Ultimate Awards Show & Hearts On Fire Industry Party
Join us for cocktails in the Karl F. Dean Grand Ballroom of the Music City Center when bars open at 5 PM. Celebrate with your friends as we honor business leaders in the following categories starting at 5:30 PM:
- Emerging Leader
- Advocate of the Year
- Retailer of the Year
- Affiliate of the Year
We’ll also announce the Attendees’ Choice Awards winners in Hearth, Outdoor Living, and Barbecue (New, Separate Category) products from the New Product Pavilion. Attendees: visit the New Product Pavilion at booth #1945 and vote for your top product choice in each category through the HPBExpo Mobile App. Cast your vote no later than 4 PM on Wednesday, February 14.
The Trainer of the Year award is given to and instructor who taught industry related courses during the year, taught at least 10 industry classes during the year and encourage individuals to achieve NFI Certification and or taught NFI Review courses.
The Excellence in Education Award is given to an individual who has worked for 10 plus years training or educating in the hearth industry, taught NFI or HPBEF classes and has been an advocate for industry education and NFI Certification.
The Ultimate Awards Show Categories
The Retailer of the Year award is given to an individual who has dedicated their time, passion, and energy to bettering the industry and their community. Nominees will be considered based on their contributions to the industry, HPBA, and affiliates. Overall, the Retailer of the Year award is in recognition of the nominee’s commitment to retail excellence, customer focus, and industry involvement.
The Advocate of the Year award recognizes an individual who devotes their time, energy, and passion to advocating for the industry. This individual actively participates in legislative and regulatory issues in their region and affiliate as well as in HPBA activities and training. Overall, this advocate plays a crucial role in ensuring its continued success through advocacy, as well as inspiring others to take action throughout the year.
The Emerging Leader of the Year award recognizes a newcomer to the industry who has been working in the field for 8 or fewer years. This individual has already made significant contributions to the industry and has demonstrated the potential for leadership and continued service. The nominee is actively improving the industry through their involvement and positive influence.
The Affiliate of the Year award is the highest honor given to an HPBA Affiliate. This award is given to an affiliate that excels in outreach, advocacy, and industry support and recognizes an affiliate for their best practices and accomplishments in their local regions. The year’s nominees are:
Executive Director, Erica Geil
Board Chair, Roger Evans
Board Representative, Pete Anderson
Executive Director, Erica Geil
Board Chair, Jake Hunter
Board Representative, Joan Nutting
Executive Director, Karen Arpino
Board Chair, Alexis Ellis
Board Representative, Shannon Rogers
Executive Director, Kaity Van Amersfort
Board Chair, LJ Johnston
Board Representative, Shawna Robinson
Executive Director, Cindy Wise
Board Chair, Mac Robbins
Board Representative, Wendy Salter
The submission deadline for nominations has now passed.
Hearts on Fire Industry Party
As the Awards Ceremony concludes, stay with us for the Hearts on Fire Industry Party from 6-8:30 PM, featuring networking, a variety of Nashville’s best music, fun activities, and a separate sweetheart lounge for those looking for a special way to celebrate with your Valentine. Plenty of food and beverages will be available for purchase at the party. Drink tokens are required for all beverages and can be purchased in advance onsite in Registration or at the event.
An Expo badge is required for admission. No badge? No Problem. Add Party Guest Passes for your plus-one during your Expo badge registration. Guest Passes available for $20. Valid only for The Ultimate Awards Show & Hearts on Fire Industry Party.
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