• Get Involved

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  • Help Us Protect Your Business

    The greatest challenges in the hearth industry are government regulations that impact our livelihood. Uniting with others who have similar interests is the key to protecting ourselves and our businesses. The Mid-Atlantic Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association’s mission is to do just that.

    Protect your business from the overreaching hand of government regulation by teaming up with and supporting the efforts of MAHPBA’s Government Affairs Team.


    Unite with Us to Secure Your Future

    Government Regulations are on the rise and the Hearth Industry is under constant attack.  Our industry faces more government regulation than any other building material industry segment because we impact both the Environment and Energy, two of the most hotly-debated areas of national concern.

    If we are to secure our future, we need to unite and speak with one voice.


    Volunteer to Promote Your Trade

    Promoting your business and your trade is exactly what the HPBA and your Local Affiliate, The Mid-Atlantic Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, does each and every day. MAHPBA’s Governing Board and Committees are made up of a group of volunteers who give of their time to protect and promote Your Trade and Your Business, but without Association Members getting involved, this work would not be possible.

    Please help promote your trade and your business by getting involved.


    Together, We can do so much more!

    Here is How You Can Help:

    If you are not a MAHPBA member, become a member.  If you let your membership expire, renew your membership.  Volunteer and do the work needed to protect, secure and strengthen the hearth industry.  If you don’t have the time to volunteer, consider giving a financial gift that will empower other member volunteers to protect and promote the Hearth Industry, to the benefit of all.

    MAHPBA cannot do this alone, we need your help!



  • Volunteer and become a Government Affairs Representative, Speaker or Analyst.  

  • GAC - Representative

    GAC – Representative
    A representative is a member of the Government Affairs Committee and is someone who is skilled in working with people, has an interest in politics and is generally familiar with the legislative process or willing to learn.
    A Representative attends, at a minimum, one conference call per month.  In addition, as timely events and issues present themselves, a representative will communicate with other committee members through a Base-camp project management database tool.
    Committees include Government Affairs, Membership, Annual Meeting, Education and Communications.
  • GAC- Speaker

    GAC – Speaker
    Member hearth industry experts volunteer their time and knowledge to share presentations with Code Officials.  Speakers will have the opportunity to educate Building Officials/AHJs/Fire Marshals  on wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, pellet-burning appliances, factory-built fireplaces, gas hearth systems/fireplace inserts, and proper venting of all fuel types in a prepared two-hour or one five-hour overview format. 
    Speakers decide his/her availability and approve engagements at monthly or annual industry events as their schedule permits.  Our goal is to schedule Speakers Bureau sessions from April to August thus avoiding busy burn season commitments.
  • GAC- Analyst

    GAC – Analyst
    An Analyst reviews email updates with regard to legislation or building codes that affect our profession as identified by Multi-State and/or BCAP services.
    While Multi-State messages address legislation, BCAP email messages address building codes.  You will find the volume of messages will increase during the first quarter of every year with those three months having the most legislative activity, but you will never receive more than three emails per week at the height of any season. 
    Analysts will focus his/her attention on the states represented in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • For More Information, Contact:

    Mid-Atlantic Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association

    Jonathan Williams, Executive Director
    250 West Main Street, Suite 100
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
    P. 434.977.3716
    F. 434.979.2439
    Ron Kessner, Government Affairs Chair
     Cell - (609) -276-1022
    Kurt Evers, Government Affairs Co-Chair
  • **NJ Issue Donors**



    Better Homes Hearth & Patio, Inc.

    Bowden's Fireside - Fireplace Sales and Service

    Coastal Home Services

    Ember Fireplaces Inc.

    Energy Resources

    Fire Design

    BAC Fireside Group

    Fireplaces Plus, Inc.

    Hearth & Home - New Jersey

    Hearth & Home Technologies, Inc.

    Light My Fire, LLC

    Rettinger Fireplace Systems

    Masda Corp.

    National Chimney

    Northeast Distribution LTD

    Olympia Chimney Supply, Inc.

    Road Warriors, Inc.

    Travis Industries, Inc.