The NKBA picked 30 exceptional young professionals to join its prestigious program. By Loren Kessell
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) will honor the Thirty Under 30 Class of 2020 at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Jan. 21-23 in Las Vegas.
Every year, the new class is tasked with a mission to be completed during the show. The incoming honorees will scour the show floor to identify the “best of” products and innovations in categories, to select the second annual 30s Choice Awards. These will be presented on the KBIS NeXTStage, and it will be an insightful presentation packed with trend information.
Judges for this year’s selection are all alumni from past classes. They include Danielle Bohn, CMKBD, design & training manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Class of 2015; Mark Eglington, president of Euro-Line Appliances, Class of 2014; Rebecca Sutton, AKBD, lead designer at Kitchen Design Concepts, Class of 2017; Molly Switzer, AKBD, owner of Molly N Switzer Designs LLC, Class of 2014; Brandy H. Tallant, inside account manager, national accounts, for Hansgrohe, Class of 2013.
Signature Kitchen Suite is this year’s sponsor of the Thirty Under 30 initiative, which recognizes accomplishments and potential for future industry leadership in outstanding young professionals, across a full spectrum of kitchen and bath design and remodeling. The candidates selected for induction (along with their companies and NKBA chapter affiliation where applicable) are:
Markie Tuckett, Timber + Plumb Kitchens and Cabinetry;
Emily Tomek, AKBD, Drury Design, Chicago Mid West;
Sarah Nielsen, Showplace Cabinetry Design Center – Urbandale, Iowa;
Ariana Lovato, AKBD, Honeycomb Home Design, Central Coast and Valleys;
Jennifer Hutton, Artisan Kitchens and Baths (Appliance Associates of Buffalo), Central New York;
David Berens, ReFind Kitchens;
Jonnette Vandehey, AKBD, Square Deal Remodeling;
Ryan Smith, Ferguson d.b.a. The Bath & Beyond;
Fabian Cabrera, Ferrarini & Co.;
Samantha Souders, Reico Kitchen & Bath, Baltimore/Washington;
Kelly McDermott, AKBD, Normandy Remodeling, Chicago;
Amber Fowler, Rev-A-Shelf, Kentuckiana;
Sarah Pierce, AKBD, Lane Homes & Remodeling, Virginia State;
Morgan Chiarelly, Kessebohmer USA Inc., Eastern Carolinas;
Karina Gaft, Yale Appliance & Lighting;
Stassa Mullen, Hansgrohe Inc.;
Mark Stapperfenne, Green Forest Cabinetry, Virginia State;
Carolyn Elleman, Case Design/Remodeling, Baltimore/Washington;
Joseph DeCasperis, Karmichael’s Cabinetry, Southern California;
Hannah Harrington, Kitchen Concepts, Oklahoma;
Nicole Galera, DR Design & Remodel;
Julie Russi, The Tile Shop, Carolina;
Bonnie Schmitz, Masco Cabinetry;
Anna Violand, Ferguson Enterprises;
Michelle Sauer, D’Asign Source, South Florida;
Jensen Landers, Marrokal Design & Remodeling, San Diego;
Kylee Chatham, Architectural Ceramics;
Drew Newman, Prodigy Kitchens & Baths, GA/SC Coastal;
Mackenzie Elliott, GE Monogram Appliances;
Candis Warren-Ashurst, Steiner-Houck & Associates LLC, Susquehanna Valley.
To learn more about this program and to register for KBIS 2020, visit www.kbis.com.