Board, Committees, and Staff


2016/2017 Texas Masonry Council Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Ben Wheaton, C.W. Oates Masonry, Inc.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Thad Cleckler, Forterra Building Products

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Stan McCarthy, Acme Brick

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

Bruce Fowler, Texas Building Products

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Garen Graves, Jewell an Oldcastle Comapny

DIRECTORS

Rusty Haile, Acme Brick Company
Pete Groetzinger, Brazos Masonry
Rafael Villalta, Boral Building Products
Paul McCurdy, City Masonry
Jim Wise, Boral Building Products
Eric Graves, Headwaters Construction Materials
Trey Atwood, Featherlite Building Products.

The Board of Directors serve a one (1) year term, beginning September 1 and ending August 31.


TMC Staff

(L-R: Tony Topping, Lindsey Geeslin, Kelly Sadler, Rudy Garza)

Execuitve Director

Lindsey Geeslin

Lindsey joined the TMC in March 2012 as Association Manager.  Prior to joining TMC she was the Executive Marketing Manager for Brazos Masonry, Inc.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business and Management from Texas State University.  Her duties as Association Manager include overseeing the TMC with full coordination of Board and committee meetings, marketing and communication, operating within the budget, event and conference coordination and execution, and day-to-day operations.  She is member of the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) and a 2014 graduate of Leadership TSAE. Outside of work, Lindsey spends free time with her daughter, family and has been fortunate enough to volunteer and serve on non-profit boards with organizations such as the Junior League of Waco, Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo, Waco Cotton Palace Pageant, Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy and the Mason Contractors Association of America.

Executive Vice President

Rudy Garza

Rudy Garza serves as the Executive Vice President of the Texas Masonry Council and possess over 20 years’ executive management experience in the non-profit and association sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Masters and PhD in Pastoral Counseling from Life Christian University. For the past 11 years he has pioneered the Municipal Planning Program on behalf of TMC. Rudy is in charge of all aspects of the Municipal Planning Policy Program including, but not limited to, managing staff, strategic planning, budget preparation, building relationships with municipal and elected officials, overseeing marketing materials and convention planning.    

Government Relations Specialist

Tony Topping, Greater Houston Region

Tony joined the Texas Masonry council in May 2014 bringing with him over 7 years of experience working in and with local governments in the greater Houston area.  Before joining the TMC, Tony served as chief of staff for Houston City Council Member Al Hoang where he was senior adviser and managed the council member’s agenda. He most recently served as agenda director for Council Member Brenda Stardig. Before that he served as senior planner for former Council Member Peter Brown where he assisted with a wide range of planning and development policy issues, and set the agenda for the Sustainable Growth Committee, which Council Member Brown chaired. Tony earned a bachelor’s degree in political science as well as a master’s degree in urban planning from Texas A&M University.  Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife Kerri, daughter Olivia, and family.

Government Relations Specialist

Kelly Sadler, Austin/San Antonio Region

Kelly brings 16 years of leadership and government affairs experience to TMC. Prior to this, Kelly served as Manager of Employer Initiatives for the Texas Workforce Commission whereby she determined industry needs and oversaw multi-million-dollar strategic planning, workforce and legislative initiatives.  Kelly’s experience includes serving as Budget, Planning and Policy Advisor to Governor Rick Perry.  Kelly was responsible for fiscal and legislative issues and acting as liaison for state agencies including the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of insurance.  Additionally, Kelly worked as Briefing Attorney to the Honorable Paul Green, at the Fourth District Court of Appeals.  Kelly wrote civil and criminal appellate opinions for 32 Texas counties.  A fifth generation Texan, Kelly graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin while serving as a Texas Cheerleader, and earned her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.  



COMMITTEES

Convention

Lindsey Stringer, Texas Masonry Council
Golf: Trey Atwood, Featherlite Building Products
Golden Trowel: Lindsey Stringer, Texas Masonry Council
The Convention Committee plans for the next convention at the end of the convention year. Typical planning responsibilities include: golf tournament, silent auction, live auction, golden trowel banquet, and continuing education courses. The first meeting is typically held immediately following the conclusion of the convention, but we welcome new members any time of the year. Most meetings are conference calls with the exception of two face-to-face meetings held in a mutually agreed upon location.

Editorial

Garen Graves, Oldcastle Texas
The Editorial Committee may oversee and edit all published material such as press releases, marketing material, website content, etc.

Finance

Mel Oller, Hoggatt, LP
The main duty of the Finance Committee is to maintain a continuing review of the financial affairs, including the annual budget. The committee can make appropriate recommendations to the Board or the Executive Committee regarding financial matters.

Legislative

Romeo Collazo, ROC Construction, Inc.
Legislative issues arise frequently. This committee is the perfect opportunity to discuss important issues affecting your company and the masonry industry. The main focus will be communicating with the Texas Construction Association (TCA) on issues that need to be passed along to TMC members. The TCA represents issues from a “sub-contractor” viewpoint. Upon membership to TMC, every member automatically becomes a paid member of TCA. The Legislative Committee also provides support for raising money for the TMC PAC (Political Action Committee).

Marketing

Bill Seidel, Acme Brick Company
The Marketing Committee combines communications (website, newsletter, social media, etc.) with advancing the brand of TMC, public relations, and conferences. The Committee oversees these initiatives through the marketing plan and budget. You don’t have to have a marketing background to be a part of the fun group. Anyone is invited to join. Meetings are held monthly via conference call.

Membership

Lindsey Stringer, Texas Masonry Council
The Membership Committee recommends procedures and strategies for enhancing membership, by both merit and finance. Duties also include recruitment of new members and retain current members. Meetings are held monthly via conference call.

Masonry Policy Planning (MPP) Program

Rudy Garza, Texas Masonry Council
The mission statement for the MPP committee is: To assist, guide and promote the Masonry Planning Program in its mission to maintain, expand and recapture wall share through the development of local regulations that require the use of true masonry products. Members will consist of folks from each masonry association (ideally one of their directors) and the MPP ladies. The idea is to increase the awareness of MPP with the masonry associations and garner additional support.