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March 2006 Meeting Summary

MEETING SUMMARY

Salt Lake City, UT
March 7, 2006

TREASURER’S REPORT (Pete Anderson)

  • Net revenue post-audit $143,141 for FY05
  • FY07-08 Baseline Budget presented as starting point for budget development
  • Capital Expenditure Policy adopted allowing for expenditures up to $10,000 w/o approval
  • Total revenues of HPBA and affiliates over $7 million; adding Educ. Foundation & PFI brings total to $7.648 million

MEMBERSHIP (Steve Hall)

  • 2005 membership increased 3% and manufacturing membership at all-time high of 385, up 1%; highest retention rate ever: 84%
  • Web-based member satisfaction survey being developed for later in year
  • Business liability insurance program now available as new member benefit thanks to work of Karen Teske-Osborne of NCHPBA

AFFILIATE LEADERS (Pete Anderson)

  • Contract finalized with vendor for "Dealer Success Clubs"; member sign-ups to start at EXPO
  • Announced that Pacific and Pacific-South affiliates have merged into one organization

AFFILIATE BOARD COMMITTEE (Pete Dines)

  • All 14 affiliates have signed the revised Affiliate Agreement adopted by the Board in 2004 
  • All affiliates have submitted revenue and expense numbers for 2005 and budgets for 2006 in standard form so that they can benchmark their performance against each other

PELLET FUELS INSTITUTE (Bruce Lisle)

  • Updated Memorandum of Understanding approved by Board for management of PFI
  • Joint HPBA/PFI meeting held to develop efficiency standards and fuel standards; work to continue between fuel and appliance manufacturers 
  • Pellet fuel production capacity increasing and shipments expected to increase 17% in 2006

EXPO & MEETINGS (Mike Derosier)

  • Record exhibit sales for EXPO 2006 at 211,500 sq. ft.; record attendance at education sessions
  • HGTV will tape interviews with exhibitors for 1-hour special to be broadcast in June
  • Board approves amendment to Committee Charter to add two new committee members and make the Education Foundation appointee and HPBA Vice Chairman voting position on the committee
  • Manufacturers meeting to be held in Quebec City, November 5-7

STATISTICS (Don Johnson)

  • 2005 hearth data indicate overall industry shipments up 8%
  • Working with Membership Department on web-based member survey.
  • Regional data on annual net sales of hearth products is working

COMMUNICATIONS (Dennis Smith)

  • Introduced Carol Kaplan as new staff Manager of Media and Public Relations
  • Builders of 2006 New American Home project again at EXPO to shop for hearth appliances
  • Libby Changeout project captured in photos and video to package story
  • New PR firm, Fleishman-Hillard, is working with staff to renew promotion of National BBQ Month

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS (Tom Pugh)

  • Libby project has changed out 150+ stoves for low income residents and applications have been submitted for 400+ vouchers for additional changeouts with federal funds
  • Launching increased effort to energize grass roots participation in changeouts and other government affairs activities at affiliates
  • Government Affairs awards presented to Richard Wright and Fran Smith
  • Work proceeding on ASTM standard for wood burning fireplace emissions

HEARTH, PATIO & BBQ EDUCATION FOUNDATION (Jim Tulley for Bob Wise)

  • 2005 revenues $677,000 ($267,00 over budget); net revenues will be used to fund product development in 2006
  • Board approved hiring new staff person to assist Ben Weathersby in product development pending HPBEF Board approval for funding
  • NFI Certification exams administered increased 44% in 2005 to 3,362
  • Fireplace Installer Training System program to be delivered late 2006

NEW BUSINESS (Paul Birnstihl)

  • Search Committee appointed to fill President position: Birnstihl, Scott, Magnotti, Oxford, Newby
  • Jack Goldman appointed Acting President effective May 1

NEXT BOARD MEETINGS:

  • Executive Committee, Board & Affiliate Meetings – Reno
    • Affiliate Leaders, Board Committee and Staff meetings – TBD, Wednesday, June 7
    • Executive Committee – 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Wednesday June 7
    • Board of Directors – 9:00am – 5:00pm, Thursday, June 8
  • Executive Committee & Board Meeting – Quebec City
    • Executive Committee – 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday, November 4
    • Board of Directors – 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday, November 5