Betty Stansbury Young


SMART|dynamics of masonry is the evolution of masonry and its goal to inform everyone in the built environment of the advantages of masonry.

More than a decade ago, the Masonry Institute of Michigan and bsYOUNG & associates published the first issue of StoryPole magazine. It was the first full-color, educational magazine written to architects, engineers, general contractors and construction managers educating them about the inherent benefits of masonry. Other masonry associations around the country took note and in 2006, the Masonry Advisory Council partnered with bsYOUNG & associates to begin publishing MasonryEdge, a quarterly magazine for the greater Chicago market. At the end of 2009, StoryPole merged with MasonryEdge to bring a national perspective to the masonry industry, while continuing to champion masonry as the undisputed economical wall system of choice throughout the country. This combined magazine began the process of going national. Bringing two powerful regional associations in on the ground floor. As more associations came on board, bsYOUNG & assoicates, along with the many associations now looking to promote the value of masonry, planted the seeds for the new national magazine, SMART|dynamics of masonry.

SMART|dynamics of masonry debuted in Spring 2013 with circulation throughout the US and Canada. SMART|dynamics of masonry reflects the quality and excellence of the masonry industry. SMART|dynamics of masonry is directed by an editorial advisory board of the greatest minds in the industry, bringing readers the newest masonry research concepts, products and design from throughout the country. Architects can earn continuing education credits by answering questions drawn from their reading of pertinent articles in each issue. SMART|dynamics of masonry is committed to keeping our readers well informed about new products, technologies, software, systems, code changes; inspired with the artful designs expressed in masonry; and challenged to create a more sustainable built environment with masonry. As publisher of SMART|dynamics of masonry, where industry leaders gather and speak, bsYOUNG & associates ltd has built a reputation for branding the engineered structural insulated sustainable masonry cavity wall system as the premier wall system. And for inviting those who plan, design, engineer and own masonry buildings, specify product for projects as well as those who manage construction and mason contractors who purchase the building materials to use Masonry for ALL Its Worth. Mission To provide up-to-date design inspiration and technical masonry data, and to promote the advantages of masonry, the Premier Wall System, using quality design, materials and workmanship. And to encourage taking advantage of the myriad benefits of using Masonry for ALL Its Worth.



Editorial Advisory Board Industry leaders 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, president and CEO of The Belden Brick Company in Canton OH,

represents the fourth generation of the family brick manufacturer established in 1885, now with 13 Belden and Redland Brick plants in

five states. Belden is vice-chairman, board of directors of the Brick Industry Association and past chair; past director for the Brick Institute of America, Mid East Region; and member of ASTM. He is active in many civic

Richard M Bennet

Richard M Bennet, PhD, PE, is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of Engineering Fundamentals at

the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He served as chairman of the Flexural and Axial Loads Subcommittee of TMS 402/602 Code Committee from 2004 to 2010. From 2010 to 2013, he was vice chair of the Main committee and is currently chair of the 2016 Committee. Bennett chaired the task group that developed many changes in Allowable Stress Design provisions in the 2011 Code. He was an author for both the 7th and 8th Edition of the Masonry Designer's Guide. He is a Fellow of The Masonry Society. Bennett is a member of ASTM C12 Mortars and Grouts and C15 Manufactured Masonry Units. In 2002, he won the Alvin H Yorkdale award for best peer reviewed paper in masonry “In-Plane Analysis of Masonry Infill Materials" for Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE. He received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University, MS and PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

David Biggs

David Biggs, PE, SE, principal of Biggs Consulting Engineering, Saratoga Springs NY, specializes in structural forensic engineering, masonry design and historic restoration. He researches and consults on product development. Biggs is also partner in Constructive LLC developing prefabricated masonry wall systems. He is Program Coordinator for the BIM-Masonry initiative, a Distinguished Member of ASCE, Honorary Member of The Masonry Society, and Fellow of ACI and SEI. He is a lecturer for the University of Pennsylvania on Historic Preservation, Czech Technical University in Prague on Historic Construction, and Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq. He is a consultant for the restoration and preservation of Gordion, Turkey, the ancient city of King Midas and Alexander the Great. Biggs earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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, lead collaborative efforts with other organizations in developing programs to further masonry’s reach. His vision and dedication have influenced many innovations. Gendron served on the StoryPole and MasonryEdge/theStoryPole Editorial Advisory Boards. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology 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. Northfield became an Oldcastle company in 2003 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 Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash College.

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson is president of IMS Masonry, Lindon UT. He has held numerous positions at all levels in the Utah Masonry Council including board member and president. He has been chair and executive board member of Associated Builders and Contractors and member of Associated General Contractors of America. Johnson chairs the Marketing committee and is a state representative for Mason Contractors Association of America. He completed MCAA contractor certification in 2009.

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 Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Major Ogilvie

Major Ogilvie joined Block 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. He is chair of the National Concrete Masonry Check-off program and has been co-chair of NCMA Government Affairs since 2005. He is a member of the board of directors of Alabama Concrete Industries, Mississippi Concrete Industries and Florida Concrete Products Association. Ogilvie earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration, specializing in Accounting from University of Alabama.

Jennifer Pindyck

Jennifer Pindyck, RA, AIA, is an architect with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta GA. 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 Bachelor of Arts 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 for 39 years. In addition to being known for building and supplying the best wall and clad ding 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, his family’s mason contracting company, headquartered in Nashville TN. 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 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 The Masonry Society and ASTM, 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 North west OH. He conducts specialty structural design and investigative work and is a recognized expert in structural masonry engineering and investigation. He is president, The Masonry Society (TMS) and 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 VP 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 earned a Bachelor of Science 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 since inception six years ago 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 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University.

Fernando S 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 the last 20 years. He developed and started teaching a course in masonry design eight years ago and has since directed many masonry research projects. He is a member of several professional organizations including 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 both his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and his PhD from the University of Illinois at [email protected] | 801.422.6329