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Amy Hornby Promoted to Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Director

November 09, 2018

Respected industry professional to lead KBIS, North America’s largest kitchen & bath design show

Alpharetta, GA: November 9, 2018 – The 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, and Emerald Expositions today announced the promotion of Amy Hornby to KBIS show director, effective immediately.

An industry professional with 22 years of experience, Hornby has been instrumental in the growth of multiple large-scale events throughout her career and brings a proven track record of successful management and revenue generation to her new role.

Hornby has worked in the conference and event planning world since 1996, beginning as an executive assistant for AmericasMart Atlanta. She joined DMG World Media in 1999 as an account executive with Surf Expo, the largest and longest-running board sports and beach/resort lifestyle trade show in the world where she generated $4+million in annual booth and sponsorship sales. Emerald Expositions acquired Surf Expo in 2013.

In 2014, Hornby became the KBIS sales manager and in 2017 she assumed the associate show director position for KBIS and Marine Military Expos. Over the past four years, she has generated approximately $20 million in sales for KBIS.

The promotion to KBIS show director recognizes Hornby’s significant sales and event management accomplishments, her relationship-building skills, and her focus on results and growth.

 “Amy is a proven, strong leader for KBIS who will continue to be a staunch advocate for the NKBA, the show, and our partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Her outstanding record of success gives us great confidence in her ability to build and strengthen the show and carry that momentum forward,” said Brian Pagel, senior vice president, Emerald Expositions.

Hornby is a University of Georgia graduate, an active community volunteer, and an accomplished distance runner who has completed 10 half marathons.

Hornby will be at the helm when an expected 31,000+ attendees, 600+ exhibitors and 400+ media visit KBIS 2019 in February. Register early via to take advantage of discounted registration and hotel rates. Connect with KBIS on Instagram @kbis_official, Twitter @KBIS, Facebook

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, NKBA and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced an agreement to co-locate KBIS with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning February 2014 under the banner of Design and Construction Week®. Both organizations recently extended the agreement through 2026. The mega-event returns to Las Vegas February 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 by net square feet (“NSF”), with most of our trade shows dating back several decades. Emerald currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other events. In 2017, Emerald’s events connected more than 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 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.


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