United States Masonry & Chimney (USM&C) is a company specializing in masonry and chimney services founded and operated by Jamie Pagliei, a US Navy veteran (USS Portland LSD – 37).
One of Jamie’s passions is providing opportunities for all veterans. Through that passion, Jamie has developed the Veteran Chimney Initiative (VCI). As an alternative to college, US Masonry & Chimney provides military men and women in transition a fast-track opportunity to a career in the chimney industry through our apprentice-style mentoring program.
During this process, US Masonry & Chimney will be grooming VCI members to take on future leadership positions, including the opportunity to own and operate their own Franchise of US Masonry & Chimney.
This 2 year program will provide potential graduates with the skills, knowledge, and certifications necessary to excel as chimney professionals. These certifications include:
- CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) Certified Chimney Sweep
- NFI (National Fireplace Institute) Master Hearth Professional
- F.I.R.E. (Fireplace Investigation Research & Education) Certification
- CDET (Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician) Certification.
All of this is possible through the help of the Montgomery GI Bill and support from outside sources.