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Best of KBIS 2017 Award Winners Announced

January 12, 2017

Newly Discovered Brands Steal the Show at KBIS 2017

(Orlando, FL /Alpharetta, GA.) – January 12, 2017 – The 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS)the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, announced the Best of KBIS 2017 award winners in a ceremony held on the NKBA Presents KBISNeXT Stage sponsored by HomeAdvisor. The Best of KBIS awards recognize and honor the best of the best from kitchen and bath industry on display at KBIS 2017.

The Best of KBIS 2017 award winners by category are:

  • Best in Show: GEOLUXE, GEOLUXE Natural Stone

  • Best of Kitchen: Gold – GEOLUXE, GEOLUXE Natural Stone

  • Best of Kitchen: Silver – The Galley, The Galley Dresser

  • Best of Bath: Gold -  TOTO, NEOREST AC Dual Flush Toilet with Actilight

  • Best of Bath: Silver – Copper Shower Company, The Copper Shower Kit

Two Best of KBIS award winners – GEOLUXE and the Copper Shower Company - were brands within the KBIS Discovery District, a destination for exploring unique and undiscovered brands and products new to KBIS.  The Copper Shower Company, led by owner Fritz Allen, first introduced its award winning Copper Shower Kit at KBIS 2017. “We came to KBIS to launch an idea, having no sales and with no idea what the reception would be.  Our idea is now a discovered, tangible Best of KBIS award winning product, with builders and designers interested in purchasing our Copper Shower Kits.  It’s been incredible, and this is just the beginning,” said Allen.

The 2017 Best of KBIS Awards were sponsored by Beautiful Kitchens & BathsTraditional Home, and Dream Kitchens & Baths magazine brands from the Meredith Corporation Karman Hotchkiss, executive editor, Luxury Home Portfolio, Meredith Core Media, served alongside Suzie Williford, NKBA VP of Industry Relations, to host the awards ceremony.

Best of KBIS award winners were hand selected by the 2017 judging committee, which included:

  • Tony Izzo – CKD, Corporate Kitchen and Bath Manager at Curtis Lumber Co.

  • Jenny Madden - Allied ASID, LEED AP, Owner at Jenny Madden Design

  • Jamie Banfield - Principal Designer at Jamie Banfield Design

  • Molly Switzer – AKBD, Residential Sales Representative at Chown Hardware

  • Debra Bishop - CKD, Owner of Dwell On It Design, LLC

“Congratulations to our Best of KBIS winners for 2017,” said Williford. “We’re proud to honor each award winning brand at KBIS for its dedication to product innovation year-round.”

“Through our Best of KBIS Awards, we have the privilege of honoring the kitchen and bath brands that are driving our industry forward and introducing the best new product innovations at KBIS 2017,” said Brian Pagel, VP Kitchen and Bath Group, Emerald Expositions. “Thank you to our expert judging committee for the time and consideration they give to each award, and congratulations to the Best of KBIS 2017.”

KBIS is owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.


About KBIS
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 

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 and 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.



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