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HGTV’s Jeff Devlin and This Old House’s Kevin O’Connor to Host Design Bites at KBIS 2017
Highly Anticipated ‘Design Bites’ Returns, Connecting Brands with Attendees & Media to Unveil the Latest Kitchen & Bath Innovations
(Alpharetta, Ga.) – September 19, 2016 – The 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, today announced that Jeff Devlin, host of DIY Network’s Stone House Revival and HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge, and Kevin O’Connor, host of This Old House and Ask This Old House, will host Design Bites at KBIS 2017. Design Bites, a speed dating-style program for brands, attendees and media, will be held during the lunch hour on day one and two of KBIS, January 10 & 11.
Design Bites will take place on the KBIS NeXT Stage presented by the NKBA located in the North/South hall of the Orange County Convention Center. A total of 14 presentations will be selected; seven per day. Host Kevin O’Connor will kick off Design Bites on January 10, showcasing the newest kitchen innovations. On January 11, Jeff Devlin will take over, hosting brands ready to share their latest bath innovations. To participate in Design Bites, exhibiting brands can apply by completing the Design Bites Application online. Applications will be accepted through October 7, 2016.
O’Connor’s love for home renovation began as a child growing up on various job sites led by his father, a civil engineer. When O’Connor, a lifelong fan of This Old House, and his wife, Kathleen, were fixing up their first house, they sent an e-mail seeking help from the Ask This Old House experts. To their surprise and delight, the house call served as his first screen test to serve as the new host. Since then, O’Connor has been nominated for an “Outstanding Service Host” Emmy award for his work on This Old House, published his first book, “The Best Homes of This Old House,” and served on the editorial board of This Old House magazine.
Devlin’s professional foray into carpentry began over twenty years ago as an apprentice for a historic home remodeler where he honed his skills in the trade and gained a deep appreciation for the character, craftsmanship and beauty of historic dwellings. This blooming passion for designing, creating and building, coupled with his dedicated and natural ability to entertain, led Devlin to the world of television. Devlin has many years and numerous shows for HGTV and DIY Network under his belt, all totaling well over 200 episodes. Today he also remains very hands on behind the scenes with his company, School House Woodworking, LLC, a custom woodworking company.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin and Jeff to KBIS this January in Orlando,” said Brian Pagel, VP Kitchen and Bath Group, Emerald Expositions. “I’m looking forward to the energy and excitement both hosts will bring to one of our favorite and most anticipated KBIS programs. Design Bites is a fun and informative way to quickly learn about the latest and greatest from leading kitchen & bath industry brands. It truly is a “can’t miss” program for 2017.”
Members of the media who RSVP to attend Design Bites will receive a complementary boxed lunch. Contact Beth Meiklejohn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.693.3442 to RSVP for one or both days.
KBIS is owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and 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.
Early 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®. The mega-event will return Jan. 10-12, 2017, in Orlando. Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can continue to choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall. One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. For more information on KBIS, visit www.kbis.com.
KBIS is operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows in the United States, producing more than 80 trade shows and over 100 face-to-face events in total, including conferences, summits and other events. Emerald Expositions connects more than 335,000 sellers and buyers each year and operates within the U.S. in 10 end markets (Gift, Home, General Merchandise and Manufacturing; Sports & Apparel; Design; Jewelry, Luxury & Antiques; E-Commerce; Creative Services; Licensing; Healthcare; Military; and Food).
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 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath 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, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit NKBA.org or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).
KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Beth Meiklejohn Julie McCrary
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