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2019 Best of KBIS Awards Judges Announced

November 06, 2018

Five Design Pros to Select Best New Kitchen and Bath Products

(Alpharetta, Ga.) – November 6, 2019 – The 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) today announced the five design professionals who will judge the Best of KBIS Awards, the kitchen and bath industry’s most prestigious honors. The judges will choose the most innovative new products making their debut at KBIS 2019, which returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center, February 19 – 21.

The 2019 Best of KBIS Awards judges are: 

Laurie Haefele, Associate, AIA; founder, Haefele Design - Haefele specializes in kitchen and bath design. Celebrated for her versatility, range of style, attention to detail, and knowledge of the latest trends, her dedication to excellence began with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Pratt Institute and a master’s degree in Architectural History and Theory from UCLA.

Aimee Inouye, AKBD, founder, AID+D, and NKBA Thirty under 30 Alum - Inouye specializes in kitchen and bath design to create functional, beautiful, and enduring design solutions. With clients in Hawaii as well as California, she enjoys sharing mainland design trends and products with Hawaii residents to help to bring the latest design innovations to her homeland.

Kelly Morisseau, CMKBD, CID, MSK Design Build - Morisseau is a writer and residential interior designer. Author of Kelly’s Kitchen Sync and Kelly’s Kitchen Savvy, she also has written for well-known trade and consumer publications. When she’s not designing creative new spaces or traveling to conventions, Morriseau is exploring the world.

Nathan Reynolds, CAPS, CLIPP, interior designer, Insperiors, LLC, and NKBA Thirty under 30 Alum– Reynolds is passionate about all things design and is distinguished by his ability to incorporate timeless design principles with select product trends. His goal with every client is to help them get inspired and have fun when designing their dream space.

Aston Smith, kitchen designer, Bilotta Kitchens - Smith’s expertise in kitchen and home furnishings design reflects her background in fine arts and design where she first discovered her interest in the balance and function of form. She believes that blending her client’s intent with her own vision of a room’s form and function is essential to creating a truly beautiful working kitchen.

 “We are thrilled this group of talented and respected designers accepted the challenge to select the 2019 Best of KBIS award winners. I can’t wait to see which products they choose as ‘best of the best,’” said Suzie Williford, executive vice president of industry relations and chief strategy officer for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), which owns KBIS.

New for the 2019, the Best of KBIS Awards judges will review all product entries prior to the show and narrow those to 50 product finalists based on product description, images and answers to entry questions. The judging committee will visit each of the top 50 finalists at KBIS 2019 and winners will be announced Wednesday, February 20 at 4:00 PM on the KBISNeXT Stage.

“We are proud of the prestige these awards have earned over the years and thank this stellar group for sharing their time and expertise to choose the Best of KBIS winners this February,” said Brian Pagel, senior vice president, Emerald Expositions.

The 2019 Best of KBIS Awards are sponsored by Meredith Corporation, publisher, Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, Traditional Home and Dream Kitchens & Baths.

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About KBIS
KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen & 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® and both organizations recently extended the agreement through 2026. The mega-event returns to Las Vegas Feb. 19 - 21. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events though one pass provides access to both shows.

KBIS is operated by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve. More information about KBIS can be found at

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 or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522). KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

About Meredith Corporation

Meredith has been committed to service journalism for more than 115 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms—including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile, and video—to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners. Meredith's National Media Group reaches 175 million unduplicated American consumers every month, including 80 percent of U.S. millennial women. Meredith's Local Media Group includes 17 television stations, which reach more than 11 percent of U.S. households.


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