Where Industry Leaders Gather and Speak

SMART| dynamics of masonry where industry leaders gather and speak is ReBranding the masonry wall system as the unparalleled and most economical structural system. Our fresh approach to ReBranding masonry focuses on the efficiencies, new products and new technologies driving the industry forward. Those who are not reading SMART continue to think of masonry as it was yesterday. SMART is eager to educate all designers to use masonry for ALL Its Worth.

The publication’s intent is to raise the bar in promoting masonry to designers. To educate them about the advancements, efficiencies, added value and versatility for innovative aesthetics.
This is a publication bringing the industry together. Another goal is to unite the masonry industry so brick, block, stone and mason contractors work together in promoting masonry design and construction strategies to ensure masonry can deliver projects that are second-to-none.

Betty Young


Branding clients on their strengths to distinguish them from competitors;
bringing segments of an industry together to collaborate and synergistically increase impact; possessing vision and determination to launch startup organizations, tradeshows, products and publications keep publisher Betty Young always thinking of tomorrow’s strategy.

Mentored in masonry by industry giants Dan Zechmeister and Chuck Ostrander, Young absorbed specifics of technology, engineering and construction practices allowing her to read between the lines, extracting intrinsic benefits of masonry to use in branding the industry and its players. Young has honed these skills from the 2001 inception of the StoryPole, publication of the Masonry Institute of Michigan, to the creation of the MasonryEdge, publication of the Masonry Advisory Council of Greater Chicago in 2006, to the 2009 merger of the two association publications into a true business to business magazine MasonryEdge/ theStoryPole, then SMART|dynamicsofmasonry educating all segments of the built environment about masonry’s true quality, beauty, great value, unlimited palette and genuine people. Her ability to build relationships has resulted in an advertising, marketing and publishing career spanning 30 years. Young has designed media schedules positioning advertisers and created many a strategic campaign in a variety of industries.Young holds a BS degree from The Ohio State University and is an honorary member of the Adcraft Club of Detroit for advertising professionals and member of the Building Enclosure Council of Greater Detroit.

Elizabeth Young

Managing Editor

Associate publisher and managing editor forSMART|dynamicsofmasonry
and of MasonryEdge/theStoryPole before it, Elizabeth Young is a GBCI credentialed LEED Green Associate, a USGBC Central Ohio
Chapter member and member of Construction Writers Association. She has
successfully completed the Masonry Institute of Michigan’s Masonry Certification and the National Concrete Masonry Association’s
Master Course in Energy Conservation. She holds a BS and MA in English Education from The Ohio State University. 

Elizabeth keeps an ear to the industry in search of those who are leading with innovation in all aspects of design, engineering, code, collaboration, materials, construction documents, detail development, LEED, technology, energy optimization, competitive advantages, productivity, construct ability, speed and economics of masonry construction, best practices. Content is focused to those who determine or influence how effectively billions of dollars will be spent on commercial and institutional projects, written by experts and peer-reviewed. 

Each issue brings readers strategies and tactics to improve value in design, engineering and construction as well as operations and maintenance for the life of the building. Her educational background guides Elizabeth as she assigns writers in delivering articles from which the readership will learn, strengthening the industry. With a collaborative nature, she reaches out to related organizations for synergistic impact.


Editorial Advisory Board is an All Star cast of Industry leaders
who shape not only magazine content, but the future of the masonry
industry. These advisors, contribute articles, synergistically identify
topics and issues to inspire, educate and stimulate growth of masonry
in the commercial market, relevant to the magazine’s readership.

Bob Belden

Bob Belden, chairman and CEO of
Belden Holding and Acquisition,
The Belden Brick Company, Redland
Brick & Belcap in Canton OH represents the fourth generation of the family brick manu facturer established in 1885, now with 13 Belden and Redland Brick plants in five states. Belden has served many terms on the board of directors of the Brick Industry Association and is active in many civic and philanthropic organizations. He holds a BS from University of Notre Dame and a MBA from University of Michigan.

David Biggs

David Biggs, PE, SE, principal of Biggs Consulting Engineering, Saratoga Springs NY, specializes in structural forensic engineering, masonry design and historic restoration and researches and consults on masonry product development. Biggs is also Technical Director for Constructive LLC which develops prefabricated masonry wall systems. He is past program coordinator for the BIM-M initiative. Biggs is a Distinguished Member of ASCE, Honorary Member of The Masonry Society, and a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). He has lectured for the University of Pennsylvania on Historic Preservation, Czech Technical University in Prague on Historic Construction, Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq and for International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in Rome. Since 2012, he has been a consultant for the restoration and preservation of Gordion, Turkey, the ancient city of King Midas and Alexander the Great.

Joe Bonifate

Joe Bonifate, president of operations, Arch Masonry & Restoration, Pittsburgh PA, is licensed to work in PA and WV. Value and integrity based service brings a balance of production, quality and safety. Tech savvy and progressive, Bonifate leads the industry in looking for better ways to achieve goals. He embraces old world craftsmanship and the most current technology, benefiting from the most advanced new products and systems optimizing performance, robots and drones as well as BIM-M software tools optimizing efficiencies. MCAA Region A Vice President, Joe is heavily involved in legislative affairs, keeping the voice of masonry heard in Washington DC.

Tom Cuneio

Tom Cuneio has been developing computer modeling solutions for masonry since 2004. His companies, CAD BLOX LLC and 3DiQ Inc provide leading edge solutions for BIM in both construction and design. He is actively developing software and methods to help the masonry industry capitalize on the benefits of BIM technology. He is an honors graduate of the Mechanical and Aerospace program from the University of Missouri.

Fred Dunand

Fred Dunand, began his career across the pond in France in the Ceramics Industry. Since then his career has taken him to 4 countries and 13 states. His most recent adventure has Fred using his 19 years’ experience to innovate the concrete masonry industry with his company Saturn Materials. Opened in 2017, Saturn Materials and Fred have embraced continuous innovation daily. Using a high content of fly ash in its product line, Saturn Materials pushes the green envelope in its production of highly specialized products within the masonry industry. He is currently an active member in NCMA, mentor to the Mississippi State Architectural School, a proud Mississippi resident and Business owner. Dunand is active in many local business and charitable organization in the Columbus MS area.

Fernando Fonseca

Fernando S Fonseca, PhD, SE, is an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Brigham Young University, Provo UT. He has been teaching and conducting research in the general area of structural engineering for more than 20 years. He developed and started teaching a course in masonry design 10 years ago and has since directed many masonry research projects. He is a member of The Masonry Society (TMS) and currently serves as the chair of the Reinforcement and Connectors Subcommittee of TMS 402/602 Code Committee and as a member of the Main Code Committee. He was a reviewer for 7th Edition of the Masonry Designers Guide and the 2012 Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures. He received a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jim Gendron

Jim Gendron, architectural sales for Fendt Builder’s Supply, Farmington Hills MI, and partner in Constructive LLC prefabricated masonry wall system. He was Masonry Institute of Michigan president for 12 terms. MIM, under Gendron’s direction, led collaborative efforts with other organizations in developing programs to further masonry’s reach. His vision and dedication have influenced many innovations. Gendron recently worked with Chevy truck in drawing simularity between their branding statement delivering strength, reliability and dependability for the last 100 years With a 20×20 ft CMU wall constructed as backdrop for the Chevy truck exhibit at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Gendron served on the StoryPole and MasonryEdge/ theStoryPole Editorial Advisory Boards. He received his BA from Wayne State University.

Steve Hunt

Steve Hunt, CSI, CDT, LEED Green Associate, has been an architectural representative for Northfield Block, Mundelein IL since 1992 when it was a family business led by his father Max Hunt. Working with the architectural community in the Chicago area has been Hunt’s passion. Previously with Oldcastle, Hunt is now an independent rep for Oldcastle and Block-Up and continues to provide innovative masonry products. He is active with the National Concrete Masonry Association, serving as chair of the Energy Task Group, Fire Safety Promotion Subcommittee and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee. Hunt participates in the local AIA and ALA chapters, as well as the Construction Specification Institute Chicago chapter. He received his BA from Wabash College.

Heidi Jandris

Heidi Jandris, CSI, LEED Green Associate, co-owner, technical resource and sustainability manager of New England CMU manufacturer A Jandris & Sons, Third generation, Jandris continues to drive the company forward as an industry leader and innovator. A Jandris was the first CMU manufacturer on the east coast to have Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Health Product Declarations (HPD) for all their products. They have also committed to lowering their environmental impacts by performing continuous improvements to their manufacturing process. Jandris is a member of the NCMA Board of Directors and writes about concrete masonry for her company’s blog and industry publications. She earned her BA from Pratt Institute.

Richard Lauber Jr

Richard Lauber Jr, president of J&E Duff, a third generation mason contractor, West Chicago IL, is committed to quality, service and safety. Lauber serves on a variety of jointly trusteed, labor/management boards in the Chicago area as well as serving on the board of the safety training and advocacy organization, Chicagoland Construction Safety Council. Lauber also served on the Editorial Advisory Board of MasonryEdge / theStoryPole. He holds a BA from Wheaton College and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Major Ogilvie

Major Ogilvie joined CEMEX USA, Birmingham AL in 2003 as general manager of Alabama, later the Mid South Division. He has transitioned within the USA Family of Companies to new opportunities, including development of new products and technologies in both manufactured and ready mix concrete operations, government affairs and sales. As CEMEX sold its Block USA plants in Alabama to Oldcastle, Ogilvie remained with CEMEX in Government Affairs, Business Development and Masonry. He is chair of the National Concrete Masonry Check-off program, signed into law November 2018 to provide funding for masonry research, education and promotion, and has been co-chair of NCMA Government Affairs since 2005. He is a member of the board of directors of Alabama Concrete Industries Association, Mississippi Concrete Association and Florida Concrete & Products Association. Ogilvie earned a BS in Commerce and Business Administration from University of Alabama.

Jennifer Pindyck

Jennifer Pindyck, RA, AIA, is partner at dsnwrk in Atlanta, formerly with Mack Scoggin Merrill Elam Architects and landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Pindyck has also been a Visiting Critic at many universities including the Georgia Tech College of Architecture where she is teaching an advanced design studio. Pindyck co-authored a paper for the North American Masonry Conference 2011 entitled ‘Brick Beyond Boundaries’, for which she received an Outstanding Paper Award. She has been involved in the design and construction of award-winning complex masonry buildings with a specific interest in challenging the boundaries of design using masonry. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University.

Al Slattery

Al Slattery, president, Al Slattery Masonry in Oklahoma City OK, has been in the masonry business since 1987. In addition to being known for building and supplying the best wall and cladding systems that can be used, Slattery is focused on sharing his knowledge of the trade and training masons. He is on the advisory committee for CareerTech and assists the program by providing materials and judging competitions. He also is a member of the American Subcontractors Association and OK State Chair and member of the Marketing Committee of Mason Contractors Association of America.

Andy Sneed

Andy Sneed is president/CEO of WASCO, second generation of his family’s mason contracting company, headquartered in Nashville TN, founded in 1966. Sneed chairs the Mason Contractors Association of America’s Education Committee, sits on the boards of Y-Build and National Workforce Development Committee and is a member of the TN Quality in Construction Committee. He was previously on the board at the Associated General Contractors of America, the ACE Mentoring Program and served as president of Masonry Institute of Tennessee. Sneed studied at Tennessee Tech and Nashville State Technology Center, earning his associate degree in Civil Engineering. He is also a certified Masonry Inspector.

David Stubbs

David Stubbs, B Eng, P Eng, is the executive director of the Canada Masonry Design Centre in Mississauga ON, which provides technical support and services to mason contractors and designers. He is an author, presenter and is involved with masonry research and education programs. Stubbs is a member of several engineering organizations and Construction Specifications Canada. He also serves on Canadian Standards Association Technical Committees of Masonry Construction for Buildings, Fired Masonry Brick Made from Clay or Shale, Connectors for Masonry and as vice chair of CSA Standards on Concrete Masonry Units and Design of Masonry Structures. Stubbs received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from McMaster University.

Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas, FASTM, FTMS, president of the National Concrete Masonry Association, managed NCMA’s Research & Development Laboratory and the Engineering Department before assuming his current role. He is a strong proponent of industry partnership leading by example and initiated the concept for SMART|dynamicsofmasonry. Thomas is a fellow of both ASTM and The Masonry Society and currently serves on the board of directors for ASTM and previously for the Building Seismic Safety Council and TMS. He holds degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering from North Carolina State University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Brian Trimble

Brian Trimble, PE, LEED AP, FASTM, Director of Industry Development and Technical Services, Western PA International Masonry Institute (IMI) is a registered engineer in VA and PA. Formerly Regional VP, Engineering Services & Architectural Outreach for BIA Midwest/Northeast, he coordinated architectural and builder outreach by providing seminars and technical support. Trimble has written numerous articles and papers and has even appeared on DIY and National Geographic Channels. He is active in CSI, ASCE, TMS and the International Brick Collectors Assoc. Trimble earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Penn State University.

Scott W Walkowicz

Scott W Walkowicz, PE, NCEES, principal, Walkowicz Consulting Engineers, Lansing MI, consults with engineers, architects, contractors and owners on behalf of Structural Masonry Coalitions in MI, IN/KY, IL, MN, NJ and Northwest OH. He conducts specialty structural design and investigative work and is a recognized expert in structural masonry engineering and investigation. Past president of The Masonry Society (TMS), he is a member of Flexure, Axial and Shear Subcommittee, General Requirements Subcommittee for the Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC) where he participates in revisions to structural masonry code. Registered in multiple states, he has analyzed and designed buildings across the country and overseas. Walkowicz holds BS and MS degrees in Civil/ Structural Engineering from Clemson University and a BS in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.

Mark Wilhelms

Mark Wilhelms, CCCM, is vice president of architectural sales and national accounts for Midwest Products Group, manufacturer and distributor of masonry and related products in Bridgeton MO. Past chairman of the National Concrete Masonry Association and current chair of the Masonry Committee, he is past president of the St Louis Construction Specification Institute and past chair of the Missouri Concrete Masonry Council. Wilhelms’ agenda focuses on the structural performance of masonry’s loadbearing wall system with its many added benefits. He is leading the industry initiative to promote and sell masonry as a wall system. He earned a BS in Management from Missouri State University.

Dan Zechmeister

Dan Zechmeister, PE, AIA Detroit and AIA Michigan Honorary Affiliate, FASTM, executive director and structural services director of the Masonry Institute of Michigan, shares with members knowledge and confidence in collaborating also with architects, engineers and builders in designing and constructing high performance, efficient masonry buildings using Masonry for ALL Its Worth. He has served on the board of the Building Enclosure Council of Greater Detroit for six years with such service recognized as AIA Detroit’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year. He is an active member of ASTM, MSJC and served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of The StoryPole and MasonryEdge/ theStoryPole. Zechmeister earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University.