Select Criteria: Session Type = VFTI

Tuesday, February 19, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room: N230
How does color affect taste and smell? Seeing a color may evoke any number of other sensations. For instance, green may be evocative of the smell of grass or lemon yellow may suggest a sour taste. In this session, attendees will gain an understanding and appreciation of how color influences... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Kathryn Grube, MID, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C
Owner
Functional Color Solutions, LLC

Kathryn is an IACC internationally accredited color designer, NCIDQ certified interior designer, and is a tenured associate professor at an NKBA affiliated, two-year interior design career program at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. She is the owner of Functional Color Solutions, LLC, specializing in functional color education...

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Tuesday, February 19, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room: N226
    Format: Innovation/Trend
We hear it every day . . . downsizing, compact spaces, urban living, income generation, multi-generational living, simplifying & minimalism, aging population living near services, Millennial's choosing different lifestyles . . . . . What does it all mean, is it just a trend that we don't really have to... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Paula Kennedy, CMKBD
Timeless Kitchen Design

An Interior Designer of 20 years, Timeless Kitchen Design is a second career, post Corporate America. A love of Kitchen and Bath has offered my left brain the joy of digging into the technical details and my right brain the ability to play with space and color. I am a...

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  • Room: N224
    Format: Informational
You can’t get good clients with a bad bio. You can’t easily generate big projects and lucrative, long term relationships with an online personal profile that undersells you, and fails to spell out all that you can do for your kitchen and bath clients. In these highly competitive times, it’s... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Fred Berns
President
Business by Design

Fred Berns is the only interior design industry business coach and speaker who creates bios and other promotional materials for kitchen and bath and other design professionals worldwide. Fred has more than 30 years experience training design pros from Dallas to Dubai, and creating their online profiles, website and social media...

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  • Room: N228
    Format: Informational
Nice clean and functional bathrooms impacts the bottom line on many establishments, such as showrooms, restaurants and other businesses. Results from surveys and feedback from customers and other media and industry research will end up bringing us to an average bottom line percent impact that a bathroom can have....
Speaker(s)
Shad Johnsen, CKD
Founder & CEO
Builtinz

Shad is a grateful husband and father of five. He loves to play and watch almost all sports. His hobbies include home improvement, art, hunting and exploring the outdoors. He has been in the construction industry over 25 years now, specializing in kitchens and baths. As a Certified Kitchen Designer with...

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  • Room: N223
    Format: Informational
Beyond the buzz of “influencer marketing” is a space everyone can tap into to leverage your brand. Getting people who love your brand to talk about it with others is one of the best organic approaches to business development (even if some of these people are your friends!) And that’s... ...read more...
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Christian Smedberg
Marketing Professional

Christian Smedberg is a well-versed marketing professional in the building materials market and Marketing Coordinator at Weinig-Holz-Her USA. He brings a depth of industry experience in many facets of marketing including ecommerce, trade shows, advertising and website development. ...

Denise Butchko
Caesarstone

Denise Butchko is a festive, design focused professional who’s been teaching and consulting since 2008 and actively teaming with the NKBA for the last six years. As an experienced design and marketing expert, she brings enthusiasm and experience to her info packed sessions that send you into action and accomplishment....

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  • Room: N225
    Format: Informational
Designed especially for today’s executives in a difficult economy, this course brings together proven tactics that will help increase sales. Specifically, it will empower you by “taking control” of finding new customers and nurturing them. It all begins with control and understanding of how customers and prospects consume, create and... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Jim Nowakowski
Owner/President
Interline Creative Group

Jim has been a business strategist, speaker, and author since starting his company in 1990. His business experience, along with his dynamic presentation style, is a key reason why companies utilize his firm for marketing and marketing communications. Jim presents business ideas in a variety of formats, including trade shows,...

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  • Room: N229
    Format: Informational
Learn ways to boost your profit and efficiency by enacting business methods to control, the client, the project and the design-construction process. Minimize, if not eliminate client misunderstandings. Learn Contractual Wording to spell out exactly what is, and is "NOT" included with your scope of work. We'll also review and... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Dennis Dixon
President
Dixon Ventures, Inc.

Dennis A. Dixon is a licensed general contractor for both residential and commercial projects. Since 1984, Dixon Ventures, Inc. and Dixon Builders have completed more than 300 custom homes and remodel venues, as well as numerous commercial projects. Dixon has been an industry leader in construction and design continuing...

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  • Room: N227
    Format: Innovation/Trend
This course discusses what users consider the ideal styling space experience and recent technological innovations that help achieve it....
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Megan Brennan
Sr. Sales Executive
Robern, Inc.

Megan Brennan is a Senior Sales Executive focusing on Hospitality & Commercial projects for Robern, Inc., A Kohler Company, headquartered in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Megan has been delivering her knowledge of Sales, Account Management, and Interior Design for the past twelve years, spending the majority of her time with Interior Designers,...

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Tuesday, February 19, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room: N224
    Format: Informational
As a business owner, we need to ensure that we have a consistent flow of new clients coming in the door. Learn the top three things most business owners do to market their business but do completely wrong. Do them right, and you will make more money, be less stressed,... ...read more...
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Nick May
Podcast Host
The Chaise Lounge

Nick May is the host of the #1 interior design podcast, The Chaise Lounge, where he talks to top designers from across the country about the business of interior design. He travels to the largest design markets, such as High Point, Las Vegas, KBIS, and BDNY to interview designers and...

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  • Room: N228
    Format: Innovation/Trend
A kitchen workstation is a new category of kitchen appliance, where one can prepare, cook, serve, entertain and clean all in one central and convenient place. The kitchen is even more functional and ergonomic with a cooktop next to the workstation. This new linear cooking concept is much more efficient... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Alexandra Yeager
Director of Sales
The Galley

Alexandra grew up in the luxury retail industry and has always studied trends in fashion and design. She has worked at her parents’ fine jewelry store, a luxury bridal retailer, a high-end audiovisual company among others before joining The Galley in November of 2015 where she is now the Midwest...

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  • Room: N225
    Format: Informational
What was missing with Universal Design and Aging-in-Place? The HOW TO manual! Join this panel of experts who will help you understand the value of embracing and practicing those efforts in a positive, practical and all-inclusive program of identifying and recommending the best possible solutions for home accessibility and safety.... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Erik Listou, CLIPP, HATS, CAPS, CAASH, CGR, CGP, CLR, LDST
Co-Founder
Living In Place institute

Erik, Co-Founder of the Living In Place Institute, is committed to helping all people live in homes that are accessible, comfortable and safe. His $100M+ career spans 50 years in both commercial and residential construction and renovation. Erik has been recognized through eight national credentials and numerous project and leadership...

John O'Meara, CLIPP #29
President
HEWI USA

John has spoken and lead workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, including ADA, Universal Design, lighting and hardware. Hs experience includes manufacturing, producing and installing architectural woodwork, commercial, residential and retail/banks; product management, introducing electronic locking systems for hospitality and retail to the North American market, and project business,...

Mary Jo Peterson, CLIPP #20, CKD, CBD, CAPS
President
Mary Jo Peterson, Inc.

Mary Jo focuses on residential projects and provides design support to major home-builders and product manufacturers nationwide. She has authored multiple books on universal design and “Kitchen Planning and Bath Planning,” developed and taught courses on sustainability in kitchen/bath and outdoor kitchen design, and is a frequent national speaker and...

Robert August
Founder and President
North Star Synergies, Inc.

Robert is founder and president of North Star Synergies, Inc., a full-service executive development strategy firm specializing in creating strategies to promote and sell products and services throughout the United States. He created the Denver-based international firm in April 2011. Robert and his teams have helped merchandise more than $20...

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  • Room: N226
    Format: Informational
The effective use and interpretation of your KPIs can help you do a number of very critical financial management tasks: • Define and measure the progress you're making toward your goals • Make informed decisions as to budgeting and resource allocation • Avoid being blindsided or surprised by weak results... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Victoria Downing
President
Remodelers Advantage Inc.

Victoria Downing, President of Remodelers Advantage Inc., is a leading authority in the remodeling industry. For nearly 30 years, Victoria has worked with owners of remodeling companies across the United States and Canada, to help them build strong, consistently profitable businesses. She is known for her high-energy educational seminars as...

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  • Room: N223
    Format: Informational
Interest in outdoor kitchens continues to grow, and it's not just a place to barbeque anymore! In this session we will discuss the entire process from client consultation, to design, build and implementation. Gain important insight on selection of outdoor cooking components based on the clients cooking preferences, materials required... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Russ Greene
President
Primeline Outdoor Living

With clients and customers now viewing the “outdoor room” as a natural extension of the home, Russ has designed, sold, and implemented hundreds of outdoor kitchens over the past ten years! Russ offers a unique client consultation experience, using a CAD/animation hybrid outdoor living design software to design for a wide...

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  • Room: N227
    Format: Interactive Lab
Don't you wish you could draw your customers offline and into your showroom/business? Take a step away from your normal perspective or your own screen to really see the specific sales opportunities you might be missing. During this highly interactive session led by an expert tag team, you will view... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Susan Griffin-Dietz & Genie Snyder
General Manager, Sales - Pacific Shore Stones
Speaker, Coach - Snyder Remarks

On the surface, Susan Griffin Dietz and Genie Snyder look like your basic seasoned professionals, but upon closer inspection, audiences find they are just a little salty though their rich content is always peppered with humor. That is what many years of experience in the industry has done to them! Susan...

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  • Room: N229
    Format: Informational
As a small business owner, do you feel that the next level of success seems out of reach? Do you struggle to get out of your own way, often feeling overwhelmed and frustrated? In this seminar, we will each examine how we see ourselves, our business, and the way we... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Catherine Davin
Principal and Founder
Davin Interiors

Catherine Davin infuses her designs with warmth, sophistication and understated elegance. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, the Pittsburgh native is the driving force behind Western Pennsylvania’s leading interior design firm, Davin Interiors. Prior to establishing Davin Interiors in 2001, Catherine worked for an architectural firm...

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Tuesday, February 19, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Room: N230
Smart-home systems are superb multitaskers that are meant to offer convenience, more free time, and peace of mind to the user.  These days, it's possible to automate and control just about anything electronic in a home from your smartphone — lights, shades, audio/video equipment, thermostats, ceiling fans, garage-door openers and... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Jamie Briesemeister
Sales and Marketing Director
Integration Controls

Jamie Briesemeister is the Sales and Marketing Director for Integration Controls, a smart home automation company with a design-oriented, customer-centric approach to technology for residential and commercial clientele. In 2004, Jamie switched from a health-related career in speech-language pathology, to co-found Integration Controls with her husband, Jeff. She currently...


Tuesday, February 19, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Room: N230
    Format: Research
The labor shortage in construction is becoming a concern for all areas of construction. This presentation will research the issue to identify the shortages, the reasons for the shortage, what is in place to bring a solution and what the industry can do to address this major issue....
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Carolyn Jefferson
Owner/Designer
Behind Closed Doors

Carolyn Jefferson is the owner of Behind Closed Doors. An interior design firm that specializes in designing custom cabinetry with personalized storage solutions. Carolyn started the business in 1990 as a part-time venture and it quickly turned into a full-time occupation. At that time, the closet industry had limited...

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  • Room: N229
    Format: Case Study
The convergence of media is a disruptor in companies all over the United States. Once siloed organizations with small marketing budgets and even smaller staffs, it’s now job one to figure out how to do more with less. What to do? Session attendees will learn how to bring together their... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Barbara Schmidt
Principal & Creative Director
Studiobstyle

Barbara Schmidt is a nationally recognized Interior Designer and Creative Director, as well as principal for the digital and design firm studiobstyle. Her firm works with many national and global brands primarily in the shelter and lifestyle arenas. She creates stunning room sets and editorials featuring brands such as...

Maria Reitan
Principal
Topsail Strategies

Maria Reitan deploys more than 20 years of strategic communications experience across public relations, advertising, digital, and social engagement for her clients. Her strategic work has driven results for some of the biggest household names around: Trane, American Standard, Tempur-Pedic, Jenn-Air, Select Comfort, Calphalon, MasterBrand Cabinets, Gerber, Hasbro, and Therma-Tru...

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  • Room: N224
    Format: Informational
Reaching out to students enrolled in training programs And/or those looking to move into a new role within the K&B Industry. Relaying opportunities within the industry from Design, Sales, Sales Management, Project Management, and Territory Management....
Speaker(s)
Jonathan Rowland
Territory Manager
SSI Schieber Sales, Inc.

I have an extensive skill set within the kitchen and bath sales arena. I have worked in all facets of the cabinet industry. From retail sales and design to high end sales and design, training ( for cabinetry, counter tops, CRM, sales, installation, and 20/20), project management, kitchen department manager,...

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  • Room: N223
    Format: Informational
This session will provide an in-depth look at residential lighting design, from both a technical and design perspective. Discover the lighting possibilities, ahead of your design plan and learn unique product concepts and how you can use them. In today's world, we are over exposed by light from the palm... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Kelly Inglis
Lighting Consultant

With industry experience since 2004, I have developed a vision in the lighting industry. Working in both residential and commercial lighting design allows me to be involved in various fields including retail showrooms, architectural lighting firms, and high-end lighting boutiques. I have also developed and instructed a ‘Certified’ Lighting Program...

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  • Room: N225
    Format: Innovation/Trend
Be motivated to think outside the box and your reward will follow. Jobs today will not be the jobs of tomorrow so, embrace change. How your father operated his business is not the way you can operate your business and the market keeps changing, so you’re either green and growing... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Dan Baietto
President
DJB, Inc.

Hello, my name is Daniel Baietto. I have been called a Master Craftsman, Custom Woodworker and Cabinet Guru. I’ve been in the Cabinet Business for 42 years, from having sawdust in my pockets on the production floor, to designing cabinet layouts late into the night and being owner and CEO....

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  • Room: N226
    Format: Research
It’s an age-old debate: aesthetics versus function. What is more important? Playing to stereotypes architects are supposed to be more concerned with the function of product, while designers are supposed to be consumed with appearance. Both have a place in our field, so do we have to choose? Professionals in... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Doug Walter
Architect, Writer, Researcher
Doug Walter Architects

Architect Doug Walter is the founder of Doug Walter Architects, a nationally known residential design firm where he manages 6 to 8 projects at a time, ranging in size from $50,000 to $900,000. He is also currently a contributing editor for Professional Remodeler magazine, and on the Kitchen...

Karyn Judd Reilly CKD, NCIDQ
Designer and Educator
Lights My Soul

Karyn Judd Reilly, CKD, NCIDQ, is an interior designer turned educator who savors the “ah-ha, I get it” moment in others. Her passion for education surfaced after attending several grueling training sessions and felt there had to be a better way.  She has spent the last 20 years in the...

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  • Room: N227
    Format: Informational
It has been determined through surveys that the majority of kitchen designers wish they made a larger income for the work they do. Much of this is due to the fact that many designers have a lack of sales skills and often do not take part in self-improvement to gain... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Duane Becker
Territory Sales Manager
Elkay Manufacturing

Duane Becker has been in the Kitchen and Bath industry for over 13 years, starting as a Cabinetmaker in Portland, Maine building custom cabinetry, window sash, doors and millwork. Since then he has spent time as a kitchen designer in the Portland area and more recently, a factory representative...

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  • Room: N228
    Format: Informational
Smart homes are all the rage today, but do you really know the difference between smart things and a truly smart home? Come learn about the current state of smart home technology with Brad Hintze from Control4 as he explains the five levels of a smart home and what that... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Brad Hintze
Director of Product Marketing
Control4

Brad is a creative marketing professional with an obsession for technology and business. His extensive career has primarily focused on building valuable tech products and services through engaging with customers, developers, and partners. Brad currently directs all product marketing efforts and strategy for Control4, the worlds largest smart home automation...

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Tuesday, February 19, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Room: N225
    Format: Innovation/Trend
What and Why: Sustainability and Biophilia in the kitchen and bath industry. A look at products, finishes, and applications that enhance our living spaces for health and wellbeing; demonstrated through a featured project that incorporates sustainability, biophilia, and WELL Building Standards within the design....
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Jeannifer Ellington
Cabinetry Designer
H2 Builders

Jeannifer Ellington is a recent graduate from CIDA/NASAD accredited Western Carolina University with a major in Interior Design and minor in Art. She is currently a Cabinetry Designer with H2 Builders, a custom home-building company in Bluffton, South Carolina. She intends to further her professional endeavors by soon...

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  • Room: N227
    Format: Innovation/Trend
While many believe that home theaters, pools or finished basements are the most popular parts of the house, the truth is that the kitchen is where most people gather during parties, holidays or just while entertaining friends. However, the kitchen is often overlooked when thinking about technology. Yet, today’s technology... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Chris Wright
Owner / President
WrightWorks, LLC

Since 1998, Christopher Wright has built and renovated some of the finest homes in the Midwest. The projects built by he and his team under the banner of WrightWorks have won dozens of awards over the ensuing years for quality, craftsmanship and design. His project experience extends from inner city...

Giles Sutton
Sr. Vice President of Industry Engagement
CEDIA

Giles Sutton is the Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement at CEDIA. In this role he is charged with driving member engagement around the world, facilitating strong partnerships across the industry, and helping build awareness of the CEDIA channel among architects, builders and interior designers. Giles has spent...

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  • Room: N226
    Format: Innovation/Trend
Technology is changing how consumers approach just about all aspects of their life, including kitchen renovation projects, buying behaviors and decision-making processes. Today, technology is being used to improve and make the remodel experience more efficient and enjoyable. In this workshop you will learn how your next design assistant could... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Jim Gurule
Owner / Founder
KitchenPlan.ai

Jim has a holistic and pragmatic view of the cabinet industry, utilizing his many years of experience in all facets of the business as well as his development of products brands, design professional development programs, dealership owners consultations and B2B marketing strategies. As an inventor of 3 U.S. patents, Jim...

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  • Room: N230
    Format: Informational
In today's world, it's not enough to solve problems. As the thought leader Daniel Pink explains, finding and anticipating problems are more valuable skills than solving them. This new skill set requires insightful thinking & decision-making that is NOT linear in nature. Tackle information overload and be decisive, not overwhelmed!... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Liesbet Trappenburg
Owner/Professional Speaker
Windmill Worldwide--Discover Yourself!

A popular professional speaker, Liesbet has presented to over 35 NKBA Chapters and at KBIS (2014, '17, '18). Audiences describe her programs as : "Thorough, right-to-point message," "Relatable to everyday life," "Fun and inspiring," "Good examples to support points," "Dynamic and intelligent speaker." Her topics are delivered in a lively, upbeat,...

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  • Room: N224
    Format: Informational
Is your local building industry feeling of the affects of the national labor shortage? Are jobs taking longer & costing more because there aren't enough qualified workers to go around? Well finally, one group has developed a program to encourage it's residents to learn about construction craft careers and training... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Margaret Montgomery

Margaret is a designer with 32 years experience in the Kitchen and Bath industry. Highly energetic and enthusiastic, Margaret loves to help her clients bring their ideas to reality. As an active member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and Southern Indiana Builders Association, Margaret brings professionalism...

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  • Room: N229
    Format: Informational
This is an educational presentation on the differences between Natural Stones and Engineered Materials. This is a presentation I've done for K&B's, Designers, and Builders. It is an hour long presentation given the amount of material I discuss. There is a lot of confusion between Granite and Quartz, Marble and... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Darik Campbell
Division Manager
Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc.

Darik Campbell is the Division Manager of Mont Surfaces, by Mont Granite, Inc. He is currently the President of the Indiana Chapter of the NKBA. He’s an active member of ASID, NARI and the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis. He graduated from Indiana University, coaches Babe Ruth...

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  • Room: N223
    Format: Informational
It can take years, even decades, for kitchen/bath and design/build firms to discover - much less develop - the key assets they need to stand head and shoulders over the competition. In the meantime, they struggle with uneven revenue growth, inadequate gross margins, and insufficient retained earnings to withstand a... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Ken Peterson, CKD
President and Founder
SEN Design Group

Ken Peterson, CKD has nearly 50 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry, including 23 of those years as a Sales Designer and President of Signature Kitchen & Bath. At Signature Kitchen & Bath, he expanded a small family kitchen business during the 1980s from one location to...

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  • Room: N228
    Format: Innovation/Trend
Granite, quartz, natural-stone look-alikes. What's next? Join us to learn about innovative trends in the surfacing market, including sintered stone, porcelains, and composite materials. While very different from each other, these products are truly what's next when the granite and quartz fatigue sets in. Discover your new "forever" material....
Speaker(s)
Jessica McNaughton
President
CaraGreen

Jessica's intelligence is apparent in her quick wit and rapid problem-solving skills. She keeps us laughing even when the workload is heavy. Her 15+ years of strategic sales and marketing experience includes researching and successfully launching new product campaigns, identifying and integrating wholesale partners, and partnering with architects and designers...

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Wednesday, February 20, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room: N230
Understanding the concepts of lighting is essential, but this session offers tips to create practical lighting designs for clients. Do you hesitate to sell lighting packages because of a lack of knowledge? Take away the fear by attending this lighting course dedicated to practical design. Real-life application is the focus... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Karyn Judd Reilly CKD, NCIDQ
Designer and Educator
Lights My Soul

Karyn Judd Reilly, CKD, NCIDQ, is an interior designer turned educator who savors the “ah-ha, I get it” moment in others. Her passion for education surfaced after attending several grueling training sessions and felt there had to be a better way.  She has spent the last 20 years in the...


Wednesday, February 20, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room: N227
    Format: Research
Health is the ultimate luxury. The discerning client of the present and the future is redefining the luxury lifestyle. No longer about mere beauty, the most successful and sought after projects are now designed with health and wellbeing at the center. Premium materials with healthy finishes, responsibly sourced are becoming... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Lauren Levant
Principal
Lauren Levant Interior

Lauren Levant is an emerging figure in the interior design industry, with a special concentration in luxury kitchen design. Her distinctive portfolio of work has claimed more than twenty international, national and regional awards in the past five years. In the early part of this year, this included the...

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  • Room: N228
    Format: Informational
As homes became tighter and more efficient, many new technologies and innovations came to market. Be enlightened regarding some of the most harmful elements we put into our designs and learn preventatives. (According to the EPA, indoor air is 2-5 times more toxic than outdoor.) Learn about lighting (including daylighting),... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Adam Gibson, CMKBD, CAPS
President
Adam Gibson Design, LLC

Since 1995, Adam Gibson, CMKBD divides his time creating luxury home additions, kitchens, and bathrooms, and professional photography. Tiring of spending thousands to photograph his work, he began an education on best architectural photography practices. His design is known for its clean lines, warmth, and infusion of natural light, which...

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  • Room: N224
    Format: Informational
According to an analysis of homes listed on Zillow from 2016-17, those homes listing outdoor kitchens sold for 25 percent more than expected. In fact, consumers are increasingly considering their outdoor spaces to be just as important as their indoor spaces – opting to invest more in amenities that let... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Mitch Slater
President
Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens

Mitchell J. Slater is president of Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinetry. Mitch received his MBA in 1981 with a focus on Finance and Operations, and has 20 years in stainless fabrication with deep knowledge of the cabinet...

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  • Room: N225
    Format: Informational
Selling to Design is a process that will help you maximize your time on task from turning a prospect into a client. This process will improve your closing ratio and improve your profit margin by making it easier to obtain design fees. Jan Neiges, a kitchen and bath designer, will... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Jan Neiges, CKD
Owner/Designer
Jan Neiges CKD LLC

Jan Neiges, an NKBA Certified Award Winning Kitchen Designer and Past President with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NKBA is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges, home shows and at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Jan has her own kitchen & bath design firm in Denver, Colorado. ...

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  • Room: N229
    Format: Innovation/Trend
An introduction to Connected/Smart Home Technologies that can be incorporated into your next kitchen or bath project. This course will include information on dimming LED, dynamic lighting (Tunable White Light, Warm Dimming, RGB), DIY products and fully automated systems. This overview will allow attendees to answer preliminary questions about the... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Danica Jacobson
Showroom & Design Manager
Lighting Concepts

Danica Jacobson is a Lighting Designer with 17+ years’ experience in the residential design-build industry. Prior to joining Lighting Concepts in 2011, she successfully managed a career that has spanned all aspects of residential interiors from product specification to project coordination, kitchen and bath design, lighting and accessories to high-end...

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  • Room: N223
    Format: Informational
What is Authentic Luxury and how does it affect the kitchen and bath industry? At ROHL, we believe Authentic Luxury is when original design and a commitment to craft come together, connecting touch of hand, truth in materials, and place of origin. This presentation is designed to educate designers, builders,... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Greg Rohl
Vice President of Marketing
ROHL

Greg Rohl is the Vice President of Marketing at ROHL, a leading brand for the residential and hospitality markets whose mission has been to discover exceptional, authentically luxurious products for the kitchen and bath. He is primarily responsible for achieving the marketing goals of ROHL, including advertising, PR, merchandising, and...

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  • Room: N226
    Format: Informational
Delivering outstanding customer service is more than getting hired, completing the job & getting paid. Sometimes it's actually turning down work or re-scheduling a project, steering the client in a different direction or taking the time to do a follow-up call to see how the new design is fitting their... ...read more...
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DeAnna Radaj
Design Consultant/Writer/Radio Show Host
Bante Design LLC

DeAnna Radaj is the owner of Bante Design LLC, an integrative lifestyle design company, which fuses Eastern and Western design/lifestyle philosophies. She is a nationally recognized speaker on healthy home design, color therapy/theory, psychology of clutter for adults and children, and a variety of business topics for the individual, small...

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Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room: N229
    Format: Informational
The Seminar will focus on ways that you can build a culture that is high energy, team oriented, positive, and very successful. A big focus will be on the understanding that everyone in the organization is a leader and has a huge impact on the work environment. 360 Leadership covers... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Thad Whittenburg
President
Kitchen and Bath Global Partners

Thad has worked in the Kitchen and Bath Industry for over 30 years for one of the premier dealers overseeing 22 showrooms with over 170 MM in Revenues. His responsibilities included developing strategies and manage sales along with P & L results. A main focus was to form a strong...

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  • Room: N227
    Format: Informational
I am an interior designer, as well as an online instructor teaching Design Theory for a program called Design Alive. I am passionate about Kitchens, and specialize in Kosher Kitchen Design. As an Orthodox Jew who loves to cook and bake, I am intimately familiar with the ins and outs... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Rachel Groundland
Designer
Groundland Design Group

Rachel Groundland is a Michigan based Interior Designer, and online instructor for Design Alive, as well as the Director of Marketing at Yeshiva Beth Yehudah in Southfield, MI. With over twenty years of design experience, she is a passionate designer, who is excited to share her knowledge with both her...

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  • Room: N223
    Format: Informational
Top Ten Questions To Ask A Prospect: In today's sales environment we cannot spend time designing for people that won't buy, can't buy, or are just kicking the tires. Learn how to qualify a customer with 10 easy questions that will assure you that your design time is well spent.... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
John Valente
President
Manufacturers Rep Group, Inc.

John is a 27+ year veteran of the cabinet industry, and has been in leadership roles throughout his career. John is currently President of Manufacturers Rep Group, Inc. a business that markets cabinetry to dealers and home centers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and West Virginia. Previously, John has held the following...

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  • Room: N226
    Format: Innovation/Trend
The objective is to open up the minds of designers ,to see how the world around them will inspire them to be more creative. This will be accomplished thru photos and music. ...
Speaker(s)
Peter Salerno, CMKBD
President
Peter Salerno, Inc.

As a child, Peter spent his Saturdays and vacations in his father Rosolino's cabinet shop. Being introduced to the manufacturing and sales process at a young age had a lasting and invaluable effect on him. Peter attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and graduated as an Ensign...

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  • Room: N224
    Format: Informational
Most dealers underprice their jobs by 15-20%. That's why few are getting wealthy. Most say they can't raise their prices without losing sales. Yet we have seen owners increase their prices and increase revenue too. All it takes is (a) knowing what your price formula must be to make serious... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Dan Luck
Vice President, Sales & Education
SEN Design Group

Dan Luck joined the SEN Design Group in January 2017 as its Education Manager and currently serves as the Vice President of Sales & Education. This role was created specifically for him, trusting Luck to eventually lead all educational initiatives for the kitchen and bath’s first and largest buying group. A...

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  • Room: N225
    Format: Case Study
Running a business as a single mother of three can be a challenging situation for most. Running a surface fabrication business in a male dominated industry is certainly a challenge for all. During my journey I have learned the ways to empower women in pursuing their dreams against all odds,... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Karen Roe
President
NSMotif

Karen Roe owns one of Central Florida’s most successful countertop companies, a company which has grown from a small operation to a large-scale powerhouse in the last 10 years. Her focus is on both residential and commercial projects. Karen is an Accredited Member of the Marble Institute of America plus...

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  • Room: N228
    Format: Informational
The first time a prospect walks into your business, it can be an awkward moment . . for everyone! I will discuss my methodology of making it a pleasant moment for everyone! We will discuss how to relax the prospect, asking "easily answered questions" that will open them up to... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Robert Foltz, CKD
President/CEO
Kitchen Sales Coach

Robert Foltz, CKD is experienced in all aspects of the retail Kitchen and Bath Business. As a Sales Trainer & Business Consultant, using breakthrough strategies, such as “accelerated learning” and high involvement techiques that motivate you to get out of your comfort zone and increase your productivity and profits....

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Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Room: N230
Our world is changing. Epic advances in knowledge, technology and logistics are changing the flow of products and services to consumers at rates never before experienced … and this change is supercharged by the precipitous shift of generational influence and purchasing power.  With each second your business’ success is more... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
John Morgan
Owner
Morgan Pinnacle, LLC

Having been a featured conference speaker at over 100 industry events, John Morgan is well respected for his work helping kitchen and bath professionals evolve their businesses through the latest in technology. He is a 25-year kitchen and bath veteran. A manufacturer’s representative, consultant, trainer and speaker, and has served...


Wednesday, February 20, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Room: N229
    Format: Interactive Lab
A passionate and enthusiastic round table workshop will be presented in a positive, collaborative and supportive style. Learn how some people with Mobility, Vision and hearing impairments as well as cognitive and developmental abilities experience their environments. Go deep into strategies of how to positively engage your clients at all... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Dani Polidor, CAPS, ASID
Owner and Interior Designer
Suite Artisty

Dani Polidor, a multi-talented designer and licensed realtor, is the foremost authority on universal design in Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes area. She presents seminars to contractors, builders, other designers and homeowners on how to design space so it can be used by anyone, regardless of age, size or physical...

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  • Room: N227
    Format: Interactive Lab
Are you overwhelmed with the thought of keeping up with technology? Would you like to improve your design process with easy to use tools? Bring your smartphone or tablet to this session for a hands-on approach to expanding your technology toolkit. By leveraging the design process and cloud technology, you’ll... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Vanessa Dekoekkoek
Global Training Manager
2020

Vanessa started her career at 2020 as the lead trainer for North America and now collaborates with the training team world-wide as the Global Training Manager. Vanessa earned her Bachelor Degree from Baker College and her passion for training grew from teaching an AutoCAD class at her alma mater. After...

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  • Room: N225
    Format: Informational
Ensure that you are aware and knowledgeable for what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next for our kitchen and bath industry and your business plans. Especially important for being on trend is to look beyond kitchens and baths to the consumer and the greater world we live and sell within... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Sarah Reep, CMKBD, ASID, IIDA, CMB, CAPS
Director Designer Relations & Education
Masco Cabinetry

Sarah Reep, is a respected expert, leader, and designer in the Kitchen & Bath Industry with more than 20 years of direct experience in design, product design, trend forecasting, retail, home, consumer insights, marketing, business development, and public relations. Sarah’s writings appear regularly in Kitchen & Bath Design News where...

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  • Room: N228
    Format: Innovation/Trend
Traditional Kitchen design has been somewhat perfected in the last twenty years. But what's making a strong comeback is a dirty kitchen, or scullery. A hardworking, hard cleaning space that's hidden just out of site for entertaining....
Speaker(s)
Lori Paranjape
Designer
Mrs. Paranjape design + interiors

Lori Paranjape—whose work has appeared in People, HGTV Magazine, Domino and many more—is one of the brightest stars in Nashville’s creative constellation. Her eponymous firm, Mrs. Paranjape Design + Interiors which began in 2008, specializes in luxury residential and new construction projects that take her around the country, Recognized for...

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  • Room: N224
    Format: Informational
Informative panel discussion session where leading professionals in the surface fabrication business share key areas of success to increase sales revenue and run a profitable fabrication shop...
Speaker(s)
Eric Tryon
CEO
Clio Holdings

Eric Tryon is the CEO of Clio Holdings, where he parlays the lessons he has learned over two and a half decades of professional success as an entrepreneur and business owner into shaping the future of the nation’s biggest and most profitable countertop and specialty surfaces company. In 2002, Eric...

Jon Kaplan
Managing Partner
Rockhead Group

Jon Kaplan is an accomplished executive with a proven record of consulting successful businesses in many different industries. His vast experience includes serving Senior Management positions at top international corporate accounting and consulting firms, including leadership positions in the Countertop Industry, as well as a history in a family business...

Lorenzo Marquez
President
Marqet Group

Lorenzo Marquez is the President of Marqet Group, a full-service marketing agency specializing in the design and construction industry. In his role, he supports manufacturers and trade partners in developing campaigns to increase market share through public relations, advertising, merchandising and digital strategies. He is also an executive member...

Paul Menninger
CEO
Capitol Granite

Paul Menninger is the President & CEO of Capitol Granite, who has taken a career of leadership skills, industrial engineering and Manufacturing experience and put them to the test in an entrepreneurial environment. In 2001, Paul started the Company with a couple employees and a business philosophy of providing award winning...

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  • Room: N230
    Format: Informational
Your business probably has intellectual property issues, whether you know it or not. For example, have you cleared and federally registered your business name as a trademark? Are you protecting your brand names in foreign countries where you sell? Do you see knockoffs of your product designs? Join Shawn Kolitch,... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Shawn Kolitch, PhD
Shareholder
Kolisch Hartwell, P.C.

Shawn is a shareholder of Kolisch Hartwell, P.C. A former physics professor at Cal Poly, the University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark College, he splits his time between patent litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, opinion and expert work across many industries and fields of technology. Shawn is known...

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  • Room: N223
    Format: Informational
A showroom doesn't have to be large to have large sales. Effectively use your showroom space with a cabinet comparison wall. Save space, save time, and earn more with this simple, yet extremely effective, business practice....
Speaker(s)
John Lang, LPBC
Director
SEN Design Group

Since 1983, John Lang has run a successful family-owned business in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Lang attended his first Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) in Philadelphia in 1985. After foreseeing the business opportunities available in the kitchen industry, Lang designed and installed a 400 square foot cabinet display inside his...

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  • Room: N226
    Format: Case Study
Do you want to provide Unbelievable service or just Basic service or even worse, Underwhelming service? Where are you at today? We will work through some real world examples to bring the concept of evaluating each project and sale based on six defined levels of customer service....
Speaker(s)
Randy Krebs
President/Business Development Manager
Cascadia Pacific Marketing

Randy began his “career” in the kitchen cabinet industry as his grandfather’s dust collection system on Saturday mornings when he was 10. Now 5 decades later he provides the business and sales acumen to assist any dealer to start or increase its cabinet business in any market segment including remodel,...

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Wednesday, February 20, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Room: N229
    Format: Informational
Let LED lighting lead the way in your kitchen and bath projects. Today’s LED lamps are affordable, energy efficient and add attractive design elements to standard fixtures. When it comes to the connected home, LED lighting is one of the top requests from homeowners for automated control, as it aids... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Bernadette Campbell
National Lighting Manager
Ferguson

Bernadette Campbell, ALA Certified Lighting Specialist, is the National Lighting Manager for Ferguson Enterprises. A native of Newport News, Virginia, Bernadette has worked in the kitchen and bath industry nearly 30 years, with 25 of those years at Ferguson. During her tenure, her career has progressed from showroom sales to...

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  • Room: N230
    Format: Informational
Delegation can be the most important tool a business owner can use to grow and add value to his/her business. The ability to properly delegate is most times overlooked as the key attribute of a successful business owner manager, or leader. I will discuss the importance of delegation, and will... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Steve Wheeler
Director of Business Development
Remodelers Advantage Inc.

Steve is an experienced sales executive with a passion for helping business owners achieve growth and success in their remodeling business. He joined Remodelers Advantage after spending over 12 years as a remodeling business owner in Wilmington, DE. Steve is responsible for new membership sales at Remodelers Advantage and helps...

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  • Room: N223
    Format: Informational
When you own a brick and mortar shop, it's tough to come up with local business marketing strategies that leave a lasting impact on your small business. Direct mail and signage can only go so far. Marketing is constantly changing and as a small local business, you need to move... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Megan Jansky
Founder & Creative Director
The Marketing Corner

Megan Jansky is the founder and creative spirit behind The Marketing Corner, a resource dedicated primarily to helping home improvement and design professionals market smarter. A passion for consumers and appreciation of innovative advertising tactics are two dynamic forces behind this Chicago-native’s success. Although, she’s managed...

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  • Room: N226
    Format: Informational
Yachts, vacation homes, designer fashions, high performance automobiles…of course, all of these things represent “luxury.” But for homeowners, builders, contractors, retailers, and designers in 2019, the word luxury means so much more. International award-winning interior designer Christopher Grubb knows first-hand what makes for a luxurious design and design experience. For... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Christopher Grubb, IIDA
President/Founder
Arch-Interiors Design Group

Christopher Grubb has been called a style maker and expert design influencer by clients, editors, manufacturers and producers alike. Christopher is President of Beverly Hills based Arch-Interiors Design Group, Inc. which is internationally recognized for its creative and unique work in high-end residential, commercial, medical, health and beauty, exterior, retail...

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  • Room: N228
    Format: Innovation/Trend
This CEU focus on three contemporary high-end materials: aluminum, glass, and high gloss acrylic. First, we will review the inherent qualities of each, then we will look at how each might be incorporated into your designs. We will review the design options of each application and how to specify these... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Nelson Wills
Partner - VP Business Development
Element Designs

Nelson Wills is one of the founders and partners behind Element Designs. His educational background consists of a BA in Construction Science and Management from Clemson University, which focuses on materials and methods of commercial construction projects. Prior to Element Designs, Nelson worked in the factory automation industry in a...

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  • Room: N225
    Format: Case Study
I have been designing kitchens and bathrooms for over 20 years. My philosophy has always been that good design is timeless. As I look back, I see many of my kitchens and bathrooms are still relevant today. In this session you will find out all you need to know about... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Debra De Lorenzo
Designer and Director
One Ranfurly Ltd.

Debra DeLorenzo has managed to turn design philosophy into an art form. A Specialist interior designer with multiple awards in kitchen and bathroom design, she is passionate about design and creating fabulous spaces. Debra's study of architecture, art, and culinary skills mean her designs are hugely artistic and yet grounded in...

Tony De Lorenzo
One Ranfurly Ltd.

Tony is co-owner of One Ranfurly Ltd. He has served on the NKBA board in New Zealand and eventually became President of the NKBA NZ (2010-2012). He has successfully managed theatres, executive payrolls, kindergartens and even had a brief but successful stint as a stand up comedian. “A funny thing happened on...

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  • Room: N224
    Format: Case Study
Virtual Reality (VR) photography, VR Video and Augmented Reality have all gained traction in many industries across the US and the world over the past 5 – 7 years. The immersive nature of each of these formats helps companies differentiate themselves through unique experiences that encourages engagement. They bridge the... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Mark Hopwood
Sales Manager
Ferguson

Mark has been involved with online marketing since 1998. At the time, he was the VP of sales and operations for an employee owned Montana company that wanted to explore taking their product offering online. The company was selected as one of the first companies to be authorized to market...

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  • Room: N227
    Format: Interactive Lab
Join Mark and his roll of blue tape as he finds the good, the bad, and the ugly of attendee websites. Not only will you get insights from the perspective of both a conversion expert and a first-time visitor, you’ll also see the practical application of those insights in real... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Mark Harari
Vice President and CMO
Remodelers Advantage

Currently Vice President and CMO of Remodelers Advantage, Mark Harari is an award-winning marketer whose pioneering work in developing targeted audience acquisition strategies has influenced industry best practices. Having spent six years as head of marketing for a Baltimore-based remodeling firm, Mark understands the unique challenges facing remodeling business owners firsthand....

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Thursday, February 21, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room: N226
    Format: Innovation/Trend
The 2019 Global Color Forecast is researched and identified by PPG’s international team of color experts and specialists. This presentation unravels the moods, mindsets and design directions behind the entire forecast, but the overarching mood that prevails is one of togetherness and community. Whereas in the past we noticed singular... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Ruthanne Hanlon
National Color and Design Manager
PPG Architectural Coatings

Ruthanne has been in the field of design since graduating in 1994 from FIDR accredited Villa Maria College located in upstate NY. Her career includes experience in kitchen and bath design, custom furnishings and space planning. Ruthanne has focused specifically on color specifications since 2000 as a representative...

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  • Room: N225
    Format: Informational
Increasing competition from the internet and big box stores is reason enough to wonder whether you’re taking advantage of every industry resource available to you. Add to that your busy schedule, a small team and an ever-evolving marketplace and you are probably thinking you should have chosen a different career.... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Brian Penabad
Vice President Kitchen & Bath
FEI Group

Brian Penabad manages and oversees the efficient and effective delivery of the goals and objectives of the FEI Group, specifically the Kitchen and Bath Divisions. FEI supports flooring, cabinet, countertop and decorative plumbing/hardware business owners by offering sales training and operational resources, business insurance, national business programs, benchmarking, best practices...

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  • Room: N227
    Format: Innovation/Trend
This lively, dynamic and informative presentation will take you beyond universal design. Learn how to include accessibility, comfort and safety in every design. Learn some useful tips from the experts on how your designs help all of your clients improve their independence and dignity, without talking about it! Learn how... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Barbara Barton, CMKBD, CLIPP
Barbara Barton and Associates

Barbara Barton, CMKBD, CLIPP, has over 35 years of experience in the Kitchen and Bath Industry, having worked for several Kitchen/Bath dealerships, managing a Bathroom Showroom for five years and then 15 years in the Appliance industry. Since the year 2000, Barbara has grown her own Independent Designer business...

Erik Listou, CLIPP, HATS, CAPS, CAASH, CGR, CGP, CLR, LDST
Co-Founder
Living In Place institute

Erik, Co-Founder of the Living In Place Institute, is committed to helping all people live in homes that are accessible, comfortable and safe. His $100M+ career spans 50 years in both commercial and residential construction and renovation. Erik has been recognized through eight national credentials and numerous project and leadership...

Maria Stapperfenne, CMKBD, CLIPP
Tewksbury Kitchens and Baths

Maria is probably the most well known designer in America. Maria was awarded the prestigious credential of CMKBD – Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, from the NKBA in 2015 and is one of only about 200 CMKBDs in the U.S. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education...

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  • Room: N228
    Format: Informational
Home electronics should integrate seamlessly into a home's design and décor. This course reviews the three-pronged approach to hiding technology - advanced planning, design philosophy, and product selection - which are important for minimizing the visual impact of electronics without compromising performance. Specific challenges and recommendations related to hiding video... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Jamie Briesmeister
Sales & Marketing Director
Integration Controls

Jamie Briesemeister is the Sales and Marketing Director for Integration Controls, a smart home automation company with a design-oriented, customer-centric approach to technology for residential and commercial clientele. In 2004, Jamie switched from a health-related career in speech-language pathology, to co-found Integration Controls with her husband, Jeff. She currently manages...

Patrick Hartman
General Manager
Diversified Systems International

Patrick is a 23-year veteran of the audio video and systems integration industry. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the business including project management, design, engineering, and installation, and cuts across all sectors - residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional....

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  • Room: N229
    Format: Informational
There are many preconceived notions regarding generations, especially the newest generations in today’s workforce. Millennials and Gen Z workers are constantly referred to by their use of technology and desire for personal expression and recognition. But did you know these two groups are teamwork oriented and approach situations from a... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Kate Bailey
Director of Showrooms
Ferguson

Kate Bailey is the Director of Showrooms for Ferguson, overseeing the strategic direction for Ferguson’s 270 showrooms nationwide. She has 13 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry and a passion for innovative, beautifully designed and practical products for the home. She began her career in Ferguson’s Management...

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  • Room: N224
    Format: Informational
Millennials' Money Matters: guide to high-jacking the sale and taking control. Being part of the millennial generation, which is now more than 25% of the US population, I have a unique perspective into what we are looking for. Born in to the world of instant information and the ease of... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Tyler Swartzmiller
Senior Designer
Kitchen Kraft

Creating the perfect luxury kitchen and bath requires many levels of skill. Excellent customer service, an eye for color and lighting, staying up to date on technology and industry trends., knowledge of materials, thorough first-hand experience in the build . . . For a top interior designer, it takes a...

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  • Room: N223
    Format: Innovation/Trend
Savvy showrooms have the incredible opportunity to perpetually influence their clients. Today’s consumer technology and life habits now make it easier and less expressive than ever to guide our customers in their research, inspiration, decision making and sharing … 24/7. Think about the opportunity to expand showroom reach and literally... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
John Morgan
Owner
Morgan Pinnacle, LLC

Having been a featured conference speaker at over 100 industry events, John Morgan is well respected for his work helping kitchen and bath professionals evolve their businesses through the latest in technology. He is a 25-year kitchen and bath veteran. A manufacturer’s representative, consultant, trainer and speaker, and has served...

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  • Room: N230
    Format: Informational
As a developer, I had to really learn the hard way as to how to develop relationships that lead to quality investors that could help me grow my business and allow me to add more properties to my portfolio. So many contractors and designers want in this world but don't... ...read more...
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Brook Mitchell
Owner/Real Estate Developer
District Flip

Brook Mitchell is a Real Estate Developer based in Washington, DC. Her company District Flip rehabs homes throughout the DC Metro area and is partnered with several private investors. Her company also assists clients in locating homes to remodel or rebuild to their specification. Her and her business partner are...

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Thursday, February 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room: N223
    Format: Informational
Join Jonas Carnemark, CR, CKD, for a practical nuts and bolts seminar on how to create award-winning designs without breaking the bank. You will learn how to guide your high-end clients into making the right choices with their money. Jonas will share his insights on how to build client trust... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Jonas Carnemark, CR, CKD
Carnemark Design + Build

In 1987, Jonas Carnemark founded a company to realize his creative goal: to bring home remodeling dreams to life—with both beauty and purpose. Since then, he has grown a 20-person design + build firm where devotion to the clean lines of modern design flows easily alongside attention to comfort. It’s...

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  • Room: N225
    Format: Informational
Companies and business in the Builder Industry are under increased pressure to drive sales growth and ROI even with elevated costs for labor and materials. Our team will talk through the advantages of bridging the gap between the sales and marketing teams to build a growth model intuitive enough to... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
David Bernardino
Chief Operating Officer
AMMUNITIONagency

David has 15+ years of diverse B2B and B2C marketing and general management experiences at top tier consumer packaged goods, consumer health care, and consumer electronics companies. He spent most of his marketing career in diverse B2B and B2C marketing and general management experiences at companies like Procter & Gamble,...

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  • Room: N228
    Format: Informational
Home is where life happens and where memories are made. What happens when the home presents barriers and challenges or when the home doesn’t work for the homeowner? Simple things that were once taken for granted have now become a daily struggle. Perhaps this challenge occurs because of family member... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Carrie Morgeson, OTR/L, CAPS
Owner
CapABLE Living LLC

Carrie has worked as an occupational therapist for 18 years, graduating from Spalding University in 2000. She has had the joy and privilege of working with individuals and their families as they overcome obstacles due to their life changing conditions. Carrie has worked in the community with families who are...

Kerrie Anthony Johnson, OTR/L, CAPS

Kerrie is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience providing Occupational Therapy (OT) services, as well as developing and managing community based programs and a private practice for adults and children with neurological impairments and older adults. Kerrie has a passion for helping individuals of all abilities...

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  • Room: N230
    Format: Informational
One of the single biggest keys to success in the kitchen and bath industry is the ability to develop and mobilize a team of inspired people. Never an easy task, the stakes are raised higher than ever in today’s world. As demand for new homes and remodeling services increases, so... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Fred Reikowsky
Principal
Legacy Business Leaders, LLC

Fred Reikowsky is a Professional Business Coach, Leadership Trainer and speaker, licensed with the Professional Business Coaches Alliance. He founded Legacy Business Leaders LLC, a business coaching and leadership training firm, in January 2012 after a 33 year career as a building contractor and 5 years of non-profit leadership in...

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  • Room: N229
    Format: Research
In the flattening of the global economy, company longevity is mission critical. At times, any company may face eroding product margins, commoditization, and brand neutrality. Whether the quest is for market domination or company survival, responsible business practices can give business owners a promising advantage. Come and learn how the... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Shay Emmers
Dealer Sales
Masco Cabinetry

Shay Emmers is a Phoenix-based Dealer Sales Account Manager at Masco Cabinetry. She enjoys winning new accounts and promoting existing dealerships in a multi-state territory. Celebrating twenty-six years of sales and marketing management roles in the kitchen cabinet industry, her business style thrives on accountability and mission-driven goals. Shay envisions...

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  • Room: N224
    Format: Research
This presentation reveals the findings of an extensive $100,000 research study of over 900 consumers who were interested in either major remodeling or purchasing a home. The research identified how dealers, architects, designers, builders and remodelers and dealers can increase the salability of their projects, and elevate their reputations. The... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
David Brown
Partner
Hoffman York, Inc.

Dave is a partner at Hoffman York, a prominent full-service marketing and research agency based in the Midwest. He is a seasoned brand strategist with invaluable home industry experience in channel, consumer, and product marketing. His home category experience began 30 years when he joined Kohler Company. During his 5...

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  • Room: N227
    Format: Informational
Have you wondered how to incorporate modern kitchen elements into an Mid-Century Modern design? Do you recognize Mid-Century Modern structures around your community? In this session, we will continue our historical exploration of kitchen design by learning how the Mid-Century Modern design movement changed the kitchen from a simply functional... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Nancy Young, CKD, CBD
Owner/President
Nancy Young Designs

Nancy Young, CKD, CBD has been working in the kitchen and bath industry since 2002, designing custom kitchens and bathrooms for two different design showrooms. In 2012, she opened her own design studio, Nancy Young Designs in Montgomery, Alabama. Her early education was in Industrial Design with a degree...

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  • Room: N226
    Format: Innovation/Trend
As designers, how can we design to inspire? How can we create holistic solutions for our clients that not only look great and work well, but, most important, feel right? Transform. Satisfy. Inspire. Kitchens in this century are evolving rapidly. The visual, functional and emotional aspects of kitchens interrelate and... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Richard Landon, CMKBD, NWSID
Principal
Richard Landon Design

Richard Landon has been active in residential design for over three decades. He has been a board member and president of the NW Society of Interior Designers. As an NKBA instructor, he developed and taught a Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) for experienced-level designers. He is a speaker for the NKBA...

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