HPBExpo hosts a variety of special events designed to inspire, educate, and connect. Don’t miss these unique opportunities to enhance your show experience.


Dave Brown KeynoteHPBA Keynote Address by David Brown
Hot Spots 2.0: How to Convert Emotions Into Sales… Indoors & Out

Thursday, March 8
8:00am – 9:15am

New to the show this year! A Keynote Address by David Brown, Partner at Hoffman York from Milwaukee, WI will take place prior to the show opening in the Grand Ballroom. David will reveal the findings of an extensive $100,000 research study of over 900 consumers who were interested in either major remodeling or purchasing a home. He’ll address how homeowners’ views of room design – including a wide variety specific hearth and outdoor design concepts – have evolved. This is an unprecedented, can’t-miss opportunity for anyone involved in hearth and outdoor living who would like insights into how to increase purchase intent.


Barbecue Your Breakfast
Saturday, March 10
9:00am – 11:00am

New to the show this year! Come see how breakfast gets done on a grill! From mimosa and bloody mary bars, to samples of barbecue breakfast offerings from outdoor exhibitors, to live Nashville entertainment, what could be a better way to start your last day at HPBExpo? How about a Celebrity Cooking Demonstration by The Cooking Channel’s Shannon Ambrosio, host of Big Bad BBQ Brawl. Working on Napoleon grills, Shannon will be cooking up one of his signature recipes and providing retailers ideas they can duplicate in their own store demonstrations.

HPBA Annual Membership Meeting & Expo Opening Ceremony – Don’t miss the passing of the gavel to the new HPBA Chairman and the special ribbon-cutting prior to Thursday’s 9:30am show opening! Join us at the exhibit hall entrance at 9:15am.

Attendees’ HPBA Affiliate Prize Drawings –
Thursday, March 8 – Saturday, March 10

Stop by the HPBA Member Benefits & Services Booth #1944 on the show floor and enter the drawing to win a prize. Both member and non-member prize drawings are available. Member drawings will take place Thursday – Saturday. The non-member drawing will take place on Saturday.*
*Non-members must fully complete the entry form and must be a non-member since 2015 to be eligible to win.

Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award
Casual Living magazine and HPBA presented the Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award to Dante Cantal, founder of Twin Eagles, Inc. during the HPBExpo 2017 Tailgate Event. The HPBExpo 2018 award ceremony will be on Thursday, March 8 at the Tailgate & Cook-off at 5:30pm.



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Thursday, March 8
Outdoor Burn Area

Come join the Outdoor Burn Area exhibitors for the 7th annual HPBExpo Tailgate & Big Green Egg Cook-off event. Sample savory offerings from participating exhibitors and watch member retailer teams vie for the top honors in this EGGstravaganza hosted again this year by Dr. BBQ. This year attendees will have the opportunity to sample team submissions and make their own call on who the winner should be. Regional Affiliate teams need your support, so be sure to come out and cheer them on!

The following teams are up for the challenge and have already signed on to compete. There’s still room for more!

Representing Pacific HPBA
“Girlie Grillers”
Amie Ryan
Ryan Bros. Chimney Sweeping, Inc. &
Kaity Van Amersfort
HPBA Pacific

Representing Arizona HPBA
“The King’s BBQ Crew”
Val Romero & Craig Norris
Arizona Grill & Hearth

Representing South Central HPBA
“H-Town Grillaz’”
Christopher Sanchez & Gabriel Delgado
Tru-Lite, Inc.

Representing Southeast HPBA
“Grill Team Six”
Patrick Tinsley & Alex Tinsley
Clean Sweep the Fireplace Shop

HPBExpo 2018 emcee:
Dr. BBQ/Ray Lampee

During this outdoor event, the Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award, sponsored by HPBA and Casual Living magazine, will also be presented. The award, created in memory of longtime barbecue advocate Donna Myers, honors leadership in the barbecue industry.

Hearth & Home Magazine’s 18th Annual Vesta Awards


The Vesta Awards program was created in 2001 by Hearth & Home magazine to recognize and honor manufacturers for their innovation in product design and/or technology. The 2018 program will be open for entries on November 1, 2017 at

Judging will take place the first day of the HPBExpo, March 8, 2018; judges are selected from the ranks of retailers, distributors, designers, laboratory scientists, affiliate leaders and industry consultants.

The Vesta Awards Ceremony will begin at 5:00pm on Friday, March 9, at the convention center. Winners and finalists will be featured in Hearth & Home’s April issue. Now in its 18th year, the Vesta Awards are a respected and prestigious part of the HPBExpo. To view the winners and finalists of the 2017 Vesta Awards, go to

Attendees’ Choice Awards – Visit the New Product Pavilion to see the collection of products vying for this year’s Attendees’ Choice Awards. Before leaving the pavilion, cast your vote on the best hearth and outdoor living product.

Congratulations – to the hearth winner, 509 Fabrications, Inc. for their model 5091/Optimum, and the outdoor winner, A.J. Manufacturing, LLC for their Smokey’s BBQ Mats.

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