Twin Eagles’ Dante Cantal receives 2017 Donna H. Myers Award

The award is sponsored by HPBA and Casual Living

Donna Myers AwardARLINGTON, Va.—The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) and Casual Living magazine announce Dante Cantal of Twin Eagles as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award.

Since founding Twin Eagles, Inc., more than 10 years ago, Cantal has built his family-owned company from the ground up to be a trend-setter in the premium outdoor kitchen equipment category.

“The level of success that Twin Eagles, has seen under Cantal’s leadership in such a short time should be recognized," said Jack Goldman, president and CEO of HPBA. "He truly is an inspiration for anyone looking to start their own business or seeking to innovate a product––or entire category."

Cantal has also received numerous accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Gas Engineers.

Cantal started his career as a residential appliance engineer for White Westinghouse and General Electric. In 1982, he entered the cooking equipment industry as director of U.S. Range’s commercial design team. Cantal has also applied his engineering expertise to many major brands, including Dynasty, Maytag, Jenn-Air, Cal Flame, Ducane Meridian and Wolf. In 1996, he co-founded one of the first outdoor kitchen equipment companies––Lynx Professional Grills.

The Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award will be presented March 2 in Atlanta, during the Big Green Egg Cook-off at HPBExpo 2017. Now in its sixth year, the award, sponsored by HPBA and Casual Living, recognizes innovative leaders who have contributed to the growth of their companies and the overall industry. Recipients combine distinguished professional achievement and community service with problem solving skills and an unwavering commitment to the barbecue industry. Donna H. Myers was a leading barbecue industry advocate and Casual Living columnist who died in January 2011.

Previous winners include: Stan Hays, champion pit master and co-founder and CEO of Operation BBQ Relief (2016); Ron LaRocca, 30-year marketing and sales veteran instrumental in growing the barbecue industry (2015); Ed Fisher, founder and chairman of Big Green Egg (2014); and George A. Stephen, founder of Weber-Stephen Products and creator of the Weber Kettle Grill (2013). The first award was given posthumously to Myers in 2012.


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