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December 2018

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM DECEMBER 2018 56 U.S. and Canada, and before that was managing director for Poggenpohl Group UK and Ireland. Through acquisition and development, Bailey helped grow the UK network into one of the company's most successful networks globally. His career spanned more than 25 years in sales and retail management in the European home improvement industry before he moved to the U.S. LORENZO MARQUEZ PRESIDENT Marqet Group Lorenzo Marquez, who served as chairman of the board for the past two years, is president of Marqet Group, a full-service marketing agency specializing in the design and construction industry. In his role, he supports manufacturers and trade partners in developing campaigns to increase market share through public relations, advertising, merchandising and digital strategies. He is also an executive member of The Rockheads Group, a private surface fabrication network that represents independent stone fabrication businesses across North America. His previous experience includes working for Cosentino North America, where he served as vice president of marketing for 10 years. He has been on the NKBA Board of Directors since 2013, after serving on the KBIS Council for three years. He received a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston, is married with five children and resides in Houston. M ICHAE L MAHAN VICE PR ESI DE NT OF STRATEG IC MAR KETI NG AN D CATEG ORY & OFFE R MANAG E M E NT Schneider Electric Michael Mahan is vice president of strategic marketing and category & offer management for Schneider Electric's North American Final Distribution Line of Business, and is responsible for the short- and long-term product strategy and evolution of Schneider's Final Distribution electrical business. His primary focus is to bring innovation and differentiation to the company's portfolio of products, develop new solutions that address current and future market trends, develop commercial and technology partnerships and establish new services while exploring new channels. Prior to this role, Mahan led the Monogram brand team at GE Appliances and managed GE's EV Infrastructure and Low Voltage Equipment businesses at GE Industrial Solutions. Mahan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son. STEVE PETOCK SE N IOR VICE PR ESI DE NT OF B USI N ESS DEVE LOPM E NT Ferguson Steve Petock is senior vice president of business development for Ferguson, the largest distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies in the U.S., where he is responsible for the business development and strategic direction of the company's multiple business segments. Steve has more than 35 years of experience working in sales and management for the kitchen and bath industry. A Virginia native, he graduated from Roanoke College and throughout his career, he has attended executive development programs at Stanford University, Harvard Business School, Duke University, the Darden School of Business and the International Institute of Management Development in Switzerland. JAN N E IG E S, CKD Jan Neiges LLC Jan Neiges, CKD, principal of her namesake design firm in Denver, is an award-winning kitchen designer and past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NKBA. She is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges, home shows and at KBIS. Capitalizing on 40 years of sales experience and 20 years of design, she has helped colleagues hone their marketing and selling skills with a process specific to kitchen and bath designers that has been proven to shorten the lead-to-sale cycle, improve the closing ratio while also earning design fees before they design. BAS I L E. LAR KI N Hestan Commercial Corp. Basil E. Larkin, vice president of sales for Hestan Commercial Corp. in Anaheim, CA, has been in the appliance business for nearly his entire professional career, holding key roles in sales leadership, marketing and product development. Before joining Hestan, he was vice president of sales and marketing at Lynx Professional Grills, and vice president of sales for North America at Viking Range Corp. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. A S S O C I A T I O N N E W S RO

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