The 2022 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest showcased the skill of highly trained up-and-coming craftworkers from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC). The event was held September 23-24 in Boston, Massachusetts at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.
Seventy-five apprentices from across the United States and Canada competed to earn the title of International Craft Champion. First, second, and third place were awarded in brick, pointing-cleaning-caulking, stone, tile, marble, terrazzo, cement, and plaster.
Contestants participated in several challenges to validate what they’ve mastered while learning and working in BAC’s registered apprenticeship programs. Notably, they built mockups that reflect essential craft skills they use every day on construction job sites.
“The contest is a testament to the hard work and dedication BAC apprentices and their instructors have put into training throughout their time in the program,” said Caryn Halifax, President of the International Masonry Institute (IMI) and International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF).
BAC’s apprenticeship programs provide a pathway to the middle class, connecting people with good paying, in demand construction jobs, and providing a debt-free education. Apprentices earn money while they learn and work, getting pay raises based on collectively bargained wage scales as they advance in the program. Plus, they receive great health care and retirement benefits, like a pension, and they work for employers who believe in providing safe and dignified work.
Past winners of the International Apprentice Contest go on to enjoy long, fulfilling careers with BAC. Many advance into leadership roles, ranging from forepersons to union officers, contractors, and instructors.
“Winning this competition is a capstone to any apprentice’s career,” said Tim Driscoll, President of BAC. “The passion, preparedness, and persistence that make our members the best hands in the business were on full display at this year’s competition.”
Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest:
First Place: Garrick Manning – Ohio-Kentucky ADC
Second Place: Kurtis Sutter – Ohio-Kentucky ADC
Third Place: Joseph Cosman – Local 1 Connecticut
First Place: Donald Murray III - Ohio-Kentucky ADC
Second Place: Francisco Ramirez Esparza – ADC 1 of Illinois
Third Place: Jakub Bialas – Local 1 New York
First Place: Sebastian Tomaszewski – Local 1 New York
Second Place: Jorge Soriano – Local 1 Pennsylvania/Delaware
Third Place: Jeremy Bercier – Local 1 Oregon/Washington/Idaho/Montana
First Place: Zhenyong Lin – Local 3 California
Second Place: Edwin Rosado – ADC 1 of Illinois
Third Place: Gregory Gartner – Local 1 Pennsylvania/Delaware
First Place: Mason Steed – Local 3 California
Second Place: Angel Diaz Hernandez – Local 1 Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia
Third Place: Julian Valencia – Local 7 New York & New Jersey
First Place: Brian Dohring – Local 3 California
Second Place: Nick Hardwick – ADC OF EASTERN MISSOURI
Third Place: Arturo Banda – ADC 1 of Illinois
First Place: John Fogarty - Local 3 New York
Second Place: Travis Probst - Wisconsin District Council
Third Place: Stephen Kocik - Local 3 New York
First Place: Luis Padron – ADC 1 of Illinois
Second Place: Salvador Vargas – ADC 1 of Illinois
Third Place: Cameron Holder – Local 1 New York