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December 2018

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DECEMBER 2018 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 55 Joining Joseph as officers for 2019 are Emilee Chappell, director of marketing for TOTO Americas, returning for a second term as Vice Chair and her fourth year on the board, and Allison Lowrie, chief marketing officer for ANGI Homeservices, parent of Angie's List and Home Advisor, who will start her second year on the board and assume the role of Secretary/Treasurer. Rounding out the board are returning members Lorenzo Marquez, NKBA's former two-term chairman and president of Marqet Group; independent Neil Bailey; Michael Mahan, vice president of strategic marketing and category and offer management for Schneider Electric's North American Final Distribution Line of Business; and Steve Petock, senior vice president of business development for Ferguson. Two new additions join the board: Jan Neiges, CKD, principal of her namesake design firm in Denver, and Basil E. Larkin, vice president of sales for Hestan Commercial Corporation. Patricia Davis Brown, CKBD, owner of Patricia Davis Brown LLC, and Young Huh, owner of Young Huh Interiors, have completed their terms on the board, and the NKBA thanks them for their service to the association and the industry. The new board will assume their roles on Jan. 1, 2019. Following are brief bios of the 2019 board: Officers CHAIRMAN STEVE JOSEPH CEO AND CO-FOUNDER Smart Home Products Inc. Steve Joseph is CEO and co-founder of Smart Home Products Inc., an international kitchen appliance sourcing, sales and service solutions company. He is passionate about helping homeowners cook better through innovations in the kitchen. In addition to supplying high-quality kitchen appliances and components, Smart Home Products works with appliance brands around the world to design and develop innovative new appliances, integrate IoT connected kitchen technologies, and sell to distributors, retailers and builders. Smart Home Products also owns and licenses a portfolio of historic American appliance trademarks. Prior to Smart Home, Joseph was president of Dacor, a manufacturer and distributor of luxury kitchen appliances. At Dacor, Joseph led the design, development and sourcing of many industry-leading appliances, including the world's first smart, connected ovens and ranges, winning Best in Show KBIS and Best of CES Home in 2014. He has a B.S. in Business Management from Pepperdine University. VICE CHAIR EMILEE CHAPPELL DIRECTOR OF MARKETING TOTO Americas Inc. Emilee Chappell is director of marketing for TOTO Americas, one of the world's largest plumbing manufacturers and a leader in performance design and innovation. Chappell is responsible for TOTO's overall marketing strategies and oversees the implementation of its integrated marketing, advertising and public relations activities. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and has been with TOTO and active in the kitchen and bath industry for more than 14 years. She has served as both the Chair and a Board Representative for the NKBA KBIS Advisory Council. SECR ETARY/TR EASU R E R ALLI SON LOWR I E CH I E F MAR KETI NG OFFICE R ANG I Homeservices Allison Lowrie joined the parent of Angie's List and HomeAdvisor in 2010 and was named chief marketing officer in 2015. Lowrie specializes in brand management, customer acquisition, and communications and marketing intelligence. Prior to ANGI, Lowrie acted as the director of advertising products at for nearly six years. During this time, she led the rapid growth of the company's on-site advertising products and launched its yield management practice. Lowrie previously worked at and Arnold Worldwide. Lowrie serves on the Home Improvement Research Institute Board of Directors and Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies committee. Board Members N E I L BAI LEY I N DE PE N DE NT Neil Bailey served as president of award-winning luxury British furniture maker Smallbone of Devizes, the global authority on bespoke fitted cabinetry, where he developed the retail, dealer and project business across North America. Bailey joined Smallbone in 2016, following a successful year that saw parent company Canburg win the Emerging International Brand award at The Sunday Times HSBC International Fast Track 200 Awards, and rank 18th out of 200 private UK companies for export growth. Previously, Bailey was president and CEO of Poggenpohl

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