Since 1982







Maria McKenzie 

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.

Jamyi Thompson

Executive Assistant | Safety Coordinator
A part of our extended family, Jamyi is in charge of safety training, scheduling and dispatching.

Phillip Thomas

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.

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.

Frank Kithcart
Office Assistant | Customer Relations

Ronald Schmidt

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

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. 

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 for six years. See her informative articles with lots of tips at the Examiner and websites.

Marge has written over 250 articles about chimneys, fireplaces, vents, appliances, inspections, and more

Non-Profit Associations
​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

Ryan Gross 

NFI Certified Gas Specialist 

​Ryan joined the HearthMasters family in 2015. He specializes in gas heating appliance ventilation.

Timmy Cline
Installer's Assistant | Laborer

Timmy worked with us previously and rejoined our team in 2017. He assists with heating and ventilation services.

Ricky Cline

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

Anthony Gross 

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



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 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​

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.

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.

NFI Certified Gas Specialist by the National Fireplace institute. Qualified to inspect, service, and install gas appliances. 

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