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 he captures in his photography, often simply using available light. He shoots his own projects and those of designers and builders. View his images at adamgibson.com and adamgibsonphoto.com. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, and has been featured in regional and national publications. Adam is an active member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
Andre Boykin is known for his ability to connect with people and to move them to take Action! Andre uniquely combines experiences, learning points, and humor, to create a message that resonates, while educating and entertaining his audiences.
Andre’s success and experiences as a leader in Fortune 500 Companies, as well as in the companies he founded, is the basis for his ability to relate to executives, entrepreneurs, sales professionals, and other business leaders who are out to accomplishing something extraordinary.
Andre has worked in over thirty different industries spanning manufacturing, banking, healthcare, and hospitality. Andre has been featured in numerous local and national publications on topics of leadership and sales. He is a co-author of the popular sales book Masterminds Unleashed: Selling for Geniuses. And, he is the author of the soon to be released The Five C’s of Winning Posture.
Andre’s consulting firm CAPITAL iDEA works with organizations bridging the gap between talent and results. Through the firm’s RightFit Solutions and Talent Development Solutions, CAPITAL iDEA is recognized for creating companies that WORK and was named a Top 100 Small Business by South Florida Business Leaders Magazine.
Andre is a certified Human Capital Specialist and has many certifications and designations related to the development of human potential. Andre is committed to making a difference in our youth. He leads the fundraising efforts for the Marc Jaiden Project, a non-profit organization that provides eye care services for under privileged children and adults in South Florida, Jamaica, South America, and Haiti. Andre is also a frequent volunteer with Junior Achievement to help shape our leaders of tomorrow.
Bridget Bueche is a classically trained chef widely recognized for her diverse and in-depth product knowledge of luxury kitchen and bath appliances.
With 30 years of cooking, selling and teaching experience, she has had the privilege of working on projects with many of the greatest appliance manufactures, designers, architects, builders, chefs, farmers and consumers internationally. For the past 17 years, Bridget’s hands on appliance and cooking experience gives her extensive appliance knowledge, that comes directly from selling some of the greatest brands in the world for the prestigious appliance distributor Purcell Murray; as well as holding positions as Marketing Manager/Executive Chef for Sub Zero Wolf then Executive Chef/ Culinary Director for Pirch. As a founding member of the kitchen & bath appliance retailer sensation PIRCH, Bridget helped develop the cooking and life-style selling experience, the company was nationally recognized for, as a business disruptor at conception. Her “real-life” kitchen design experience, and culinary life-notes, has served thousands of collaborations creating world-class kitchens, baths and outdoor environments.
Now as an independent culinary entrepreneur, she has crafted a proprietary selling technique, that allows the adapter to attain the skills, to gain consumers trust & buying confidence resulting in millions of dollars in sales. Additionally she has crafted an online presence to educate consumers on finding their own cook’s perspective through educational exploration of the greatest brands of appliances and foods of the world – www.cooksperspective.com and on Instagram @cooksperspective
Currently touring the United States, she is visiting farmers, farmers markets, appliance manufacturers, design and architect firms. In the second half of 2018, Bridget Bueche will be launching her owned and operated Certified Farmers market in Orange County California.
Clients, editors, and producers have called Christopher Grubb an influential designer and a trendsetter. His design firm, Beverly Hills-based Arch-Interiors Design Group, Inc., is internationally recognized for its creative and unique work on residential, commercial, retail and hospitality projects, as well as high-end medical design.
Throughout his career, Christopher has been a sought-after lecturer nationwide, speaking on the subject of what makes for compelling design. Arch-Interiors has been featured in books and hundreds of magazines and newspapers. Christopher has also shared his multifaceted design skills on numerous talk radio programs and TV shows. The company was named one of the Top 10 design firms in L.A. by Los Angeles Home and Décor magazine, and was selected and featured in Hong Kong’s World Architecture magazine, the publication that dedicates an entire issue annually to the profile of an international design firm.
In 2010 Christopher launched The C.G. Collection, bringing affordable luxury to the consumer market in his signature line of furniture for the modern bath.
For over twenty years, Christopher has remained enthusiastically driven and passionate about applying his diverse design styles to his clients’ individual needs and unique set of challenges. While some designers apply their signature look to every project, Christopher employs his intuitive design method, which involves first learning about his clients’ individuality to create a one-of-a-kind environment that captures the essence of the distinctive style surrounding their business or personal life.
Christopher received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of San Francisco and the Academy of Art College, and studied in Milan, Italy at the Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
*Christopher Grubb is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Remodeling Category.
DeAnna Radaj can enter a space & tweak (or remodel, re-design) the space to better suit its function & lifestyle of the space’s occupants. Using Integrative Lifestyle Design (eco-shui), life quality can be increased & supportive of any lifestyle changes or health challenges.
She is an “Eco-Shui” designer/rehab-er who helps those looking to lead a more healthy, balanced & proactive lifestyle. Unlike other interior designers, “flippers” or Feng Shui practitioners (besides a specialized focus on BEDROOMS & OFFICES), DeAnna integrates the Western (eco-friendly, universal, sustainable) & Eastern (Feng Shui) design principles & techniques, combined with goal-setting (12+ years in corporate before starting Bante Design LLC & creating DesignLEAN) & clutter-busting exercises to create healthy & supportive indoor environments. Spaces that reflect the lifestyle & goals of her clients, as well as helping them “design the life of their dreams”.
Designing spaces that are not only beautiful and comfortable, but also bring out the client’s personality, is her design philosophy. She states that she is in the business of “improving the relationship that you have with your home”…so if you’re ready to divorce your space, contact us for some Design Counseling! She promises that no matter what, you’ll have as “healthy, efficient, productive & supportive space” as she can design for you (with your budget & time considerations) for you to start living the life of your dreams.
DeAnna is also a frequent contributor to SheKnows.com, DivaToolbox and has also appeared on SHAPE, CNN.com, NYDailyNews, LowesForPros, HGTV.com, HGTVRemodels.com & Better Homes & Gardens.
Denise Butchko is a festive, design focused practitioner and teacher.
As a design and marketing consultant, she works with businesses in the design/build niche’. Using social media and marketing tools, she’ll guide you through the process of how to use these tools for increased business in an authentic, comfortable manner.
She’ll also teach you closet design through her course and her books that include “The Consumer Guide To Closet Design” and “How To Design A Walk In Closet”.
As a collaborator with designers and architects, she merges design skills (designing closets and home offices) and marketing skills, for messaging and methodologies that are laser focused.
In today’s current marketing environment, filled with “social everything”, she feels right at home. And she invites you to connect with her creative design circle through any of her social media profiles (Denise Butchko and Butchko and Company).
If it’s more immediate satisfaction you’re looking for, grab her “Five Must Have Closet Design Tips” here for free: Five Must Have Closet Design Tips
Architect Doug Walter , an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NKBA, was named one of KBDN’s “2018 Top 50 Influencers” for his original research and teaching. He is also currently a contributing editor for Professional Remodeler magazine, and contributes a half dozen articles a year. He served on the task force in 2000 that created the CAPS certification for the National Association of Home Builders, and wrote several chapters in their curriculum.
A winner of over 140 local and national design awards, Doug’s work has appeared in over 225 articles, and he speaks frequently on kitchen & bath design, architectural compatibility, historic preservation, accessibility, and lighting issues to professional audiences, including the American Institute of Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the National Green Building Conference, and the American Planning Association.
A firm believer in community service, Doug served on the Denver Landmarks Commission, the state’s Capitol Building Advisory Committee and the boards of NKBA Rocky Mountain Chapter and the Remodeler’s Council of the HBA Metro Denver, and has provided pro bono services to Habitat for Humanity, Easter Seals, Jewish Family Service, and the Home Builders Foundation.
Attendees at his KBIS talks on lighting , which ranked in the top 15% of all talks in 2018, commented “Great presentation”, “Superb info!”, “Very practical and knowledgeable”, “Great visuals to go along with the presentation”, and “Best presentation so far”.
*Doug Walter is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Lighting category.
Erik is proud to be a senior and is passionate about providing safe and comfortable housing for everyone. Recognized by the housing industry with seven national certifications and project and leadership awards, Erik blends almost five decades as a building professional with a focus on bringing awareness of home safety issues to the industry and consumers. He has published countless articles and produced/hosted his own talk radio and TV shows. From design, to body language, to strategic planning, he is an energetic public speaker and knowledgeable housing and business consultant.
Now, with his colleague and former Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) student, Louie Delaware, they have pioneered education and standardized assessments for home accessibility and safety.
Active in several trade associations. Erik holds the following certifications and accomplishments: Certified Living in Place Professional™ (CLIPP), Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH), Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), Certified Green Professional (CGP), Certified Remodeler (CR), Lead Dust Sampling Technician (LDST), Subject-Matter Expert for Carpentry Standards, Subject-Matter Expert for Project Management and NAHB Educational Licensee.
Erik & the Living In Place Institute’s Co-Founder Louie Delaware have conducted many Certified Living In Place Professional™ training sessions all across the US.
Erik lives in the mountain community of Evergreen, Colorado. With aging parents and family members with disabilities (and a few aging issues of his own) he understands the unique needs of individuals in their homes. A proud father and devoted husband Erik is a professional musician and, as you may have already guessed judging by his unique appearance, Santa Claus who, along with his wife, brings delight to many each holiday season.
Phone: (330) 470-1300
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 the Middle East. His work overseas focused on developing a micro-business initiative in the Nile River Valley region of Egypt.
Legacy Business Leaders now works nationwide to help business owners in the construction industry re-chart their goals, learn key business disciplines and capitalize on the Legacy Process for success and long-term profitability. Fred presents regularly at leadership and business development conferences and speaking events throughout the year.
Fred and his wife Barbara have lived in the Bolivar, Ohio area over 30 years and are the proud parents of 5 grown children, four of whom are married, and 7 grandchildren.
Phone: (917) 513-6347
Grace Jeffers is an esteemed design historian who focuses exclusively on materials. A graduate of the Bard Graduate Center, Jeffers is intent on considering the “big picture” of design. Her unique approach blends material science with social history, art history and design practice. She teaches people how to think differently about design.
Since childhood Jeffers has been intrigued by pattern and the materials that comprise design objects, Inspired in part by her father, who was a Formica salesman for 37 years. At the age of nine, she rejected the paper doilies chosen by other students and shingled her Valentines Day project in laminate; by the age of 16, she was designing a line of hand-painted clothing that was sold by Marshall Fields department store in Chicago. Jeffers has become an innovative designer of patterns for paper, flooring, laminate and a range of other decorative surfacing materials, working for over ten different major manufacturers which include NASA, Burberry and Airstream. Her core interest lies in the intersections between design and nature, between art and artifice. In 2014 she presented “Manmade Natural”–her ASID and IIDEC approved lecture about the authenticity of materials and our preconceptions about them–at over 20 venues across the United States.
Jeffers’ definitive project is the restoration of the Ralph and Sunny Wilson House in Temple, Texas, for which she received the prestigious Merit Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation based on her unprecedented argument that the use of modern materials in architecture warrants recognition. To date, the Wilson House, which makes extensive and pioneering use of laminates, is the only structure on the National Register of Historic Places listed because of its use of material.
A passionate writer about materials and the issues surrounding them, Jeffers has served as a contributor and design editor to architectural trade magazines such as “Interior Design” and “Surface” for over seventeen years; all told, she has written over 400 articles on the subjects of design, materials and design history. She contributed to the catalog of the Cooper-Hewitt exhibition, “Skin: Surface and Substance in Contemporary Design,” and her work has been reported in the New York Times. Whether teaching, lecturing, designing or writing, Jeffers questions preconceptions about design and gives her audience a new framework with which to consider the material world.
Phone: (619) 796-2217
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC is a San Diego-based Wellness Design Consultant, Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach, journalist and author. Since becoming a designer in 2004 after a three-decade career in media and marketing, Jamie has completed hundreds of kitchens and baths for new construction and remodeling projects. She has worked with homeowners, architects, interior designers, builders and contractors across the country, both in person and remotely. Her professional focus is exploring the links between home and health, for which she was named to Kitchen & Bath Design News’ inaugural 50 Innovators list.
Jamie’s first book, New Kitchen Ideas That Work, was published in December 2012 by Taunton Press. Her second Taunton book, New Bathroom Idea Book, published in May 2017. She also writes the monthly Trend Spotting section for Kitchen & Bath Design News and contributes regularly to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Flrbes.com and New Home Source. Her design blog, Gold Notes: Nuggets from the World of Residential Design, has been posting online at her website since 2008.
In addition to writing and designing, Jamie creates seminars and webinars for media, trade and consumer audiences, and consults on product development and trends for housing industry corporations and Wall Street investment groups. Her speaking credits include the San Diego NKBA chapter, Central Coast & Valley NKBA Chapter, Tampa Bay Builders Association Remodelers Council, and local homeowners and professionals on aging-in-place design in public library and institutional settings.
Phone: (719) 371-4498
Jan Neiges, is a Certified Kitchen Designer with NKBA and has been serving the industry for 17 years through her own design firm. She is an award winning designer, Chapter Officer for the Rocky Mountain NKBA Chapter and is a frequent guest speaker bringing her 37 years of sales experience to the design industry.
Janne Mahan, a National Product Specialist for BSH Home Appliances, is a seasoned culinary professional as well as a sales and marketing educator. A dietitian by profession, she travels the western half of the U.S. teaching designers, architects, builders and sales personnel about the merits of Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau appliances in today’s American kitchen. She previously served as secretary of the AZ NKBA chapter and began her position as president effective January 2015.
In 1974, while studying Architecture, Jeff started his career in residential lighting. Chiefly concerned with running Engineering for 25 years, he has since been involved in many other facets of the business including Product Management where he concentrated on Systems and Energy Efficient lighting, QA, Graphics, production trouble-shooting, International vendor communications and an ERP systems implementation. He is currently Corporate Director, Education and Industry Trends while continuing as their often-quoted media spokesperson. Jeff understands that the face of residential lighting is ever changing and has been involved in a number of industry round-tables that are working to plan for the future. Jeff has also authored a number of articles about lighting for trade publications, consumer magazines and web journalism. He is the recipient of the American Lighting Association’s 2015 Pillar of the Industry Award.
*Jeffrey Dross is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Lighting Category.
Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, founded Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath in Chevy Chase, MD, in 1997 and has established itself as a leader in the greater mid-Atlantic region with its 4000 sq. ft. of showroom and a design team of 5 designers and 6 project management crew. Her showroom won first place in the KBB Magazine design contest in 2014 and was recently featured on the cover of KBDN Magazine.
She completed an Architectural and Engineering Drafting Degree from the University of Maryland Drafting Institute in 1984 and began working in the kitchen design and sales industry that same year. A CKD since 1992, she has owned her own business(s) since 1993. She has been a judge for Builder’s Magazine Kitchen Design Contests, KBIS Best New Product of the Year. She created and presented a seminar on “Holistic Design: Balance, Symmetry and Composition” at KBIS 2016.
Jennifer has designed more than a thousand kitchens during her 30 year career. She is the author of “The Kitchen Bible,” the essential guide for homeowners undertaking kitchen renovations. With more than 250 full color photographs and 224 pages. John A. Petrie, 2014 NKBA President, declared that the “Bible” is a “total immersive design experience.”
Jennifer’s designs have won numerous awards, including the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s top Pinnacle of Design Award. She is consistently recognized as one of the foremost authorities on kitchen design and her insights on design trends are frequently quoted in print and online.
Her work has been featured in numerous national publications including The Washington Post, Better Homes & Gardens, This Old House, Home & Design, Washingtonian, Southern Living, and on HGTV and her own home was featured on TLC. Trends, an international publishing company of home design books and magazines, has recognized JGKB’s projects in the Top 50 in America in both the Kitchen and Bathroom categories.
Online, Jennifer’s presence extends throughout all social media, where photos of JGKB’s projects have been added to tens of thousands of inspiration boards and idea books.
Joe Cain is President of Mio Metals, a manufacturer of custom range hoods and metal counter tops. Since 2004, Mr. Cain has been running his company to be effective at delivering high-quality products with a low impact on the environment. Mr. Cain has researched and written white papers on topic such as Lifecycle Assessments, End of Life Programs, and energy regulations. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and has presented for the NKBA in the past on marketing and sustainability.
*Joe Cain is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Sustainability category.
Phone: (410) 235-7070 x14
Jon Goldman is Founder and President of Brand Launcher, a strategic business and marketing company focused on supporting entrepreneurs in their businesses and their lives. The company’s international team includes coaches who are expert in marketing, business operations, sales, and management. Previously he was co-owner of one of the largest promotional-products companies in the US, with sales of $20,000,000+. Over the span of his career, he and his team have worked with companies including IBM, National Geographic, and Häagen-Dazs, in addition to numerous small-to-midsized businesses.
A successful entrepreneur, rainmaker, business coach, and speaker, Jon’s powerful presentations have attendees laughing, participating –even jumping in the aisles! Jon’s fresh approach, combining marketing savvy with deep personal insight, has been rated “#1 for Presentation Style and Takeaway Content.”
He is the author of two works on business and marketing strategy, including one that has been translated into Japanese. Goldman’s weekly e-letter brings a wealth of business growth and marketing tips to thousands of subscribers. His campaigns have been featured on NBC and CBS and in The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.
Phone: (301) 657-5000
In 1987, Jonas Carnemark founded a company to realize his creative goal: to bring home remodeling dreams to life—with both beauty and purpose.
He grew a 17-person design + build firm where devotion to the clean lines of modern design flows easily alongside attention to comfort. Where form and function—and service and integrity—co-exist naturally.
Homeowners throughout the Washington area and nationally have celebrated the company’s results. Regularly honored as a top designer and builder, Carnemark’s appearances range from Good Morning America to the Food Network’s Ultimate Kitchens.
Carnemark was born in Sweden and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, in a family where art mattered-his grandfather owned a modernist gallery in Sweden. He attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, majoring in physics and engineering. In work ranging from environmental design and plumbing and electrical installation for alternative-energy homes in California to carpentry on historic preservation projects in Washington, he sharpened his practical training.
A Certified Remodeler (CR) and Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Carnemark also serves as a voice for the profession, leading discussions and seminars and writing articles and columns.
With CARNEMARK, he chooses projects that challenge: whole-house renovations and additions as well as kitchens, baths, home offices, and media rooms. The unifying element is making space useful. And the ultimate effect is making a space joyful.
*Jonas Carnemark is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Floor Plans & Specifications category.
Phone: (757) 989-2720
Kate Bailey is the Director of Showrooms for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, overseeing the strategic direction for Ferguson’s 270 showrooms nationwide. She has more than 11 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry and has a passion for everything showrooms – the people, the products, and providing a World Class experience. She began her career in Ferguson’s Management Trainee Program as a graduate of Clemson University and has enjoyed positions in showroom sales and management roles throughout her career. Active in NAHB, NARI, NKBA, ASA, ASID, IDS, Ferguson is committed to supporting the industry within the local community and Kate enjoys the ability to speak at and support various events. With an “our showroom is your showroom” mentality, Kate insists that Ferguson showrooms serve as an extension of the trade customers’ business, focuses on providing continuing education and support to all industry partners, and provide inspiration gallery for all!
Kathryn is a published and accredited IACC international color designer, nationally certified interior designer and professional educator specializing in strategic color design that promotes functional color solutions for increased occupant benefit. She has a seasoned background in residential and commercial design industries with a specialization of custom architectural millwork and casework/cabinetry areas of design throughout the US and parts of Canada.
Kathryn is currently a tenured Associate Profession of Interior Design in the NKBA Affiliated, two-year career program at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Her research focus is in utilizing the natural power of color to enhance and improve learning, healing, productivity, and morale for end user advantage and well-being. She is passionate about striving for excellence and executing details, inspiring innovative and collaborative learning, and overall bettering interior environments that enrich quality of life.
Phone: (403) 560-1538
Phone: (412) 226-5566
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 National Kitchen and Bath Association’s first place award for Best Builder/Remodeler. Lauren has been named by Viking Appliance as the Designer of the Year and was named among HVTV’s top 10 American Designers under 35.
With a diverse portfolio of work, Lauren is particularly known for creative collaborations with local crafts persons, fabricators and artisans. Her projects often feature one of a kind, signature pieces that are created especially for the client’s project, with their unique set of qualities and priorities in mind. The results of these efforts have impressed the design industry and public alike, and have been featured widely in Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Home & Design Magazine and The Washington Post. Many examples from her portfolio can also be found in hardcover publications such as The Kitchen Bible: Designing the Perfect Culinary Space.
Lauren has completed projects in some of the nation’s most exclusive markets, including New York and Washington DC. In recent years she has established the headquarters of her namesake design firm, Lauren Levant Interior, in Pittsburgh, PA. There, she has been a notable figure in the city’s explosive re-development and transformation that has intrigued both the national press and the design industry. With strong support from her clientele, the firm is positioned to continue their rapid expansion this year, with a growing portfolio of showpiece projects and prospective clients. Lauren credits the success of her firm to an insistence on originality and a client-centric approach to each project. “Our goal is to create an exciting space for the client that not only reflects who they are today, but also supports their vision for their future.”
Professional speaker Liesbet Trappenburg is a popular NKBA speaker (KBIS ’14, ’17, ’18) to over 24 NKBA Chapters since 2014. Attendees 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 lively, organized, and interactive format and topics appeal equally to senior designers, millennials, contractors, sales reps, fabricators, realtors, students and guests.
Liesbet’s presentation style and delivery help NKBA Chapters to build camaraderie throughout their membership, bridge communication gaps, and increase meeting attendance. See a video of Liesbet in action at www.Liesbet.net.
She customizes her programs by offering a free, pre-event online survey that attendees can take anonymously. Sharing insightful results during the workshop, she offers a full report to each interested NKBA Chapter Council.
Dutch-born, Liesbet’s corporate experience includes advertising, sales, and management positions in Fortune 500 companies such as Irving Trust Bank and Eastman Kodak. Her previous position as VP of Sales with Eastpak, Inc. took her to Europe and Canada where she observed other cultures’ values regarding work/life balance and authentic branding.
In 1995, Liesbet started her own company, Windmill Worldwide, offering compelling keynote speeches, seminars, and retreats to the design, healthcare, education, and corporate industries.
She’s inspired real changes for members in a variety of organizations such as NKBA, ASID: DistinguishedSpeaker Series, IIDA, IDEC, IIDEX Canada, BUILDEX, DuPont, Antron/Invista, Steelcase, Allsteel, AARP, Children’s Hospital, the Art Institute, US Federal Courts, Virginia Mason Hospital, Metropolis Magazine, METROCON, Gensler Architecture, and the Boeing Co.
Education: B.A. Political Science-cum laude; Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Visit Liesbet’s website here: http://www.liesbet.net/
Louie is passionate about helping people make their homes as safe as possible. His knack for being able to describe home safety issues in easy-to-understand terms comes after 22 years in the field of advanced research and development for medical and analytical devices. He has been awarded many different patents and received the prestigious international R&D 100 award for Advanced Technologies. In 2004, he founded US Safety Pros, LLC, which specializes in childproofing, radon testing and mitigation, home accessibility and many other home safety services.
A licensed general contractor, Louie has childproofed more than 3,800 homes and helped countless others mitigate radon, improve family safety, and makes homes easier to negotiate and use for older adults and physically challenged individuals. A father of two children, Louie has first-hand experience when it comes to what works (and what doesn’t) in home safety. He also has older parents who lived in the same home for nearly 50 years.
Louie & the Living In Place Institute’s Co-Founder Erik Listou have conducted many Certified Living In Place Professional™ training sessions all across the US and have had many international participants.
Louie is a sought-after safety expert for TV news and radio programs, along with many newspapers (including USA Today®), where he is known as The Home Safety Guru®.
Louie holds the following certifications: Certified Living in Place Professional™ (CLIPP), Certified Aging in Place Specialist® (CAPS), Advanced Certified Professional Childproofer® (ACPC), Radon Mitigation and National Program for Playground Safety. Louie lives outside of picturesque Boulder, Colorado with his wife, two kids and their three lightning-fast whippet racing dogs.
Phone: 908 439-6177
Maria started her career in kitchens and baths in 1992, finally becoming a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer in August of 2015. In 2016 she also became a Certified Living in Place Professional.
She is the Manager of Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths, a division of Huston Lumber & Supply Co. and has a BA from Trenton State College.
Maria has been an active NKBA volunteer in her Northern NJ Chapter as well as on the national level, most recently serving as the 2015 NKBA National President. She loves volunteerism, learning, great design, still holds a K-12 teaching certificate in the state of NJ and is a musician as well as a wife and mother of 3 in her spare time.
*Maria Stapperfenne is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Living in Place category.
Phone: (425) 466-4483
As an Interior Designer of 18 years, and a Creative all my life in one form or another, Timeless Kitchen Design is a second career post Corporate America that provided an outlet for my desire for creativity. I fell in love with Kitchen and Bath as it 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 Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer through NKBA, received my CAPS, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, through NAHB, and a recent addition as a Certified Architectural Color Consultant. I have been honored in the last 18 years to be an award winner, published locally and nationally, and now giving back by speaking, teaching, mentoring and writing!
Recently reinventing myself creatively, I have embraced my inner Guru and started teaching and writing about innovation and creativity. This new expression has exploded my career diversity in a way I never imagined. My desire is to continue sharing my journey and what I’ve learned along the way, if it helps one person not feel alone, if it inspires one person to grow and have the courage to try something new, then it was all worth it!
Creating a better quality of life for all my clients is at the heart of my business mission statement. This drives my passion for timeless design that functions smoothly, resonates emotionally and makes us smile visually! A favorite quote by a client and now a friend; “I know many people who “love” their job, but Paula’s joy of what she does is positively infectious.”
I am taking that infectious passion into inspiring my clients, my peers and other Creatives to move beyond their comfort zones to having a space and life that is more fulfilling.
*Paula Kennedy is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Color and Living in Place categories.
Phone: (973) 696-1930
Peter is a Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer and is the owner of Creative Kitchen and Bath in Wayne, New Jersey for the past 36 years.
As a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Peter has been a board member for the Northern New Jersey Chapter since 2008, and held the office of President in 2011 and 2012. He is currently the Vice President of Academic Relations. Having a passion for the kitchen and bathroom industry, Peter is involved in judging the NKBA Student and Professional Design Competition as well as numerous local high school competitions. Peter also visits area high schools and introduces students to the field of Kitchen and Bath design. Peter volunteers his time and helps teach and train designers. Peter has served as a member of the verification team that finalizes the NKBA certification exam as well as a VFTI presenter at KBIS 2016.
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, builder, and multifamily. Focusing on the Pacific Northwest, has visited virtually every location within the region working with designers and dealers. In the non-business hour of the day, Randy enjoys athletics, reading, and walking with his wife of over 35 years.
A 35-year industry veteran, Randy Krebs has been a leader and manager in the dealer, distributor, and manufacturer segments. The 1990 NKBA Manufacturer Member of the Year, today he owns Cascadia Pacific Marketing, a manufacturer’s rep agency with concentration on the cabinet sector covering the great Pacific Northwest. Mr. Krebs has been involved with many associations and organizations inside and outside the industry including NKBA, NARI, Crystal Vision Awards, and Build Retreat Oregon along with other charitable organizations. He firmly believes in building other up to continue to grow this great building industry including engaging with the next generations.
*Randy Krebs is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Sales & Marketing category.
Phone: (973) 313-2724
Rene Clawson is the principal and co-founder Clawson Architects and Clawson Cabinets in Maplewood, NJ.
René has big ideas….like starting Clawson Architects in 2000. She harnessed her intuitive sense of style and love of art and design into a career and this thriving architectural practice. Since launching the firm, René has completed hundreds of extraordinary, elegant residential restoration, addition, and new construction projects. When her favorite cabinet dealer decided to retire, she was presented with the opportunity to learn the cabinet business and so of course, now owns a cabinet dealership.
René loves a challenge….she sees each new project as a unique design and problem-solving opportunity. She’s been known to say, “If it were easy, someone would have fixed it by now.” And yet, time and time again, her final design solution is so clever and deceptively simple, it looks like it could have – or should have — always been there.
As an active volunteer and leader in professional, business and community organizations, Rene is frequently invited to speak about small business. The four-time president of the local Chamber of Commerce, Rene cannot say enough about the importance of networking and she is happy to share with engaging stories of how Clawson Architects landed one of the firms biggest projects to Money Man Mike in her presentation on How to Network both in person and digitally.
René is a Licensed Architect in the states of New Jersey and New York and is also a Certified Interior Designer in New Jersey.
Richard Landon, CMKBD, NKBA Instructor, created the Designed by L.I.F.E.™ process and developed its primary tool: The Room Compass.™ Using his approach to design, over 70 of his clients have had published and award-winning projects, including the NKBA’s Best Overall Kitchen Winner. His design approach evokes, and then harmonizes, the preferences of his clients—creating a home that “looks great, works well, and, most important, feels right.”
*Richard Landon is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Floor Plans & Specifications category.
Roseann Freitas, Vice-President/Business Manager of Archipelago Hawaii, has been working in the operations/business side of the design industry since 2005. Roseann has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Mount Olive College in North Carolina.
Roseann oversees the business/operations side of Archipelago Hawaii. Her responsibilities include accounting functions, HR duties, and project purchasing coordination. In addition to the financial side, Roseann has a strong marketing background. She coordinates the client/media packets, press releases, advertising, client events, social media, and media requests.
Roseann is a presenter for the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and her presentation is “What Is Net Profit and How Do I Make It”.
Phone: (3250) 881-2600
Ross Dunn is the SEO moderator for the Interior Design Community and CEO of StepForth Web Marketing Inc, an internationally renown digital marketing agency he founded in 1997. Over the past 22 years, Ross has provided web marketing services to large enterprise-level companies like Time Inc. to diverse small and medium businesses all over the world; from interior design companies to spas and adventure tour operators. Last but definitely not least, Ross is also the host of the critically acclaimed, 10-year running podcast called SEO 101 on WebmasterRadio.FM which has been regularly selected as a top 10 SEO podcast by sites such as HubSpot, Search Engine Journal and more.
Phone: (317) 823-4448 ext 279
Russ Greene graduated with a B.S. in Public Finance from Indiana University with a minor in Speech Communication and Economics in 1998. Not knowing exactly what he wanted to do he moved his way up through various promotions working for TEKsystems, ADP Major Accounts Software, and Marco Ophthalmic focusing on process driven sales cycles and large capital equipment and software sales industry knowledge. Russ took this sales training and successfully implemented it in a retail setting combining sales, industry, and product knowledge integrating it into outdoor kitchen design and implementation for clients locally in Indianapolis to clients all over the midwest. Having self-taught himself in a CAD/hybrid pool design software over 5 years, Russ now designs, sells, and implements between 100-120 outdoor kitchens a year using 10 different outdoor grill manufacturers grill and corresponding components with the average sale ranging from 20,000 to 50,000.
Russ has designed outdoor kitchens for the average Joe to the more high profile NBA athletes. With so much experience with outdoor kitchen design Russ has been able to get a full grasp on what it takes from the ground up for a successful design as well as a successful build. With the increased interest in the Outdoor Room concept, the outdoor kitchen market has grown tremendously and will only continue to grow as clients and customers are now viewing the “Outdoor Room” as a natural part of their homes. Family Leisure is one of the largest specialty retailers in the United States with locations from San Antonio to Birmingham with the corporate headquarters located in Indianapolis.
In the past year Russ has expanded from just designing outdoor kitchens to entire outdoor rooms for his clients and customers. This has allowed for more partnerships and increased and expanded service offerings for customers who are wanting not just the kitchen, but also the complete design.
Russ was a VFTI speaker for the first time in 2016.
Phone: (973) 945-5275
A lifelong entrepreneur, Ryan Herd has been in the audio-video Industry for over 29 years. Ryan started his first business at the age of 19. He invented new audio concepts and proprietary technology in automotive sound design. Ryan won national recognition for excellence and creativity within the car audio industry. In the late 1990’s Ryan established his first audio/ visual company. Within three years, he had built a dynamic, technically superior, and customer-driven team, which designed and built some of the most impressive high-end, award winning custom home theaters in existence today.
Today, Ryan is CEO of 1 Sound Choice, LLC, specializing in Smart Home Automation and Founder of Caregiver Smart Solutions where we make it Easy, Non-Invasive, and More Affordable to monitor your loved ones as they age in place. Ryan is changing the world by helping those whom need it the most, our loved ones and their caregivers.
Ryan also consults to the industry and is a sought-after speaker. His clients include, Coldwell Banker, Home Advisor, NAHB, AIA, ASID, NAR, NARI and many more.
Because of his expertise with “Smart” technology in the residential built environment, in 2019, he was selected by the National Kitchen & Bath Association to be an NKBA Insider to assist in educating its membership about the importance of collaboration between technology integrators and the design community.
He offers unique insight into smart home technology, the Internet of Things (IOT) and the significance of technology in the home today. Ryan is also the author of “Join the Smart Home Revolution” Amazon’s #1 best-selling Smart Home Book.
With 25 years of experience, Scott has designed and produced over 400 custom kitchens and supervised the design and production of 1,500 additional projects.
His business experience includes: North Carolina Licensed General Contractor; CKD Certification – The National Kitchen & Bath Association (from 2000 to 2011); Chairman of The Remodelers Council of The Greensboro Builders Association; Founder, The Tour of Remodeled Homes Greensboro (1998); President of Greensboro Builders Association (2003) and Board of Directors of The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
In 2011, Scott provided professional consultation services to businesses managing pilot projects and product training and ultimately deploying mobile and cloud computing solutions. This experience with North Carolina Fortune 500 companies, universities and small businesses further grew his passion for tech solutions for practical, effective and efficient ways to do business. In 2013, he relaunched his design career and applied the technology to his business.He has presented at KBIS in 2016, 2017 and 2018 via the Voices From The Industry Program (VFTI) with topics on mobile Apps, Cloud Computing and Smart Kitchen Design
Awards: Builder of The Year, Greensboro (NC) Builders Association (2001)
Chairman, Bryan Project
National CADRE Award winner for The Remodelers Council of The Greensboro Builders Association for The Bryan Project (1997)
Publications: Renovation Style (Traditional Home) (1997)
TV Appearances: HGTV Bryan Project (1996)
Phone: (610) 262-7235
Steve Strauss is the president of Direct Kitchen Distributors. Based in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, DKD has served eastern PA since 1982. Steve has been a part of the family business since the age of 12 and moved up through, delivery, installation, sales and design. All through high school and college, he continued working in the business. Over the years, he has been involved with every facet of the kitchen and bath business, becoming president of the company in 1992, and later added AKBD certification to his credentials. Steve served as a Board of Directors member of the BKBG, a national group of kitchen and bath dealers committed to excellence in their field, from 2007 through 2010. In 2009, with the knowledge gleaned from his expertise in the kitchen and bath industry, Steve formed a company (Spread Sheet Services, LLC), for the purpose of designing, creating and maintaining spreadsheets, primarily for use by kitchen and bath dealers.
Phone: (215) 438-8082
Tamara Myers, CR, LEED AP, is a design & construction expert with over 35 years experience in design driven renovation and building. She is President & Founder of Myers Constructs, Inc., an award winning Philadelphia based Design-To-Build ™ general contracting firm that provides customized solutions for residential, light commercial, and institutional clients, and Myers Made, a private label cabinetry line providing custom solutions for kitchens and more. Myers Constructs, Inc. works on buildings of every type and age, from newly-constructed properties to 18th and 19th century buildings. It is frequently engaged for its design and construction expertise in whole house remodeling and renovation, adaptive re-use, historic restoration, kitchen and bath renovation, and small space solutions. Tamara speaks on these topics and has appeared on television and radio. A graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Tamara combines a fine arts background with hands on experience in construction as a carpenter and a deep knowledge of both old-world building practices and cutting-edge technologies.
*Tamara Myers is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Remodeling category.
Tammy MacKay, NCIDQ, AKBD, LEED Green Associate, is an Edmonton based registered interior designer. She owns a boutique design firm called Design Eye. Here she works on both Commercial and Residential projects of varying scope. Tammy is a member of Interior Designers of Canada, Interior Designers of Alberta, National Kitchen and Bath Association, and Canada Green Building Council. Tammy is an advocate for the interior design industry which has led her to mentoring and supporting new and upcoming designers; additionally, throughout her career, sh
e has participated and been chair of interior design programs in the province of Alberta. Giving back to an industry that has been so good to her is something she is committed to. She has been an instructor at the University of Alberta for more than 15 years. World class events such as NEOCON and KBIS have invited Tammy to lecture to fellow design professionals and students. Tammy is a co-author of the NKBA publication, Lighting: Concept, Design, Light. Interior Design is a dynamic industry that she feels fortunate to be a part of. Tammy’s design philosophy is that spaces should be a backdrop for all things meaningful in your life….People and Conversation, Food and Music, Art and Architecture. Visit Tammy’s website here.
* Tammy MacKay is a Subject Matter Expert for the NKBA Badge Program in the Lighting category.
Phone: (616) 732-5527
Vanessa DeKoekkoek is the Global Training Manager at 2020, based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Almost 20 years ago, her career started as a kitchen & bath designer and quickly evolved to designing and teaching at the collegiate level. Vanessa joined 2020 in 2006 where she was thrilled to share her love of design and technology.