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

Each year the NKBA recognizes the brightest young talent working in kitchen and bath design and remodeling as part of it's Thirty Under 30 program. Meet the 2020 class members who are making an impact at design firms, showrooms, and manufacturers across the industry. 

Hosted by: 

  • Pam Ryerson, Director, Marketplace, The National Kitchen and Bath Association 
  • Matthew Ferrarini - 30 Alum, Principal Designer & Co-Founder, Ferrarini & Co 

Presented by: 

  • The National Kitchen and Bath Association

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. 

Moderated by: 

  • Jane Dagmi, Editor In Chief, Designers Today 

Panelists: 

  • Richard Anuszkiewicz, NKBA Designer, Design Galleria, Nashville 
  • Lauren Nicole, Lauren Nicole Designs 
  • Vanessa DeLeon, Vanessa DeLeon Associates 

Sponsored by: Kohler

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Submitting a project to a design competition is an opportunity to show off your talent, be recognized by your peers and pique the interest of potential clients. Learn key tips and tricks from former competition judges and winners on how to package your entry to make an impression. 

Panelists: 

  • DJ Carey, Editorial Director, CT Cottages & Gardens 
  • Kendall Ansell, Principal , Kendall Ansell Interiors 

Cheers! 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. New for 2020, DesignBites has created the “Biggest Bite” Award, recognizing the brand that has the best combination of presentation, product, and innovation. The KBIS DesignBites team will select a judging panel from the audience to recognize the best presenting brand. While the participating brands “bring the bite”, attendees can enjoy some bubbly compliments of Chase Bank, the sponsor of the DesignBites Prosecco Bar. During the presentations, all attendees can enjoy a glass of sparkling Italian wine while learning about some of the industry’s newest products.

Hosted by: 

  • Kelli Ellis, Celebrity Interior Designer, Artist, and Lifestyle Expert 

Complimentary Prosecco Bar – Sponsored by CHASE

Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today, said Malcolm X, and the new decade promises to bring with it new challenges and new opportunities. Our panel of technology, wellness, trends, and sustainability experts are here to help you think about the next ten years as they relate to the impact of design on how we live and work. 

Moderated by: 

  • Veronika Miller, CEO, Modenus 

Media Panelists: 

  • Kerrie Kelly, Creative Director, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab
  • Scott Koehler , Founder and President of Dream Kitchen Builders

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. 

Moderated by: 

Jill Waage, Editor in Chief, Traditional Home 

Panelists: 

Jamie Breismeister, CEO & Co-Founder, Integration Controls LLC 

Giles Sutton, Sr. Vice President, Industry Engagement, CEDIA 

Ryan Herd, NKBA Insider and CEO, 1 Sound Choice 

Peter Cook, President and Founder, Automation Design + Entertainment, Inc. 

Sponsored by: Kohler 

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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. 

Panelists: 

  • Chelsie Butler, Executive Editor, KBB magazine 
  • Matthew Quinn, Principal, Design Galleria and Author, Quintessential Kitchens and Spaces

wednesday, January 22

When brands and designers collaborate, both can win through innovative ideas and increased visibility. Learn how both sides can benefit as well as what to be cautious of when looking to build impactful relationships. 

Moderated by: 

  • Maddie O’Malley, Assistant Market Editor, Architectural Digest

The NKBA and Renovation Angel, a 501c(3) Non-Profit, and the nation's largest kitchen, bath, and furniture recycler, will recognize the astounding work done by design professionals nationwide who have made the commitment to be responsible renovators and choose to recycle kitchens. Emcee:George Oliphant, Emmy Award-winning host of NBC's George to the Rescue.

Presented by: 

  • Pam Ryerson, Director, Marketplace, The National Kitchen and Bath Association 
  • Steve Feldman, CEO, Renovation Angel 

Judges: 

  • Nina Green, Principal Interior Designer, NGD Interiors
  • Nancy Young, CKBD, CLIPP, Nancy Young Designs 
  • George Oliphant, Emmy Award-winning host of NBC's George to the Rescue

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. 

  • Moderated by: Sara Gutterman, CEO, Green Builder Media 

Panelists: 

  • Steve Feldman, CEO, Renovation Angel 
  • Three NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycled Kitchen Award Winners

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? 

Moderated by: 

  •  Avinash Rajagopal, Editor In Chief, Metropolis 

Panelists: 

  • Laurie March, Designer, Remodeler, Producer 
  • Laura Mueller, Principal, CEO & Interior Designer, Four Point Design Build 
  • Shannon Ggem , Owner, Ggem Design, Co.

Panel moderator, author, and business coach LuAnn Nigara says: "You need a system. Without a system you don't have a business, you have a you". Learn to be the boss by providing yourself and your team with powerful tools and processes so they can be successful, freeing you up to run the business and strengthen your personal brand and to set yourself apart in a saturated market. We've assembled a high-powered panel of folks who are doing it right. 

Moderated by: 

  • LuAnn Nigara, Podcast host, Speaker, Author, A Well-Designed Business 

Panelists: 

  • Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva 
  • Rachel Moriarty, Principal, RM Interiors, Co-founder Design+Style Podcast

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. 

Panelists: 

  • Cheryl Kees Clendenon 
  • Susan Jamieson

The KBIS Best Booth Awards are awarded to exhibitors who go the extra mile to produce an outstanding attendee experience. This year, recognition will go to brands that best showcase innovation, creative product display, and thoughtful design.

The Best of KBIS is back! Sponsored by LUXE Interiors & Design, the industry’s premier awards program highlights the best new kitchen, bath, smart home technology, and outdoor living products that push the boundaries of design, technology, and innovation. Join us at the stage as we award the kitchen and bath industry's top new products for 2020. 

Hosted by: 

  • Kathryn Given, Senior Design and Market Editor at Luxe Interiors + Design 2020 

Judges: 

  • Shannon Ggem , Owner, Ggem Design, Co. 
  • Rebecca West Garrison Hullinger, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design 
  • Sarah Robertson , Studio Dearborn 

Sponsored by: Luxe Interiors + Design

Thursday, January 23

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.

Moderated by: 

  • Julie Jacobson, Founding Editor, CE Pro

Panelists: 

  • Michael Kaestner , CLIPP,  Kaestner Designs
  • Dawn DeLuca, AKBD , CLIPP, CAPS, Dawn DeLuca On Design
  • Natalia Pierce , AKBD, CLIPP, Detail By Design

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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. 

Panelists: 

  • Corey Klassen, CMKBD , Principal and Owner, Corey Klassen Interior Design 
  • Shawn Kolitch, Ph.D., Intellectual Property Attorney, Kolitch Romano 
  • TJ Romano, Intellectual Property Attorney, Kolitch Romano 
  • Alena Capra, CMKBD , Owner, Alena Capra Designs

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. 

Hosted by: 

  •  Matthew Ferrarini, 30 Alum, Principal Designer & Co-Founder, Ferrarini & Co 
  • Pam Ryerson, Director, Marketplace
  • The National Kitchen and Bath Association NKBA Thirty Under 30 Alumn

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 recent platform changes. Brands, we’ll be sharing tips on how to work with influencers including how to avoid influencer fraud. Make sure you’re in the house! 

Moderated by: 

  • Leanne Wood, President, Flying Camel 

Panelists: 

  • Jeremy Bauer, Bauer/Clifton Interiors 
  • Jason Clifton, Bauer/Clifton Interiors 

Presented by: 

  • The National Kitchen and Bath Association

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 recent platform changes. Brands, we’ll be sharing tips on how to work with influencers including how to avoid influencer fraud. Make sure you’re in the house! 

Moderated by: 

  • Leanne Wood, President, Flying Camel 

Panelists: 

  • Veronika Miller, CEO, Modenus Media 
  • Matthew Ferrarini - 30 Alum, Principal Designer & Co-Founder, Ferrarini & Co 
  • Alyssa Greve, Director of Content Marketing, Cambrian

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. 

Hosted by: 

  •  Veronika Miller, CEO Modenus Media

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