KBIS Exhibitor Committee
Daniel Tripp, AKBD
Project Manager – Kitchen, Hafele America Co.
Häfele America Co
“The KBIS show is our most important show for the Kitchen Industry each year. It is a great place to spend time with our customers and to show our latest innovations. ”
Bio: Daniel Tripp serves as a Product Manager for Häfele America Co. and is responsible for developing and marketing products for the kitchen industry. He is an expert on LED lighting, kitchen accessories and lift fittings and works closely with sales and marketing to promote these products in the US market. In his sixteen seventeen years at Häfele, Daniel has traveled the US, Europe and China extensively and been involved in several international product development projects such as Loox LED lighting and FREE lift fittings.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 17
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.
Director – Faucets Wholesale Channel Marketing
“The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show has been and continues to be an important tradeshow for Kohler Co. in North America. The combination of audience, training and seminars, and exhibitors that span across the entire spectrum of the Kitchen and Bath space provides us with an excellent platform to present our portfolio of products to the design community.”
Bio: Stephanie has been with Kohler Co. for over fifteen years, holding a variety of positions within the company’s Marketing and Supply Chain functions. In her current role as Director – Faucets Wholesale Channel Marketing, Ms. Simons oversees all wholesale marketing activities for Kohler Faucets in North America.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 34
Company Information: Since 1873, Kohler has been improving people’s lives with exceptional products, including kitchen and bath fixtures, faucets and accessories, furniture, 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.
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 our sponsorship of 30 Under 30 at KBIS, as it allows us to meet new, young kitchen and bath business professionals.”
Bio: Kathy Calhoun is a 35 year employee at Wilsonart and holds the position of Marketing Services Manager, with emphasis on merchandising and advertising. 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. Additionally, she oversees the marketing budget. 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 and the Marketing Services Center. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with majors in Marketing and Management. She and her husband, Tommy, reside in Troy, Texas and they have two daughters.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 25
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®, 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.
G.M. /VP Sales & Marketing
“The KBIS Show has always been our target for introducing new products and new ideas each year. For over twenty years the show has delivered the key persons in the design community and OEM manufacturers that have helped us shape our business direction, expose our innovations, and build our Brand to our most targeted customer segment.”
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 21
Bio: Celebrating his 28th year with Rev-A-Shelf, LLC David joined the Jeffersontown, Kentucky company in 1984 and has served as a Product Manager, Distribution Sales Manager, and V.P. of Sales & Marketing. In 2000 he assumed the position of General Manager and runs Rev-A-Shelf as a division of the parent company, Jones Plastic & Engineering LLC.
David was on the Steering Committee that formed the (CIDA) Cabinet Industry Distributor Association under the umbrella of the (NBMDA) National Building Material Distribution Association. He has served as a Board member for NBMDA from 2002-2003, KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) from 2004-2008 and ACSP (Association of Closet & Storage Professionals) from 2008-2011.
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, LED Cabinet Lighting 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.
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.
Marketing Merchandising Director
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.
Retail Design Manager, Artistic Tile
Bio: Dana Borgersen is the Retail Design Manager at Artistic Tile. Upon graduation from Pratt Institute in 2004 with a BFA in Industrial Design with honors, she joined the Artistic Tile team and has been proudly tackling creative problems for them ever since. In 2009, she accepted the National BAC Craft Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Tile Industry” from the Bricklayers Union for her work on the Chicago Showroom. More recently in 2014, her work on the Dallas showroom won Artistic Tile the KBIS Innovative Showroom Award. Dana looks forward to applying her retail design knowledge to the KBIS show. She resides in Brooklyn New York.
Number of Years Exhibiting at KBIS: 2
Company Info: Founded in 1987 by Nancy Epstein, Artistic Tile is a family-run business, offering thousands of stocked tile and natural stone products for immediate delivery, as well as in-house design services and complete custom capabilities. No matter how intricate the designs or how rare the materials, Artistic Tile offers assistance in every aspect of the specification process from concept to completion. This has won them acclaim among top interior designers and architects. Artistic Tile’s core value of generosity is expressed in many ways, including philanthropic endeavors with charitable organizations worldwide. Artistic Tile has nine elegant retail showrooms, as well as wholesale distribution to over 150 high-end tile dealers nationwide. In 2011, they acquired Waterfall Bathroom Furniture.