Meet the 2019 NKBA Insiders

The NKBA Insiders are a hand-selected group of thought leaders, each with an area of design expertise, including topics on integrated technology, materials, sustainability, and the business of design.  Each NKBA Insider will share their insights through blog posts and industry events. The 2019 NKBA Insiders include Grace Jeffers, Ryan Herd, Rebekah Zaveloff CKD, Richard Anuszkiewicz,  Elle Millard CKD,  Beth Dotolo, and Carolina Gentry.

Rebekah Zaveloff, CKD, NKBA Insider

Rebekah Zaveloff, CKD

Rebekah Zaveloff Interiors & KitchenLab

Rebekah Zaveloff is a certified kitchen designer, co-founder and design director for Rebekah Zaveloff Interiors and KitchenLab, and mother to a particularly precocious toddler that thinks she knows everything and can fix anything. Rebekah studied art from elementary school through college. Her design work is highly influenced by her background in fine art, most notably her collage work.  Rebekah worked in various media, including painting, printmaking, mixed-media sculpture and then finished in photography and experimental film – the last part led her to start her career working in set design for film and television.

In addition to art and food, travel is also enormously important to Rebekah. “Being a guest in other people’s homes really teaches you how to be a good host. Experiencing how other people live, how they gather at the table for dinner, teaches us to appreciate that not everyone does it one way. Getting out of your comfort zone and getting a perspective are critical parts of the creative process – especially when it comes to design because it engages all the senses.”   Rebekah’s passion for food, wine, art, and design, combined with her collaborative style and the natural inclination for taking care of people create a synergy that influences the work she does at KitchenLab. She works closely with people to create spaces tailored to each client’s needs, tastes, and budget, always offering unpredictable and unexpected ideas. Rebekah’s studies include University of California, Los Angeles, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Harrington Institute of Interior Design.

Ryan Herd NKBA Insider

Ryan Herd

1 Sound Choice

A lifelong entrepreneur, Ryan Herd offers unique insights into smart home technology and the significance of technology in the home today.  He has been in the audio-video Industry for over 28 years and started his first business at the age of 19. Today, Ryan is Owner and CEO of 1 Sound Choice, LLC, specializing in Smart Home Automation. Ryan also consults to the industry and is a sought-after speaker. His clients include, Coldwell Banker, Home Advisor, NAHB, AIA, ASID, NAR, NARI and many more.

He is also the author of Join the Smart Home Revolution

Elle H-Millard CKD, NKBA Insider

Elle H-Millard, CKD

NKBA

Interior design expert Elle H-Millard, a certified kitchen designer (CKD) and trend forecasting consultant, started her career pursing a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where understanding the relationship between positive and negative space became more than a passion. She was quickly discovered by the industry, working as a restaurant designer for national brands, where her creations increased sales of design services by $5 million in a single year. H-Millard was one out of 11 cast to be on HGTV’s “Design Star” series, where she competed to host her own show, and was featured in Philadelphia Magazine Elegant Wedding for her innovative use of mundane materials to create wearable art at her own wedding. Today, she presents and participates in think-tank group discussions, creates kitchen and bath concepts for product development, and manages a team of industry professionals at the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

Richard Anuszkiewicz, NKBA Insider

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Richard Thomas Anuskiewicz

Richard T. Anuszkiewicz (ANNA-SKEV-ICH) is the lead kitchen designer for Matthew Quinn’s new Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio in Nashville. He graduated from Virginia Tech’s NKBA accredited Residential Design program and is an alumnus of the inaugural class of the NKBA’s Top Thirty Under 30 program.

He is regarded as a luxury kitchen design authority and is a respected keynote speaker presenting nationally at premier industry events including Dwell on Design, Design Chicago, Wanted Design, DDA Toronto, and KBIS. His work has also been featured in numerous high-profile publications, such as Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, The Washington Post, The Editor At Large, Robb Report, HGTV and more.

Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry

Pulp Design Studios

Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry co-founded Pulp Design Studios in 2007, growing the company into a major brand beyond interior design and with offices in Dallas and Seattle. 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.

Today, Pulp Design Studios expertly encompasses the realms of retail, interiors, and product design, and the company brings a sense of adventure to the business of design.

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.

Grace Jeffers NKBA Insider

Grace Jeffers

Design Historian & Materials Specialist

Grace Jeffers lives in a material world. An artist, designer, writer and historian, Grace is a thought leader in American art, architecture, and design. She challenges us to reconsider long-held presumptions about materials. By taking a step back she shows us bigger stories and teaches us how to see differently.

Jeffers is known to challenge our preconceived thinking, urging us 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 laws, and our responsibility to forests around the world.

For the past 14 years, she has been the creative force behind the award-winning Wilsonart Student Chair Competition, the longest running sponsored student design competition in the US. A writer and commentator on design and materials, her articles have appeared in journals such as O, at Home, and Interiors & Sources.

Meet the 2018 NKBA Insiders

With its continued evolution, the NKBA Insiders program brings a renewed purpose to empower the industry through the sharing of actionable global design insights. Each of the seven 2018 NKBA Insiders was hand selected as the thought leader in his or her area of design expertise, and for an ability to push boundaries and infuse global knowledge and experience into a growing kitchen and bath industry to positively impact the residential built environment. The 2018 NKBA Insiders include Grace Jeffers, Bobby Berk, Elle Millard CKD, Bob Borson FAIA, Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry, and Stacey Bewkes.

Grace Jeffers

Grace Jeffers

Grace Jeffers lives in a material world. An artist, designer, writer and historian, Grace is a thought leader in American art, architecture and design. She challenges us to reconsider long held presumptions about materials. By taking a step back she shows us bigger stories and teaches us how to see differently.

Jeffers is known to challenge our preconceived thinking, urging us 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 laws, and our responsibility to forests around the world.

Among her outstanding achievements was the restoration of The Ralph Sr & Sonny Wilson House in Temple, Texas. On the National Register of Historic Places as a significant architectural structure, it was awarded National Landmark status by the Texas Historical Commission and earned the National Merit Award for Historic Preservation. She subsequently restored the USS Growler nuclear submarine at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

For the past 14 years she has been the creative force behind the award winning Wilsonart Student Chair Competition, the longest running sponsored student design competition in the US. A writer and commentator on design and materials, her articles have appeared in journals such as O at Home and Interiors & Sources. Metropolis Magazine awarded the competition a ‘Metropolis Like’ at ICFF 2017.

Elle H-Millard, CKD

NKBA

Interior design expert Elle H-Millard, a certified kitchen designer (CKD) and trend forecasting consultant, started her career pursing a Masters of Fine Art degree in sculpture at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where understanding the relationship between positive and negative space became more than a passion. She was quickly discovered by the industry, working as a restaurant designer for national brands, where her creations increased sales of design services by $5 million in a single year. H-Millard was one out of 11 cast to be on HGTV’s “Design Star” series, where she competed to host her own show, and was featured in Philadelphia Magazine Elegant Wedding for her innovative use of mundane materials to create wearable art at her own wedding. Today, she presents and participates in think-tank group discussions, creates kitchen and bath concepts for product development, and manages a team of industry professionals at the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry

Co-founders of Pulp Design Studios

Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry co-founded Pulp Design Studios in 2007, growing the company into a major brand beyond interior design and with offices in Dallas and Seattle. 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. 

Today, Pulp Design Studios expertly encompasses the realms of retail, interiors, and product design, and the company brings a sense of adventure to the business of design. 

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.

Bobby Berk

Bobby Berk Interiors + Design

Celebrity designer, Bobby Berk’s rise to fame in the home design world didn’t happen overnight. Originally hailing from Texas, Bobby had big dreams of the big city and moved to New York in 2003 with only a few dollars to his name and no job in sight. After working his way up in retail at Bed Bath & Beyond and Restoration Hardware to Creative Director at Portico Home + Spa, Berk decided that it was time he started his own brand. Since 2006, Bobby Berk Home’s retail division has consistently provided customers with a unique approach to modern design. Epitomizing hip, minimalist urban luxury, Berk’s designs reflect a stylish and youthful spirit that perfectly fits any cool, relaxed lifestyle. Bobby was recently announced as a member of of the “Fab 5” in Netflix’s highly anticipated remake of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Queer Eye 2 drops in February 2018. Berk has also appeared as an expert on numerous television networks including HGTV, Bravo, NBC, and CBS just to name a few.

Bob Borson, FAIA, LEED AP

Malone Maxwell Borson Architects

Dallas architect Bob Borson, AIA, LEED AP, is widely recognized as the blogger behind Life of an Architect—one of the world’s most popular architectural blogs. As an emerging voice within the architectural community, he has bridged the gap and engaged multiple generations of architects and architectural enthusiasts by sharing his personal experiences, professional practice tips, and anecdotes on what it’s like to work with and be an architect.

Bob was recognized by the Dallas AIA as “Young Architect of the Year” in 2009, received the Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media from the Texas Society of Architects in 2015, and was elevated into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2017.

Stacy Bewkes

Quintessence

After 17 years as an art director at Simon & Schuster, Stacey Bewkes founded Quintessence, an award winning online guide to the best in style and substance. From art and architecture, to interiors and fashion, to books, film, travel and more, Quintessence has become a trusted source for well researched original content and imagery.

She has contributed articles, photographs and video to top tier shelter publications and their sites, is the producer, editor and co-creator, with Susanna Salk, of the popular Quintessence design video series and the photographer for Susanna’s upcoming book, At Home with Dogs and Their Designers.

Quintessence has been featured in many publications including Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, flower magazine, House Beautiful, Luxe Magazine, Traditional Home and the Washington Post and online in Architectural Digest, Domino, Elle Decor, Lonny, Style at Home, the New England Home Magazine blog among others.

Meet the 2017 NKBA Insiders

In 2017, the NKBA tapped a select group of influencers and tastemakers from the design and building industries to lend their insights and expertise on trends, design, and best practices in the kitchen and bath space on behalf of the organization. The 2017 Insiders include Alberto Villalobos, Jennifer Bertrand AKBD, and Karl Champley.

Alberto Villalobos

Owner, Villalobos Desio

Graduate of the New York School of Interior Design, Alberto owns and operates design firm Villalobos Desio and antiques boutique ETOS, both in New York City. His aesthetic is rooted in an eclectic combination of diverse cultural backgrounds, travels and education that integrates unique viewpoints to maximize creativity. Villalobos Desio has been commissioned to design homes in the U.S. and Europe for a discerning group of international clientele, known for mixing new pieces, antiques, and contemporary art from around the globe—all telling a story that complements the backgrounds of his clients.

Karl Champley

Master Builder

Karl Champley is an award-winning licensed master builder, restoration expert, home inspector, author, speaker, and environmental building consultant in the both United States and Australia. Karl Champley was the host of the award winning shows DIY to the Rescue and Wasted Spaces on HGTV and DIY Networks and has hosted over 300 episodes viewed in over 95 million homes in the United States and is seen in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Turkey and several other countries around the world. Both of his home improvement shows “DIY To The Rescue” and “Wasted Spaces” have won 7 Telly and Aurora awards. Karl most recently won Ellen”s Design Challenge with Ellen DeGeneres on HGTV that reached the highest ratings HGTV have experienced.

Jennifer Bertrand, AKBD

Principal, Bertrand Designs

Jennifer Bertrand was cast in the third season of HGTV’s Design Star which had 5 million viewers and she took the season by storm, winning the entire competition via audience vote and moving on to host her own show on HGTV, Paint Over! with Jennifer Bertrand.

Bertrand recently won Angie’s List 2016 national “Sleep Sanctuary” competition designing a bedroom based on the criteria of Ariana Huffington’s “Sleep Revolution” book. As well as recently being chosen as one of three designers in the United States as an INSIDER for the National Kitchen and Bath Association. She has also appeared in countless media outlets such as USA Today, The New York Post, Rachel Ray Magazine, Life & Style Magazine, and various other social media outlets. She enjoys speaking to design schools and universities throughout the country, about design and the power of positive thinking. She currently resides in Missouri with her husband Chris, her son Winston, and her dog Sophie.