James E. Amrhein (1997) was instrumental in the establishment of TMS. He was president of TMS from 1988 to 1989 and served as co-chair for the first North American Masonry Conference. Mr. Amrhein previously served as the executive director of the Masonry Institute of America for 26 years. He also taught at California State University at Long Beach from 1961 to 1988. He is now a consultant, and noted author. For his numerous accomplishments and service, he is the recipient of many awards including the Outstanding Engineer Merit Award from the Institute for Advancement of Engineering and the TMS President’s Award in 1992.