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Dr Soot Chimney Sweep LLC 
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079
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Friday Classes for Office Staff only - $35.00 ea


Member Conference Registration:

Contact Janie Rickord for sponsor and vendor information:

e-mail: Janierickord@alpinechimney.com 
PH: 515-279-1337

Join or Renew MCSC Membership:

Check with Sally Scott for currrent status: ​(636) 274-1900
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​MCSC Annual Conference

June 13-16, 2018

At the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks

Early Bird deadline extended to may 26!

​Location: Red Oak Resort and RV Park
​524 Recreation Row
Camdenton, MO 65020
Red Oak Resort is located in Camdenton, Missouri off of Lake Road 5-65 by land,
or Osage 32mm by water.

Call 573-873-9400 to make a reservation ASAP before they fill up!
Room Rate Sheet 

​See more info at www.redoakresort.com

Hands-on Workshops and Business Classes

CEU's from CSIA and NFI for all Classes!
Read Speaker Bios Here


T​om Grandy -  Tom Urban - Victor Imgarten - Gene Padgitt - Gary Hart 

Gregg Boss - Aaron Libertini - Marge Padgitt - David Steward

Wednesday, June 13: Business Classes at the Banquet Hall at the resort

Visit Vendors all day - Cocktails and Vendors event after classes!  Door prizes!
Evening: Games night at the hall - bring your board and card games!   Fishing tournament all week!

Thursday, June 14: Masonry Heater Demonstration and Hands-on Masonry Skills
with Gene Padgitt and Gary Hart - hands on - at the Matthew's house 

How to Make Faceplates and Chase Tops with David Steward
Evening: Games Night at the Hall (bring your favorit card or board games)

Friday, June 15: Masonry Heater Demonstration and Hands - on Masonry Classes at the Matthew's house
and Ladies Day for Women Only at the Banquet Hall (choose one)

Friday Night:

Cocktails and Vendors

Annual Auction with our real auctioneer Steve Hoover!

Get great deals on your favorite items!

Barbeque Feast - all at the Hall  

Top Hat Contest - wear your most creative top hat!
Saturday, June 16: Business Classes at the Banquet Hall

Manufactured Fireplace Inspection Demonstration with Tom Urban
What You're Doing Right, Wrong, or Possibly Not at All with Victor Imgarten


​June 13

The Price Is Right…..Or Is It? With Tom Grandy
Improper labor pricing is the #1 killer of small businesses today!  This session will cover all the basics of profitable labor pricing using a Sample Company and ten (10) filled in worksheets.  Most companies are aware of the basic overhead costs; however, the two HIGHEST costs of doing business (cost of non-billable time and equipment replacement costs) are often left out.  Remember - If you are not priced right nothing else matters.  Be sure to take time to attend this basic foundational program. 
Specific Learning Objectives: Attendees will learn a simple and effective method of pricing labor for service and/or installation jobs based on their real cost of doing business (from a cash flow perspective instead of accounting) 
Session Outline: A Sample Company will be used and information on all ten (10) worksheets will be filled in.  The attendee will then be able to return to the office and use the worksheets to determine their required, and profitable, hourly rate.

How to Be Wildly Successful in Any Economy!  With Tom Grandy
Who says things have to be slow in today’s economy?  Many companies are not only making it, they are growing and prospering….and your company needs to be one of them!  The key is really quite simple “Be the best at what you do!”  This session will help the contractor do just that by covering topics like:
What to do when times are slow (evaluate the company, create systems, etc.)
Three (3) things every customer wants from their contractor
Eight (8) things to learn from a VERY successful contractor
Seven (7) things you need to brainstorm with all your employees
Understanding the basic costs of doing business
Overcoming the fear factor of raising your rates

If you want your company to experience profitable growth in any economy, including this one, don’t miss this session!
Specific Learning Objectives: Attendees will gain a new perspective on working in today’s economy.  The bottom line is simple.  Stop looking at the problems and start looking for opportunities. Session Outline: Attendees will take home dozens of ideas concerning how to best utilize their time, talents and resources during a slow economy.  

Financial Fitness for Business and Home with Gregg Boss

 Masonry Heater Core Class with Gene Padgitt will build a masonry heater core at the Matthews' house: See what is involved in masonry heater construction and what the interior core of a heater looks like. See 16th century technology at work! Participants will be able to watch as this is constructed by master mason Gene Padgitt at the Matthew's house for their future masonry heater. Gene is one of only a few Certified Heater Masons in the U.S. and Canada. June 14 & 15 

Hands-on Masonry Skills Workshop with Gary Hart: Learn how to lay brick and build a chimney! Learn masonry skills with master mason Gary Hart. Gary is heading up a masonry skills workshop where participants will get hands-on experience laying brick and building chimneys, with multiple stations occurring at the same time. Never held a trowel? No problem - Gary will show you how! This is a great opportunity to get some practice doing masonry work so you can use these skills in your business. Gary is one of only a few Certified Heater Masons in the U.S. and Canada.

Both workshops will be done simultaneously over two full days on June 14 and 15. 

​June 14: How to Make Your Own Metal Faceplates and Chase Tops

David Steward and Mike Matthews will demonstrate how to size, cut and make metal faceplates for wood and gas inserts and how to make chase tops. Save time and money by doing it yourself! See a large metal break and cutting tools. 

Lunch served on site

​and Concurrently: 
Ladies Day on Friday, June 14:
 Special Classes for women only with CEU credits! Come to class even if you don't need CEUs. 

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m:. What Office Staff Need to Know about Chimneys: Your office staff needs to know the correct termonology used in the industry and fully understand chimneys, fireplaces, and appliances, relining methods, how to handle calls, how to handle insurance adjusters and chimney fire claims, and much more! Your office staff may attend as long as a company member is registered for the conference. CEU credits. Instructor: Marge Padgitt, author and educator.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.:  Self-Defence for Women. Aaron Libertini has two black belts and is a self-defence expert and Police trainer. He will demonstrate, and you may participate in learning many self-defence techniques. A must for all women. All spouses and girls over age 12 are welcome to attend as long as a company member is registered for the conference. Women who are CSIA and/or NFI Certified will receive CEU credits.

12:30 - 1:30 pm 
Ladies tea (lunch) Join us for hot tea, Iced tea, sandwiches, and tea cakes!

1:30 pm Craft Class and Centerpieces - open to ALL women (spouses, children)
This will be held at the Banquet Hall at the resort. We will construct a top hat fascinator (bring your own glue gun and supplies - we will have the hats and some supplies on hand) And we will make the centerpieces for the banquet! Hats are similar to the one in the photo, but ours are black. All supplies included, but if you want to bring special items to put on your hat feel free to do so. We will be having a Most Creative Top Hat Contest on Friday night which is open to men and women. Bring a cool or hot glue gun if you have one. We will also be making centerpieces for the tables that you will get to take home after the banquet.  $20 pp for ladies 12 and older. ​(If you have young kids bring them to the hall with some toys to play with during our class)

Friday Night: Barbecue Feast and Auction with Steve Hoover
​Don't miss the fun!

​​​Saturday: Classes at the Hall
Manufactured Fireplace Inspection and Documentation
with Tom Urban

What You're Doing Right, Wrong, or Possibly Not at All with Victor Imgarten

In this fast paced roundtable discussion will cover 60 points and trends to improve you,  your company, your image and your presentation to the homeowner. We will cover topics ranging from company artwork to knowing when to zip your mouth shut and let the sale happen. In between a large array of topics including thermal imaging cameras, the need for print advertising and the number one thing you can do to separate you from other services companies.


Plan to bring the family and have a mini-vacation--  and bring your fishing gear!  There are lots of activities for everyone!
​ Bring the family - stay an extra day or two for some vacation time! 

CEU credits from CSIA and NFI, and the MHA for most classes! 


You must register for your room at the resort separately! See the registration form for more info. 

MCSC members - $179 for the primary registrant, $159 additional Registrants

 To join the MCSC visit our Join Page

Registration includes all indoor and outdoor workshops, lunch each day, and the auction and banquet on Friday night.

Barbecue only on Friday night (for spouses or children not attending the conference) -
We will be having a barbecue feast with ribs, chicken, brats, and hot dogs will all the fixn's!
$15 for adults, $10 for kids 12-18, Free for kids 11 and under. 

​Ladies Only Craft and Floral Class on Friday:
 Open to attendees, spouses, children, and sig others. 
 $20 pp for ladies and teens 12 and older.
​(If you have young kids bring them to the hall with some toys to play with during our class)

Volunteers Needed for the Conference

Looking for spouses and attendees to assist setting up the room, helping with registration, assist vendors, shop, and make lunches and the barbecue dinner on Friday.

To Register: 

 Mail the registration form with a check made out to the MCSC 

to MCSC 1134 S Pearl Street, Independence, MO 64050

Or pay on Pay Pal by sending the total amount due to mcsc@mcsc-net.org

You must send the registration form if paying by check or Pay Pal!

Ladies Craft Class and Tea on Friday

Barbeque for non registrants

Olympia Chimney Supply




Barbeque for non-registrants (spouses, kids)

Non-Member Registration