MEET THE 2019 NKBA INSIDERS
The National Kitchen & Bath Association has selected seven nationally recognized interior designers and industry thought leaders for its prestigious Insiders program.
As part of its continuing efforts to inspire, lead, and empower the kitchen and bath industry, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is pleased to name three new thought leaders to its NKBA Insider program. The NKBA Insiders are a hand-selected group of individuals, each with a specific area of expertise that impacts the residential building environment.
This year’s new inductees include Ryan Herd, author and CEO of “One Sound Choice” and an expert on integrated technology, based in Pompton Plains, N.J.; Richard Anuszkiewicz, a former NKBA Thirty Under 30 honoree and executive director of the Kitchen and Bath Division for Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects in Annapolis, Md., and Rebekah Zaveloff, CKD, co-founder of KitchenLab in Chicago.
These three join four returning members of the 2018 class, Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry, co-founders of Pulp Interior Design; Grace Jeffers, a materials expert, and Elle H-Milliard, CKD, editor at large for the NKBA.
“These incredible professionals are doing amazing things for the design world, and, as a team of Insiders, will together bring our members and the industry invaluable insight into the current and future state of residential design,” said Suzie Williford, chief strategy officer and executive vice president of industry relations for the NKBA.
Meet the NKBA Insiders:
Richard Anuszkiewicz is the Executive Director of Interiors and Casework at Alt Breeding Associates Architecture. A 2018 Coverings Emerging Leader, 2017 Modenus Top 10 Design Influencer and Washingtonian Style Setter, Richard graduated from Virginia Tech’s NKBA accredited Residential Design program and as an alumnus of the NKBA’s Top 30 Under 30 program in 2013, Richard has become recognized as a luxury kitchen design authority. Anuszkiewicz is a respected keynote speaker presenting nationally at premier industry events including Dwell on Design, Design Chicago, DDA Toronto, and KBIS. Richard has been highlighted in numerous high-profile publications, such as Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, The Washington Post, Robb Report, HGTV and more.
Rebekah Zaveloff, CKD, is the co-founder of KitchenLab and Rebekah Zaveloff Interiors. Rebekah’s passion for food, wine, art and design, combined with her collaborative style and her natural inclination for taking care of people create a synergy that influences her work at KitchenLab. She works closely with clients to create spaces tailored to their needs, taste, and budget, offering unique and unexpected ideas. Rebekah’s studies include the University of California at Los Angeles, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Harrington Institute of Interior Design. Her design projects are frequently published in Modern Luxury, Beautiful Kitchens & Baths and, House Beautiful.
Ryan Herd’s 28 years of experience in the smart-home industry have earned him the moniker “The Smart Guy.” This renowned and award-winning author and integrator offers insight into smart home technology, the Internet of Things (IOT) and the significance of technology in the home today. Ryan is also the author of Join the Smart Home Revolution, Amazon’s #1 best-selling title on the smart-home environment.
Grace Jeffers lives in a material world. She is an artist, designer, historian, and writer. As a materials expert, she is known to challenge our preconceived thinking, urging people to re-evaluate concepts such as “Natural” and “Artificial,” “Real” and “Fake.” In her lecture “Global Forestry,” she reveals the complexity and importance of understanding timber sourcing, the law and our responsibility to forests around the world. She frequently presents lectures to students as well as professionals about materials. Her articles have appeared in journals such as O at Home and Interiors & Sources.
Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry are the driving force behind the acclaimed design team at Pulp Interior Design. Founded in 2007 with a forward-thinking approach to commerce and design, the duo has established a unique viewpoint that combines luxury design and a flair for the unexpected. Their growing firm now has offices in Dallas and Seattle. Beth and Carolina are known as influencers with an uncanny ability to understand brands and influence consumers, and are followed by tens of thousands of people around the globe.
Elle H-Millard, CKD, is a trend-forecasting consultant, designer, certified color specialist (CfyH) and Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP). She serves as the “Editor at Large” for the NKBA Insiders and is frequently involved with brand relationships, often leading or participating in industry panel discussions, presentations and seminars. She holds a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. H-Millard has also appeared as a contestant on HGTV’s “Design Star” series.
The current Insiders officially assumed their new roles on Jan. 1 and will be publicly introduced as a group at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in February. In the first few months of 2019, the Insiders are participating in various industry programs including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), IMM Cologne/Living Kitchen, KBIS and the Architectural Digest Design Show.
Brands and organizations looking to work with the NKBA Insiders or include them in upcoming events or initiatives should contact Julie McCrary, firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.