Wednesday, May 24, 2017


MCSC Annual Conference
June 21-14, 2017
Independence, Missouri

The Midwest Chimney Safety Council is pleased to announce that we have added an outstanding class to the conference - OSHA Authorized Person Fall Protection Training: Learn what you need to know about fall protection per OSHA guidelines and when you are finished with this class you will have the ability to be assigned as your Authorized Person per OSHA requirements at your place of business. This training will also be important for Worker's Comp insurance. ​Instructor: Mark Damon from Ellis Fall Protection.
Here is the complete lineup of classes, classroom presentations for two days, then workshops for two days:
Over the Top Service Equals Sales: .Quality service is what everyone expects. No one needs your service or anything you sell. In today's world, it's all about me world, over the top service is how a company grows . One simple mistake and a homeowner lets the world know before you make it out of the driveway. By providing quality service second to none and going beyond expectations will put you ahead any other company. From a one person company to a multi million dollar company simple easy touches add up to easy sales. This seminar will cover the basic ways that we have found to work which have given us a complaint free history and yearly growth. Instructor:Victor Imgarten, Clean Sweep Chimney Service, Ex-President of the NCSG and CSIA.
Course #6067 Business 1, C&L 1 CEU's CSIA
Bio: Victor is a Missouri native and has been in the chimney industry for close to 40 years.He is an ex-president of the NCSG. Growing up in a home surrounded by business owners from his Grandparents and a father quality service was always a way of life. He attended Washington University and other collages as well as many years of continuing training in the field of business, sales and customer relations. He have served on all industry related boards in some capacity. Currently he still enjoys field work and the challenges of meeting new and existing costumers demands, for over the top service.Quality service is what everyone expects.
If you’re not Selling, You’re Being Outsold: with Chuck Hall (CSIA President). This class will cover methods to properly set up the sale with your client, and techniques to use during the sales process. Chuck will also discuss sales from the perspective as the owner with technicians and salespeople in his employ. Course Number 6044 C&L 1 CEU Business 1.5 CEUs from CSIA
Bio: Chuck was born in Washington, DC and graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Advertising and Communications. He sold advertising time for a DC radio station for 2 years after college. Chuck started a home service business that included a chimney service 2 years later. Today in year 28, Winston's Chimney Service specializes in fireplaces and chimneys only; both residential and commercial. The company ran 11 trucks last fall and employed 29 people. They have one technician/salesperson who sold $1 million worth of services in 2016 and another person sold just below $700 k. We grossed $3.3 million in sales last year and plan to hit $4 million in 2017. Chuck has been married for 25 years and has a 21 year old daughter and an 18 year old son.

Lessons Learned From Fire Investigations: Find out what the most common mistakes are that chimney inspectors, builders, or contractors make that have caused structural fires and learn what to look for during inspections. See actual photos of house fires and how the cause was identified. Find out what the procedures are for fire investigations. Learn what not to do when building or rebuilding a chimney, or installing hearth appliances, and what to watch out for with other tradespeople. Instructor: Marge Padgitt, Padgitt Forensic Investigations Course number 6069 C&L 1.5 CEUs from CSIA
Bio: Marge and her husband, Gene, have been married for 30 years, and have worked together in the chimney business for 32 years. Marge is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and NFI Woodburning Specialist and trainer. Marge wrote the book The Chimney and Hearth Pro's Resource Book and the CD Presentation set Presentations for Chimney Professionals. has two more books and instructional films in the works. She has served on the board of directors for the National Chimney Sweep Guild, Masonry Heater Association of North America, the Midwest HPBA, and the Midwest Chimney Safety Council. She is a founding member of the MCSC.

Introduction to Masonry Heaters: Find out what masonry heaters are, how they work, and how to do maintenance on heaters.These are special appliances that are completely different than any other type of wood-burning heating appliance. Instructor: Gary Hart, Certified Heater Mason, Aaron’s Ltd Course number 6071 Technical 1.5 CEU's CSIA
Bio: Gary began a chimney sweeping business in 1979 and has since become a mason, masonry heater builder, and wood/gas stove store owner. While pursuing a living in the solid fuel industry for 35 years, Gary received certifications through ISO and WHERF, Certification #1348 through CSIA/NCSG and Certification #10 through the Masonry Heater Association.In the early 1990s, Gary was involved with developing a description of Masonry Heaters for submission to the ASTM standards and helped review a certification Program for Masonry Heater Builders. He was involved with developing an advanced certification for chimney sweeps through the CSIA/NCSG.As a Certified Masonry Heater Builder, he has built masonry heaters in New Hampshire, Vermont, North Carolina, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri and Japan. He currently holds the distinction of being the 1st Platinum Member with the Masonry Heater Association of North America.
The Labor Problem, Recruiting and Retaining Great People: Instructor: Jake Cromwell, Top Hat Chimney & Roofing
​How to Apply Stucco and Plaster: These skills are needed when doing masonry or manufactured chimney restoration. Students will prep walls, install wire mesh, install a scratch coat and final coat of stucco, and learn how to plaster interior walls. Get practice using these methods hands-on. Bring your masonry tools. Instructor: Gene Padgitt, HearthMasters Masonry School.
​ 4 Elective CEU's from NFI Course number 6063 Technical 4 CEUs from CSIA
​Bio: Gene has worked in the chimney industry for 35 years. He is an award-winning master mason, CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, NFI Certified Gas Specialist, Licensed Mechanical Contractor, Certified Heater Mason, State Certified Fire Investigator, and has a degree in HVACR.Technology. Gene has taught numerous classes in the industry. Gene is an expert mason so you'll be learning from one of the best.
How to Build Chase Tops: Learn how to use a break to form a perfect chase top and flashing on the job to save time and money. These skills will improve your bottom line! Instructors: Michael Matthews and David Steward
How to Build a Cricket: Hands-on practice building a chimney cricket. A "must know" for chimney contractors. Crickets are required for all chimneys measuring 30" wide and are built on the back side of the chimney on the high side of the roof. In the field, crickets are often too short or missing altogether. This can cause rain water to destroy masonry and wood on the back side of the chimney and cause leaking on the interior of the home. If you're going to be a "We Fix Leaky Chimneys" company, this class is a "must do." Instructor:Gregg Boss, English Sweep. Greg is the Region 4 Director for the National Chimney Sweep Guild.
​​Chimney Sweeping Methods and Equipment: Learn how to sweep a chimney to remove creosote, find out what different types of equipment are available, and watch a chimney inspection using the Chim Scan camera system. Janie Rickord, Alpine Chimney Service and Tom Urban with Estoban Corp. and Chim-Scan
Creating a Thorough Inspection Program: Instructor, Tom Urban, Estoban Corporation. Class #6078 Codes and Standards .75, C&L .75 from CSIA
Chimney Diagnosis and Documentation: An in-depth class with Tom Urban, Estoban Corporation. Tom is the inventor of the Chim-Scan camera system. 
OSHA Authorized Person Fall Protection Training: Be OSHA Compliant and learn all about fall protection methods! This is a four -hour class with CEUs!
CEUs pending for several classes but we are attempting to get CEUs from CSIA, NFI,
and MHA for all classes. 
And be sure to visit vendor tables the first two days!
And some FUN events:
Wednesday Night: Join us for outdoor Barbecue for dinner!
​Thursday Night: Bowling and Bililards Night at Diamond Bowl! Come join us for some fun and comradarie!
Saturday Night Pizza party and Auction! 
Don’t miss great deals at the auction and fantastic pizza (included in your registration fee) Please bring a donation to the auction - even if it isn't chimney related! With our REAL auctioneer - Steve Hoover!

Please contact Marge at 816-461-3665 or
THANK YOU to Olympia Chimney Supply for sponsoring our Pizza party on Saturday night and donating a liner kit!
THANK YOU to Copperfield Chimney Supply for donating a liner kit!

Thanks to HearthMasters for sponsoring the barbecue!
MORE sponsor donations coming!

VISIT Midwest Chimney Safety Council FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

Marge Padgitt
President, Midwest Chimney Safety Council
PO Box 1166, Independence, MO 64051
Ph 816-461-3665 Fax 816-461-2818