Hearthmasters, inc. In Kansas City

Serving Greater Kansas City | 816.461.3665 or 913.498.2446 | HearthMasters, Inc. © 2017 All rights reserved.






Maria McKenzie 

Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) | Finance Manager | Assistant Editor ​Wood-Fired Magazine
Maria has been with our company for over 23 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.

Tamie Dorsch

Safety Director | Executive Assistant | Dispatcher
Tamie has been with the company for 14 years. She is our safety director and coordinator, executive assistant, and is in charge of scheduling. She is also a government licensed notary.

Phillip Thomas

Records Analyst | Photographer Wood-Fired Magazine

Phillip has been with our company for 5 years. He is also a student of interactive design and motion graphics production, and is a proud member of our family.

Cynthia Thomas

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.

Jamyi Thompson

Office Assistant, Reception
Jamyi is a proud member of our extended family and worked for our company for many years previously. We are grateful that she recently returned to assist in our office.

Ronald Schmidt

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep | CSIA Certified Dryer-Vent Technician

Ron has been with our company since 2013. After his time in the U.S. Military, he gained experience in leadership/management. He assists in chimney and fireplace ventilation services and is a chimney sweep and inspector. OSHA Certified 10-Hour Construction

President and CEO | Technical trainer | Estimator

Certified Chimney Sweep by the Chimney Safety Institute of America

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
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 is the Kansas City Alternative Energy Examiner for www.Examiner.com. See her informative articles with lots of tips at the Examiner and Chimneys.com websites.

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

Current Bake Oven Committee Chair for the MHA

​30+ years in the industry

Ryan Gross 

Installer's Assistant | Laborer

​Ryan joined the HearthMasters family in 2015. He assists in chimney and fireplace ventilation services.

Ricky Cline

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep | Lead Chimney Sweep/Inspector

Rick has been with the company for 11 years. He is a certified sweep and inspector, relining/ventilation technician, and trained dryer-vent specialist. OSHA Certified 10-Hour Construction

Anthony Gross 

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep | CSIA Certified Dryer Vent Technician | Crew Leader

Tony has been with our company for 17 years. He is a trained wood-burning specialist; an experienced mason and reliner. He works with tile, steel, custom-made liners and poured-liner systems as well as FireGuard flue joint sealant, masonry repairs, water-repellant application, restoration of smoke chambers, fireboxes, crowns, dampers, chimney covers and dryer vent cleaning. OSHA Certified 10-Hour Construction



Professional memberships

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


Vice President | State Certified Fire Investigator | Licensed Mechanical Contractor | Field Operations Manager

Missouri State Certified Fire Investigator/Licensed Private 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.

​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.

Certified Chimney Sweep by the Chimney Safety Institute of America
The Certification requires knowledge of codes, clearances, construction, inspection, and maintenance of chimneys and fireplaces. Testing or 42 CEU credits required every three years. www.csia.org

Certified Dryer Vent Technician by 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.  

Degree in Heating, Ventilation, Cooling, and Refrigeration 1985 from Vatterott & Sullivan Technical College

OSHA Certified 10-Hour Construction

35 years in the industry