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MAY 2019

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NKBA Honors 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees LAS VEGAS — The National Kitchen & Bath Association, based in Hackettstown, NJ, inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame during the recent Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, held here. Honored for contributing to the growth and professionalism of the association and the kitchen and bath industry as a whole were NKBA Executive Vice President of Industry Relations and Chief Strategy Officer Suzie Williford; designer Ann Morris, CMKBD, CAPS, CfyH, who was honored posthumously, and William "Skip" Woodall III, a 41-year member of the NKBA and CEO of Vent-A-Hood, who follows in the footsteps of his father Miles Woodall Jr., who founded the company and is also an NKBA Hall of Famer. Williford has been in the industry for 35 years and has served the association and the industry in several capacities. She started her career in a showroom in Texas, working her way up to vice president of sales, managing kitchen and bath companies catering to both the trade and consumer markets, and cultivating a depth of industry knowledge along the way. Her volunteer efforts for the NKBA go back well over a decade, with 10 years on the board of directors and serving as national president in 2009. Since joining the NKBA staff in 2012, she has played a key role in developing many of the initiatives that are helping the NKBA's membership and exhibitor community thrive and prosper, including the recently launched NKBA Global Connect program. "I am truly humbled to be in the company of so many industry giants induct- ed before me," said Williford. "I believe the only way to achieve success in any business is to surround yourself with good people. Together with our team at NKBA headquarters, we have accomplished so much in the last few years. They work so hard and have such devotion and enthusiasm to make sure each of our members benefit from being a part of the NKBA." Ann Morris, who passed away last April, was a longtime instructor and sup- porter of the NKBA. Her design career began in the 1970s in New York and was punctuated by a passion for color. Joseph E. Feinberg, CGC, owner of Allied Kitchen and Bath, who worked with Morris, accepted the award in her honor. "I had the privilege to work with Ann for 15 years," said Feinberg. "She was a personal friend, dedicated employee and a talented designer. Her passion was color, and she shared her passion with so many. Ann leaves a legacy of so many accomplishments, but more important is how she inspired others to be successful and live with passion." William "Skip" Woodall 3rd was honored by his son Bill Woodall with the Hall of Fame Award, the award coinciding with Woodall's 50th anniversary with Vent-A-Hood. After serving in the U.S. Marines, Skip Woodall joined the family company in the factory, working his way up to president in 1992 and CEO in 2006. Skip holds five U.S. patents in kitchen ventilation, and also founded Vent-A-Hood University, a factory training program created to educate dealer salespeople from all over the U.S. and Canada in the sound principles of kitchen ventilation. "It is especially meaningful to me to be a second-generation recipient of this award," said Skip Woodall. "The core of our company is our desire to be the best at what we do. So we follow industry leads, innovate, update and constantly strive to produce a product that reflects the highest standards of manufacturing." "Whether recognized for their service to the industry; inventing a new product, manufacturing process or marketing technique; developing a groundbreaking technology, or otherwise affecting some aspect of our business, these individuals are game-changers. Their impact will be felt for years to come, and this pres- tigious award acknowledges their profound influence," the NKBA concluded. Cambria Settles Patent Lawsuit EDEN PRAIRIE, MN — Cambria Company LLC has filed and settled a patent infringement lawsuit in federal court against Cosmos Granite & Marble, NC, LLC ("Cosmos"), a distributor of quartz surface products. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, alleged unauthorized use and sale of Cambria's patented Brittanicca design, which are prohibited by law. As part of the confidential settlement of the lawsuit, Cosmos agreed to stop selling the accused product (Calacatta Savona). "We are pleased with the favorable end to this matter, as the settlement underscores the importance of Cambria's intellectual property position," said Rebecca Shult, exec. v.p., General Counsel at Cambria. "Defending our intel- lectual property rights is necessary for Cambria to continue to innovate. We will continue to invest in innovative designs and technology and will vigorously defend those investments." Strasser Awarded For LPG Booth WOODINVILLE, WA — Strasser Woodenworks, the Woodinville, WA-based manufacturer of bathroom vanities, was honored with the "Best Booth Award" at the recent annual Luxury Products Group Spring Expo. Staged at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL, the LPG event featured some 80 kitchen and bath product manufacturers, of which Strasser was cited for its vanity product display. "Strasser did a fantastic job of creating complete displays," said LPG Executive Director Jeff MacDowell. "The vanities were fitted with faucets and details that looked like they were in a working bathroom. "The Strasser display wasn't the largest booth, but it was the most detailed," MacDowell concluded. Fiandre Opens NYC Showroom NEW YORK — Fiandre, part of the Iris Ceramica Group, has opened its first New York City-based showroom. The interior is defined as a traditional open loft space highlighted by inspirational home environments in design themes ranging from classic to minimal, showcasing both residential and commercial concepts. The 4,000-sq.-ft. space is located on East 31st Street in the heart of the New York Design District, anchored by the NY Design Center and in the Nomad neighborhood that features global brand showrooms showcasing Italian interior design trends. The newest showroom is Fiandre's fifth corporate showroom in the U.S., with other locations in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco. Its flagship studio is located in Chicago. The New York location will cater to designers, architects, builders and consumers. Several new products, including Design Your Slabs and new shades in the Maximum Marmi collection, will debut for the first time in the NYC showroom. In addition, new colors from other brands in the group will also be on display, including Iris Ceramica, Diesel Living, Ariostea and Sapienstone. Design Your Slabs is a tailor-made service where any image or illustration can be applied to large-sized, high-tech ceramic surfaces through inkjet technology. Design Your Slabs offers architects and designers a new option for their unique artistic concepts. Design Your Slabs are the first technical ceramic slabs in the market to offer personalization with high-impact color illustration, notes the firm. The design concept allows for continuity among interior and exterior spaces, embracing the synergies of indoor and outdoor walls. Metallic elements in gold, silver and bronze can also be incorporated. "We are excited to expand our NYC presence in the hub of NY's emerging design district, invest in our brand image and create an open architectural en- vironment conducive to design inspiration. This marks an important stage in the company's strategic expansion in the U.S.," said Federica Minozzi, CEO, Iris Ceramica Group. Fiandre's latest U.S.-based showroom is located in the center of New York City's Design District, and features 4,000 square feet of space. Photo: Ariel Camillo 20 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2019 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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