In an unprecedented display of both skill and speed, Jerry Goodman captured First Place and the Top Craftsman award at the 2014 Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 during Masonry Madness at the 2014 World of Concrete. It’s the first time anyone has won both honors in the 11-year history of the event that crowns the World’s Best Bricklayer.
Goodman, 56, has been a mason for 40 years and works for Jerry Goodman & Sons Masonry in Blythewood, S.C. It was his second appearance at the national event.
Twenty contestants qualify to compete in the Las Vegas championship by winning regional events. Goodman won a $5,000 check for eachs for a total of $10,000 cash, a Ford F-250 XLT 4x4 pickup truck, and many other prizes. Other Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 winners were:
- Second Place: Steve Cleveland, Midwest Masonry, Mundelein, lll.
- Third Place: Filipe Orfao, Squire Masonry, Cookstown, Ont., Canada
- Toughest Tender: Tony Shelton, Creative Masonry, Kingsport, Tenn.