Plainfield, IN- Executive Director Frances Kelly has announced that she will resign from the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the Chimney Safety Institute of America effective July 14, 2017.

Over her nearly four years as Executive Director Kelly oversaw record growth for both organizations. “I’m very proud to have fostered the growth of both organizations with planning, direction and implementation of the respective strategic plans. We have achieved record breaking conventions in terms of both attendance and revenue production.  Last year alone the convention netted 60% more in revenue than projected.  We also have the highest number of certified sweeps and dryer vent technicians in the history of CSIA, resulting in nearly 40% growth” said Kelly.

She added, “It has truly been my pleasure to serve as the Executive Director for NCSG and CSIA and to be a part of the sweep family.  I’m immensely proud of the team I have assembled and managed.” Frances leaves NCSG and CSIA positioned for success with a number of initiatives that the boards and staff will be exploring in the months ahead.  Frances initiated many changes within both organizations such as bringing convention planning back in house, increasing the number of training classes and lower production costs of member services.  Frances also stated, “Additional changes are forthcoming and it’s best that a new person with a different perspective apply their vision and efforts toward achieving those goals.  As the organization moves in other directions, it’s best to do so under new leadership so as to fully implement that vision for the future.”

“The National Chimney Sweep Guild thanks Frances Kelly for her time with us and is sorry to see her go. We are happy that she is leaving the Guild stronger and in better shape than when she arrived. We wish her all the best in the future and are happy that she will be just a call away when needed. The Guild is looking to make ourselves even more efficient and build even stronger in the next few years,” said NCSG President Jasper Drengler. Chuck Hall, President of the Chimney Safety Institute of America adds “Mrs. Kelly has been fantastic leader and will be sorely missed.  We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

The NCSG and CSIA Executive Committees will be selecting an Executive Search committee to begin the selection process for a new Executive Director to lead the organizations’ professional operations.