KBIS Exhibitor Committee
Director of Marketing
Bio:As the Director of Marketing for Rev-A-Shelf, LLC, Rob Jenkins manages the global marketing and sales support initiatives for both Rev-A-Shelf and their Tresco Lighting division. He is a key player in the development of both brands and has been involved in nearly every aspect of a product’s lifecycle- from product design and marketing strategies, to consumer sales- for over 20 years. Along with leading the marketing initiatives, Rob is instrumental in the design of all Rev-A-Shelf and Tresco Lighting tradeshow booths and he frequently travels to trade exhibitions and showrooms to research the industry and develop innovative ideas. Rob has been featured in several trade and consumer publications, has served on his local NKBA board and was a 2015 Voices of the Industry Speaker at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 32
Company Information: Rev-A-Shelf LLC. Established in 1978 as a division of Jones Plastic & Engineering, our product line began as metal and polymer Lazy Susan components manufactured for the largest U.S. cabinet manufacturers and they have grown into the market-leading innovator of quality functional residential cabinet storage and organizational products. Rev-A-Shelf manufactures thousands of innovative accessories for your kitchen, bath or closet. With the acquisition of Tresco Lighting, Rev-A-Shelf now offers a full line of L.E.D. lighting options for residential & commercial cabinetry and store display fixtures.
Paul K. Smith
President / CEO
Häfele America Co
Bio: Mr. Smith came to Häfele in 2011 and brings many years of business leadership with expertise in manufacturing and product development. Mr. Smith has an MBA with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. The vast majority of his career has been in the consumer appliance and furniture business working for several prominent US brands.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 18
Company Information: Häfele is recognized as a global leader and innovator of hardware components that improve the functionality of cabinets, doors, kitchens, bathrooms and other living and working environments. LED lighting, furniture fittings, decorative hardware, opening and closing mechanisms for doors and drawers, and electronic locking systems are but a few of the essential items Häfele provides to architects, designers, manufacturers, contractors and construction professionals.
Marketing Services Manager
“KBIS is the primary tradeshow for Wilsonart. It not only gives us an opportunity to showcase our portfolio of products, but also launch new designs and products, as well as thank our customers for their business. We also value the various NKBA sponsorship opportunities at the show, which have included the Chapter Leadership Training, Hard Hat Tour, and pilot sponsor of 30 Under 30. These events not only allow us to meet new kitchen and bath business professionals, but also provide the ability to engage with them.”
Bio: Kathy Calhoun is a 35-year employee at Wilsonart and holds the position of Senior Marketing Manager, Marketing Services, with emphasis on merchandising and sales tools. In her current duties, she works closely with the program management and sales teams to understand their business directives and incorporates those elements into marketing tools. She is a second-generation employee and began her career working part-time in Human Resources through a vocational program at the local high school and continued in this role until she completed her undergraduate studies. Her full-time status moved her into a newly formed role as Marketing Services Coordinator and from there moved into management roles with Sales Planning & Readiness, Customer Service, International Operations, Marketing Services Center and Marketing Communications. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with majors in Marketing and Management. She and her husband, Tommy, reside in Troy, Texas and have two married daughters and three grandchildren.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 27
Company Information: Wilsonart, a world leading engineered surfaces company, is driven by a mission to create surfaces people love, with service you can count on, delivered by people who care. The company manufactures and distributes High Pressure Laminate, Quartz, Solid Surface, Coordinated TFL and Edgebanding and other engineered surface options for use in furniture, office and retail space, countertops, worktops and other applications. Operating under the Wilsonart®, Resopal®, Polyrey®, Arborite®, Laminart®, Bushboard, Ralph Wilson® and Durcon® brands, the company continuously redefines decorative surfaces through improved performance and aesthetics. For more information, visit www.Wilsonart.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Director, Architect & Designer Segment
Bio: Veronica is responsible for managing and developing the company’s Architectural & Design Representatives positioned throughout North America. During her eleven-year tenure at Benjamin Moore, she has held several positions in Sales and Retail Services, facilitated countless color classes, continuing education and training seminars for the A&D community. Veronica began her career as a Retail Store Designer and later worked as a Lighting Designer, producing conceptual lighting designs and layouts for a variety of prominent retailers and restaurants.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 3
Company Information: Since 1883, Benjamin Moore has been North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand and the top choice of interior designers. Benjamin Moore is renowned for its premium paint and expansive color portfolio – offering consumers and designers more than 3,500 colors exclusively available from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.
CEO and President
“For Blum, exhibiting at KBIS is part of our business plan and is one of our most important shows to exhibit in.”
Bio: Karl Rudisser, president and CEO of Blum, Inc., was born and raised in Austria. In 1978, he moved to Charlotte, NC to start Blum, Inc. here in the USA. Today, Blum Inc. has over 390 employees and is one of 3 manufacturing locations for Blum worldwide. Karl began his career in sales and marketing at Julius Blum in Austria followed by two years working at their London subsidiary. He has over 30 years’ experience in the US market, selling hardware to the kitchen cabinet industry. In 2000, Karl became a US citizen and continues to be a great promoter of the Charlotte area where he now lives.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 33
Company Information: Blum Inc. is a leading manufacturer of functional hardware for the kitchen cabinet and commercial casework industries. Though specializing in concealed hinges, lift systems and drawer runner systems, Blum also manufactures solutions for organizing the contents of drawers. Additional information on Blum and Blum products is available at blum.com or contact us at 800-438 6788.
CBU – Internal Business Consultant
Cosentino North America
Bio: I joined Cosentino in 2015 as a Territory Manager in Denver Colorado. In July of 2015, I moved to Houston as the new Marketing Merchandising Director at our corporate headquarters. In my current position, I am responsible for defining and executing Cosentino’s channel marketing and merchandising strategies by segment for all of our brands. I focus heavily on ensuring our segments have the right marketing tools that best represent our brand values. I also am tasked with supporting our Cosentino Centers and Stone Systems Shops through the implementation of our marketing programs and the execution of the overall tradeshow experience.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 15
Company Info: As a global leader in innovative surfaces, Cosentino Group aims to offer high value solutions for the world of architecture and design. With its rich history and distribution in more than 80 countries, Cosentino is a trusted brand for pioneering unique surface materials like Silestone, Dekton, Sensa, Scalea and the Prexury Collection. Unmatched by other surface providers, the wide array of colors and finishes, along with the advanced technical characteristics offered by Cosentino inspire infinite design possibilities.
Director Wholesale Channel Marketing
Bio: Elisabeth’s extensive career at Kohler includes experience in sales, advertising/communications and marketing. In her current role as Director – Kohler Brand Wholesale Channel Marketing, she is responsible for driving professional business through distributors and their trade customers including plumbers, remodelers, builders and wholesale counter areas.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 35
Company Info: Kohler Co. Intro: Since 1873, Kohler has been improving people’s lives with exceptional products, including kitchen and bath fixtures, faucets and accessories, cabinetry, and tile and stone. As a global leader, Kohler offers its customers world-class products to create a complete design solution. For information, ideas or inspiration, visit www.KOHLER.com.