Since I plan on publishing a couple press releases dedicated solely to the two big things that came our of the CSIA informational meeting:  CSIA Master Sweep designation and the CSIA Roadshow, I’ll limit this post to a few of my observations and a list of this year’s award winners.

Wow! What a week!

This year’s NCSG Convention was my first, and I have to say I was absolutely blown-away by the warm welcome I received from so many in attendance this year — I made a lot of great connections and even a few new friends. I was equally blown-away by the incredible amount of work it takes to execute this event especially with such a small staff and just a handful of volunteers!

Now, about that auction… That was fun right? Not only did we have a great time in our tropical attire, it was also a RECORD-BREAKING success, for both CSIA ($31,465) and Sweeps Week ($4,517), respectively.

Onto the 2016 CSIA Award Winners…

Sweep Away Breast Cancer Award*: Winston’s Chimney Service (accepted by Chuck Hall)

CSIA Don Leavitt Education Award: Michael Segerstrom

CSIA Unsung Hero Award: Megan McMahon

CSIA Master Chimney Sweep: John Pilger and Dennis Dobbs

*first annual — awarded to the company who raised the most $ for the Sweep Away Breast Cancer fundraiser

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About the author: Jordan Whitt is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Additionally, Jordan also does occasional public affairs work for both the American Red Cross and Indiana Department of Homeland Security. You can email him directly at