Oregon Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association

HPBA Region 9 Spring Conference

Catching the Wave of the Building Industry

Red Lion Hotel, Olympia WA, May 19 - 20, 2014

Title Sponsor:


Register Online: Click HERE

Registration Form: HPBA Reg 9 Conference Reg Form Fillable.pdf


Event Summary: This year OHPBA and NWHPBA are joining together to hold our conference at the Red Lion Hotel, Olympia, WA. Many of you can’t help but notice a major turn in activity with the building and remodeling industry. Home sales and high-end remodeling is definitely on the increase. This growth is a wave, and if you’ve ever been surfing, you know if you don’t start paddling early you will miss the wave.  Our conference, themed Catching the Wave of the Building Industry, will provide engaging and inspiring sessions designed to help retailers catch that wave.

The conference is designed to provide retailers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska with the knowledge, connections and confidence needed to enable them to get in on this new business growth.  The conference won’t be all work and no play, however. Sunday we will have a casual golf tournament and Monday night we will have a surf party reception and plenty of time to meet new people and visit with our manufacturers and reps! 

Speakers and Topics: Our first session, carrying the theme, "Catching the Wave of the Building Industry" as the title, features speakers form the Building Industry Association in Oregon and Washington. Our next to sessions cover challenges faced by our industry, including "Challenges in Government Affairs," both nationally and locally. A Panel of Manufacturers will cover changes that are coming in the manufacturing process required to meet proposed new requirements for wood and pellet stoves. Monday’s sessions close with “Catching the Remodeling Wave” where we will hear from remodeling contractors about trends and “how to sell the whole wall.” Monday night join us for our Surf Party Reception, including plenty of time to visit exhibit tables, followed by dinner.

Tuesday morning we switch gears a bit and address marketing trends with two sessions, “Catching the Social Media Wave” and “Remodel Your Marketing: Hands-on Social Media Workshop.” In this session speaker Duane Dahl, of Chasing Bubbles, Inc. will pre-select three companies to help them build and optimize a LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and how to optimize these social media tools.

Golf, May 18: We are planning a low-key golf tournament a day before the conference on Sunday , May 18. Tee time is 11 am. We will be playing Eagle’s Pride Golf Course in Ft. Lewis. A treasure of the Pacific Northwest, nestled in the shadows of magnificent Mount Rainier, Eagles Pride Golf Course provides the ideal setting for a memorable golf experience. With its impressive design and perfectly groomed layout, this 27-hole championship course features exceptional greens, manicured fairways and forgiving rough with tee boxes designed for all levels of golfers. Cost is $35 to walk, $53 for shared cart. If any golfer has a current military ID card the whole group will save 25% on green fees!

Red Lion Hotel: Contact the reservations 1-800-RED-LION. Book by Wednesday, April 30, 2014 to ensure availability. Room rates: $92 single/double; $102 triple. Rates are plus tax. Red Lion Olympia, WA is located at 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502.The hotel is conveniently located on 12 lush acres in the heart of Olympia Washington, Washington's State Capital. Olympia offers historic sites as well as diverse shopping, plus educational and cultural opportunities. Guests enjoy the relaxed atmosphere created outside by our wooded surroundings and inside by our beautiful lobby and fireplace.  The Red Lion Hotel Olympia is also known for our well-appointed 16,500 square feet of meeting space and spectacular banquet services. See the Red Lion at www.redlion.com/our-hotels/washington/olympia.

Agenda  - Title Sponsor, HHT

Sunday, May 18

11:00 - 5:00        Golf Tournament, Eagles Pride Golf Course, Ft. Lewis, WA

6:00 – 9:00 pm    Exhibit Booth Set up


Monday, May 19

7:30 – 8:00          Registration, Coffee, Exhibit Tables - Welcome Amenity Sponsor -

                            Travis Industries; Name Badges - AES and ICC

8:00 – 9:30 am     Breakfast, OHPBA Annual Membership Meeting Sponsored by

                             Wing Sales and Breckwell Hearth Products

                             NWHPBA Annual Membership Meeting - Sponsored by

                             Wing Sales and Wizeway Pellet Stoves

9:30 – 10:00         Coffee and Water Break, Exhibit Tables - Sponsored by Blaze King

10:00 - 12:00       Session: Catching the Wave of the Building Industry. Panelists - Scott

                            Ongley, Lisacs; John Waterstraat, Fireside  - Sponsored by HHT

12:00 - 1:00         Lunch

1:00 -  1:30          Dessert Break, Exhibit Tables

1:30 - 2:30           Session: Challenges, Government Affairs. Speakers - Ryan Carroll, Director

                             of Government Affairs, HPBA; Gary Smith, NWHPBA Lobbyist;

                             Harvey Gail, OHPBA Lobbyist -  Sponsored by M&G Duravent

2:30 - 3:00           Pop and Popcorn Break, Exhibit Tables

3:00 - 4:00           Session: Challenges, Manufacturer Panel. Panelists - Jeni Forman, HHT;  

                             Jess Baldwin, Vermont Castings Group; Edward Hosack, Travis Industries;

                             Moderator, Dan Henry.

4:00 - 5:00           Session: Catching the Remodeling Wave; "How to Sell the Whole Wall" - Panelists -

                            Terry McCartney, Everwarm Hearth & Home, and Debbie Hannig,

                            Hannig Marketing - Sponsored by Valor  Fireplaces

5:00 – 6:00 pm     Surf Party Reception, Exhibit Tables

6:00 – 8:00 pm     Dinner

Tuesday, May 20

7:30 – 8:30          Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Tables - Sponsored by Olympia Chimney Supply

8:30 - 9:30           Session: Catching the Social Media Wave (Part 1). Speaker - Duane Dahl, Catching

                            Bubbles, Inc.  - Sponsored by M&G Duravent

9:30 - 10:00         Espresso Break, Exhibit Tables - Sponsored by Vermont Castings Group

10:00 - 12:00       Session: Catching the Social Media Wave (Part 2): Hands-on Social Media Workshop,

                           Moderated by Kip Rumens.

12:00                  Take away Snack Sack - Thank you for coming and travel safely! Sponsored by

                            Tri-State Distributors

12:00                  Exhibit booth tear down

12:30  -  1:30       OHPBA-NWHPBA Joint Board Lunch (for board members)

1:30 -  afternoon  OHPBA and NWHPBA Board meetings (for board members)


If you have any questions call OHPBA’s office at 503-585-8254 or email Harvey@vannattapr.com

Sponsors and Exhibitors

For questions and reservations for exhibit booths and sponsorships, contact Leah Hauer at NWHPBA; 509-474-1403. Download this form to reserve your sponsorship level and booth: 2014 Reg 9 Spring Conference Sponsor Opportunities 2014 Fillable.doc.pdf


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