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2018 COMPETITOR ROSTER | BIOS

23 RAY 24 DAVID LOUISIANA25 BRIAN
TEXAS - HOUSTON
BYERS CHAVEZNEW ENGLAND STRIDER

TENDER: ADAM BYERS TENDER: MIGUEL CONTRERAS TENDER: TREY MORVANT
COMPANY: Arch Masonry & COMPANY: Gator Masonry LLC
COMPANY: Ranch Masonry
Restoration Houston, TX Waggaman, LA
Pittsburgh, PA
This will be the third time David Chavez will Brian Strider, 59, is in Las Vegas appearing
Ray Byers, 34, is in Las Vegas for his compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 for his first ever SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500
sophomore appearance at the SPEC MIX World Championship Event. At 34 years old, World Championship. With 40+ years of
BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship. A David has been a bricklayer for 14 years. masonry experience under his belt, Brian
mason for 19 years, Ray got ihs start in the His father and older brother have been learned the trade from his father, a long time
trade by attending vocational school when masons for most of David’s life, and it was mason contractor in the New Orleans area.
he was still in high school. his brother, Juan Carlos, who taught him &
encouraged him to work hard & always give Brian says he’s been preparing for this his
He is preparing for the competition by it his all. entire life, and has set a goal of 800 brick to
practicing laying brick and hitting the gym. take home that new Ford Truck and the title
His goal of 750 brick could earn him the David has prepared physically & mentally on of “World’s Best Bricklayer”. If he wins, he’ll
truck and title. If he succeeds, he plans to a daily basis for the Championships, in addi- be throwing one big party!
party with family and friends, then get back tion to building a practice wall similar to the
to laying brick! competition panel. He’s hoping to lay 700 Brian says the SMBL500 benefits the trade
brick to earn himself the Title. If he wins, by attracting more people to the craft of
Ray believes that the SMBL500 benefits the he’ll celebrate by taking family & friends to masonry.
trade by showing the younger generations dinner & have another celebration with the
that if you work hard and stick with it, not Ranch Masonry family back home in Hous- Brian would like to thank all the sponsors,
only can you benefit from masonry, but you ton, He’d like to thank God, for the strength and especially the group at State Block for
can have fun doing it! and ability, his wife & kids, & the entire hosting the Louisiana Regional Qualifying
Ranch Masonry family for their support! Event.
Ray would like to thank Arch Masonry & Last, he’d like to thank SPEC MIX and all the
Restoration for sponsoring him, his friends, sponsors that make this event possible!
family and mentor for all their support!
ENGLAND27 SHEREE28 LUKE
26 DAVID AUSTRALIA
ARIZONACANHAM LOVEGROVE
PUGA
TENDER: GREG CANHAM TENDER: LIAM JOHNSON
TENDER: GENARO CONTRERAS COMPANY: Dolly Bird Bricks COMPANY: LTL Brickwork &
COMPANY: Stone Cold Masonry
New Berrima, NSW Stone Masonry
Phoenix, AZ Long Sutton, Lincolnshire
Hailing all the way from Australia, Sheree
David Puga, 34, is appearing in his 6th Canham, 34, sets the record as the first ever Luke Lovegrove, 28, joins the SPEC MIX
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Champion- female bricklayer to compete in the SPEC BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship roster
ship in 2017. His father was a bricklayer, and MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championships. from over 5,000 miles away in Lincolnshire,
got David into the trade 14 years ago. She has been a mason for 15 years, getting England. A mason with 12 years of experi-
her start as a laborer for her father and ence, Luke learned the trade from his father,
David has been practicing for months in brothers, before becoming an apprentice. who is also a mason.
preparation for the World Championship and
has set a goal of 700 brick. If he wins, he Sheree is working hard practicing to get Luke is preparing for the World Champion-
plans to celebrate with a party for his family up her speed, building corners, and being ships with lots of exercise and practicing
and friends, and drive his new truck around more efficient at laying over hand. She’s set his brickwork, as he has been laying more
town! a goal of 700 brick, and says if she wins, stone in recent years. He has set a goal of
she’ll burst with pride at representing all the 700-900 brick for the Las Vegas showdown
David would like to thank Stone Cold bricklayers out there. to win the title.
Masonry, the owner, Lance Little, superinten-
dent, Gerry Leon, and everyone that helped Sheree says the SMBL500 benefits the trade Luke says the SMBL500 benefits the trade
him in getting to Las Vegas. by shining a positive light on all the hard by bringing masons from all over the world
working bricklayers with a fun camaraderie together.
competition that spans the globe.
Luke would like to thank his family, friends,
Sheree would like to thank all the sponsors, and all of his supporters cheering for him
her family, and everyone that supported her back home.
in getting to Las Vegas.

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