KBIS Exhibitor Committee

Massimo Ballucchi, Chair

VP Kitchen & Bath Business, Cosentino North America

 In his role he implements all aspects of marketing and brand planning/promotion, consumer experience, digital transformation and merchandising strategy for Cosentino. He is a passionate leader, skilled at team building and experienced in talent management and mentoring. He has an MBA in International Management and 30 years working in the hard surface industry in segment leader companies. He participates in NARI, and ISFA associations and look forward being more involved in the NKBA.

Abigail Toal

Event Coordinator, Federal Brace

Abigail Toal is the Event Coordinator for Federal Brace, the leading American-made countertop support hardware provider. Ms. Toal heads the company’s planning and execution of nationwide events, including its annual exhibits at Design & Construction Week. As a go-getter in her early twenties, Abigail is excited for the opportunity to share new, innovative ideas within a long-established industry.

With a heart for giving and serving others, Abigail enjoys volunteering with Mite, an impactful global charity inspiring people in the joy of giving. During her spare time, she is active in training both MMA and jiu-jitsu, completing her degree, and traveling to different parts of the world

Kathleen Heaney

Independent Area Director, Cutco Closing Gifts

Katie is a Hall of Fame distributor for Cutco Cutlery and is in her twentieth year with the company. She provides high-level gifting plans for remodelers, homebuilders, and real estate professionals to build relationships and acquire new clients. She began her career with Cutco as a receptionist at age 16 and paid her way through St. Louis University selling Cutco knives. In 2007 she pioneered a closing gift program for real estate agents in St. Louis, Missouri, and in 2011 expanded her gifting niche to home builders and kitchen remodeling companies. She is a registered dietitian and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from St. Louis University. She loves living in St. Louis, MO with her husband and two children, ages 6 and 9.

Jason Thompson

Director of Sales, Blaze Grills

After almost twenty years of government sector service, Jason moved into the private sector by joining the Blaze Grills team in January of 2016. Blaze was a growing, start-up company established in 2013. He was tasked with piloting a new sales program to work closely with, and to partner with, new wholesale distributors in order to grow the Blaze brand in North America. In early 2017, Jason was promoted to Director of Sales and directed to hire a full sales team. Currently Blaze Grills’ sales team is made up of Jason, and eight regional sales managers. They work closely with distribution partners, and retail network to make sure all partners get the support they need to continuing growing the Blaze brand. The Blaze sales team and wholesale distribution partners together have grown the Blaze brand from 200 brick and mortar retailers in 2016 to over 1,400 brick and mortar retailers today.

Jonathan Krieger

Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Fabuwood Cabinetry

Jonathan Krieger, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Fabuwood Cabinetry with over 25 years of experience in the Kitchen and Bath Industry focusing on the cabinetry category. Proven track record of increasing sales in dealer, home center, and builder channels. As an executive he has demonstrated the ability to build leading sales and marketing organizations. He has great passion to lead and drive success for the companies that he has partnered with. He enjoys his time with his family during his free time. Some of his hobbies are skiing, playing golf and traveling

Heather Shannon

Senior Brand Marketing Manager, Perlick

Heather Shannon is the Senior Brand Marketing Manager at Perlick, where she leads the marketing and communications team to drive all of Perlick’s marketing activities, including corporate brand messaging, graphic design, public relations, social media, trade shows, digital communications, and advertising for both Perlick’s commercial and residential divisions.

Prior to working at Perlick, Heather worked at Milwaukee and Chicago based public relations, marketing and advertising agencies Cramer-Krasselt and Bader Rutter. She was also a reporter and anchor at NBC and FOX for more than 12 years.

When Heather isn’t working, she enjoys yoga and working out, spending time outdoors at her family’s lake cottage boating and swimming, traveling, and chasing around her four young children. Also, sleeping, which unfortunately, doesn’t happen enough these days!

 

Amy Biller Switzer

Marketing Communications Manager, Emtek

Amy Biller Switzer is the Marketing Communications Manager of the ASSA ABLOY Mechanical Residential Group (Emtek, Schaub and Yale) where she spends her time working on amplifying the brand voice, digital reputation, and social media presence. Switzer is also responsible for managing annual appearances at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, collaborating with vendors and content creators, as well as spearheading the recent rebranding of Emtek. Prior to joining the ASSA ABLOY Mechanical Residential Group six years ago, Switzer was the PR, Advertising, and Marketing Manager for Snaidero USA. Switzer is a CSU Long Beach graduate and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and son. 

 

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