Robert Miller Named ‘California’s’ Best Bricklayer’

Sacramento – The 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® California Regional Series has come to a close and mason Robert Miller and mason tender Jerry Contreras of Joan Jackson Masonry in Sacramento CA won it all. Now they head to Las Vegas to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship next January at the World of ConcreteSilverado Building Materials in Sacramento hosted the regional series event, one of 24 being held across North America. The qualifying national competitors will battle for a chance to win over $125,000 in cash and prizes, including a Ford F250 XLT 4X4 truck and John Deere Gator.


This year’s regional event drew several teams of highly skilled bricklayers. Their mission is to build a wall as big as they can in one hour. The mason with who lays the most brick with the least mistakes wins. Robert Miller and Jerry Contreras celebrated victory with a brick count of 488. For their efforts, Miller and Contreras receive $750, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “California’s Best Bricklayer.”


SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team with the “most sellable wall,” also went to mason Robert Miller and mason tender Jerry Contreras . For this honor they also received $350. 


2nd place went to mason Howard Cole and his mason tender Martin Avendano of Nuway Masonry in Riverside CA with a brick count of 482 earning them a prize of $400. Third place went to mason Derek Boydston and his mason tender Kevin Earl of Boydston Masonry, San Luis Obispo CA who received $250.




First Place:
Mason – Robert Miller – Brick count 488
Tender – Jerry Contreras
Joan Jackson Masonry, Sacramento, CA


Mason – Robert Miller – Brick count 488
Tender – Jerry Contreras
Joan Jackson Masonry, Sacramento, CA

2nd Place:
Mason – Howard Cole – Brick count 482
Tender – Martin Avendano
Nuway Masonry, Riverside, CA


3rd Place:
Mason – Derek Boydston – Brick count 472
Tender – Kevin Earl
Boydston Masonry, Atasadero, CA




The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® was established by SPEC MIX in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons. It is featured as the headliner event of MASONRY MADNESS™ Day during the World of Concrete and recognized as the masonry industry’s premier bricklaying competition with a total purse estimated at $125,000 that annually awards the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer”. Each year there are a series of preliminary SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Qualifying Events held throughout North America to determine who will compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship. The Championship finale draws as many as 4,000 spectators with thousands of live webcast viewers who tune in to watch this bricklayer battle.


More about SPEC MIX®: SPEC MIX is the construction industry’s national source for high quality; factory preblended cement-based building products for the construction industry. With more than 60 manufacturing facilities in all major markets across the US and Canada, SPEC MIX production plants utilize state of the art batching equipment and the finest materials to ensure total quality control throughout your project. SPEC MIX offers a deep line of masonry mortars and grouts, stucco and industrial products including various patented silo systems to maximize a contractor’s productivity and safety. The mission of SPEC MIX is to keep your jobsite team going, moving and working safely—all day, every day.


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