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 three granddaughters, Autumn, Lyla, and Oaklyn. 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 Masonry Foundation.
Mr. Bounds has essentially worked his entire life at Brazos Masonry. Mr. Bounds started at 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 and then to project management. During his time in college, he shifted into the position of onsite Assistant Project Manager on several successful projects. After he graduated from Hill County Junior College with his 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 and tallest burnished block project ever, at 42 levels, with D.E. Harvey Builders. Mr. Bounds has always striven to not only make the project successful for Brazos Masonry, but also for his customers and suppliers. In 2017, Mr. Bounds moved from VP of Project Management to his current role as President of Brazos Masonry. Outside of Brazos Masonry, he has served on the Marketing Committee for the Texas Masonry Council, is a member of the South of 40 Committee and is Chairman of the Membership Committee on the national level. In addition, Mr. Bounds has served on the Board for the Central Texas Masonry Council Association for 8 years, including as President from 2013-2105. He looks forward to his continued involvement within the masonry industry on all levels to assist with continued expansion of our market share and furthering general education of masonry constructability with includes workforce development. He is also currently serving on the Associate Member Advisory Board for AGC Centex as a voice for local subcontractors. Mr. Bounds enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, being with the family and being involved with his local church, Church of Christ in Lorena, TX. Mr. Bounds resides in Lorena with his beautiful wife Valerie, his most adorable daughter Lyla, two cool cats and some chickens.
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.
VP of Field Services
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.
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.
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.
Senior Project Manager
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.
Hayden found his home at Brazos Masonry as an estimator in April of 2019, after stints of home remodeling sales and logistics in Dallas. After high school, Hayden attended Texas Tech University, earning a degree in Public Relations after 4 fun-filled years in Lubbock. Upon graduation, Hayden reconnected with his former high school crush, Jessica, and they welcomed their beautiful daughter, Kirby Lee, to the world in March of 2019. When he’s not bidding jobs, Hayden enjoys spending time with his family and their dog, Cecil, cheering on his Red Raiders and listening to live music.
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.
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.
Office Safety Coordinator
Shawndra came to work at Brazos Masonry in late February 2022 as our Office Safety Coordinator. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her years of various duties at Dealers Electrical Supply and a Grandfather Clock Repair shop in Florida. Shawndra is grateful for a new start and thanks God for providing a place where she has found her forever home to grow and thrive in a new career. She has 2 beautiful children, Hunter and Lauryn and is a grandma to two beautiful boys, Takoda and Elias. She loves to spend time with her family. Her greatest achievement is beating breast cancer. Shawndra has been cancer-free for just over a year now. Praise God!
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.
Corporate Safety Manager
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.
Senior Project Manager
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.
Mr. Heflin joined the Brazos Masonry team in April 2003. Since then, Curtis has set many goals in which he has achieved. He works diligently to assure accurate bids, but also works hard to provide a long-lasting feeling of trust with customers, suppliers, and fellow co-workers. Throughout the years of estimating he has acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to provide an estimate for any project available to him and enjoys the chance to estimate new products and ideas. Curtis is the proud parent of four beautiful children and enjoys spending time with his wife, Esther, and their children. Curtis enjoys riding motorcycles, whether it’s commuting to work or just riding around for pleasure, nothing beats the freedom from the old steel cage and the therapy of the ride. Curtis also enjoys drinking coffee, or the occasional energy drink, a necessity for every Estimator. “It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.”- Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes.
Cortney’s career in the construction industry began with Brazos Masonry in 2005 where she started as a receptionist. She now has 16 years of construction experience in multiple divisions of construction. Cortney moved to Waco from her hometown of Dallas, TX in 1996. She has 3 sons and 1 daughter and enjoys being outdoors, the beach and spending time with her children.
VP of Business Development
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.
Anna joined the Brazos Masonry team in July 2021. She brings 14 years of office related experience with the last 3 years being in the accounts receivable department. Customer service and teamwork are a top priority for her, and she is willing to help where needed. In her spare time, Anna enjoys crafting, baking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jacob joined the Brazos Masonry team in 2016 working as a laborer in the shop. Shortly after he obtained his CDL license and soon became the main driver for the company, as well as the assistant shop superintendent. In May of 2020 Jacob transitioned from the shop into the office and is currently our newest project manager. Jacob and his wife Hannah have been married just over a year and are currently expecting their first child in September 2021.
Melissa began her career in the construction industry at Brazos Masonry as the receptionist in 2005. She has since moved to the accounting department and been able to learn different roles. After a few years as the payroll and human resources administrator, she moved into the role of Accounts Receivable. While her main duties are AR, she is able to assist other departments and helps out where she is needed. In her spare time, Melissa loves to travel, enjoys working in her yard, cooking, (but especially baking desserts), and loves to spend time with her family.
Jason joined the Brazos Masonry team in November 2021 with hopes of learning all aspects of the masonry business and finding a lifelong career. Prior to joining Brazos Masonry, he worked as a Communications Technician at Ascension Providence for nearly 15 years. Jason grew up in the small town of Axtell, TX and currently resides in Hewitt with his wife, Taja, their kids Jacob and Hailey and their 3 dogs. In his free time, Jason enjoys working out and time with his family.
VP of Field Operations
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.
Mike is a Christian man with a beautiful wife and family. He is the very proud father of two beautiful girls and two excellent boys. He has been in the construction field for the last 20 years, doing everything from building swimming pools to framing houses, and from painting to being a team leader at Clayton Manufactured homes for 4 years. For the last 6 years, he has been learning and honing his skills as a masonry estimator. Mike joined the Brazos team in August of 2021, bringing with him tremendous experience with large and complex masonry projects. Upon being hired, he immediately began making a positive impact and has helped to streamline bid processes for the whole department. One of his favorite quotes is “the best of men are still men at best”. This helps him stay grounded, knowing that no one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. With mistakes comes the opportunity to grow and forgive. Mike feels very blessed that God has given him this opportunity to learn and grow as a man and an estimator.
COO of Legacy Masonry
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.
Phillip Rodriguez is an Estimator with Brazos Masonry. Phillip joined Brazos Masonry in June 2018, right after graduating from high school. In Austin, he started his career with Brazos as a laborer, while simultaneously pursuing his college education. Within a year, Phillip was promoted to a Mason Apprentice. Phillip has gained experience in laying almost all masonry types, he has completed his OSHA 30-Hour Training, and he has acquired an All-Terrain Forklift Certification. These are only some of the many skills Phillip has acquired during his short time with Brazos. His work ethic along with these skills, have allowed him to be successful in the Masonry Industry. Most recently, in April of 2021, Phillip joined the office team as an Estimator. Phillip will be completing his Associate’s Degree in Construction Management in May of 2021 but will not stop there. He plans to continue his education and grow as an Estimator so that he can become the best version of himself which in return, will allow him to contribute to the success of Brazos Masonry.
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.
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