Retail Observer

January 2023

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM JANUARY 2023 32 A S S O C I A T I O N N E W S T he National Kitchen & Bath Association's (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2023 is back and bigger than ever! As one of the most popular show destinations, the KBIS NEXT Stage has been re-ignited with all-new programming and a more interactive stage design for 2023. "The KBIS NEXT Stage is a must-attend area on the show floor," said Suzie Williford, EVP, and chief strategy officer, NKBA. "Each year the team curates an amazing roster of programs featuring really compelling topics and fascinating presenters. And then there are the awards events – these are not to be missed! We're excited about our three fabulous guest hosts and have a couple of surprise guests in the mix as well. Attendees should plan to be in Las Vegas through Friday, February 3. There is much to see and learn!" Located in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the KBIS NEXT Stage will feature more than 20 programs including awards, events and 80+ leading industry voices and personalities throughout the three-day show. Panels will focus on a range of topics including taking the audience around the world with best business practices, exploring emerging markets and opportunities, approaching design through collaboration to deliver truly universal spaces, celebrating the intersection of fashion and design, making sustainability work for your business, and more. KBIS NEXT Stage will also host the anticipated Best of KBIS, 30's Choice Awards and Designhounds Designer Finds. THREE INDUSTRY INFLUENCERS TO HOST THE KBIS NEXT STAGE In a first for the KBIS stage, three daily hosts – Arianne Bellizaire, Garrison Hullinger and Laurie March – will guide the audience through thought-provoking and topical industry programming, ranging from business forecasts and emerging markets throughout the three-day kitchen and bath show. "I'm honored and excited to have been selected as one of the hosts for the 2023 KBIS NEXT Stage," said Arianne Bellizaire, Arianne Bellizaire Interiors, LLC. "The programming that happens at this stage informs discussions that I and other design professionals have in the coming year; and to be a part of the experience for attendees this year is a bit surreal. I'm looking forward to the panel discussions, and of course DesignBites. This year's show is sure to be value-packed!" "I'm super excited to be one of the hosts of KBIS NEXT Stage in 2023," said Garrison Hullinger, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design. "Some of my top favorite things happen on the stage including designer panels and listening to prominent speakers. And, I'll have the privilege of introducing industry experts and hearing from the manufacturers of the BEST of KBIS Awards." KBIS NEXT STAGE PROGRAMMING The KBIS NEXT Stage is free to all registrants. The lineup includes: • NKBA Design Trends: Daily Deep Dives Pam McNally, NKBA's senior vice president of marketing + digital outlines and explores the top trends that will dominate the K+B industry. Learn about the styles, colors, product features, materials and technology that will dominate kitchen and bath design over the next two to three years. • NEW! KBIS Disruptor Series Get motivated by people and companies that have charted their own course and disrupted traditional paths. Judaline Cassidy, Activist, Founder of Tool and Tiaras, and one of CNN's Champions for Change will share her story, and executives from Amazon will share groundbreaking research. • Sustainability is Good Business Whether considering net zero, net positive, resilient design, or how to produce products designed to reduce, preserve and prolong, learn more about designing for a sustainable world and how that translates to smart business. The expert panelists will explore how to live it, sell it and make sustainability work for your business. • Experience Wellness: Learnings from the Hospitality Industry Sponsored by Cosentino Connect with top minds in the hospitality design industry and discover new facets of personalization, health-supporting design and tech automation. • Business Forecast: Tap into Futurist Thinking With the ongoing supply chain disruptions and labor shortages, the residential housing and remodeling markets are volatile. Learn from our panel of experts how to prepare your business, manage risk and prepare for the future. • Kitchen & Bath Catwalk Sponsored by Brizo From fashion runways to your home – explore how the fashion industry directly influences kitchen and bath design. From innovative materials, trending colors, the elevation of "personal' brands", and more, learn how this year's fashion color or texture directly impacts interior design. • NKBA Global Connect: Trends and Business Practices From Around the World NKBA|KBIS NEXT STAGE 2023 SHINES BRIGHTER IN VEGAS!

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