The By-Laws establishing what is now the Masonry Institute of Southern lllinois on October 18, 1978 state the purposes for which the Association is formed are to promote the general and economic welfare of its members and to improve the business of masonry contracting by:
President - Daniel Toenjes
Vice President - Kyle Demsar
Secretary - Rodney Vasquez
Treasurer - Paul Mueth
Location To Be Determined
January 14, 2020
March 10, 2020
May 12, 2020
July - no summer meeting
September 8, 2020
November 10, 2020
These individuals/companies are an integral part to our organization:
AMERICAN STEEL FABRICATION | Tim Thomas
BUILDING PRODUCTS CORP | Paul Mueth
CALIBER CAST STONE | Les Staggemeier
CONTINENTAL CAST STONE | Bill Pautler
COUNTY MATERIALS | Tom Hale
CROWN MASONRY & CONSTRUCTION MAT'L | Terry Schnegelberger
EARTHWORKS | Jeff Green
GOEDECKE INC. | Jon Osden
IRWIN PRODUCTS, INC. | Vincent P. Irwin
LAGER MONUMENT | Jerry Lager
MIDWEST BLOCK & BRICK | Tom Schmidt & Dianna Johnson
MIDWEST CAST STONE | Tom Waldschmidt
RICHARDS BRICK | Mike Semanisin, Dave Jones, Jeff Fiudo
SPEC MIX | Craig Kasten
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Masonry Structural Coalition
Southern & Central Illinois Laborers' District Council Certification Board
Southwestern Illinois Laborers' District Council Certification Board
JATC (Bricklayers Local No. 8 Apprentice) Board
Alternate: Greg Sangiolo
Bricklayers Local No. 8 Pension, Health & Welfare Board
Central Illinois Construction Trades Substance Abuse Board
International Masonry Institute and Structural Coalition
Masonry Institute of St. Louis
St. Louis Mason Contractors Association
National Concrete Masonry Association
Masonry Contractors Association of America
Illinois Structural Coalition
Southern Illinois Builders Association
Masonry Advisory Council
American Institute of Architects - Southern IL
Masonry Structural Coalition - St. Louis
Marcus L. Vasquez (April 9, 1934 - October 9, 2009) began his lifelong career in 1954 when he worked as an apprentice bricklayer under the watchful eye of his uncle, Francis Sills, at Fruin Colnon in St. Louis.
In 1956, he left to serve his country as a helicopter mechanic when he was drafted into the army. Even with time spent away, upon his return in 1958, he did not hesitate to continue working in the masonry trade, being employed by two area contractors until 1967. After 13 years as an apprentice/journeyman bricklayer and with six kids under the age of 10, Marcus L. Vasquez ventured into the masonry business known as M.L. Vasquez, Inc. in the spring of 1967. Until his retirement in 2003, Marc not only created and managed a successful business, but formed a legacy of dedication and purpose to his trade.
As time evolved, he mastered the bidding and financial aspect of his company, while simultaneously having an extreme desire to promote the Southern Illinois masonry industry. In 1978 Marcus Vasquez was in the forefront of forming the Southwestern Illinois Mason Contractors Association, known now as the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois. Throughout the next quarter century, Marc attended nearly every regularly scheduled meeting, coordinated and joined in countless bricklayer and laborer negotiations, and served as an officer for SWIMCA and MISI organizations. In addition, he acted as Executive Director for MISI, attended numerous MCAA annual conventions from the west to east coasts, and was a trustee for the Bricklayers’ Local No. 8 Pension, Health & Welfare Boards. Furthermore, he served as a board member with the International Masonry Institute and was a long-time member of MCAA. His influence established mason tender certification boards in two laborers’ district councils in Southern Illinois. For job efficiency, he demanded that the Southern Illinois mason tenders act as equipment operators, exclusively for the masonry trade, which is now part of the Southern Illinois Laborer Agreements. Also, because of his strong belief for continuing education, he orchestrated numerous trainings for those in the masonry industry. These leadership contributions most certainly benefited all Southern Illinois masonry contractors.
Marc was pleased to see the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois regular meetings grow from an average of three attendees in the early years to twenty plus contractors and associate member/suppliers consistently attending. He enjoyed and valued the camaraderie among the masonry contractors at meetings and social events, momentarily setting aside the business competitiveness, not only at the local level, but nationally as well.
He proudly conveyed his passion of masonry contracting and the promotion of the industry to three of his seven children. His oldest son, Mark, began his residential masonry company in 1987. Meanwhile, his daughter, Lori, and son, Rodney, purchased his business, M.L. Vasquez, Inc., in 2003. Presently, both sons, Mark and Rodney, remain active members of the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois. Mark is currently holding the office of vice president of the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois. Both are also members of the Mason Contractors Association of America. Additionally, they both are trustees on the Bricklayers’ Local No. 8 Pension, and Health & Welfare Boards. Furthermore, Rodney is a member of the Bricklayers’ Local No. 8 Apprentice Board. Moreover, his daughter, Lori, had performed administrative duties for the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois for approximately ten years, and his daughter-in-law, Lynn, is presently the Executive Director of the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois, having been the administrative assistant since 1989. It is evident through the continuation of his children’s contributions to the masonry industry, that the old adage stands strong, ”Children learn what they lived.”
Even after his retirement, Marc’s fervor and talent in the masonry field continued. In November of 2004, he joined a Christian mission group who traveled to Lesotho, South Africa, to build a church “block by block.” This two-week trip AT AGE 70 gave Marc great satisfaction to create a building with such purpose to the local village people.
Marc was often heard repeating a quote by Confucius, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Consequently, Marc never really did “work!”
It is impossible to truly convey Marc’s altruism with his time, energy and finances. It is obvious that he was a tireless leader in the masonry trade throughout Southern Illinois for decades.
We encourage architects and design professionals to contact MISI for any masonry design questions! And...we have a large selection of lunch and learn programs available. PLEASE give Lynn a call!
Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois 10873 Bee Hollow Road Marissa, IL 62257 US
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 345 | St. Libory | Illinois | 62282