HPBA names new board for 2016–2017

HPBAARLINGTON, Va. – The Hearth Patio and Barbecue Assn. (HPBA) appointed its 2016–2017 board, including three executive committee seats, with two new manufacturer representative appointments and three new regional representative appointments.

HPBA’s board has a total of 21 voting seats: six on the executive committee and 17 representatives for manufacturers and geographic regions throughout the United States and Canada.

Board Executive Committee:

• Chairman: Gene Butler, hearth retailer The Firebird
• Vice Chairman: Ingrid Schroeter, co-owner of grill manufacturer Napoleon
• Secretary: Amie Ryan, owner, Ryan Bros. Chimney Sweeping
• Ex-Officio: Jess Baldwin, hearth retailer Hearth & Home Technologies
• Member-At-Large: Randy Dryden, hearth and outdoor retailer Fireplace Center & Patio Shop
• Treasurer: Ken Belding, grill and hearth manufacturer Empire Comfort Systems


• Manufacturer: Chris Hartley, Blue Rhino, Winston-Salem, N.C.
• Member-at-Large: Henry Hall, hearth manufacturer Skytech II
• Northeast Region: Wayne Stritsman, hearth retailer Best Fire
• Northwest and Oregon Region: Dan Henry, co-founder of hearth manufacturer Quadra-Fire Stoves
• Southeast Region: Dick Hoffman, owner of hearth, grill and patio retailer The Fire House Causal Living Store

Manufacturer and retailers also continuing their service on the Board include: Bill Bathe, Forshaw of St. Louis; Joe Burns, Bernard Dalsin Manufacturing Co.; Jodi Burson, Big Green Egg; Loretta Dolan, Loretta Dolan & Associates, Roger Evans of Evans Marketing; Mark Klein, Innovative Hearth Products (re-elected); Dave Kuhfahl, HearthStone Quality Home Heating Products; Martin Miles, Valor Fireplaces/Miles Inds.; Ross Morrison, Stellar Hearth Products; Glen Spinelli, Regency Fireplace/FPI Fireplace Products International (re-elected); and Keith Wesol, Weber-Stephen Products. Tony Gottschalk serves as HPBA Canada’s staff representative.

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