30 Under 30: Exceptional Young K&B Professionals To Take “Center Stage” at KBIS 2013

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30 Under 30: Exceptional Young K&B Professionals at KBIS 2013 in New Orleans

NKBA has chosen 30 young professionals to explore the show floor for innovations and present their perspectives on the future of the K&B industry.


HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (March 19, 2013) — The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) will launch its first ever 30 Under 30 program at the upcoming Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS®) in New Orleans. The NKBA is helping these young individuals – carefully selected from hundreds of nominees – discover new opportunities for personal growth and development, while enhancing the future of the overall kitchen and bath industry.

“We are excited to present our 30 Under 30 young professionals at KBIS 2013,” says Nancy Barnes, NKBA Director of Learning & Development. “They're more than just the voice of the next generation of kitchen and bath professionals; they are also enthusiastic entrepreneurs, forward-thinking CEOs, and cutting-edge designers – and all are still in their 20s.”

Show-floor exploration: In a program called “Introductions to the Industry,” the 30 Under 30 group will make its debut on Friday, April 19, at 10:00 a.m. at NKBA Booth #3753. 2013 NKBA President John Morgan and 2013 NKBA Vice President Carolyn Cheetham, CMKBD, will introduce each of the young professionals, who will then kick off “Center Stage,” a compilation of complementary presentations taking place throughout the three-day show.

The group will spend the next two days exploring the KBIS show floor for innovations, trends and new technologies, as well as sustainable business practices and emerging business models. They will be especially interested in defining the Showroom of the Future, the Next Generation of Universal Design, and the overall direction of the kitchen and bath industry.

On Sunday, April 21, the group will return to Center Stage to share the results of their explorations and to answer questions from the audience. Be sure to stop by Booth #3753 that final afternoon to learn what they have discovered and how it impacts your business and the overall kitchen and bath industry.

The 30 Under 30 group includes: Andrew Saladino, Angela Victoria Rasmussen, Ashley Avery, Ashley Kulesa, Ben Nelson, Brandy Haney, Cari Bolte, Carly Nemtean, Chelsea Dunbar, Christina Green, Courtney Foster, Darren Lynch, Deena Castello, Donna Tran, AKBD, Ellice Cayer, Fares Elsabbagh, Greg Buitrago Jr., Holly Marie Peterson, CKD, Jennifer Runner, AKBD, John Napolitano, Justin Dedio, Kelly M. Cezat, CKD, Lucas Liu, Matthew McLean, Megan Cacace, Megan Jansky, Meghan Murphy, Meghan H. Fox, Mike Hall, and Richard T. Anuszkiewicz.

For a complete rundown of KBIS 2013 and to register for the show and/or events, please visit: http://www.kbis.com/conference/schedule-of-events

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With nearly 60,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since its founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit www.nkba.org and the NKBA Press Room or call 800-THE-NKBA (843-6522). For more information about KBIS, including exhibitor opportunities and attendee registration for 2013, visit www.kbis.com.

KBIS and NKBA are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

For editorial assistance, including photography, kitchen and bath trend reports, or access to kitchen and bath design experts for interview purposes, contact John O’Reilly c/o O’Reilly-DePalma: 815-469-9100 or john.oreilly@oreilly-depalma.com.


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