James Currier wins the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Virginia Regional Competition

Manassas – The 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Virginia Regional Series has come to a close and mason James Currier and mason tender Alexis Aquino of Top Notch Brick and Block in Norfolk, VA won it all. This is the second straight regional win for Currier, and now he and his tender head to Las Vegas to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship next January at the World of Concrete. Glen-Gery Brick Center in Manassas, VA 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 eight 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. James Currier and Alexis Aquino celebrated victory with a brick count of 460. For their efforts, they receive $800, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “Virginia’s Best Bricklayer.”


SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN which goes to the team with the “most sellable wall,” went to mason Bonilla Hernendez and mason tender Samual Cuchilla of Telligent in Rockville, MD. The masonry team also took 3rd place with a brick count of 400.


2nd place went to mason Marlon Rodriguez and his mason tender Edwin Velasquez of Alban Masonry in Washington, DC with a brick count of 458, nearly missing the winning mark by two bricks.


There was a great crowd this year, with an estimated 130 people on hand to support masonry. Distributors and national sponsors were also on site to join in on the fun and to demonstrate their products.





First Place:
Mason – James Currier – 460 Brick
Tender – Alexis Aquino
Top Notch Brick and Block, Norfolk, VA


Mason – Bonilla Hernendez – 400 Brick
Tender – Samuel Cuchilla
Telligent, Rockville, MD

2nd Place:
Mason – Marlon Rodriguez – 458 Brick
Tender – Edwin Velasquez
Alban Masonry, Washington, DC


3rd Place:
Mason – Bonilla Hernendez – 400 Brick
Tender – Samuel Cuchilla
Telligent, Rockville, MD



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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