Show News

KBIS Announces Inaugural Innovative Showroom Awards Advisory Board

October 30, 2015

Showroom design experts and industry influencers to advise, judge and share

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is pleased to announce the Innovative Showroom Awards Advisory Board. The newly appointed five member board is comprised of leading retail showroom design experts, prior award winners and industry veterans and influencers  who understand the importance of showroom design and the need to elevate and evolve these spaces.Each board member will serve a two-show term.

“With the creation of this advisory board, our goal is to provide showroom designers a council who they can consult to help them to create showrooms that educate, engage and excite designers and consumers about the kitchen and bath space,” said Brian Pagel, VP, kitchen and bath, Emerald Expositions. We thank these members for dedicating their time and expertise to support the important role showrooms play, and to advance the showroom experience.”

KBIS show producers are honored to welcome the 2016-2017 Innovative Showroom Advisory Board Members:

Chelsie Butler, Executive Editor for Kitchen + Bath Business Magazine

Ken Nisch, Chairman of JGA

Danny Swaim, Vice President of Business Development at PIRCH

Nancy Epstein, CEO at Artistic Tile

Mia Nicolaisen, Sr. Director of Sales and Business Development and Tony Lutz, President & CEO of Interior Systems Inc. (ISI)

In addition to judging the Innovative Showroom Awards, the Advisory Board will participate in several  programs on showroom innovation at KBIS 2016, including hosting one-on-one meetings at the KBIS NeXt Bar and participating in a panel discussion on the KBIS Next Stage. Both programs will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, prior to the announcement of the Innovative Showroom Awards. Visit for a complete list of times.Kitchen and bath showrooms have until November 2 to submit a nomination online for the Innovative Showroom Awards.

The 2016 Innovative Showroom Awards are exclusively sponsored by American Standard Brands and GROHE, who are returning to KBIS as part of LIXIL Water Technology.

To learn about the latest KBIS 2016 news and announcements, visit or Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @KBIS2016.

About KBIS

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and produced by Emerald Expositions, is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest products, trends and technologies for the kitchen and bath industry. KBIS has been the premier event of the industry for over 50 years.

In 2013, the 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) under the banner of Design and Construction Week® (DCW). In 2015, KBIS and IBS announced their co-location agreement was extended through 2020. The mega-event returns to Las Vegas, Jan. 19-21, 2016, where each show will operate in various halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The NKBA and The NAHB continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. One pass provides access to both shows, as well as to DCW partner events: the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and The International Surface Event (TISE).

About Emerald Expositions

Emerald is a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing more than 85 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting over 525,000 buyers and sellers across ten diversified end-markets, including general merchandise; sports; hospitality and retail design; jewelry, luxury, and antiques; e-commerce; photography;  decorated apparel;  building; healthcare; and military. Emerald is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, Cal. The company’s shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitors and attendees within their various industries. For more information on Emerald, please visit

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the KBIS®. With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

About American Standard Brands

American Standard Brands make life healthier, safer and more beautiful at home, at work, in the community and throughout the world. Offering total project solutions for residential and commercial customers around the world with respected brands such as American Standard®, DXV™, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is owned by LIXIL Corporation (TSE Code 5938), and is part of the LIXIL Water Technology business, which operates across 150 countries. LIXIL Water Technology brands include: LIXIL, INAX, GROHE, American Standard, and JAXSON. Learn more at, or follow us at, and on Facebook at

Media Contact:
Kristen Jenkins, White Good



KBIS Chatbot
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!