MEET THE TEAM
At Mid-State Masonry, we believe people make the difference. That is why our team is made of folks who are not only qualified experts but who truly love what they do. Get to know more about each member of our team and their background.
As a fourth generation mason, Joel Temples has spent almost his entire life around the masonry industry. His father had a small residential masonry company, and in 1970, Joel entered the masonry industry himself as a part-time worker. After just two years, he made masonry his full-time career.
Knowing that he always wanted to own his own company, Joel and his brother opened T&T Masonry in 1974 at just 19 years old. Together, they grew their company from five employees to 175 employees in just 16 years.
In 1990, Joel and his brother parted ways to each focus on more specific aspects of the masonry industry. This is when Mid-State Masonry was formed to serve the commercial masonry needs of the area.
Joel believes that people make the difference, which is something he regularly experiences in his line of work. He’s been privileged to work for and with many great people and companies that have made even the most difficult situations easier.
Always on the lookout for a project, Joel has his builder’s license and enjoys flipping houses in his spare time. You can also find him playing the guitar or settled down with a great book.
Born and raised in West Columbia, SC, he and his wife still live in the area. They have two children – a son, who is a junior at USC, and a daughter, who is in middle school – and two dogs.
Wendy Connelly has been in the construction industry in some aspect for 22 years, but masonry is where she found her home. She joined the team at Mid-State Masonry in March 2013 during the Chapin High School project.
About a year earlier, Wendy met Joel and Abner while working for a general contractor on a project in which they were the masonry contractor. When she was seeking a job change, she reached out to Abner and was offered the job at Mid-State.
She loves seeing a project completed from the ground-up through the finished product. Even with all the technology today, it still takes hands and the human mind to construct great building. This mix of creativity and engineering is an art, and Wendy takes pleasure in seeing it daily.
A diehard Gamecock fan, Wendy graduated from USC and was even in the Carolina Band. She especially loves fall and the excitement college football brings. Good year or bad year – she’s still cheering on the Gamecocks!
Originally from Lexington, SC, she now lives in Pomaria, SC with her husband, four children, and pet lab, Charlie. To relax from her busy schedule, she loves to read and sew.
Graham Temples grew up surrounded by the Masonry business. From a young age, Graham observed his dad, Joel Temples, studying all facets of Midstate Masonry. Graham decided to get his hands dirty and began working for the company in 2009. Spending his summers working for Midstate, he spent much of his time working at the River Bluff High School project. Raised an enormous Gamecock fan, it was an easy choice for Graham to choose to attend the University of South Carolina in 2013. He will graduate in December 2017 with a degree in Finance and directed study in Information Technology. Following his college graduation, Graham is eager to rejoin the team full-time as a Project Manager/Estimator. When not working, Graham enjoys being outside, running, golfing with friends, and spending time with his family. Go Gamecocks!