Jesus Perez Wins the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® South Texas Regional Competition

San Antonio – The 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® South Texas Regional Series has come to a close and mason Jesus Perez and mason tender Jesus Zepeola of Ranch Masonry in Houston, TX 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 Concrete. Boral Concrete Products in San Antonio 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 11 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. Jesus Perez and Jesus Zepeola celebrated victory with a brick count of 647. For their efforts, Perez and Zepeola receive $1000, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “South Texas’ Best Bricklayer.” They also took home the prize, SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team with the “most sellable wall,” for this honor they received an extra $500.

2nd place went to mason Jacob Ramirez and his mason tender Omar Cast of Ranch Masonry in Houston, TX with a brick count of 631 earning them a prize of $500. Third place went to mason Andres Plaza and his mason tender Ruben Benavidez of Shadrock & Williams, San Antonio, TX who received $500.
On hand this year was the 2018 World Champion David Chavez who is an automatic qualifier to this year’s national championship. Chavez laid an exhibition wall against the other bricklayers, with $100 on the line to anyone who beat him. Chavez won easily, laying 701 brick, and proved yet again why he is the World’s Best Bricklayer.





First Place:
Mason – Jesus Perez – 647 Brick
Tender – Jesus Zepeda
Ranch Masonry, Houston, Texas


Mason – Jesus Perez – 647 Brick
Tender – Jesus Zepeda
Ranch Masonry, Houston, Texas


2nd Place:
Mason – Jacob Ramirez – 631 Brick
Tender – Omar Cast
Ranch Masonry, Houston, Texas


3rd Place:
Mason – Andres Plaza – 440 Brick
Tender – Ruben Benavidez
Shadrock & Williams, San Antonio, TX






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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