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The National Kitchen & Bath Association Launches 30 Under 30 Program for KBIS 2015

Jun 16, 2014

Online nomination form is now available at

Today, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) launched its 2015 30 Under 30 program, seeking qualified candidates for the upcoming Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS®), to be held January 20 – 22, 2015, in Las Vegas.

This is a great opportunity for industry professionals to nominate an accomplished young individual who is passionate in his or her profession and forward-thinking about the kitchen and bath industry. Additionally, the program also accepts self-nominations. The online nomination form can now be found at, and all applications are due August 4, 12 Noon, Eastern Time.

The goal of the 30 Under 30 Program is to acknowledge outstanding young professionals, while helping these individuals to immerse and apply themselves to new opportunities for growth and development in support of the industry.

“As the NKBA’s 30 Under 30 program enters its third consecutive year, we are looking forward to recruiting yet another group of talented young professionals,” says Nancy Barnes, NKBA Director of Learning. “Previous 30 Under 30 award recipients recognize the program to be a landmark in their careers, and we expect no less for the 2015 group of forward-thinking professionals.”

Past 30 Under 30 award recipients have gained immense recognition from the media, the industry, and customers alike. A significant milestone for Jessica Sterling Altman and Ebony Stephenson, 2014 30 Under 30 award recipients from Newport News, VA, was the letter of appreciation that they received from United States Senator Mark R. Warner, recognizing their leadership qualities and dedication towards improving their community’s living spaces.

“The 30 Under 30 program exposed me to other young professionals that I can directly relate to on every level of my life,” says 2013 30 Under 30 award recipient Meghan Murphy. “Their credentials matched mine and they became a resource for me in business as well as in life.”

According to Deena Castello, 2013 award recipient, the months following KBIS were a whirlwind. She returned home more motivated than ever, was welcomed by numerous congratulatory emails and calls from clients, and was also featured in local publications. “The response from seasoned industry professionals has been overwhelmingly supportive and has brought both me and my showrooms to the forefront of the local design community,” she says.

Corey Laurysen, 2014 award recipient says, “Not only has the award allowed me to gain exceptional product knowledge and training, it has also given me recognition across the industry. Clients, co-workers, and other industry professionals definitely see the value in working with a 30 Under 30 recipient.”

At KBIS 2015, the newly inducted 30 Under 30 group will conduct valuable research on key industry-relevant topics. On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the group will present their findings at Center Stage, share the results of their explorations on the KBIS show floor, and answer questions from the audience.

For detailed information on the program, visit

About The National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a nonprofit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With 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 or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

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