Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Calling all the Gen Y and newbies!

If you’ve been in the industry for a long time, you may belong to an organization called HearthMasters.  HearthMasters is a social organization formed to recognize the long and productive careers of those involved in the hearth, patio and barbecue industries. Friends and associates, especially those who have changed companies or retired, are able to stay in touch through the HearthMasters newsletter, annual HearthMasters Membership Directory, and social function held at each year's HPBExpo.

And now, in addition to that, HPBA and the affiliates are emphasizing a networking, mentoring and professional development effort in the industry called “Young Guns.”  This is a group founded for the purpose of increasing awareness of, and involvement in, association matters by MidStates HPBA members under the age of 40 or in the industry fewer than 5 years.

Our affiliate has already made its presence felt through the involvement of Young Guns Committee Co-Chair Linsey Flutey, Ray Murray Inc., and Committee member Kayce Smith, Fire Gear LLC.  So if you are under 40 or new to the industry, join Linsey and Kayce in getting this new program even more momentum.  They got off to a great start in Atlanta with their own private networking party, and identifying badge ribbons.
Get involved. 

The group is extremely motivated about initiating many activities throughout the year.  For 2012, they plan to:
  • Start a monthly newsletter (first issue will be May)
  • Host education programs geared toward the Young Guns community
  • Start a mentoring program on a regional level

Get the most out of your membership! For more information, email youngguns@hpba.org.