The NKBA Names Its Thirty Under 30 Class of 2021

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has revealed inductees into its Thirty Under 30 Class of 2021. The program, now in its ninth year, recognizes talented kitchen and bath professionals under the age of 30. Each year’s class comprises rising leaders in the industry and is widely regarded as the go-to program for the brightest young stars 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.

“We are proud to celebrate this year’s selection of rising stars in the kitchen and bath industry,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA Chief Executive Officer. “The association is inspired by what they have already accomplished, and we’re happy to play a role in nurturing these outstanding young talents. We look forward to following their bright futures. ”

The selected candidates, along with their companies and NKBA chapter affiliation, where applicable, include:

Abigale LathamBeyond Interior Design, Texas North Plains

Alexandria HubbardCase Design Remodeling, Baltimore/Washington

Andrew Risinger, CMKBD, Kitchen, Bath & Home, formerly The Cabinet Concierge, Texas North Plains

Chloe BakerKre8 Developments Inc., Prairie Provinces

Christopher BrownMajestic Stone Imports, Indiana State

Danielle SteeleMarks-Woods Construction Service Baltimore/Washington

Emily Townsend-Hinske, MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc., Northern Michigan

Haden FesenmeyerDon’s Custom Countertops, Rocky Mountain

Jasmine GalleSocial Soul Studio

Jeannifer EllingtonH2 Builders, GA/SC Coastal

Jess HardyPK Brand Management, Vancouver

Joshua ShannonJames Street Interiors, Central New York

Kaitlyn StokesCrystal Kitchen + Bath, Minnesota State

Katelyn WoodsKendall Ansell Interiors, British Columbia

Katie WeberNeil Kelly, Columbia River

Kelly BodnarMaison Birmingham, Michigan State

Kingsley Catalucci, AKBD, RI Kitchen & Bath Design + Build

Malyka Abramson, Delta Faucet Co.

Maris ParkDelta Faucet Co.

Matt PulliamAGCO Inc.

Matteo CalisesiFlorim Ceramiche S.p.A.

Megan HeidelCase Design Remodeling., Indiana State

Natalie ShawKitsap Kitchen & Bath Co., Olympic-West Sound

Nathan BooneGreen Forest Cabinetry, Virginia State

Scott HolcombeHolcombe Design Co., Metro New York

Stephanie McDowell, Kenwood Kitchens

Steve BastenJohn Burns Real Estate Consulting

Thomas J. SimonettiPlott Inc., Northern New Jersey

Tyler SmithFisher & Paykel, Southern California

Victoria SharkeySpecialty Appliance, Rocky Mountain

This year’s class selection committee, comprising Thirty Under 30 alumni, includes Candis Warren-Ashurst, interior designer for Steiner-Houck & Associates, Class of 2019; Charles Kimball, interior designer at Premier Companies, Class of 2018; Ebony Stephenson, CLIPP, CAPS, kitchen and bath designer and owner of Designs by Ebony, LLC (DBE), Class of 2014; Kari Mitchell, AKBD, Artistic Cabinetry, Class of 2017; and Mark Stapperfenne, general manager for Green Forest Cabinetry, Class of 2020.

“Like our NKBA partners, Signature Kitchen Suite believes in the power of design to inspire and innovate, and we are honored to celebrate the Thirty Under 30 program once again and recognize this outstanding group of young professionals for their creativity, passion, and drive,” said Jack Palazzolo, head of marketing for Signature Kitchen Suite. “We look forward to the future accomplishments of this next generation of truly remarkable design talent.”

The class of 2021 will be formally recognized during the virtual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), taking place February 9-12, 2021.

Source: National Kitchen & Bath Association

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