NCMCA sets staff, leadership transition as Lynn Nash prepares to retire

Ryan Shaver and Jodi Helms (NCMCA)
Ryan Shaver and Jodi Helms (NCMCA)

North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA) is making some staff changes as it prepares for the retirement of long-standing association manager Lynn Nash.

Ryan Shaver, who joined the association in 2018 as its workforce development and training co-ordinator, will become the NCMCA’s executive vice-president and chief executive officer this month and will begin moving the association’s offices to Mount Pleasant from Hickory, the association reported in its September newsletter.

Also this month, Jodi Helms will join NCMCA as its office manager.

Nash, who has led the association since 1997, will stay on until his full retirement in May, 2023, to assist with the transition.

Shaver, 47, has worked in the masonry industry for about 30 years. He worked for McGee Brothers for more than 10 years before building houses himself as a general contractor. He switched to teaching at his alma mater, Mount Pleasant High School, in 2009.

After a period of time working for aggregate producer Stalite, Shaver joined the NCMCA’s staff to coordinate workforce development and training. He has “reinvigorated the state’s historically successful high school masonry programs creating new enthusiasm among the Carolinas’ masonry instructors,” the association reported.

Shaver and Helms “are outfitting a new office at the intersection of NC Highway 49 and North Drive in Mount Pleasant. The move should be complete and the new office functioning by early 2023.”

Retiring executive Lyn Nash says: “In addition to bringing a wealth of experience and talent to the job, Ryan has brought lots of infectious enthusiasm to everyone in the Carolinas masonry industry.

“Ryan and Jodi are bringing youthful new energy to the association,” he said. “It’s an exciting time for the NCMCA.”

NCMCA president Bo Black said “I’m very excited to have Ryan and Jodi as the core of our new leadership team.”

“Lynn Nash has been an integral part of everything masonry in North Carolina for the past 25 years,” Black said. “He leaves big shoes to be filled and will be missed when he retires in May. Please join me in welcoming Ryan and Jodi into their new roles.”


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