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MWHPBA Board Election

The following individuals have been nominated for election to the MWHPBA Board of Directors.  There will be three seats up for the normal election cycle.  The three nominees who receive the highest totals of votes will fill the full-term Board seats and serve until 2024.


Please cast your three votes on the below ballot by Wednesday, February 16, 2022.


Gary L. Howard, Jr.

Kasten (Kasten Masonry Sales, Inc.)

Jackson, Missouri

(573) 204-2208


I joined Kasten in October 2018 as the VP of Sales after a long 22-year career in banking. I have enjoyed the opportunity to utilize my experience as a Credit Analyst Manager, Commercial Loan Officer, Market President, and Treasury Officer in the world of hearth, pools, hot tubs, and masonry. I reside in Jackson, MO with my wife Jamie, our daughter Kate and our professional service dog, Teli. Being able to assist clients to create memories for themselves, their family and their friends are what keeps me going every day as we have been doing since 1895. 


I am humbled to be considered for the MWHPBA board. I hope that my prior vocational experience, experience serving on local chamber boards, various DC fly-ins, capital visits, and my current position qualify me for this opportunity.


I thank you all for your time and consideration to serve as a representative of the MWHPBA board as I would consider it an honor and privilege to do so.


Omie Johnson

Advanced Chimney Techniques, Inc.

Jamestown, MO 65046

(660) 849-2525


Advanced Chimney Techniques, Inc. was formed in 1982 by my dad. In 1994, I had a day off from my “other” job and my father needed help with a job he was doing, and so he asked me to help him out. I really enjoyed working with the crews and spent three years in the field working with our chimney sweep and mason crew building and rebuilding chimneys. I then started in the office scheduling sweeps and staging jobs. Fast forward and I am the general manager of Advanced Chimney Techniques, and co-owner of C & O Enterprises, LLC, a contracting business, with my brother Cedar who has been in the business since 1994. I truly enjoy helping customers put fireplaces and stoves into their home. I appreciate your vote of support!





Joan Nutting


Springfield, Missouri

(417) 869-1513



I am a native of Springfield, Missouri. After moving to the Panhandle of Florida, I earned my Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Florida State University, taught special education, remodeled homes as a General Contractor, and enjoyed beach living.


My marriage to Greg Nutting brought me back to Springfield, Missouri. After 3 years in education and running my handyman company, Honey Do’s Done Right, I started working at Maschino's in 2013 where I am the Store Manager.  Maschino's specializes in Patio Furniture, Grills, Fireplaces, Outdoor Kitchens and Outdoor Living Areas. I am now one of Southwest Missouri's top outdoor designers.

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