Mr. Bounds grew up in the retail carpet business. He came in contact with the masonry world at the age of 16 while working as a laborer. Since that time, he has always worked in some phase of construction. Upon graduating, he pursued a career in landscaping, became a landscape designer and at the age of 21 owned and operated a successful wholesale greenhouse and plant leasing business. Mr. Bounds moved to Texas in 1980 and worked in Waco for Barsh Construction and Kent Mill & Supply (architectural design and woodworking manufacturer) as an estimator. Throughout this time he remained fascinated with the masonry industry and continued to take advantage of opportunities in masonry. In 1982, Mr. Bounds became Vice-President of Al Brown Masonry (a commercial masonry contractor) and helped the company grow into one of the leading masonry contractors in the southwest United States. In 1989, Al Brown moved to Colorado and Mr. Bounds decided that the time was right to pursue his dream. After careful planning and crafting of a business plan (along with a policy and procedure manual) to operate a commercial masonry contracting firm, on March 21, 1989, Brazos Masonry, Inc. (BMI) was born. Shortly thereafter, James Clay and Walter Dossett joined as partners in the business and BMI quickly became recognized by their competitors as a leader in the industry.
Mr. Bounds also had a strong conviction for giving back to his industry. He became the first subcontractor to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Central Texas AGC and subsequently was elected to the National AGC Board of Directors. In 1995, he was elected as the first President of the Central Texas Mason Contractors Association and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Texas Masonry Council. Mr. Bounds has remained on the Board of the Texas Masonry Council and has served on many different committees. Since 1997, Mr. Bounds has served on the Board of Directors of the Mason Contractors Association of America and is currently serving as President. As President of MCAA, he is leading the industry back to where it once stood (and that is the priority of every construction project that he is associated with). Mr. Bounds, along with other leaders from supplier associations, has implemented a marketing program that he designed, called “Vision 20/20”. The industry knows that masonry is the best product of choice for every building in America but all of America will know it by year 2020 which is what “Vision 20/20” is supporting across the nation. Mr. Bounds also serves on the Board of the Association. Mr. Bounds energy, excitement and excellent leadership skills has taken Brazos Masonry, Inc. to the top of the masonry industry.
Mr. Bounds also enjoys family, church and friends and will always have time for each. He takes great delight in going home to his ranch where he and his wife, Norma Jean, run and continue to improve a herd of genetically outstanding registered Beefmaster cattle. He also enjoys helping the youth of the community by serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo in Waco. Mr. Bounds and his wife Norma Jean have two children, Kent (and his wife, Valerie) and Crystal (and her husband, Jeff). They also have two granddaughters, Autumn and Lyla, and one grandson, Mason. They call Mr. Bounds, “Pappy”.
Mr. Groetzinger joined Brazos Masonry Inc. as a partner and CFO in January 2002. Following completion of an Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, he forged a successful and distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. Having worked as an energy trader in London, Manhattan, and Houston, Mr. Groetzinger’s final position before moving to Waco to join BMI was Vice President of Valero Marketing & Supply Corporation in San Antonio. Mr. Groetzinger also serves on the Board of the Texas Masonry Council.
Mr. Bounds has essentially worked his entire life at Brazos Masonry. As a result of his families involvement, Mr. Bounds has been involved in the business from his youth. Mr. Bounds started a young age counting anchors and banding boards during the hot days of summer in Texas. After graduating high school in 2000, he started the transition from shop hand, to field hand, to then project management. During his time in college, he move into the position of an on-site Assistant Project Manager on several successful projects. After he graduated from Hill County Junior College with an Associate Degree in Business Administration in 2002, he transitioned into a full-time Project Manager. Since 2002 Mr. Bounds has managed over $150 Million dollars’ worth of masonry work. From his first project “Christian House of Prayer” with Drymalla Construction to the “Market Square Tower” – the largest & tallest burnished block project ever (42 Levels) with DE Harvey – Mr. Bounds has always strived to not only make the project successful for Brazos Masonry, but also for his customers and suppliers. Furthermore, Mr. Bounds not only serves as VP of Project Management for Brazos Masonry, but has now expanded his role as President of Brazos Masonry. He has served on the Market Committee for the Texas Masonry Council and is a member of the “South of 40” Committee on the national level. In addition, Mr. Bounds has served on the board for the Central Texas Masonry Council Association for the past 6 years, including as President from 2013-2015. He is currently serving on the board as past-president and looks forward to his continued involvement within the masonry industry to assist with continued expansion of our market share and furthering general education of masonry constructability. Mr. Bounds resides in Lorena with is beautiful wife Valerie and his most adorable daughter Lyla.
Kelsie came to work for Brazos Masonry in April of 2002. His background in construction began as a child working for his father in the floor covering industry in his home town of Bloomington, IN. As much as he loves Texas, he’ll always be a Hoosier too!). After graduating from Indiana University in 2001 with a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems, Kelsie moved to Texas and began work at Brazos Masonry as a Project Manager. His computer skills enabled him to automate and streamline many company processes. The result was a boost in efficiency for the project management department as a whole. In his time as a project manager, he successfully completed over 200 masonry projects, including several multi-million dollar projects. His notable projects include: The Texas Association of Counties Building in Austin, TX; The Globe-News Performing Arts Center in Amarillo, TX; Alliance Hospital in Odessa, TX; The Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock, TX; Audie Murphy Middle School in Killeen, TX; The City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters in San Antonio, TX and The Ashton, located at 101 Colorado in downtown Austin. At the time of the Ashton’s completion, it was thought to be the tallest brick building in the state of Texas. Additionally, The Ashton project marked the beginning of BMI’s entrance into the high-rise market. A number of Kelsie’s projects, including the Ashton, have received accolades in the masonry industry on a state-wide and national level. Kelsie left a lasting mark on the project management department, and many of the processes he helped implement are still used on BMI’s current projects. In 2008, Kelsie began transitioning out of project management, and into the estimating department. He developed an aptitude for estimating, and quickly established himself as Brazos’ go-to person for estimating complex projects. In 2013, he was promoted to Vice President of Estimating. The timing of this promotion coincided well with the reviving US economy, and BMI experienced an unprecedented level of managed growth during his tenure in this position. In 2017, he was promoted to Executive Vice President. While still overseeing the estimating department, and occasionally dabbling in estimating a few bids himself, he now also manages all contract negotiations, as well as the company’s insurance needs. Kelsie currently lives in Eddy, Texas with his wife Marilyn and two sons, Kaden and Eli.
Brad started his masonry career at the young age of 12 helping his dad and grandpa build houses. At the age of 17 he started working as a laborer in Houston before going to work for Paul Yeats Enterprise as an Operator. It was here that Brad began to run his own jobsite crew. Brad was fortunate to learn it all: fireplaces, flemish bond, diamond cross bond and has an abundance of experience in building arches. In the early 1990’s Brad and a friend worked in the Houston, TX area building arches for numerous companies. Brad takes great pride in being able to build anything that anyone can draw. In November of 1996 Brad came to work for Brazos Masonry as a Bricklayer and was promoted to Job Superintendent before being promoted to General Superintendent. He has completed many projects but the most notable to date is the Texas A&M Bonfire Memorial.
Assistant Shop Superintendent & Driver
Mr. Baker began working for Brazos Masonry, Inc. in February of 2000. As Assistant Shop Superintendent, his main duties include equipment repairs and scheduling the pickup and delivery times for BMI’s drivers. His dedication to safe, secure, and properly scheduled deliveries is a tremendous asset for BMI. Gary moved to Waco in 1999 and has been involved in the masonry industry since 1998. Gary enjoys spending time with supportive wife Clover, beautiful daughters Kirra and Addilyn and handsome son Kenyan. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, sports, and hiking.
David graduated from Coleman High School in 1970 and moved on to the University of Texas in Austin to study Chemical Engineering. After one year in the School of Engineering he decided that it was not for him, but spent two more years at UT and still could not decide what was for him. After this time he left school to work full time. David spent a short time as the manager of the shoe department of an exclusive man’s clothing store and then moved on to spend four years on the Austin Fire Department. While with the AFD, he developed a business building custom homes, which continued until he relocated to Axtell in 1996. David met Mackie at the Axtell High School where both of their children were involved in FFA. He worked in the mobile home industry for four years and then joined the team at Brazos Masonry in October of 2000. David and his wife Victoria own a small horse ranch where they board horses. David and Victoria are both active at Highland Baptist Church where David serves as a deacon.
Shawn started his masonry career in 1987 at the age of 21. He began working for P&S Masonry as a Laborer and went through his Apprentice Program then became a Mason, Superintendent and General Superintendent. In 2015, Shawn joined Brazos Masonry as a Superintendent. After moving to Brazos Masonry, he had the distinguished opportunity to build the largest project in his Masonry Career, the University of Texas Engineering Education & Research Center. When that projected was completed, Shawn was moved up to General Superintendent for Brazos Masonry. Shawn is most thankful and blessed that both masonry companies that he has worked for are God and family based companies.
Jerrad Bohannon joined Brazos Masonry Inc. in late August of 2014, with aspirations of climbing the business ladder. He started out as an administrative assistant and quickly caught the eyes of his leaders and bosses, he is now a Project Manager. He grew up in a small town just west of Waco where he graduated in the top 10% of his class earning him a scholarship to McLennan Community College. He finished a two year Associate’s Degree in July 2014 with the majority of the classes in accounting and business. Keeping with his high standards he earned his way into the National Honor Society for both high school and the local college chapter, Phi Theta Kappa. Jerrad demonstrates what hard work, a good education and dedication can achieve.
Josh came to Brazos Masonry in January of 2017. Josh has been around the construction trade in different capacities for many years. He has worked for a metal building contractor as well as his father’s remodeling company where he laid tile back splashes, tile and laminate flooring, and assisted with building cabinets and many other things. He was in Law Enforcement for 6 ½ years before deciding to make a career change which allows him to spend more time with his family and to watch his children grow. Josh is a proud husband and father who enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and 3 children – Tyler, Landon, and Blakely. Josh has a great passion for the outdoors whether it’s hunting, fishing, or just spending time with his family in the outdoors making memories.
Randy moved from Palisade, Colorado to Bryan, Texas in 1985 and found a job working as a laborer with a Masonry Contractor. Luckily, he grew up working on a farm with a dad that put hard work above all else. He went to work as an apprentice with Boenigk Masonry and went on to become a Journeyman Mason. Randy spent the next few years working for several companies around Texas but stayed mainly in the College Station area. In 1997, Randy went to work for P&S Masonry on a library and parking garage at Texas A&M as a lead man and was promoted to job Superintendent and eventually General Superintendent. He was with P&S Masonry for the next 17 years and built numerous projects on college campuses, schools, and many other commercial projects. The project he is most proud of is the Blanton Museum on the University of Texas Austin Campus. Randy joined the Brazos Masonry team when Legacy Masonry was formed. After meeting Mackie and Pete he was sure that it was the right move for him. He enthusiastically accepted running the first Legacy Masonry job in Lorena, TX on the High School. The job started on October 2, 2014. He was asked to move into a General Superintendents role after the completion of that job which he accepted is extremely proud to be a member of Brazos Masonry Team. Randy feels blessed to work for a company that cares for their employees and consider Brazos Masonry to be a part of his family as well as the Best Masonry contractor in Texas. He plans to do his part in continuing to make Brazos Masonry better and maintain leadership status in the Masonry Field.
VP Field Operations
Mr. Calhoun joined Brazos Masonry, Inc. in 1992. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field of masonry, beginning as a journeyman mason. He started as a jobsite Superintendent with Brazos Masonry. Mr. Calhoun demonstrated great leadership and communication skills which led to him becoming a General Superintendent. He uses his leadership and communication skills to consistently overcome any and every challenge he meets. Truthfulness, reliability, and strength of mind have positioned John as one of the top masonry General Superintendents in the state of Texas.
Paul joined Brazos Masonry in June 2014. He brings 30 plus years of masonry experience, in the Central Texas market, with him. During those years he had responsibilities in Estimating, Project Management, Budgeting, Job Costing, Purchasing and Billing. Paul is a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in Construction Science. He has worked on numerous projects at the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Tarleton and Texas State as well as government projects at Fort Hood, Lackland, Fort Sam Houston and Goodfellow AFB. Also, public schools, hospitals and private work have filled his time. Pauls’ wife Kathy, two grown children and twin grandsons, five years old, and twin granddaughter and grandson, five months old, are the lights of his life!
Kris joined Brazos Masonry in early 2015 as a project manager. Before coming to Brazos Masonry, he worked as an accountant for a general contractor in southwest Missouri. He moved to Texas in 2015 to pursue a career in the management side of construction. He grew up and lived in Missouri where he gained a love for the outdoors. As an avid outdoorsman, he loves hunting and fishing, especially with friends and family. Kris graduated with an associate’s degree from Ozarks Technical Community College and took business classes at Drury University in Missouri.
Accounts Payable Administrator
Debbie joined Brazos Masonry in March of 2013. Debbie comes to us with over 20 years experience in Accounts Payable duties. She and her husband Jimmy reside in Bosqueville. They have 2 Sons and Daughter-In-Laws, 1 Daughter and 5 Grandchildren. When not at work Debbie enjoys camping, bicycling, motorcycling and any activities that include her Grandkids. She also enjoys watching baseball and car racing.
Justus Everett is the Corporate Safety Manager for Brazos Masonry. Justus started with Brazos in August of 2015 and is currently the youngest employee in the office. He is currently enrolled at the University of Texas Arlington studying Occupational Health and Safety and taking as many OSHA classes as he can to learn as much as possible. Justus is the third child of five children and the only boy. He enjoys traveling and meeting new people.
Corporate Safety Director
Mr. Everett joined Brazos Masonry in December of 2001. He is striving to continuously improve Brazos Masonry in the area of safety. Mr. Everett has developed and executed safety training manuals and seminars related to scaffold erection, scaffold competent personnel, forklift operation, aerial lift operation, CPR/First Aid Instructor, OSHA 500, Fleet Safety, Accident Investigation, and more. Mr. Everett’s dedication to safety extends outside of BMI, as he volunteers with the Mason Contractors Association of America and holds the position of Chairman of the MCAA Safety Committee. He strives to uphold BMI to the highest safety practices by committing BMI to be an industry leader and model citizen. While not working on safety programs with Brazos Masonry, Zach spends much of his time devoted to his family and ministry.
Cody joined Brazos Masonry in January of 2011. He began his career with Brazos Masonry by helping manage Quality Control over numerous projects. Cody has since been promoted to the Shop Superintendent. His determination has provided an efficient and productive Shop/Maintenance Department. Cody and his wife, Cheryl are proud parents of four children.
Mr. Heflin joined the Brazos Masonry team in April of 2003. Since then, Curtis has set many goals in which he has achieved. He works diligently to ensure accurate bids, but also works hard to provide a long lasting feeling of trust with customers, suppliers, and fellow co-workers. Curtis is a proud parent of four beautiful children and enjoys spending time with his wife Esther and their children. Curtis enjoys going to the gym before heading to the office, and drinking coffee or the occasional monster.
Matt Farley joined Brazos Masonry, Inc. in May of 2017 on an internship program. After noticing his hard work, and dedication, Matt was offered a full-time position with Brazos Masonry as a project manager. Matt worked for Brazos Masonry out of high school in 2010 as a laborer, and from there moved on to pursue a college degree. Matt graduated from Sam Houston State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, with a minor in Business. At SHSU, he earned academic honors, placing him on the Dean’s List, and the President’s Honor Role multiple semesters. He plans to continue to work hard and grow with Brazos Masonry.
Zeb came to Brazos Masonry in August of 2014. He is a fourth generation Waco resident with a great love for Central Texas. He is a graduate from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has a great passion for the outdoors whether it’s wakeboarding on the Brazos River, mountain biking in Cameron Park, or working cattle with his family. Zeb’s roots are deep here in the heart of Texas.
Human Resources & Payroll
Melissa first began working at Brazos Masonry in 2005. After 7 years as the Administrative Assistant she moved to Accounts Receivable for a brief period before moving to the Payroll and Human Resources department. Currently she handles all payroll and HR related duties for the company.
Roger Lopez began working for Brazos Masonry in 2001 and quickly became one of the company’s lead superintendents. He works with skillful efficiency to complete the job in a safe and timely manner. Roger has experience in the following:
- Reading blue prints
- Able to layout main walls per plans
- Laying CMU, Brick, Granite, Limestone and Cast Stone
- Lay masonry on a 36-story structure
- Make cuts to masonry, to fit openings, per details
- Build walls, Level up and Plum
- Install rebar per details
- Build leads, Cut stone and granite per detail joint and clean masonry walls per specs
Roger is quite accomplished in the masonry industry and has also completed several safety courses. Completed safety training courses are: Competent Person Scaffold, All Terrain Forklift Certification, OSHA 30-hour Outreach Training and Ariel Lift Certification. In September 2013 Roger was promoted to General Superintendent.
Kent came to work at Brazos Masonry July 2016. He graduated from Baylor University in 1975 with a BBA in accounting. Prior to his employment date he spent 32 years working in the tax and accounting profession and ten years in banking. He and his wife, PK, have one daughter, one son and one grandson.
Office Manager & Corporate Secretary
Robin has twenty-five years’ experience in the construction industry and has been with BMI for 21 years. She started at BMI as a bookkeeper and was quickly promoted to Chief Bookkeeper and then Office Manager. She became an Officer of the Corporation (Corporate Secretary) in 2005. She oversees all accounting and administration personnel. Before coming to the construction industry, she worked in the oilfield industry in Hobbs, New Mexico. Robin is not only recognized within the construction industry, but also in the banking and insurance industries for her abilities and knowledge. She has been and continues to be an asset to BMI. Robin has two sons, Tharon and Jerrad, with whom she enjoys spending time.
Jenny joined Brazos Masonry in June of 2017. She brings over 25 years of office related and customer service experience. Jenny and her husband, Roger, currently live in China Spring. She has 3 kids; Jake, Hayden and Hannah, and 2 stepkids, Jared and Elaina. She is a huge football and Baylor fan and her hobbies include singing, cooking and playing pool.
CEO Administrative Assistant
Michelle joined the Brazos Masonry team in December 2006 as the payroll administrator and moved into the CEO Administrative Assistant role in December 2015. She and her husband Paul live in Robinson and have 2 sons, a daughter-in-law and 3 granddaughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, fishing & watching baseball.
Left to right: Kneeling: Juan Ramirez, Benny Sosa; Front Row Standing: Tony Gutierrez, Jose Navarro, Leo Jaimes, Horacio Salinas, Ismael Lerma, David Mendoza, Charlie Spitler, Domingo Perales, Sergio Gonzales, Luis Escobar; Second Row Standing: William Wright, Ignacio Perez, Marco Velasquez, Victor Benitez; Back Rows Standing: Ken Feil, Antonio Moreno, Wes Cook, Tim Trayler, Mark Copp, Rey Ramirez, Roger Lopez
Shawn Belanger Crew
Victor Benitez Crew
Mark Copp Crew
Ken Feil Crew
Sergio Gonzalez Crew
Tony Gutierrez Crew
Leo Jaimes Crew
Ismael Lerma Crew
David Mendoza Crew
Jose Navarro Crew
Juan Ramirez Crew
Rey Ramirez Crew
Horacia Salinas Crew
Benny Sosa Crew
Charlie Spitler Crew
Tim Trayler Crew
William Wright Crew