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The NKBA Names its Thirty Under 30 Class of 2020

Sep 9, 2019

 The NKBA Names its Thirty Under 30 Class of 2020

Award winners selected from over 150 nominations from across the kitchen & bath industry

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — (September 9, 2019) — Today the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced the names of its inductees into the Thirty Under 30 Class of 2020. The program, now in its eighth year, recognizes accomplished kitchen and bath professionals under the age of 30. Each year’s class comprises rising leaders from throughout the industry and is widely regarded as the leading showcase for the brightest young talent working in kitchen and bath design and remodeling. Nominees were evaluated on their career or educational achievements, commitment to excellence in the kitchen and bath industry, and leadership within their organization.

“This group of outstanding young professionals represents the future of the industry,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA Chief Executive Officer. “NKBA is proud to recognize them as part of this prestigious program and is excited to help them as they continue to develop their careers.”

The candidates selected for induction (along with their companies and NKBA chapter affiliation where applicable) include: 

Amber Fowler, Rev-A-Shelf, Kentuckiana

Anna Violand, Ferguson Enterprises

Ariana Lovato, AKBD, Honeycomb Home Design, Central Coast and Valleys

Bonnie Schmitz, Masco Cabinetry

Candis Warren-Ashurst, Steiner-Houck & Associates LLC, Susquehanna Valley

Carolyn Elleman, Case Design/Remodeling, Baltimore/Washington

David Berens, ReFind Kitchens

Drew Newman, Prodigy Kitchens & Baths, GA/SC Coastal

Emily Tomek, AKBD, Drury Design, Chicago Mid West

Fabian Cabrera, Ferrarini & Co.

Hannah Harrington, Kitchen Concepts, Oklahoma

Jennifer Hutton, Artisan Kitchens and Baths (Appliance Associates of Buffalo), Central New York

Jensen Landers, Marrokal Design & Remodeling, San Diego

Jonnette Vandehey, Square Deal Remodeling

Joseph DeCasperis, Karmichael’s Cabinetry, Southern California

Julie Russi, The Tile Shop, Carolina

Karina Gaft, Yale Appliance & Lighting

Kelly McDermott, AKBD, Normandy Remodeling, Minnesota State

Kylee Chatham, Architectural Ceramics

Mackenzie Elliott, GE Monogram Appliances

Mark Stapperfenne, Green Forest Cabinetry, Virginia State

Markie Tuckett, Timber + Plumb Kitchens and Cabinetry

Michelle Sauer, D’Asign Source, South Florida

Morgan Chiarelly, Kessebohmer USA Inc., Eastern Carolinas

Nicole Galera, DR Design & Remodel

Ryan Smith, Ferguson d.b.a. The Bath & Beyond

Samantha Souders, Reico Kitchen & Bath, Baltimore/Washington

Sarah Nielsen, Showplace Cabinetry Design Center – Urbandale, Iowa

Sarah Pierce, AKBD, Lane Homes & Remodeling, Virginia State

Stassa Mullen, Hansgrohe Inc.

This year’s class selection committee, comprised of Thirty Under 30 alumni, includes:

Danielle Bohn, CMKBD, design & training manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Class of 2015; Mark Eglington, president of Euro-Line Appliances, Class of 2014; Rebecca Sutton, AKBD, lead designer at Kitchen Design Concepts, Class of 2017; Molly Switzer, AKBD, owner of Molly N Switzer Designs LLC, Class of 2014; Brandy H. Tallant, inside account manager, national accounts, for Hansgrohe, Class of 2013.

The class of 2020 will be formally recognized in Las Vegas at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) January 21-23, 2020. KBIS attendees should keep an eye out for the “30’s” on the show floor as they scour the show’s hundreds of exhibitors to identify their favorite new products and innovations as part of the 30s Choice Awards. These awards will be presented on the KBIS NeXT Stage. To learn more about this program and to register for KBIS 2020, visit

Signature Kitchen Suite returns as the sponsor of the NKBA Thirty Under 30 initiative.

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 or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.