and San
Benito Counties, and the Masonry Association of
Sacramento, Inc. These four along
with the six local chapters of the
Executive Council of Southern
California became the Charter
Members of the CCMCA, Inc.
CCMCA changed its name to the Mason
Contractors Association of
California, Inc. (MCAC) in 2011.
Masonry Contractors' Association of
San Diego and Imperial Counties (aka
MCA San Diego) is governed by a
written set of bylaws. This document
can be viewed in PDF format by
clicking on the link below.
MCA San Diego Bylaws (PDF)
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The Top 10 Reasons to Build with
Christopher Huckabee, AIA,
CEO, Huckabee & Associates
1. It's cost effective,
beginning with the first day and
over the life of the building.
2. One-third of building
costs are spent on Day 1;
two-thirds are spent maintaining
the building. Masonry can
substantially reduce maintenance
over that lifetime.
3. It's easy to maintain, and
requires no paint or harsh
chemicals when properly designed
for interior use.
4. It's safe from fire,
tornado, and hurricane issues,
to mold and other indoor air
quality problems. Masonry is the
5. It can be cleaned when it
gets wet - no demolition
6. It's durable-try to kick a
hole in a masonry wall. Try the
same thing with wallboard.
7. It's environmentally
friendly. When you use masonry,
you don't spend your annual
maintenance dollars on
8. It's beautiful-nothing
looks like a masonry building.
9. It's flexible, adaptable
and appropriate for most design
10. It's the best, most proven,
wall system on the market today.
All quotes from Masonry
Magazine August 2006 Edition