Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) is an international not-for-profit trade association first established in 1980 to represent and promote the interests of the hearth products industry in North America. In 2002, the Hearth Products Association (HPA) merged with the Barbecue Industry Association (BIA) to form HPBA. The association includes manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers' representatives, service and installation firms, and other companies and individuals - all having business interests in and related to the hearth, patio, and barbecue products industries. For more information on the activities of the HPBA, please download our 2009 HPBA Annual Report.
HPBA's members manufacture, import, distribute, sell, service, and represent products that include
- factory-built fireplaces, gas logs, inserts, and accessories
- wood, pellet, coal, gas and electric stoves
- barbecues, grills, smokers and accessories
- patio furniture and accessories
Companies that manufacture, brand, and import hearth products, barbecue products, outdoor patio products, components, and related products that are sold and distributed through hearth, barbecue, and outdoor patio products distribution networks.
Companies in the business of sales to consumers of hearth, barbecue, outdoor patio, and related products.
Companies in the business of wholesale distribution to dealers, builders, and other channels of distribution of hearth, barbecue, outdoor patio, and related products
Independent manufacturers' representatives including firms and individuals in the business of providing independent sales representation for manufacturers of hearth, barbecue, outdoor patio, and related products.
Chimney sweeps, installers, and companies in the business of providing mechanical services for hearth, barbecue, patio, and related products.
Companies having a commercial interest in the hearth, barbecue, and outdoor patio products industry, including, but not limited to, gas utilities, publications, testing laboratories, insurers, insurance agencies, financial institutions, business systems providers, advertising agencies, public relations firms, etc.
Not-for-profit organizations having non-profit, non-commercial interests in the hearth, barbecue, and outdoor patio products industries.
The operation and direction of the association is the responsibility of the HPBA Board of Directors, a member-elected governing body. These industry leaders, representing various membership categories and geographical areas, ensure that the trade association is meeting the diverse needs of the industry. The Bylaws of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.
The Board of Directors elects a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and one additional member selected from the board to an Executive Committee. In addition, the immediate past chairman serves on the Executive Committee in a non-voting capacity. The Executive Committee manages the affairs of the association in the interim between meetings of the Board of Directors.
Caucuses, Committees and Staff
At the heart of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association is a staff dedicated to promoting the hearth, patio and barbecue industries and the livelihood of its members. Through a commitment to common goals, affiliations throughout the industry and fostering committee collaboration, HPBA has the ability to channel a wide range of resources toward fulfilling the objectives of the industry.