President and CEO | Technical trainer | Estimator
Certified Chimney Sweep by the Chimney Safety Institute of America since 1990. Requires 42 hours of training every three years to maintain certification. Approved proctor by the CSIA.
Certified Wood-burning Specialist by the National Fireplace Institute
Requires knowledge of wood-burning appliances, chimneys, installation, and maintenance. Requires re-testing or 42 CEU credits every three years. National Fireplace Institute Approved Instructor and teaches the certification class in the Midwest region. www.nficertified.org
Industry writer, Speaker
Publisher and editor of Wood-Fired Magazine
Editor of the Midwest Chimney Safety Council News Magazine
Author of the Chimney and Hearth Pro's Resource Book
Author of the Homeowner's Guide to Chimneys and Heating Appliances
Author of the Home Inspector's Guide to Chimney and Hearth Inspections
Marge Padgitt was the Kansas City Alternative Energy Examiner for www.Examiner.com for six years. See her informative articles with lots of tips at the Examiner and Chimneys.com websites.
Marge has written over 250 articles about chimneys, fireplaces, vents, appliances, inspections, and more
Current President and Educational Director of the Midwest Chimney Safety Council
Past Region 4 Director, National Chimney Sweep Guild
Past board member of the Midwest Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association
Past board member of the Masonry Heater Association of North America
Past Bake Oven Committee Chair for the MHA
Served on UL 127 and 103 Technical Committees for five years
Served on the PR Committees for the MHA and NCSG
Helped update the CSIA Sweeping Manual
President of the Local History Preservation Society
32+ years in the industry
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep | CSIA Certified Dryer Vent Technician | Crew Leader
Tony has been with our company for 19 years. He is a trained wood-burning, relining, and ventilation specialist, and experienced mason. He works with tile, steel, custom-made liners and poured-liner systems, as well as FireGuard flue joint sealant. Some of his specialties include masonry repairs, water-repellent application; restoration of smoke chambers, fireboxes, crowns, and dampers; installation of chimney covers; and dryer vent cleaning. OSHA Certified 10-Hour Construction
IN THE FIELD
CHIMNEY & FIREPLACE RESTORATION | MASONRY HEATERS & OVENS | VENTILATION | EDUCATION & INVESTIGATIONS
IN THE OFFICE
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep | Lead Chimney Sweep/Inspector
Rick has been with the company for 12 years. He is our lead chimney sweep and inspector, and specializes in heating and ventilation. He is also a trained dryer-vent specialist. Ricky is Certified in OSHA 10-Hour Construction
National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG)
Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA)
National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
Midwest Chimney Safety Council (Marge Padgitt is President and Educational Director)
MO Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators
The Masonry Heater Association of North America
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep | CSIA Certified Dryer-Vent Technician | Crew Leader
Ron has been with our company for 5 years. After his time in the U.S. Military, he gained experience in leadership and management. He assists in chimney and fireplace ventilation services, is a chimney sweep and inspector, and crew leader. OSHA Certified 10-Hour Construction
Vice President | State Certified Fire Investigator | Licensed Mechanical Contractor | Field Operations Manager
Missouri State Certified Fire Investigator/Licensed Private FIre Investigator
Requires 40 hours of training and annual CEU credits testing by the State of Missouri Department of Public Safety in addition to other requirements. Gene serves as an expert witness for cases involving structural fires related to chimneys and heating applianaces.
Class DM Master Mechanical License in all cities and counties in the greater KC area. Requires passing the BLOCK test and knowledge of gas, oil, and wood-burning heating equipment, chimneys, vents, ducts, plumbing, electrical and codes applying to these applications. Requires 8 hours of CEU course training annually at Johnson County Contractor Licensing. This license is required by law in the greater Kansas City area. See a list of licensed contractors at http://www.jocogov.org/dept/planning-and-codes/cls/home
Certified Chimney Sweep by the Chimney Safety Institute of America since 1990
The Certification requires knowledge of codes, clearances, construction, inspection, and maintenance of chimneys and fireplaces, the International Residential Code and the NFPA 211 Standard for Fireplaces. Testing or 42 CEU credits required every three years. www.csia.org
Certified Dryer Vent Technicianby the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Requires knowledge of codes, clearances, installation, and maintenance of residential and commercial dryer vents, connectors, and dryers. CEU credits required every three years. www.csia.org
NFI Certified Gas Specialist by the National Fireplace institute. Qualified to inspect, service, and install gas appliances. www.nficertfied.org
Certified Heater Mason by the Masonry Heater Association of North America. Qualified to build masonry heaters and brick ovens and any type of masonry. Commercial and Residential
Degree in Heating, Ventilation, Cooling, and Refrigeration 1985 from Vatterott & Sullivan Technical College
OSHA Certified 10-Hour Construction
Award-winning master mason with 15 national and regional awards
35 years in the industry
Chief Analytics Officer (CAO), Accounting & Human Resources
Maria has been with our company for over 25 years. She holds a degree of science in Criminal Justice. The primary focus of her education has been Crime Analysis, Quantum Mechanics, Forensic Psychology, and Publishing.
Safety Director | Executive Assistant | Dispatcher
Tamie has been with the company for 15 years. She is our safety director and coordinator, executive assistant, and is in charge of scheduling. She is also a state-licensed notary.
Records Analyst | Photographer for Wood-Fired Magazine
Phillip has been with our company for 7 years. He is also a student of interactive design and motion graphics production, and is a proud member of our family.
Office Assistant, Accounting | Copy-Editor Wood-Fired Magazine
Cynthia has been with our company since 2014. She is also a software engineering student, and is a proud member of our family.
Office Assistant, Scheduling & Reception
Office Assistant | Customer Relations
NFI Certified Gas Specialist
Ryan joined the HearthMasters family in 2015. He specializes in gas heating appliance ventilation.
Installer's Assistant | Laborer
Timmy worked with us previously and rejoined our team in 2017. He assists with heating and ventilation services.