NKBA Presents KBISNeXT Stage

Hear What's NeXT!

The KBISNeXT Stage hosts design experts, celebrity hosts and young professionals, all sharing insights into the industry’s need-to-know topics to educate, inspire and connect members of the kitchen and bath industry.

This year's programming will include more than 15 programs, including four awards events, and 50+ industry-leading voices and personalities. This year's topic will range from health and wellness, resilient design, and business development. 

Stage sessions are free to attend and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. See below for the 2020 line up!

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Tuesday, January 21

9:30AM -10:00AM: 30 Under 30 Introductions
Come meet the newest Thirty Under 30 members as they get introduced to the industry on Tuesday, January 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the KBIS NextStage.  Welcome these accomplished young professionals as they take on KBIS 2020, looking for the latest and greatest products to present to the industry on Thursday.  
10:00AM -11:00AM: Death to Neutrals? Fearless Design and Bold Business
Color is back and brighter than ever. Learn from designers who aren't afraid of mixing it up to make a BIG impact!Think big to stand out. Tap into fearlessness to find your niche, develop your personal design aesthetic, and grow your brand. 
12:00PM -1:15PM: Design Bites
It's the 5th anniversary of DesignBites! Join host Kelli Ellis as she welcomes 10 of the most innovative kitchen and bath brands to the stage to showcase their new product launches.
1:30PM - 2:30PM: The Dawn of a Decade - What to expect from the "Roaring 20s" 
5 things you need to know about next decade of design. We'll be diving into the future of Design, technology, wellness and sustainability and take a look at how they will intersect to impact our lives and businesses.
3:00PM - 4:00PM: The Design Connection 101 - Behind the Wall
We're changing the conversation between designers and home tech integrators. Here's what you need to know to plug in and leverage relationships with the supporting industries to grow your piece of the project pie.
4:00PM - 5:00PM: A Conversation with Matthew Quinn
Famed designer, and KBB Person of the Year, Matthew Quinn will join KBB Editor In Chief, Chelsie Butler for a in-depth conversation on the expansion of Design Galleria, his recent book, Quintessential Kitchen, and where the kitchen and bath design industry is headed

wednesday, January 22

10:00AM - 11:00AM: 
Power in Partnerships - Building Relationships Between Brands and Designers 
The KBISNeXT Stage is jumping into matchmaking! We'll be discussing partnerships between brands and designers. Learn how each side can benefit as well as what to be cautious of when looking to build impactful relationships.
11:00AM - 11:30AM: 
NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycling Kitchen Awards
Design a world that allows people, communities, and our planet to thrive.
11:30AM - 12:30PM: 
Zero Waste Kitchens - Upcycle and Recycle. 
Why toss perfectly good appliances, cabinetry, countertops, faucets and lighting fixtures. Keeping stuff out of landfills is one of the core goals of responsible building according to the US Green Building Council. The NKBA and KBIS are celebrating the brands and designers who partner to keep lightly used kitchens above ground. This panel will explore how to effectively think about recycling and upcycling building products. Winners of the NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Kitchen Recycling Awards will be invited to discuss how they work with clients to remove existing kitchens – addressing shipping, storage and recycling/reconstructing them into new homes.
12:30PM - 1:30PM: 
Resilient Design: Good Design Saves Lives 
From severe weather, wildfires and flooding, resilient design has become a "hot" topic in design and construction. What steps can we take to mitigate the risk of living in disaster-prone areas?
1:30PM - 2:30PM: 
Be the Boss, Build your Brand 
Strengthen your skills as a leader in your organization. We'll share new strategies to help you get the most from your team, nurture an entrepreneurial environment, and retain your top talent. Potential new clients have many options when selecting who to trust. To increase your project win rate, you need to know how to set yourself apart in a saturated market. We've assembled a high-powered panel of folks who are doing it right.
2:30PM - 3:30PM: 
Avenues to New Revenue: A Road Map in Improving Your Bottom Line 
Time to make it rain! Learn from successful designers who have launched retail initiatives using online, social, and brick-and-mortar methods. Join us for this session and you’ve leave with the knowledge of how to tap into new revenue sources.
3:30PM - 4:00PM: 
Best Booth Awards
The 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) saw an array of beautiful, creative and innovative booth designs, impressing attendees and adding to the excitement of what 2019 has in store for the industry.  See whos crowned the Best Booth at KBIS 2020!
4:00PM - 5:00PM: 
Best of KBIS Awards
The Best of KBIS is back! Join us at the stage as we award the kitchen and bath industry's top honors for new products for 2020.

Thursday, January 23

9:30AM - 10:30AM: How to Win at Wellness
A truly healthy home starts from the ground up. We've curated the top five projects that highlight purpose-driven design. Learn how the masters have tapped into the tech, wellness, sustainability and Living in Place markets to drive business growth.
10:30AM - 11:30AM: The Fine Print
Zoom in on the fine print! From ironclad Terms of Service to photography rights, it takes more than a handshake or watermark to protect your business, market your style and maximize your profit. Learn how to successfully market your work online and avoid the theft of your intellectual property. And brush up on your client communications to ensure your projects are smooth sailing.
11:30AM - 12:00PM: 30s Choice Awards
Back by popular demand, the NKBA Thirty Under 30 class of 2020 is awarding its top KBIS finds. Join us for the 30's Choice awards to see which products make their top ten list.
1:00PM - 2:00PM: NKBA Designer Finds
These savvy designers have scoured the KBIS show floor and are bringing their top finds to the stage!
2:00PM - 3:00PM: New Rules for Social 
It's 2020. Social media should be an important part of your business marketing strategy, but getting it right is more complicated than ever. We'll explore the new rules for content, search, tagging, voice, and platform best practices. Brands make sure you're in the house for this one, we'll be talking about how to work with influencers.
3:00PM - 3:30PM: DesignHound of the Year Influencer Awards
Celebrate the Influencers! Join the team at Modenus Media and the Designhounds community for the inaugural Designhounds Influencer Awards ceremony on the KBIS Next Stage at 3PM Thursday Jan 23. Mingle with members of this powerful network and stick around for a cocktail or two. 
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