What is an OHPBA Member?
Thanks for visiting our website! Members of OHPBA and HPBA are typically retail stores or service companies in the hearth, patio and barbecue business. They typically sell and service wood, pellet and gas stoves and fireplaces. Some are HVAC contractors or service companies providing natural gas or propane services. Other members sell outdoor room products such as barbecues, patio furniture, umbrellas, spas and patio heaters. Some are chimney sweeps that both sell appliances and install and repair chimneys and venting systems. The "location/store" is listed as the member and a person (usually the owner/manager) is assigned as the main member contact. Members of OHPBA automatically become members of the national association, HPBA. Annual dues are $375 per year for retail stores, $1050 for distributors and $150 for nonprofits for "informational" level members. Manufacturers must join HPBA directly since there is a sliding scale dues structure that is also tied into the annual Hearth Patio and Barbecue EXPO.
For an annual report of OHPBA association accomplishments and events in 2012 Click HERE.
Member's Only Information
If you are a member, you will find some useful information in the membership section. If you would like to download the latest issue of the Fireside Chat or minutes of the last board meeting, you will need to enter a password. If you don’t remember the password, please call the OHPBA office at 503-585-8254.
Not a Member? Join Now!
If you are not a member and would like to join, read on and visit the national website of the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association www.hpba.org or call HPBA at 703-522-0086. OHPBA/HPBA Membership Application (pdf)
Renew Your Dues!
Current members can renew their dues by contacting the OHPBA office at 503-585-8254. An invoice can be emailed, faxed or mailed. Members may also renew online after the first of the year. The "dues year" is January 1 - December 31.
for Retailers, Service Companies, Distributors, Manufacturers Reps:
Dealer Locator Listing
Only members are listed on OHPBA’s search engine.
By joining OHPBA you are also a member of HPBA: See HPBA benefits below.
Local Meetings, Trainings and Registration Discounts
Locally, OHPBA and NWHPBA (representing Washington, Idaho and Montana) join forces to offer three days of education and fun. The Spring Conference is held in the Spring, either May or June. If you don’t go to EXPO, definitely plan to attend this event and visit with Reps and Distributors about the hottest new products for the fall! Members receive a significant discounted registration fee. Members receive discounted event registration.
If we let up on our presence at the Oregon legislature, we can expect troubled times ahead. Last session, there were proposals to require a plumber’s license for running fuel gas pipe and an HVAC license for venting and fuel gas piping related work – and we expect to see these proposals again at future Oregon legislative sessions. Your membership in OHPBA will help us achieve our goal of defending our industry from the undue burden we would face if other licensing programs were enacted that only partially captured our work. Only OHPBA members receive updates on how changes in building codes affect the hearth industry. Also, only OHPBA members receive help from the OHPBA office on codes related problems. OHPBA is your representative with air quality agencies, like DEQ. Only members receive updates on proposed air quality rules in Oregon that affect hearth and barbecue appliances.
HPBA provides leadership in developing and implementing strategies to meet legislative and regulatory challenges. The Association successfully tackles major safety and environmental issues and delivers solutions that avoid unwarranted regulations while preserving the reputation of the hearth products industry. Member companies are involved in designing the industry’s strategies, and can take early advantage of resulting opportunities.
Your association is your voice to the media! OHPBA sends press releases to local papers on your behalf to highlight trends in the industry, to promote clean burning appliances, and to offer home owners seasonal safety tips. When the OHPBA office gets a call from a newspaper, radio, or TV station, only local members are referred to the reporter.
As a member of OHPBA, you will stay current with all of the industry news and governmental issues facing your hearth-related business by receiving our quarterly newsletter Fireside Chat.
HPBA Member Affinity Benefits
HPBA offers several excellent affinity programs, such as credit card processing, business liability insurance, and freight/shipping programs. Members have saved hundred or even thousands of dollars through these programs. Visit www.hpba.org for details.
Here's a summary of those programs:
Solveras - Credit card processing solutions (reduced set up fees). Contact Jason Zasky, Relationship Manager, Solveras 615-550-9356 for a free no-obligation savings analysis. See www.solveras.com/hpba for informaiton on their merchant services program.
Hertz - Rental Car Savings (15% discount for HPBA members)
Laborchex - employee background screening service (discounted rates)
Meridian One - Freight discounts through YRC Worldwide, FedEx, UPS (discounts up to 52%)
MMIC - Health insurance products (small group policies and prescription benefits)
Service Magic - Job lead generation service ($zero enrollment costs, set fixed budget for leads)
Veracity Insurance - (Formerly Stratus Insurance), business liability insurance (industry specific policies could save you hundreds of dollars!)
Education and Certification
The Hearth, Patio, Barbecue Education Foundation (HPBEF) provides education and printed materials, handbooks and technical guides. See http://www.hpbef.org.
Education courses are certified by the The National Fireplace Institute is the certification agency. http://www.nficertified.org.
Hearth, Patio, Barbecue EXPO – HPBA’s Annual Trade Show & Exposition
Hearth & Home EXPO is a marketplace that attracts roughly 10,000 hearth and hearth-related industry professionals to buy, sell, network, and learn. HPBA’s EXPO, the largest buying and selling arena for hearth products in North America, combines the exhibit floor and the outdoor burn area into a new products showcase. Register! www.hpbexpo.com
HPBA then adds technical, marketing, and management information not otherwise available. HPBA’s EXPO includes every aspect of the hearth products industry, from learning state-of-the-art installation procedures, to purchasing new product lines, to strengthening and forming business alliances.
Annual Membership Directory & Products Guide
For HPBA members only. The complete list of Association members, with detailed products and brands information
HPBA’s web site offers the latest information on Association activities, industry events, and consumer information. The password protected members-only area provides value-added information, analyses of essential issues, and important information about member services. The consumer pages offer the dealer locator, making it easy for consumers to find a nearby HPBA member retailer.
HPBA publishes statistics, surveys, and reports for participating members, to determine the direction of the industry, measure the performance of industry segments, and provide benchmark performance indicators.