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Conference Speaker Bios (in progress)

Tom Urban

Estoban Corporation

Fairfield, IA.

Inventor of the Chim-Scan Camera system (and others). Tom has presented at multiple national and regional events, and is a documentation specialist. He is an expert and finding chimney problems. 

Topic: Inspecting Manufactured Fireplace Systems

Steve Hoover

Lucky Sweep Service and Sales

Versailles, MO

Steve is an industry veteran and owns a full-service chimney company in Versailles, MO. He is a past board member of the MCSC. Steve has also been a professional auctioneer for many years. 


Victor Imgarten

Clean Sweep

St. Louis, Missouri

Victor Imgarten grew up in a family of business owners from a corner grocery store to a high end jewelry store. Quality service, sales, marketing and new technology have always been part of everyday life.

Victor has been involved in the chimney business for 40 years. He has served in every capacity in the NCSG and CSIA since his first convention. Currently still in the field of the oldest full service chimney company in the state of Missouri.

A Washington University Grad who is certified by many groups and associations. Recipient of several awards related to the chimney, fire and business industries. 

Topic: What You're Doing Right, Wrong, or Possibly Not at All

Website Committee Chair/webmaster:
Michael Matthews
Dr Soot Chimney Sweep LLC 
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079
573 374 3119

Gary Hart

Gary is a retired chimney technician and mason, with many years of experience in the industry. He is a Certified Heater Mason by the Masonry Heater Association of North America, and ex-CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. 

Gary has taught several classes for the MCSC in the past and has served on the BOD for the Midwest Chimney Safety Council and Masonry Heater Association. 

Topic: Hands-on Masonry Workshop

Aaron Libertini

Sergeant at Arms for the MCSC

Martial Arts expert. 

Works for Top Hat Chimney and Roofing in Arkansas

Aaron has over 10 years of martial arts experience. He has studied judo, sambo, jujitsu, catch wrestling, muay thai, Kempo, kali, eskrima,  eskrido, Silat 

Aaron has a two Black belts. He worked in security for six years and is a Police control tactics instructor.

Topic: Self Defence for Women

Gene Padgitt is a 35-year veteran chimney technician and a master mason. He is the V.P. of HearthMasters, Inc. restoration company, co-owner of HearthMaters Education, and co-owner of Three Trails Cottages real estate investment company and the Ginger Rogers House Museum.  

Padgitt has been a Certified Heater Mason by the Masonry Heater Association of North America since 2003, a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep since 1990, has a degree in HVACR Technology from Vatterott and Sullivan, is an NFI Certified Gas Specialist, a Private State Certified Fire Investigator, and a Licensed Master Mechanical Contractor in all jurisdictions in the greater Kansas City area. 

Gene is one of "Those Guys" that is pretty good at almost anything from framing, drywall, electrical, plumbing, stucco, masonry, and of course, chimneys, fireplaces, masonry heaters, and bake ovens. 

Topic: Masonry Heater Core construction demonstration

David Steward

Membership chair and board member

Topic: How to Make FIreplace Surrounds and Metal Chase Tops

Tom Grandy Grandy & Associates
1020 Halifax Drive Suite 102 Owensboro, KY 42301
Phone: 1-800-432-7963 (Canada:270-926-3212)
FAX : 270-684-7425
Tom Grandyhas over 30 years experience in industry and small business. He has worked as the general manager of a service company, Regional Directory of Company Develop for the DIAL ONE franchise and is the founder and president of Grandy & Associates. The vision of Grandy & Associates is to “teach contractors how to run profitable businesses”. We accomplish our vision through business training boot camps and seminars, one-on-one consulting and educational materials (i.e., software, brochures, manuals, newsletters, CD’s and DVD’s). Tom has also developed the industries leading software modeling program called “Labor Pricng for a Profit with Cash Flow Projections. We are also the founders of the subscription CD and web-based series called the “Profit University Audio Series” (for owners and managers). Grandy & Associates also writes articles for numerous trade publications including News, Contracting Business, HVAC Insider and monthly articles in the Sweeping, Reeves Journal, RSES Journal and Contracting Canada. Tom also routinely presents at national and state conventions for QSC, PHCC, Aquatech, Florida Pool and Spa Association, ACCA, MCA, SMACNA plus Comfortech. In addition to trade associations, Grandy & Associates does extensive business-training for contractors through wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers across the country including many national franchises. For contractors serious about profitable growth we also offer our two-day “Planning for Profit” at numerous locations across the country. Grandy & Associates is also the sales and training arm for the industry-acclaimed performance-based software program called ProfitMaxx. ProfitMaxx accurately measures every area of the technician’s productivity and profitabilty.


Marge Padgitt

HearthMasters Education

Marge is a 33=year chimney industry veteran. She is the President/CEO of HearthMasters, Inc. and co-owner of Three Trails Cottagest Real Estate Investments, HearthMasters Education, and HearthMasters Publishing.  Marge is the author of The Chimney and Hearth Pro's Resource Book which is now in its third edition, The Homeowner's Guide to Chimneys Heating Appliances, and coming soon - How to Reline Chimney Flues, and Marketing a Successful Service Business. Other books are in the works. 

Marge is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and NFI Certified Wood-Burning Specialist, and certified NFI trainer. She has spoken at the NCSG conventions, HPBA conventions, Midwest HPBA, BXI, MHA conferences, and multiple MCSC events as well as over 200 other conventions and meetings on various topics.

Topics: What Office Staff Needs to Know and the Marketing Roundtable

Gregg Boss

English Sweep

St. Louis, Missouri

Gregg is a veteran chimney sweep and chimney technician who owns and manages his own company. 

Topic: Managing Business and Personal Finances

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