The National Kitchen & Bath Association picks 30 outstanding young professionals for its prestigious recognition. By Dianne M. Pogoda
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) will recognize its Thirty Under 30, Class of 2019, at the upcoming Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®), to be held Feb. 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas.
“We’re proud to introduce another outstanding class of accomplished young professionals,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA Chief Executive Officer. “We believe in a vibrant and robust future for this industry, and these talented individuals are standard-bearers and examples for their peers. Our aim is that this honor helps them in their continuing professional development, as they grow into their roles as the next generation of industry leaders.”
As has been the tradition in recent years, the incoming Thirty Under 30 class is tasked with a mission at KBIS. For 2019, the group will be split into 10 teams of three and asked to walk the show floor, seeking “Best of” products and innovations in several categories. Their winning picks will be presented with the inaugural “30s Choice Awards” on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. on the KBIS NeXT stage. It’s sure to provide some key insights about what the next generation views as important developments in all aspects of the kitchen and bath space, from advances in technology to design components and product innovations that will serve as game-changers for kitchens and baths today and in the future.
The 2019 Thirty Under 30 program is sponsored by Wilsonart and by Signature Kitchen Suite appliances.
The candidates selected for the Thirty Under 30 program (and their companies and NKBA Chapter affiliations, where applicable) are:
Jack Bernstein, Kurrent, Manhattan; Brittany Capozzi, AKBD, Cabinet Gallery Ltd., Rhode Island; Dylan Cloyd, Spokane Carpet One The Showroom, Palouse; Joe Clymer, Amiano & Son Construction; Mary Lauda Corwin, AKBD, Toulmin Cabinetry Inc., Alabama; Courtney Doss-Lomas, Greymark Construction, Texas Gulf Coast; Aly Glavin, Licensed General Contractor, Pure Design Works LLC, Carolinas; Courtney Glidden, AKBD, Craftsman Design & Renovation, Columbia River; Katie Golec, CAPS, ACM Designs, Ontario; Lena Grasso, Dellon Sales; Melissa Haas, AKBD, Case Design/Remodel of Charlotte, Carolinas; Hillary Holt, Kitchen Concepts, Oklahoma; Jessy Johnson, Mary Lynn Creations LLC; Charles Kimball, Premier Companies, Prairie Provinces; Ryan Kramanak, Frank Kramanak and Sons Contractors, Ohio State; Paige Maurer, Paige Lee Interiors; Peter McClorey, CAPS, Certified Renovator Initial (EPA—Lead Safety), Paulson’s Construction Inc., Michigan; Jasmine Morvay, Certified Interior Decorator and Kitchen and Bath Designer, KODAinteriors, Ottawa; Lizzy Paluszek, Better Kitchens and Baths, Virginia State; Jess Peters, UDCP, Case Design/Remodeling, Northern California; Caitlyn Rogers, Rogers Designs Inc., Florida Treasure Coast; Stefanie Rotella, AKBD; Neil Kelly Co, Columbia River; Melissa Sakell, AKBD, Kenwood Kitchens, Baltimore/Washington; Sam Schwartz, Federal Brace, Charlotte;Amanda Smith, c|s Design Studio LLC, Baltimore/Washington; Katie Taggart, Ferguson Bath Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; San Francisco Bay Area; Bradley Townsend, Certified Sales and Design Specialist (Mid Continent Cabinetry), Bloomberg Market Certificate, MasterBrand Cabinets Inc.; Joseph Valente, Manufacturers Rep Group Inc., West Michigan Justine Wiggins, Justine Marie Designs, Puget Sound; Rebecca Wood, Allied ASID, Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Baltimore/Washington.
Introduced in 2013, the NKBA Thirty Under 30 program continues to capture the voice of the next generation of kitchen and bath professionals.
To learn more about KBIS 2019 and to register for the show and/or events, visit www.kbis.com. Reminder: Registration is open and is free to NKBA members through Sept. 30.