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Owners Corner

Closeup of utility belt with Ernest Maier stickerThis section of our site is dedicated to interviews with decision makers about the use of masonry and hardscaping products conducted by the owner of Ernest Maier, Brendan Quinn. The first installment of this series, however, focuses on our primary market and our company from his perspective.


An Irishman on DC's "Rum Row"
...by Jack Sullivan, The Potomac Pontil
When the inaugural parade for Theodore Roosevelt stepped off on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC in 1905, many of the spectators held in their hands a souvenir program. Edward J. Quinn, a saloonkeeper on the avenue, likely watched the marchers from his business address, knowing that the program held a prominent ad for his flagship brand, Oronoco Rye. The Irishman Quinn had truly "arrived" in the Nation's Capital.


In Memorium - Bobby Carmon
"If you can't stop, smile as you go by."
Franklin "Bobby" Carmon passed away on April 21, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Bobby started working at Ernest Maier in 1969 as a truck driver. He had moved to the Washington area from North Carolina pursuing a baseball career in the semi-pro leagues.


Choking on Government Debt
...by Brendan Quinn
Politicians and the news media focus on unemployment figures, GDP and the NFIB survey as their gauge on the health of American small businesses. You constantly hear that small businesses are the engine of any recovery in employment and economic growth.


Why masonry? Why Ernest Maier?
...by Brendan Quinn
As a person that came to Ernest Maier as a consultant from the financial services industry, I never expected to end up owning the company.


The President and the Future of Masonry
...by Brendan Quinn
President Barack Obama visited Ernest Maier on October 8th to deliver a speech about the September employment report and the state of the economy.


Lightweight Block, Heavyweight Benefits
...by Laura Drotleff
Lightweight concrete masonry units save half the labor.