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APR 2019

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• Peter Knobel, CKBD, whose family's company, Kitchens and Baths by Knobel, was founded by his father in 1933, joined NKBA in 1968, and is still a member. Knobel has been active in the Chicago Midwest chapter of NKBA and has held several offices, including chapter president. He has also served on the national Board of Directors. • Theodore Bogusta, CKD, started his business, Bogusta Designs Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling in Hawthorne, NJ, and was an active member of the Northern New Jersey Chapter. The NKBA also inducted three new members into the association's Hall of Fame, honoring the individuals for their contributions to the growth and professionalism of the NKBA and the kitchen and bath industry as a whole. Hall of Fame inductees included Suzie Williford, NKBA's executive v.p./Industry Relations and chief strategy officer; Ann Morris, CMKBD, CAPS, honored posthumously for her career as a designer and color expert, and William "Skip" Woodall III, longtime president and CEO of Vent-A-Hood. NKBA's outgoing Chairman, Lorenzo Marquez, also presented the annual "Chairman's Award" to John Petrie of Mother Hubbard's Custom Cabinetry. The Chairman's Award, formerly known as the "President's Award," was created in 2009 to recognize com- panies that have had a positive impact on the NKBA and its initiatives, and that share a commitment to the industry. EDUCATIONAL & SPECIAL EVENTS KBIS 2019 also presented a wide range of learning opportuni- ties at a conference that featured more than 80 speakers repre- senting various segments of the kitchen and bath industry, as well as broader sessions offering insights in sales, marketing, management, technology, design, customer service and other topics tied to professional development. Among the premier educational events were the following: • Sponsored by HomeAdvisor, "KBIS NeXT Stage" program- ming included 18 panels on a variety of topics including color trends, women in design, the evolution of luxury design, innovations in sustainability, wellness/living in place ideas and the integration of design and technology. Panel sponsors included JSG Oceana, Control4, Hansgrohe and Kohler. • The return of the DesignBites presentations, where 10 brands are offered three minutes to impress an audience of industry media and design VIPs, drew a standing-room-on- ly crowd. Participating brands included: Control4, Franke, Infinity Drain, LG, MAT Inter, Native Trails, Titus Group, THOR Kitchen, Samsung and Signature Kitchen Suite (SKS). • The "Showcase for Living In Place," sponsored by the Living in Place Institute, cast a spotlight on the importance of mak- ing homes accessible, comfortable and safe, regardless of oc- cupants' current or future needs. Fifteen presentations were centered on care for veterans, fall prevention and technology for safer living. The Living in Place Institute also featured a product showcase featuring products by Monogram, TOTO, Rev-A-Shelf, Cosentino, Viega and Control4. • New in 2019 was the "Salon by KBIS," a tented exhibi- tion area located outside South Hall. The boutique-style space featured exclusive, design-forward brands curated by Modenus Media and Design Milk. Along with exhib- iting brands, the Salon included the DMMTalks Lounge, KBIS THINK and the Lightovation Pavilion and Lounge, which featured programming with experts in illumination, resources from the American Lighting Association and an interactive virtual reality experience. DMMTalks Lounge sponsors included Signature Kitchen Suite, Kohler, The House of Rohl, Ann Sacks, Control4, CEDIA (The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association), Tarkett, Stikwood, Mio Systems and Minted. • Hosted and sponsored by Signature Kitchen Suite, the invitation-only event "KBIS Uncorked" replaced the "Champagne & Cupcakes" event from prior years. The net- working and cocktail hour celebrated the industry's most influential voices. Invitees included top kitchen and bath social influencers, media and other VIPs who gathered in the SKS Booth on day one of the show. ATTRACTING NEW TALENT The NKBA remains "committed to providing support for ini- tiatives that speak to the growing need for skilled labor in all segments of the residential design and construction industry," said NKBA CEO Bill Darcy, noting that KBIS offered a forum for numerous panels, tours and events "that shone a light on the need to develop programs to help train and develop anyone interested in a career in the industry. "The NKBA is striving to build awareness about the plentiful, lucrative opportunities within our industry, and provide the next generation of kitchen and bath professionals with knowledge surrounding skilled-labor careers," Darcy said. "Our association celebrates the opportunity to pursue a multitude of paths in design, showroom sales, skilled labor and more." To that goal, the NKBA hosted 150 students from Las Vegas-area high schools for a half-day program that included the sharing of stories and journeys of residential design and construction professionals. Following the panel, students met NKBA executives, practicing designers and other industry professionals while touring the KBIS show floor. The NKBA, This Old House and the Skilled Labor Fund teamed up once again to honor the industry's mission to inform brands, channels and educators about the numerous paths to success that are alternatives to traditional universi- ty/college options. The "Cheers for Trade Careers: Skilled Labor Panel Discussion" featured a diverse panel who shared ideas about how the industry can get involved to address the skilled-labor shortage in the residential construction market. "Being a part of this important initiative and offering a forum to continue dialogues about opportunities and needs is an important part of our Association's advocacy work," said NKBA CEO Bill Darcy, who sits on the board of the Skilled Labor Fund. "We are committed to bringing all parties to- gether to drive awareness for the need, but also to help make things happen." ▪ NKBA CEO Bill Darcy took time at this year's KBIS to discuss the need to develop programs to help train and develop the next generation of industry talent. Photo: NKBA/KBIS April 2019 • 55

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