Kathy Constantine—Council Chair
Vice President Sales
Brown Wood, Inc.
“Collaborated on booth design, product development and marketing for KBIS since 1999. I have participated in Nielsen’s KBIS Advisory Committee meetings following shows for the last 5 years, been a member of the NKBA Manufacturers Council and am the current Chair of the KBIS Advisory Council.”
Kathryn Constantine has had over 23 years experience in the Secondary Wood Products Industry and more than 15 years experience within the Kitchen and Bath industry. She currently holds the position of VP Sales and oversees all aspects of sales, marketing and product development for Brown Wood Products Arborescence and Designs of Distinction Lines of product. She is a strong advocate for suppliers to the Kitchen and Bath industry and has been an active member of the NKBA, previously sitting on the Suppliers/Mfgs. Council, and is the current Chair of KBIS Advisory Council.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 13
A single source custom wood component partner for the Kitchen, Bath, Furniture and Display Industries. Brown Wood, Inc. brings manufacturing capabilities, a consultative approach and a vast array of products to help companies realize their vision.
Lorenzo Marquez – Board Representative
Cosentino North America
“KBIS serves as a great platform for suppliers to launch their new products and connect with designers and business owners. It’s truly where the action is!”
Lorenzo Marquez has been actively involved in the development of product and services for the Kitchen and Bath industry over the last 10 years. His international marketing exposure serves as a great platform in understanding consumer and design trends. He is actively involved in industry events at a local and national level.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 11
Cosentino is the leading manufacturer of quartz and natural stone surfaces in the world, supplying material through their over twenty company-owned distribution centers locations in the United States.
Karl Rudisser – Co-Chair
CEO and President
“For Blum, exhibiting at KBIS is part of our business plan and is one of our most important shows to exhibit in.”
Karl Rudisser, president and CEO of Blum, Inc., was born and raised in Austria. In 1978, he moved to Charlotte, NC to start Blum, Inc. here in the USA. Today, Blum Inc. has over 370 employees and is one of 3 manufacturing locations for Blum worldwide.
He has over 30 years of experience in the US market, selling hardware to the kitchen cabinet industry. In 2000, Karl became a US citizen and continues to be a great promoter of the Charlotte area where he now lives.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 29
Blum Inc. is a leading manufacturer of functional hardware for the kitchen cabinet and commercial casework industries. Though specializing in concealed hinges, lift systems and drawer runner systems, Blum also manufactures solutions for organizing the contents of drawers. Additional information on Blum and Blum products is available at blum.com or contact us at 800-438 6788.
Jeffrey R Dross – Secretary
Corporate Director, Education & Industry Trends
“KBIS has been a yearly opportunity for us to reach out to the smartest and sharpest kitchen and bath professions in the country. It has allowed us to share our product information with them and gather valuable insight into their ongoing challenges. This interaction is a crucial part of our customer outreach and proves meaningful, year after year.”
Over his career, Jeff has been involved in most every facets of the lighting business. Along with his current position, he also serves as their often-quoted media spokesperson. Jeff understands that the face of residential lighting is ever changing and has been involved in a number of industry roundtables that are working to plan for the future.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 6
Since 1938, Kichler has offered a distinctive array of lighting solutions that reflect individual personality, tastes and plans. We’ve also backed each style with award-winning craftsmanship, unparalleled quality and superior service life. We believe that lighting should exceed functionality and transform space into stunning, inspiring settings.
Stephanie Simons – Council Member
Sr. Manager – Faucets Wholesale Channel Marketing
“The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show has been and continues to be an important tradeshow for Kohler Co. in North America. The combination of audience, training and seminars, and exhibitors that span across the entire spectrum of the Kitchen and Bath space provides us with an excellent platform to present our portfolio of products to the design community.”
Stephanie has been with Kohler Co. for over twelve years, holding a variety of positions within the company’s Marketing and Supply Chain functions. In her current role as Sr. Manager – Faucets Wholesale Channel Marketing, Ms. Simons oversees all wholesale marketing activities for Kohler Faucets in North America.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 31
Since 1873, Kohler has been improving people’s lives with exceptional products, including kitchen and bath fixtures, faucets and accessories, furniture, cabinetry, and tile and stone. As a global leader, Kohler offers its customers world-class products to create a complete design solution. For information, ideas or inspiration, visit ww.KOHLER.com.
G.M. /VP Sales & Marketing
“The KBIS Show has always been our target for introducing new products and new ideas each year. For over twenty years the show has delivered the key persons in the design community and OEM manufacturers that have helped us shape our business direction, expose our innovations, and build our Brand to our most targeted customer segment.”
Celebrating his 28th year with Rev-A-Shelf, LLC David joined the Jeffersontown, Kentucky company in 1984 and has served as a Product Manager, Distribution Sales Manager, and V.P. of Sales & Marketing. In 2000 he assumed the position of General Manager and runs Rev-A-Shelf as a division of the parent company, Jones Plastic & Engineering LLC.
David was on the Steering Committee that formed the (CIDA) Cabinet Industry Distributor Association under the umbrella of the (NBMDA) National Building Material Distribution Association. He has served as a Board member for NBMDA from 2002-2003, KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) from 2004-2008 and ACSP (Association of Closet & Storage Professionals) from 2008-2011.
He studied Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Louisville, resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and high school sweetheart (28 years), Mrs. Teresa Miller Noe and their children Bradley 26, Lauren 22, and Jackson 18.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 20
Emilee Chappell Macdonald
“The KBIS show is an important event for TOTO and for our industry because it provides a platform for introducing new products and serves as a communication tool to our professional customer base. Reaching the kitchen and bath design community as well as other industry professionals is key to meeting our business goals and KBIS is an important part of that success.”
Emilee Chappell Macdonald serves as the marketing manager for TOTO USA. She’s been involved within the company’s branding department for seven years specializing in cross platform advertising and marketing campaigns to drive brand recognition and sales. Emilee overseas the tradeshow program and is responsible for design, development and execution of the KBIS show.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 7
TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer offering a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing products. Through every aspect of product design, we strive to incorporate performance, conservation, technology and innovation. That is the core of our People-First Innovation philosophy.
Product Marketing Manager
Häfele America Co
“The KBIS show is our most important show for the Kitchen Industry each year. It is a great place to spend time with our customers and to show our latest innovations. ”
Daniel Tripp serves as the Product Marketing Manager for Häfele America, where he heads up the product program efforts for the Kitchen industry. Daniel is an industry expert on LED lighting and its application to the kitchen industry. He also brings an International viewpoint from Hafele with its European roots and annually attends several major trade shows in the US and Europe.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 13
Häfele is a leading worldwide supplier of cabinetry and architectural hardware components that improve the functionality of living and working environments. Decorative hardware, hinges, slides, lift systems, sliding doors, LED lighting, and kitchen accessories are examples of the essential items Hafele provides in more than 150 countries.
Beth Joyce – Council Member
Director of Marketing & Customer Service
Advanced Technology Inc.
“KBIS is an excellent place to interact with the kitchen & bath design community and with other manufacturers. This show has become an important part of ATI’s overall annual strategy for connecting with companies critical for our success.”
Beth started her career as an Interior Designer, then moved into Sales and Marketing. She was involved in the contract furniture industry for many years before joining Advanced Technology five years ago. Beth now oversees all marketing and customer service functions for ATI.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 2
Advanced Technology is a manufacturer and distributor of MirroFlex, NuMetal and FusionTech products. MirroFlex and NuMetal are thermoplastic and high pressure metal laminates; both are used in applications such as walls, wainscoting, ceilings, backsplashes, displays and furniture. FusionTech, a proprietary infused color and coating process, can be applied to Aluminum, FRP, Glass, Ceramic, Wood, Fabric and other substrates.
Headquartered in Greensboro, NC since 1979, ATI is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company and provides the hospitality, store fixtures, display and architectural & interior design markets with innovative solutions.