Our Team

Our Team

We’re an aggressive team with a lot of passion and fight to achieve our mission: Deliver the highest quality performance products and project solutions to the construction industry. Whether our client is a design professional selecting colored mortar for a restoration project or the contractor performing the work on a high-rise in downtown Chicago, we pride ourselves on being good listeners to help select the best product for the application while achieving maximum jobsite productivity. As cliché as it may sound, we immerse ourselves in the businesses and needs of the contractors we proudly consider as our friends. Whether it’s participating in contractor association meetings and initiatives, to holding national and regional SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® events, we’re happy to support the building trades that are the backbone of the industry. We take pride in this status, which is something we are privileged to uphold.

All of our product regional managers possess years of actual field experience in the trades for which SPEC MIX materials are used. From single-family homes to sports coliseums that seat 100,000, for the past 20 years, we’ve strived to make every project we’ve touched better than imagined.


Jessica Dixon, Marketing Communications – Jessica is a force to be reckoned with. From designing our sales collateral to Art Director/Editor of the e-newsletter to managing our AIA/CES Learning Program, Jessica is your contact for most anything related to marketing support materials and the SPEC MIX brand. Her experience in marketing, sourcing and project management brings a new and exiting element to our team. And when the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National and Regional season is in play, Jessica is our Go-To Gal—Ask anyone!

Jeff Farmakes, Marketing Communications – Jeff directs the conception, design and production of SPEC MIX print, display and digital media to market the SPEC MIX brand. He’s our in-house Public Relations rep that writes and spreads the news about all the great things SPEC MIX does to promote the construction industry and our brand. Visit www.specmixbricklayer500.com and you’ll see what Jeff does in his spare time in the office. Contact Jeff when you have a question about our brand.

Blake Remer, Marketing Communications – Blake is the newest member of our team. From sales support to social media to media layouts, Blake has your marketing and communication needs covered. In his spare time you can find him tearin’ it up on his snowboard, catching some live music and cutting it up at the gym.

Leah Cory, Customer Relations – When it comes to supporting our customers and vendors, Leah does it all. Since she joined our team in 1997, she has established a standard for providing the highest level of customer service that is paramount to our brand. From managing our billing process to the coordination of our product distribution to managing and executing our corporate events and shows, Leah leaves nothing to chance. It’s been said she’s the hardest working person in the industry. When you want an answer to anything SPEC MIX, a good place to start is with Leah.

Nick Blohowiak, East Region Manager – First things first, when you talk about Nick, THERE IS NO BIGGER GREEN BAY PACKER FAN…at least in his mind. Nick is the only teammate that works from a satellite office that is strategically located in God’s Country—Green Bay, Wisconsin. At the young age of 21 while functioning as a college student in Wisconsin (imagine that), Nick sold his first bag of SPEC MIX mortar as a distributor representative for our QUIKRETE-WI plant. Now a 12-year member of our corporate team, Nick’s role has evolved into the R&D of our Shotcrete products, performance mortars and grouts, and zealous creator of the ultimate silo delivery system for contractors. What’s his true work-related love? The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500—Feel free to ask anyone that knows him!

Mike Griffin, Stucco Product Manager – Known by many as “Stucco Mike”, we proudly refer to Mr. Griffin as our resident stucco guru. Serving as board member for the National One Coat Stucco Association, Mike immerses himself in all matters that impact stucco producers and contractors to promote the industry and its tradesman. But don’t pigeon-whole him in the Division 9 product category, Mike is well versed in construction products and applications related to building repair and restoration, caulks and sealants, coatings and adhesives. In essence, Mike is our walking and talking product knowledge search engine. If you’re looking for help, Mike’s your man.

Brian Carney, Vice President/General Manager – From his college days working summers as a mason tender to the SPEC MIX team leader, Brian is the longest tenured member of the SPEC MIX crew. He joined the company back in the day when he still had a full head of hair, and many people in the masonry industry thought the SPEC MIX silo and bulk bag system would be a “flash-in-the pan” thing. Well…a lot has changed over the past 20+ years. Today SPEC MIX is rockin’ the masonry world and Brian’s head shines like a new penny! He’s responsible for SPEC MIX brand strategy, management and all things driving the company’s business development. Brian’s favorite color is PMS 647—the one and only Pantone color that represents “SPEC MIX Blue”.  Rumor is that’s also the color of his blood!