Many people aren’t aware that not only is there a 32-year-old nonprofit devoted to providing industry education to chimney sweep technicians and venting professionals, but that it has a board of directors. The Chimney Safety Institute of America is the oldest certifying organization in North America, credentialing more than 1,500 with the industry’s top recognition, CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. CSIA also has over 300 people who carry C-DET — Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician.
At the board of directors’ meeting, we introduced the Chimney Safety Institute of America board of directors’ leadership lineup for 2015-16: Chuck Hall (Vice President); Mark A. Stoner (President); Hope Stevenson (Secretary); Chuck Roydhouse (Treasurer). The vote and announcement were made at Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square as part of the National Chimney Sweep Guild 2015 convention.
These are new positions for Roydhouse and Stevenson, who joined the board of directors in March 2014 at the National Chimney Sweep Guild convention in Columbus, Ohio.
“We’re raising the bar at CSIA, because at the end of the day, all our hard work at helping our chimney pros get the best possible education and certification translate into the homeowner/consumer also having the best possible experience,” said Stoner, president of Ashbusters Chimney Services in Tennessee.
Stoner thanked outgoing treasurer Jim Bostaph as well as secretary John Meredith. Both remain on the 11-person board of directors.