Board, Committees, and Staff


2017/2018 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, Meridian Brick
Paul McCurdy, City Masonry
Jim Wise, Meridian Brick
Eric Graves, Boral Concrete Products
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: Angie Cervantes, Michelle Queen, Lindsey Geeslin, Tony Topping)

Execuitve Director

Lindsey R. 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.

Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs

Tony L. Topping

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, daughters Olivia and Evelyn, and family.

Austin/San Antonio Regional Manager

Angie Cervantes

Prior to joining the TMC, Angie served as a Policy Analyst for the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee and as Deputy Committee Director for the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. During this time, she advised Senator John Carona on, and developed an expertise in, the areas of: transportation, occupational regulation, alcohol regulation, energy, telecommunications, and workforce issues. Following her time in public service, Angie spent three years working for a small lobby firm where she represented various associations, counties, and business groups, helping them achieve their legislative goals.  A native of Eagle Pass, Texas, Angie comes to the TMC with a deep policy background of over a decade of experience in political affairs and public policy, proving to be an immediate asset to our team and strategic plan.  Angie holds a BA in Government and English from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Angie is an avid fan of Longhorn sports, running, yoga, and cooking. She resides in Austin with her husband James.  

Dallas/Ft. Worth Regional Manager

Michelle Queen

Michelle has a well-rounded understanding of municipal planning needs and development practices; before joining TMC, Michelle was a private sector consultant for planning-architecture-engineering firms in Houston where she played a lead role in conducting research and analysis, developing public engagement activities, and designing the presentation of information/documentation. A native of Dallas, Texas, Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design, as well as a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (Certificate in Transportation and Urban Design) from Texas A&M University. When she is not working, Michelle enjoys spending time outside (camping/hiking), listening to the blues, reading, doing yoga, painting, and playing with her two mutts. 



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

Garen Graves, Oldcastle Texas
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

Kevin Camarata, Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.
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 Geeslin, 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

Tony Topping, 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.