K&B Industry VIPs to discuss hot topics & trends in Las Vegas; Announcing Houzz as NeXT Stage title sponsor
(Alpharetta, Ga.) – September 26, 2019 – The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, today revealed the A-list lineup planned for the NKBA presents KBISNeXT™ Stage. A cornerstone of the KBISNeXT Experience and one of the show’s most popular destinations, the KBISNeXT™ Stage delves into provocative industry topics and brings a whole new energy to the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, throughout the three-day show, January 21-23, 2020. More than 15 programs, including four awards events, 50+ industry-leading voices and personalities, and topics ranging from health and wellness and resilient design to business development make up the 2020 roster.
“We are really excited about this year’s lineup of programming on the KBISNeXT Stage,” said Suzie Williford, EVP of Industry Relations and Chief Strategy Officer of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, which owns KBIS. “Each year, the topics and presenters are compelling and informative, but 2020 truly is bringing a new level of talent and insights. The KBIS NeXT Stage is shaping up to be a can’t-miss destination, for sure!”
The KBISNeXT™ Stage is free to all registrants. Following is a preview of the enlightening and entertaining sessions scheduled for the 2020 KBISNeXT Stage:
Panel Discussions and Presentations
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.
Ten of the most innovative kitchen and bath brands take the stage for a rapid-fire introduction of their newest product launches. Plus, where are they now? Host Kelli Ellis celebrates the 5th anniversary of DesignBites with a look back at some of the program’s most successful participants.
The Dawn of a Decade
Five things you need to know about the next phase of living at home. We’ll be diving into the future of design, technology, wellness, AI and how they intersect to impact our lives and businesses.
The Design Connection 101 — Behind the Wall
We’re changing the conversation between designers and home-technology integrators. Here’s what you need to know to plugin and leverage relationships with the supporting industries to grow your piece of the project pie.
A Conversation with Matthew Quinn
Join Chelsie Butler, executive editor of KBB Magazine, and KBB’s “Person of the Year,” Matthew Quinn, principal of Design Galleria and the Matthew Quinn Collection, as they dish about design and his newest projects, programs and partners.
Power in Partnerships — Building Relationships Between Brands and Designers
The KBISNeXT Stage is jumping into matchmaking! We’ll discuss 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.
Zero Waste Kitchens: Upcycle and Recycle
Why toss perfectly good appliances, cabinetry, countertops, faucets and lighting fixtures? Keeping these out of landfills is one of the core goals of responsible building, according to the US Green Building Council. So what do you need to know to extend the life of a former project? Learn from the designers who are breathing a second life into gently used kitchens.
The Fine Print
It takes more than a watermark to protect your business, your ingenuity, your style and your profits. Safeguard your work and agreements with tight contracts. Learn how to successfully market your work online and avoid the theft of your intellectual property.
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 top talent. Potential new clients have many options when selecting whom 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 pros who are doing it right.
Avenues to New Revenue: A Road Map to Improving Your Bottom Line
Tap into new revenue sources and learn from successful designers who have launched retail initiatives using online, social and brick-and-mortar methods.
How to Win at Wellness
We’ve curated the top five projects that highlight purpose-driven design. Learn how the masters have tapped into the tech, wellness, and Living in Place markets to drive business growth. Avoid toxic design mistakes, because a truly healthy home starts from the ground up.
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?
NKBA Designer Finds
These savvy design pros have scoured the KBIS show floor and are bringing their top finds to the stage! Come see and hear what they discovered.
The Evolution of Social — Social Leaders Group
It’s 2020. Social media should be an important part of your 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.
Awards and Recognitions
The winner goes to….the much-anticipated Best of KBIS Awards and Best of KBIS Booth Awards are back once again to honor the game-changing brands and products of the kitchen and bath industry. Also, back after a successful debut in 2019, the 30s Choice Awards makes its return. These NKBA movers and shakers will present awards for the products that inspired them most at the show. New for 2020 is the NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycled Kitchen Awards. The NKBA and KBIS will celebrate the brands and designers who partner to keep gently used kitchens part of the design formula.
Also new for 2020, Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design, is the title sponsor for the KBISNeXT™ Stage.
“At Houzz, we are always looking for ways to bring value to professionals in the home renovation and design space,” said Liza Hausman, VP Industry Marketing at Houzz. “We’re thrilled to help bring KBISNeXT™ Stage programming to pros this year, and look forward to seeing them both around the stage area and at our nearby booth.”
Check kbis.com for updates on timing and dates for all KBISNeXT™ Stage panels and presentations.
Registration is open for KBIS 2020, the largest North American kitchen and bath industry event. Join more than 40,000 attendees and 600 brands to celebrate all that’s new in the industry.
KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50+ years.
In 2013, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced an agreement to co-locate the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nev. in February 2014 under the banner of Design and Construction Week®. In 2018, both organizations extended the agreement through 2026. The mega-event returns to Las Vegas Jan. 21-23, 2020. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events though one pass provides access to both shows.
KBIS is produced by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events. In 2018, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.
More information about KBIS can be found at www.kbis.com.
About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 50,000 members in all segments of the kitchen and bath design and remodeling industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the
NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, specialty badges, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit www.nkba.org or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).
KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.