The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) and Casual Living announce Mark Nureddine as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award. “Mark championed and popularized the concept of outdoor kitchens with his development of sophisticated barbecue equipment and accessories,” said Jack Goldman, president and CEO, HPBA. “In doing so, it helped to widen the barbecue market, which other manufacturers have since followed.” Nureddine launched his career in the spa industry where he gained valuable insights into the concept of outdoor living. His exploration led him to believe that homeowners would embrace broadened outdoor cooking experiences, as well as equipment that exceeded the standard barbecue grill of the day. In 1993, he and his former business partner founded Bull Outdoor Products. Since then, Bull has grown into an international corporation with its development and manufacture of an extensive inventory of innovative grills, islands and accessories that are fully assembled and delivered to the consumer.
Nureddine and his wife, Barbara, also established the Grill for Good initiative in 2014 in support of For a Reason, which coordinates a long-term effort to accompany Haitian children on their educational journey. More than simply providing tuition, For a Reason builds relationships with students and their families for the duration of a child’s education—from elementary school to university. “The personal support and financial commitment that Mark and his wife are making into the lives of children is outstanding,” Goldman said.