2020 Board of Directors
Allison Lowrie, Chair
Allison Lowrie was named Chief Marketing Officer at ANGI Homeservices, parent of Angie’s List and Home Advisor, in 2017. She specializes in brand management, customer acquisition, communications and marketing intelligence. In 2015, Lowrie was named Chief Marketing Officer of HomeAdvisor (U.S.), which she joined in 2010, and has held various senior marketing positions throughout her tenure. Before joining HomeAdvisor, Lowrie acted as the Director of Advertising Products at Cars.com from 2004 to 2010. She also serves on the Home Improvement Research Institute’s (HIRI) Board of Directors.
Michael Mahan, Vice Chair
Michael Mahan is Vice President – North America for Home & Distribution at Schneider Electric. He is responsible for the short and long-term product strategy and evolution of Schneider’s Final Distribution electrical business, leading the North American Product Management, Engineering, Architecture and Project Management teams. Prior to this position, he held roles of increasing responsibility at GE Appliances and GE Energy, including leading the Monogram brand team at GE Appliances. Mahan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Basil E. Larkin, Secretary/Treasurer
Basil Larkin is vice president of sales for Hestan Commercial Corp., an award-winning innovative manufacturer of premium commercial restaurant equipment and residential indoor and outdoor appliances, where he is responsible for all sales. Larkin has been in the appliance business for nearly his entire career, holding key roles in sales leadership, marketing and product development. Before joining Hestan, he held senior positions at BSH Home Appliances, Lynx Professional Grills and Viking Range Corp. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. He is also a member of the Society of Fellows at the Culinary Institute of America.
Steve Joseph is CEO and co-founder of Smart Home Products Inc., an international kitchen appliance sourcing, sales and service solutions company. He has served on the board for four years, including terms as Secretary/Treasurer in 2018 and chairman in 2019. SHP supplies high-quality kitchen appliances and components, and works with global appliance brands to design and develop innovative appliances, integrate IoT-connected kitchen technologies, and sell to distributors, retailers and builders. Prior to Smart Home, Joseph was president of Dacor, a manufacturer and distributor of luxury kitchen appliances, where he pioneered the design and production of many smart-tech appliances. He has a B.S. in Business Management from Pepperdine University.
Lorenzo Marquez, who served as board chairman in 2017 and 2018, is president of Marqet Group, a full-service marketing agency specializing in design and construction. He supports clients with campaigns to increase market share through public relations, advertising, merchandising and digital strategies. He is also an executive member of The Rockheads Group, a private network representing independent stone fabricators across North America. Previously, he served as vice president of marketing at Cosentino North America for 10 years. He’s been on the NKBA Board since 2013, after serving on the KBIS Council for three years, and he received a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston.
Jan Neiges, CKD
Jan Neiges, CKD, principal of her namesake design firm in Denver, is an award-winning kitchen designer and past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NKBA. She’s a frequent guest lecturer at colleges, home shows and at KBIS. Capitalizing on 40 years of sales experience and 20 years of design, she has helped colleagues hone their marketing and selling skills with a process specific to kitchen and bath designers that has been proven to shorten the lead-to-sale cycle, improve the closing ratio while also earning design fees before they design.
Kristen Elder is the Showroom & Builder Vice President at Ferguson Enterprises, responsible for showroom and builder strategy and execution. She is an accomplished consumer product sales and marketing leader with experience in launching and growing top consumer and retail brands. She joined Ferguson in 2017 as Senior Director of Appliance Business Development and has worked very closely with the business groups, Sourcing, Category Management, Marketing and the branch network to increase sales and profitability of Ferguson’s appliance business. Before joining the company, Elder spent 20 years in the retail industry with many notable brands including Sony Electronics, Circuit City and Monark Premium Appliance Co.
With more than 20 years in the kitchen and bath industry in North America, Jan Heck was named president and CEO of Miele USA, a subsidiary of the world’s largest family-owned premium appliance company, in 2016. He oversees overall operations of the company’s consumer and professional use appliance and floor care products, which includes management of 10 Miele Experience Centers across the U.S. He started his career at Bizerba, a weighing and food processing equipment manufacturer, serving in Germany, the U.K. and Canada. After that, he joined Miele in Ontario, where he became president of the Miele Ltd. Canada subsidiary in 1999. He holds aBachelor of Commerce degree from IHK (Chamber of Industry) in Reutlingen, Germany, has been active in numerous professional organizations and orchestrated a $100 million fundraising campaign as a board member of St. Josephs Health Centre Foundation in Toronto.
With 29 years of experience in the appliance category, Randy Warner was appointed President of Dacor, a leading American luxury home appliance brand, in 2018 following the acquisition of the company by Samsung. As an Ohio native, Randy began his career with Maytag, working for the company for 15 years supporting the business from a national sales perspective across the US market before joining Electrolux where he was responsible for launching and leading the builder division across the West Coast region. Following his time at Electrolux, Randy joined the newly formed Sub-Zero Group West team, as Vice President overseeing West and Southwest distributorships. Prior to joining Dacor, Warner served as President to Sub-Zero Group West and Southwest distribution including overseeing sales, marketing, finance, operations, purchasing and customer service. Warner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of South Florida in Tampa.