Yes, NCHPBA is still planning an onsite Annual Meeting & Education Conference for May 23-25 at Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. We hope the pandemic will be under control by then. If not, we will do something virtually so you will get education and some networking via Zoom with your colleagues.

HPBExpo has moved to June 24-26 in Louisville, KY. This move is with the same hope that we have…pandemic under control. HPBA will be sending more information out on this soon. HPBEF will be planning their education sessions to start on the 23rd. Save the dates and plan to come to both events. It is time we get together again!

Board Activities

The NCHPBA Board has been very busy this year working on various government issues and plans to hopefully resume a semblance of normal onsite functions in 2021. They will be meeting again in November to detail more activities on obtaining a Hearth Specialty License in Wisconsin. The goal is to eventually have such a license in each state so we are identified as an independent specialty. This will also protect our industry from other entities trying to install our products. The goal is the safest and best installation so everyone can thoroughly enjoy our products.

Action Plans

The Board of Directors approved Committee plans during their June 16 meeting. There will be some major government efforts this year that include licensing, fuel choice, building official training, Changeouts and State Capitol Hill Days. More details will be provided about each topic in our regular E-News publications. If you have any interest in these projects, please contact the office or either Chairman, BJ Marcell at Marcell’s Specialties or Joe Holland with Holland & Hearth. Their contact information is on the “About Us” page.

Forging Ahead

While a new normal emerges, NCHPBA will try to keep you informed with various topics and information you need to continue to operate. We do not plan to duplicate the excellent information that HPBA has on the COVID-19 impact that you can obtain from just going to the website. We started providing information on each state but later determined there was so much being provided by each state and from various municipalities within each state, we could not keep up to the everchanging conditions. We started having Coffee Breaks, video conferences on topics to help with networking. We plan to continue these on some basis. We will always notify you of upcoming programs.

We had a virtual Annual Meeting on May 18 with over 25 companies participating. Hope Stevenson then provided information on how to get going again using a sports analogy of car racing. Even if you are not a sports geek, this concept works. Stay tuned as the new normal takes form.

Annual Meeting 2020

NCHPBA will have an Annual Meeting on May 18, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.  Following the meeting, Hope Stevenson will speak on “What Sports Can Tell Us about our Business”.  Yes, this will be a virtual meeting.  We will use Zoom so you can log in and see one another and hear the reports as well as ask questions.  Sure won’t be like being together in one big room, but we will still be together, sort of.

Download the free app if you have not used Zoom before (google Zoom) and join the meeting.  If you have used Zoom before, log in with the following:  If you rather phone in, call:  646-558-8656 and use the ID of 784616229.  Be seeing you soon!

Coffee Breaks

The next Coffee Break virtual meeting for members will be April 22, 2020 at 9:40 a.m.  Watch for the Constant Contact invitation to join the call.


The onsite meeting of NCHPBA-CATE scheduled for May 17-19, 2020 has been canceled.  We will have a virtual NCHPBA Annual Meeting on May 18 at Noon.  We will provide log in details closer to the event.

CATE Board of Directors is working on virtual education programs.  Details on that is pending but will be posted as soon as they get them.

We were so looking forward to this event but we have to consider the health and safety of all the people involved as our first priority.  This pandemic will pass and we will get back to a new normal.  Hang in there.

May 2020

The dates are May 17-19, 2020 and we will be back at Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.  We are finalizing the program and should have the information to all of you before the end of the month.  Sunday will be our Funday with golf, escape room and other fun opportunities with the evening being the opening of the exhibits and our industry reception.  Monday and Tuesday will be packed with great education programs, the NCHPBA Annual Meeting and the CATE Head & Tails game and raffle.  Put the dates in your calendar and plan to come.  Again, details are forthcoming.  If you are interested in a sponsorship or providing a speaker, contact the office at 608-516-13615.

"…all for you!"