Outdoor GreatRoom Company Hosts Fifth Annual Conference

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) hosted its fifth annual Outdoor GreatRoom Conference on Aug. 21-22 at their corporate headquarters in Burnsville, Minnesota. Staff, sales representatives, and some customers from across the U.S. and Canada were brought together for this two-day event.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company hosts 5th Annual Summer Conference in Minnesota

A main focus of the conference was the release of the Crystal Fire® Plus burner technology to customers and a new program for commercial or contract use. Another highlight from the event included a Light the Night event featuring new products preview, sales and product training, and food trucks.

“We had outstanding feedback on all of the Crystal Fire® Plus technology and new SKUs that will be available later this fall and 2020,” Vice President of Sales Joey Shimek said. “The event created a lot of strong momentum going into the second half of the year and 2020.”

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company hosts 5th Annual Summer Conference in Minnesota with Jeff Hanel presenting on commercial and contract burner program

Other activities included presentations, round-table discussions, Lake Minnetonka boat cruise, and dinner.

“This is a great learning opportunity for all of us and the added bonus is having fun while working,” Vice President of Business Development Renee Schmitz said. “The event is a great reminder on how fortunate The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is to have such great customers.”

The goal of this annual conference is to join customers and key representatives together to provide valuable feedback, prompt conversations, and create a fun, engaging environment. As the market continues to grow, the event becomes key to effectively supporting each other for success throughout the year. 

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company hosts 5th Annual Summer Conference in Minnesota and presents The Wickery with award

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, custom, and commercial-grade products. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company hosts 5th Annual Summer Conference in Minnesota with VP of Sales Joey Shimek presenting

The Outdoor GreatRoom Announces Updates to Popular Cove Collection

Cove 30 Fire Bowl with Glass Wind Guard

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company continues to innovate and announces updates to the popular Cove fire pit table collection.

The complete Cove fire pit table collection now includes a new, updated control panel. This updated control panel offers a more subtle appearance. The grey powder-coated paint finish provides a more seamless design with the Natural Grey Supercast™ concrete construction of the fire pits. The new control panel still operates the same as the previous models. This control panel design change applies only to the Cove collection.

Along with the control panel update, the 30” Cove Gas Fire Pit Bowl will maintain its unique modern look, but is now constructed of a new lightweight Supercast™ concrete blend. This new finish offers an enhanced design as it eliminates any pitting, while maintaining the natural grey concrete finish. The entire fire pit bowl is lighter weight yet still reliable and durable for outdoor use.

Custom Cove fire pit designs are available for a unique patio look. The customer-favorite Cove collection and wide selection of gas fire pit tables are now available at your nearest local dealer. Visit The Outdoor GreatRoom Company at the International Casual Furnishings Association Casual Market in Chicago on Sept. 10-13, booth 7-3030.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Debuts Axel Gas Fire Pit Table

Axel Square Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your home patio or backyard

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is excited to debut the Axel Gas Fire Pit Table.

The Axel Gas Fire Pit Table features an all-over charcoal powder-coated steel construction. This unique design encompasses the favorite elements of rustic, industrial design with a simplistic, modern approach. The heavy-duty construction pairs with the flames’ warm glow for a welcoming look and feel in the backyard.

The 16” Round Crystal Fire® Plus Burner is UL Listed for safety and quality. The fire pit table includes clear glass gems – lava rock and other fire media sold separately. A burner cover is included for a functional coffee table when burner is not in use.

Access door conceals standard 20-pound liquid propane tank. The Axel fire pit table is setup for liquid propane but can be converted to natural gas using the included conversion kit. Glass wind guard, protective cover, and other accessories sold separately.

See this innovation and other new products at the International Casual Furnishings Association Casual Market in Chicago on Sept. 10-13, booth 7-3030.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY
The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, custom, and commercial-grade products. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

August’s Innovative Expert of the Month

Customer Service Manager & Easter Sales Coordinator Laura Podmolik at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Laura Podmolik, Customer Service Manager/ Eastern Sales Coordinator

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC): I started here right after I graduated college, so it will be 13 years in September, which is crazy to say out loud.

What is your overall experience/background?

I was a server at a restaurant during college and then at a sports bar after I graduated. With 5 years of customer service experience, I stepped into this role and have been in the industry ever since – 13 years!

Memorable moment at OGC?

One of my most memorable moments was when we hit the 10 million dollar mark. We all raised a glass to cheers the company and Dan. Unfortunately he was no longer with us, but to celebrate that milestone and to continue to keep Dan’s legacy and dream alive was pretty special.

Why do you love working at OGC?

Hands down the people! I think it’s very rare to work for a company where you are actually excited to come to work Monday mornings.  Sure we have moments of frustration; but at the end of the day, we all get along so well and genuinely enjoy being around each other.  We work hard but have a lot of fun, and I consider myself very lucky to be a part of a company that values its employees the way OGC does.

Favorite OGC Product?

My favorite product is the Alcott fire table. I love watching HGTV and especially Fixer Upper, so when we decided to create a product that incorporated shiplap, I was all for it!

Fun Fact: Are you more of an early bird or night owl?

Thanks to having 2 little kids, I am definitely more of an early bird.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

In my free time I like to hang out with friends and either cook or go out and try new restaurants. I love hanging out with my family! I enjoy working out, playing volleyball, or doing anything that helps clear my mind for a bit.

Closed for July 4 Holiday Weekend

OGC will be closed July 4-5 for the holiday weekend. We will resume regular business hours Monday, July 8. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!

Colorful, upscale design Vintage Square Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your dream patio or deck

July’s Innovative Expert of the Month

Innovative Expert of the Month Employee Spotlight Dean Albers, Warehouse Manager and Shipping for The Outdoor GreatRoom Company, outdoor living manufacturer in Minnesota

Dean Albers, Warehouse Manager/Shipping

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC): I have been a part of the OGC family for 5-1/2 years.

What is your overall experience/background?

I spent 36 years with the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office – 4 years as a Jailer/Dispatcher, 4 years as a Patrol Deputy, 4 years as a Detective, 12 years as Chief Deputy, and 12 years as Sheriff. I attended the National FBI Academy as well as the School of Police Staff and Command (Northwestern), and University of Chicago.

Memorable Moment at OGC?

One of the most memorable moments was working for Mick Bohmbach (former Warehouse Manager).

Why do you love working at OGC?

I like the people I work with in the warehouse!

Fun fact: what’s a hidden talent you have?

If I say it, then it won’t be hidden anymore!

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy fishing, being with my grandchildren, and traveling with my wife Julie.

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Participates in MATTERbox Madness Event

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) participated in the annual MATTERbox Madness event as part of the Summer Harvest for Kids campaign at the Mall of America.

The event consisted of packing healthy snack packs to be distributed to children in the community throughout the summer. For many children, healthy food options may not be available to them once the school year ends. Small companies to large corporations competed for the fastest box-packing time in a tournament-styled challenge.

“It was so much fun to see so many people from different companies come together for a great cause,” Customer Service Manager and Eastern Sales Coordinator Laura Podmolik said.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company finished just shy of the semi-finals with the complete event raising a total of $144,013 as of 9 p.m. that evening.

“The Outdoor GreatRoom Company helped in packing 200 snack packs during the event,” VP of Business Development and Marketing Renee Schmitz said. “We are proud to partner with MATTER® in making a difference in our community.”

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company participated in the MATTERbox Madness event as part of the Summer Harvest for Kids at the Mall of America

Prior to the MATTERbox Madness event, OGC held a company-wide packing event at their headquarters in Minnesota. The fastest box-packing team and other employee volunteers then attended the corporate packing competition on May 30, 2019.

MATTER® is a global nonprofit with a mission to move people forward by eliminating barriers to a healthier life. Along with the MATTERbox movement, MATTER® also focuses on improving access to medical care, growing sustainable and healthy communities, and advancing educational environments.

Located in Minnesota, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is a family-owned company that manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. MATTER® events are a part of The Outdoor GreatRoom Cares initiative to give back to the community year-round through a variety of drives, programs, and other volunteer opportunities.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company participated in the MATTERbox Madness event as part of the Summer Harvest for Kids at the Mall of America

June’s Innovative Expert of the Month

June's Innovative Expert of the Month Odi Aragon Production Lead and Manufacturing for The Outdoor GreatRoom Company in Minnesota

Odi Aragon, Production Lead and Manufacturing, Titulo principal de produccion y fabricacion

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC): I have been working at OGC for about 6 years. He estado trabajando en OGC aproximadamente 6 años.

How many years of experience in this industry? I have been in the industry for the same amount of time that I have been working here. Eh estado en la industria de produccion y fabricacion los mismos años que llevo trabajando.

What is your overall experience/background?

My expertise is landscaping. I worked for 8 years before starting at OGC. I would notice a few fire pits and pergolas in the customers’ homes. That outgrew my curiosity for the industry, and now I am here!

Mi area de experiencia viene siendo el trabajo de landscaping lo trabaje por 8 años antes de trabajar en OGC. LLegue a notar algunos fire pits y pergolas en las casas de los clientes y eso llego a mi curiosidad por la industria y ahora estoy aqui.

Memorable moment at OGC?

More like memorable moments! Those are when my hard work is noticed and acknowledge by others.

Los momentos memorables que eh tenido son cuando notan y reconocen el trabajo y ezfuerzo que hago en mi trabajo.

Why do you love working at OGC?

I like working at OGC because it feels more like a family-oriented environment. Most of all, I have the opportunity to learn new things that will outgrow my experience in the industry!

Me gusta trabajar aqui por que es una compañia que te hace sentir en family y mas que nada aprender nuevas cosas que me daran mas experiencia en la industria.

Favorite OGC Product:

My favorite products are the pergolas. It gives an outdoor space to relax with family and friends, and it is easy to assemble.

Mi producto favorito seria las pergolas por que dan un espacio afuera donde puedes convivir con familia y amistades y es muy facil de ensamblar.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I like spending time with my family and working on my home projects.

En mi tiempo libre me gusta convivir con mi familia y hacer projectos en mi casa.

May’s Innovative Expert of the Month

OEM National Accounts Manager Ross Johnson from outdoor living industry leader The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Ross Johnson, OEM/National Accounts Manager

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC): I have been with the company for 14 years, since 2005.

How many years of experience in the industry? I have over 30 years of experience in this industry!

What is your overall experience/background?

I’ve been involved with outdoor furniture and related products since the late 1980’s.

Memorable Moment at OGC?

My most memorable moment was receiving national recognition from industry associations – like the Vesta Award through HPBA.

Why do you love working at OGC?

I love the people/co-workers. I also love our dedication to continuous new product development.

What is your favorite OGC product?

I love the fire pit tables – most of the models!

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy golfing, spending time with family, traveling, and doing yard work.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Welcomes Industry Expert

Jeff Hanel joins the leader of outdoor living and hearth The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

As the leader in the outdoor living and hearth industries, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is excited to announce the addition of industry expert Jeff Hanel to their family of innovators.

Hanel possesses strong expertise in new construction and building distribution channels. His position will focus on growing and managing the building contractors division of customers. He will also oversee the southeastern sales territory of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and eastern Tennessee.

“Over the years I’ve gained some key learnings for life: do the right thing, family first, and be customer driven to name a few.” Hanel said. “I look forward to joining a family company that embraces these life standards and values.”

Hanel’s 27 years of experience in the hearth industry provides valuable insights for understanding businesses’ needs to overcome everyday obstacles and achieve success. His past work with hundreds of dealers and distributors relating to new construction supports his specialties in meeting home buyers’ expectations and ultimately selling more homes.

As a long-time expert at Hearth and Home Technologies® and Heat-N-Glo®, his management experience in customer service, marketing, and sales offers a unique perspective for relating with customers and their businesses. Hanel looks forward to meeting and building relationships with customers while working with a trendsetting portfolio of innovative products.

“When envisioning the ideal professional to work with new construction builders, I immediately think of Jeff Hanel,” Vice President of Sales Joey Shimek said. “I have known Hanel for years and am confident he will be a great addition to our family of experts and company culture.”

Interested in working on a project with Hanel? Please contact 866-303-4028.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY
The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, indoor gas fireplace inserts, custom outdoor products, and commercial-grade products. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

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