2017 Missouri Preservation Conference

Marge and Gene Padgitt

Marge Padgitt and her husband, Gene, have been married for 30 years, and have worked together in the chimney business for 32 years. Marge is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and NFI Woodburning Specialist and trainer. Marge wrote the book The Chimney and Hearth Pro’s Resource Book and the CD Presentation set Presentations for Chimney Professionals and has two more books and instructional films in the works. She has been an industry instructor for 20 years. Marge served on the board of directors for the National Chimney Sweep Guild, the Masonry Heater Association of North America, the Midwest HPBA, and the Midwest Chimney Safety Council. Marge is a founding member and current president of the MCSC.


Gene Padgitt has worked in the chimney industry for 35 years. He is an award-winning master mason, CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, NFI Certified Gas Specialist, Licensed Mechanical Contractor, Certified Heater Mason, State Certified Fire Investigator, and has a degree in HVACR.Technology. Gene has taught numerous classes in the industry, and has served on the board of directors for the MCSC and as an expert witness in numerous court cases. He specializes in the restoration, relining, repair, and rebuilding of historic masonry chimneys, and has worked on some of the larger homes in Missouri and Kansas. Gene specializes in large, difficult to access jobs and takes pride in matching historic brick and style of construction, often working from old photographs to match the original designs.