April’s Innovative Expert of the Month

Innovative Expert and Employee Spotlight Joey Shimek, VP of Sales, at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Joey Shimek, Vice President of Sales

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC): I’ve been working at OGC for 13 years, or 15 if you count my internship in college.

How many years of experience in this industry?

I’ve worked in this industry for 13 years.

What is your overall experience/background?

I’ve been working at OGC since college. In college I worked at a bar and also worked basketball camps in the summer. In high school I sold Cutco® knives – best first sales job ever!

Memorable moment at OGC?

One of my most memorable moments was my first HPBExpo in Reno, NV. I lost $100 of OGC founder Dan Shimek’s money playing craps in the casino by betting the same way he did. It is funny now but wasn’t then!   

Also that same show, I remember walking the aisles with my dad Steve, and we could never go more than 10 ft without him stopping to say “hi” to someone or someone saying “hi” to him.

Why do you love working at OGC?

I really like seeing the positive effect our products have on people. We are selling more than a product; we’re selling a lifestyle. I love the look on the customer’s face when they are sitting in OGC furniture, under an OGC pergola, next to an OGC fire table with a beverage in an OGC koozie! The picture below is what it is all about! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Outdoor-rated, durable Sonoma Wood Pergola with Montego Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your backyard or patio space

Favorite OGC Product?

My favorite OGC products are our unique products that we currently have and the ones that are yet to come – Wave, Pointe, Marquee, Renegade, Intrigue, Boardwalk fire table. Products that make a BOOM statement!

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my wife Melissa and son Harrison. I like going to & watching sporting events, concerts, golfing, and spending time outside.

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Outdoor GreatRoom Company Debuts Kinney Rectangular Gas Fire Pit Table

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is pleased to announce the debut of the Kinney Rectangular Gas Fire Pit Table. This ultra-modern innovation is designed for outdoor entertaining and relaxing.

The Kinney Gas Fire Pit Table features a contemporary Ultracompact surface top. The 12” x 24” UL Listed Crystal Fire® Plus Burner invites guests outside to stay warm and comfy on the patio. The low-profile base is constructed of Black powder-coated metal for lasting outdoor durability.

Place the matching burner cover on top for a functional coffee table or store in the base when burner is in use. The convenient magnetic access doors keep a 20-pound horizontal liquid propane cylinder with OPD tank concealed during use.

Modern, transitional, unique Kinney Rectangular Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or backyard design

This modern gas fire table is made in the U.S. and UL Listed. Optional glass wind guard, unique folding wind guard, and protective cover are sold separately.

The Kinney Gas Fire Pit Table, along with other trendsetting indoor and outdoor products, will be on display at the HPBExpo in Dallas on March 14-16, at booth #1545.

Modern, transitional, unique Kinney Rectangular Gas Fire Pit Table with space for storing the burner cover by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or backyard design

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 our website for more information.

Modern, easy to access Kinney Rectangular Gas Fire Pit Table with magnetic access door for convenience by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or backyard

March’s Innovative Expert of the Month

Innovative Expert of the Month and Product Development Engineer Connor Burmeister at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Connor Burmeister, Product Development Engineer in the Engineering Department

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC): I have worked at OGC for 5 ½ years.

How many years of experience in this industry?

I have been in the industry for the same amount of time (5 ½ years). It’s worth noting that I have been playing with fire for much longer than 5 ½ years!

What is your overall experience/background?

I studied mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. During that time I spent a little over a year and a half as an intern at OGC. After graduation I started full-time as an engineer here at OGC.

Memorable moment at OGC?

So far, my most memorable moment has been receiving a Vesta award at the HPBExpo in 2017 for our work on the Boreal Complete Heat Fire Table.

Why do you love working at OGC?

It is a different challenge every day and the people here are like a second family. There is also a lot of creativity and experimentation involved in our research and development that makes for lots of fun.

Favorite OGC Product?

My favorite OGC product is the Vintage series of fire pit tables.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy going for bike rides, playing guitar, and spending time with my family.

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February’s Innovative Expert of the Month

Renee Schmitz, VP of Business Development and Marketing at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Renee Schmitz, Vice President of Business Development & Marketing

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC): I have been with the company for 12 years in March.

How many years of experience in this industry? I have 24 years of experience in the industry.

What is your overall experience/background?

I worked various jobs at Heat-N-Glo® – positions ranged from A/P, customer service, IT and marketing. A few years later I started at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company as a credit manager and some customer service.

I was kicked out of credit rather quickly, as I was better at building relationships than putting the hammer down to collect money. OGC has given me the opportunity to work with marketing, customer service, IT and operations, which is one of the many things I like about our company.

Memorable moment at OGC?

Working with and for Dan Shimek brings so many memorable moments. I learned so much from Dan, and he gave me the opportunity to grow into the position I have today. 

Why do you love working at OGC?

I know it sounds cliché but I really enjoy the people I work with every day. Not only the crew at OGC, who make it easy to want to come to work, but we have pretty amazing customers too.

Favorite OGC Product?

 I love the Vintage line. Of course it’s a big trend right now, so if you ask me next year, this might change.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

Spending time with family and friends, running, and volleyball. (yes, I know, I should retire!)

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Outdoor GreatRoom Company Debuts Innovative 2-in-1 Fire Pit Accessory

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is excited to announce the debut of the Folding Wind Guard Collection. This gas fire pit table accessory provides the convenience of a glass wind guard and burner cover in one unique design.

12x24" Folding Glass Guard for Crystal Fire Burner by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company to complete your patio or backyard DIY project

The Folding Wind Guard is easy to use. Simply place the panes of clear, tempered glass up for a secure glass wind guard. The wind guard protects the flame while keeping pets, hands, and debris away for increased safety. Place the panes of glass down to cover and protect the Crystal Fire® Plus Burner when not in use.

The Folding Wind Guard sits on top of the Crystal Fire® Plus Burner trim. The heavy-duty frame is constructed of durable extruded aluminum and stainless steel hardware.

12x24" Folding Glass Guard for Crystal Fire Burner by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company to complete your patio or backyard DIY project

This innovative gas burner accessory is easy to clean for less hassle and more relaxation in the patio or backyard. Currently available in 2 sizes: 12” x 24” (rectangular) and 12” x 42” (linear) for use with Crystal Fire® Plus gas burners. Patent pending.

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 our website for more information.

12x24" Folding Glass Guard for Crystal Fire Burner by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company to complete your patio or backyard DIY project

Long-Time Hearth and Outdoor Living Expert Retires From Industry

January's Innovative Expert of the Month Gerry Shimek, Chief Financial Officer, at the Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Gerry Shimek, Chief Financial Officer

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC): I’ve been with the company for 14 years.

How many years of experience in this industry? 34 years – I have 14 years of experience at OGC plus another 20 years in the fireplace industry.

What is your overall experience/background?

I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and spent 3 years with a public accounting firm. I also spent 20 years with Heat-N-Glo®.

Memorable moment at OGC?

I enjoy the white elephant gift exchange every year.

(Our family of employees bring white elephant gifts and we partake in a fun exchange with plenty of laughs at our holiday office gathering.)

Why do you love working at OGC?

I love working at OGC because of the great people, great people, great people! We also have fun products.

Favorite OGC Product?

The Westport Square Pub Height Gas Fire Pit Table is my favorite product.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy watching Minnesota sports teams, gardening, and being outdoors.

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January’s Innovative Expert of the Month

January's Innovative Expert of the Month Gerry Shimek, Chief Financial Officer, at the Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Gerry Shimek, Chief Financial Officer

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC): I’ve been with the company for 14 years.

How many years of experience in this industry? 34 years – I have 14 years of experience at OGC plus another 20 years in the fireplace industry.

What is your overall experience/background?

I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and spent 3 years with a public accounting firm. I also spent 20 years with Heat-N-Glo®.

Memorable moment at OGC?

I enjoy the white elephant gift exchange every year.

(Our family of employees bring white elephant gifts and we partake in a fun exchange with plenty of laughs at our holiday office gathering.)

Why do you love working at OGC?

I love working at OGC because of the great people, great people, great people! We also have fun products.

Favorite OGC Product?

The Westport Square Pub Height Gas Fire Pit Table is my favorite product.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy watching Minnesota sports teams, gardening, and being outdoors.

Interested in joining our team of innovative experts? Learn more about career opportunities.

2019 New Products

New year, new products! While many of our customer favorites remain in our wide selection, we continue to strive for innovation with the release of new indoor and outdoor living products in 2019. All of these new fire products are UL Listed. Many are made in the USA.

Highland Gas Insert with Modern Front and Highland Gas Insert Modern Hearth Accessory Kit by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your indoor living space

Highland Gas Insert with Modern Hearth Kit

The Highland Gas Fireplace Insert offers the many advantages of gas with convenience right at your fingertips. Using the included remote, adjust between the multiple flame and fan settings for maximum comfort. Complete your fireplace look by choosing between the modern, arched, or traditional front.

For an even bigger “wow” factor, include the optional modern hearth kit with your fireplace insert. This decorative accessory kit includes clear tempered fire glass gems for a modern fireplace design.

Unique, upgraded look Crestline Modern Gas Hearth Set by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your living room or family den

Crestline Modern Gas Hearth Set

The Crestline Modern Gas Hearth Set is another new product to join the Gallery Collection. Tempered fire glass gems offer a unique, modern look over a traditional log set. The Crestline Hearth Set fits a variety of existing fireplaces – perfect for remodeling or simply updating your fireplace!

Safe, modern Non-Combustible White Onyx Supercast Fireplace Mantel by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your living room or family area

White Onyx Non-Combustible Supercast™ Mantel

Complete any fireplace look with our new White Onyx Non-Combustible Supercast™ Mantel. This non-combustible mantel is durable for indoor or outdoor use and can be used where many other mantels cannot. The stylish mantel is easy to install and clean. Available in 60” or 72” to fit your fireplace design.

Unique, stylish design Brown Granite Beacon Chat Height Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or deck

Beacon Gas Fire Pit Table Collection

The Beacon Collection consists of 7 unique fire pit tables. Choose between gorgeous Granite or durable Supercast™ tops in a variety of color options. Each gas fire table features a powder-coated metal base to resist scratches and rust. Dining and chat heights fit your outdoor entertaining needs. Sliding LP tank door provides convenient access yet conceals the tank when in use.

Industrial, modern style Edison Round Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your unique porch or dream deck

Edison Gas Fire Pit Table

Industrial design meets modern style with the new Edison Gas Fire Pit Table. The Weathered Grey Barnwood Supercast™ top features a unique, aged-finish look. The Pewter Crater powder-coated steel base creates an industrial feel with durability you can trust in your backyard. Sliding LP tank door offers easy access to the liquid propane tank.

Trendy, modern style Cortlin Linear Gas Fire Pit Table with Glass Wind Guard by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or deck

Cortlin Gas Fire Pit Table

The new Cortlin Gas Fire Pit Table features an extra-long linear design with a modern look – perfect for commercial patios. The 12”x64” linear burner sits in a modern, low-profile base for the ultimate eye-catcher. The durable base is easy to maintain and mimics a Corten Steel look.

2-in-1 Folding Wind Guard for Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Folding Wind Guard

The innovative Folding Glass Guard combines a glass wind guard and burner cover in one unique design. Place the glass panes up to protect the flame. Then place the panes down to protect the burner from debris when not in use. Available in two sizes.

We look forward to another innovative year of helping define your outdoor experience. Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with The Outdoor GreatRoom Company.

December’s Innovative Expert of the Month

Rich Houle, Production Manager, for December's Innovative Expert and Employee Spotlight

Rich Houle, Production Manager

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC)I’ve worked at OGC for 7 years.

How many years of experience in this industry? I have forty years of experience in this industry.

What is your overall experience/background?

I started working with 5 other people in the beginning of Heat-n-Glo® fireplaces. I worked in manufacturing and engineering for the next 40 years.

Memorable moment at OGC?

My most memorable moment was transitioning and working in the new building. It’s always nice to have a beautiful place to work!

Why do you love working at OGC?

It’s nice knowing everyone so well, from the people in production to the owners of the company! 

Favorite OGC Product?

The Uptown Gas Fire Pit Table is my favorite product. While walking through a billiards store, there was a coffee table in one of their displays. I thought it was pretty cool and had one of the engineers take a picture of it. In the next few days there was a drawing made up, and the rest is history!!

What do you enjoy in your free time? 

I enjoy working with my hands, from gardening to woodworking.

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Outdoor GreatRoom Company Debuts Modern Hearth Accessory Kit

Highland Gas Insert with Modern Front and Highland Gas Insert Modern Hearth Accessory Kit by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your indoor living space

As the leader in the hearth and outdoor living industries, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is excited to debut the Highland Gas Insert Modern Hearth Kit. This accessory kit provides a unique, modern look to the recently released Highland Gas Insert.

The Highland Gas Insert is a direct vent gas insert that fits a variety of existing indoor fireplaces. It is a product in the Gallery Collection of electric fireplaces and inserts, gas fireplaces, and accessories. The Modern Hearth Kit compliments the Highland Gas Insert and highlights the modern appearance of fire glass. A media dam is included to keep the clear tempered fire glass gems contained and organized within the unit. This decorative accessories kit also includes a black pilot hood cover and 15 pounds of clear tempered fire glass gems.

The Highland Gas Insert Modern Hearth Kit joins the Gallery Collection Fireplace Accessories line of non-combustible mantels, decorative fireplace surrounds, log sets, and traditional fireplace cabinets.

Accessory kit Highland Gas Insert Modern Hearth Kit for Highland Gas Insert by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY
The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is a U.S. manufacturer of 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.

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