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October 12, 2017 |

Poggenpohl Strengthens Executive Team

In the year of its 125th anniversary, Poggenpohl is taking a strong step towards being a client-centric company by strengthening the Executive Team with high-level management expertise. In doing so, Poggenpohl sets a course to underline its positioning as a…

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October 5, 2017 |

Fritz Hansen Appoints New CEO Americas

Henning von Gerstenberg Rosted has recently been appointed to CEO Americas for Fritz Hansen Inc. Rosted is experienced in developing and building up satellite markets and has a strong retail focus, which will be essential working for Fritz Hansen in…

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September 11, 2017 |

Fairmont Designs Announces Leadership Changes

George Tsai, founder and chairman of Fairmont Designs, announced that effective January 1, 2018, James Lin will take on the position of director for the company. In this new position Lin will focus on product development and brand awareness for…

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August 14, 2017 |

R.D. Henry & Company Announces Staff Changes

R.D. Henry & Company is pleased to announce the following personnel changes: Denny Marlin has been appointed vice president of marketing for R.D. Henry & Company. He reports to Mael Hernandez, CEO and president, and is responsible for the strategic…

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August 10, 2017 |

Hanwha Surfaces Names New Marketing Director

Hanwha Surfaces, the North American subsidiary of international conglomerate Hanwha L&C, has announced Mark Abbas as the company’s new marketing director. Abbas brings more than 20 years of marketing experience in the architectural and interiors products industry, most recently as…

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August 2, 2017 |

Ferguson Names New COO

Ferguson announces the appointment of Alex Hutcherson as COO. In his new role, Hutcherson is responsible for the national execution of our strategy and has direct responsibility for Ferguson’s sourcing, supply chain, product management, change management, national sales and corporate…

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July 28, 2017 |

Sherwin-Williams names Lauren West Color Marketing Manager

Sherwin-Williams, through its Industrial Wood Coatings Division, has appointed Lauren West to the position of color marketing manager. She will be based at the Sherwin-Williams Global Color and Design Center (GCDC) in Greensboro, North Carolina, a full-service design studio, application center and technical lab serving the wood industry…

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July 17, 2017 |

GRASS Restructures Management Team

GRASS GmbH, the manufacturer of movement systems from Vorarlberg, Germany, is restructuring its management team to more effectively respond to the demands of the future. Thomas Zenker, previously works manager at the Götzis site, will assume responsibility for the Operations…

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July 3, 2017 | ,

Turning a House into a Home

Representatives from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen (CCDOM), and American Standard, part of LIXIL, celebrated the completed renovation of the Naomi’s Way family shelter in New Brunswick, N.J. According to a 2016 study done by the National Alliance to End…

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June 30, 2017 |

Franke Kitchen Systems Promotes Two Executives

Franke, manufacturer of luxury sinks and faucets, is reshaping its Kitchen Systems leadership team by promoting two experienced senior level executives, a move that strengthens Franke’s vision of elevating and reorienting the heart of the home. Senior promotions include Oliver Bahr to president of Franke Kitchen Systems North…

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June 23, 2017 |

 LIXIL Americas Names New CIO

Alex Alexandrou has been named chief information officer for LIXIL Americas, home to the American Standard, DXV and GROHE bath and kitchen brands operating in the Americas region. In this position, Alexandrou will be charged with managing corporate-wide strategy and…

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June 12, 2017 |

PMI Names New CEO and Executive Director

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), the trade association promoting water efficiency, health, safety, quality and the environmental sustainability of plumbing products worldwide, has announced the appointment of Kerry Stackpole, FASAE, CAE, as CEO and executive director, effective June 12, 2017. Stackpole has spent…

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June 7, 2017 |

2017 ASID Foundation Transform Grant Recipients Announced

The American Society of Interior Designers Foundation (ASIDF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its sixth annual Transform Grant. The annual award, made possible through the support of the Donghia Foundation, funds evidence‐based research projects that investigate the impact…

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June 2, 2017 |

Rob Braig Inducted into the PVF Hall of Fame

Rob Braig, vice president of strategy for Wolseley Industrial Group, the industrial division of Ferguson, was inducted into the PVF Hall of Fame, which recognizes the hard work of influential PVF industry leaders. The Wholesaler, a leading source of news…

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June 1, 2017 |

Tara Cunningham Named VP at Mockett

Tyra Cunningham has been named Vice President and General Manager of Doug Mockett & Company, a worldwide supplier of furniture components, it was announced May 5 by Doug Mockett, founder of the eponymous firm. “It is with great honor we…

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May 15, 2017 | ,

Building Homes for Good

In 2016, Ply Gem donated building materials – including windows and siding – to help 300 Habitat homeowners build or repair their homes in more than 60 communities. For the second consecutive year, Ply Gem – a North American manufacturer…

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May 15, 2017 |

MORSCO Promotes Two to Waterworks Leadership Positions

MORSCO, Inc., a Fort Worth, Texas-based distributor of commercial and residential plumbing products; heating and cooling equipment (HVAC); pipe, valves and fittings (PVF); and underground utility products, has named two waterworks industry veterans to leadership positions in its recently acquired…

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May 11, 2017 |

California Faucets Announces Two Key Promotions and a New Hire

California Faucets is strengthening its leadership team with two promotions on the executive level and a new senior manager, customer experience. The company has brought in Mitch Carter for its newly created senior manager, customer experience position. As a leader of California Faucets’ customer service…

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April 11, 2017 |

K&B Industry Executive Opens Full-Service Marketing Agency

Marqet Group, founded by Lorenzo Marquez, is a newly established full-service marketing agency located in Houston. With experience and knowledge geared toward the design and construction industry, the agency offers a 360° approach to marketing services. Marqet connects businesses with…

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April 8, 2017 | ,

Behind the Products We Know: Hardware

Above: The Trellis pull from Belwith-Keeler first appeared in the 1953 Keeler Modern Hardware Catalog and now has been redone with a modernized style featuring unique curves and a quatrefoil pattern. Sometimes the smallest touches make the biggest difference in…

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March 22, 2017 |

MrSteam Announces New Sales and Marketing Appointments

MrSteam, the manufacturer of steam shower products and accessories, announces the appointment of Sandra Pearce as marketing manager and T.J. Mullally as Southern regional and e-commerce sales manager. These new positions will allow MrSteam to respond to the rapidly growing…

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March 13, 2017 | ,

Behind the Products We Know: Lighting

Even if the countertops perfectly complement the cabinetry and the floor plan allows for an ideal use of space, a kitchen or bath is useless without lighting. Whether natural or installed, lighting can create ambiance in a room and set…

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March 13, 2017 |

R.D. Henry & Company Announces Staff Changes

R.D. Henry & Company is pleased to announce the following personnel changes: Joshua West has been named Manufacturing Supervisor: Towline. West is responsible for maintaining the quality and consistency for all factory finished products. Most recently West was a Supervisor…

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March 8, 2017 |

Houzz Launches 2017 My Houzz Series

Houzz Inc. today introduced a new episode of “My Houzz,” a video series that follows people as they renovate the home of someone meaningful to them. Following the success of the pilot featuring Ashton Kutcher, the series kicks off with Kristen…

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February 20, 2017 | ,

Behind the Products We Know: Tile

With tile, a designer can create a mood in a space or a focal point in a room. The variety of colors, textures and shapes tiles available guarantees an endless supply of creativity for kitchen and bath designers and a…

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February 14, 2017 |

RJS Associates Awarded Houzer 2016 Rep of the Year

In appreciation of outstanding sales achievement, performance and growth, Houzer is pleased to recognize Robert Sapienza and RJS Associates as 2016 Houzer Rep of the Year. Sapienza’s skills, work ethic and professional virtues are responsible for a two-fold increase in…

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February 6, 2017 | ,

Behind the Products We Know: Cabinetry

Cabinetry is like the skin of the kitchen and bath; it holds everything in and holds everything together. This week in our series on product designers, KBB looks at the designers of cabinetry – their challenges, their goals and how…

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January 30, 2017 |

Mattamy Homes Welcomes New VP Sustainable Development

Mattamy Homes has announced that Subhi Alsayed has joined the company as vice president, Sustainable Development. In this newly created role, Alsayed will be responsible for working with Mattamy’s leadership team and others to investigate and implement strategies in the…

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January 23, 2017 |

Riobel Announces New Canadian Sales Manager

Riobel has announced Renée Demarco as its Canadian Sales Manager. She will oversee the Canadian Market and Canadian Sales Team (exception Québec) and report to Luc Lefebvre – North American Director of Sales. Demarco will continue to call on Key…

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January 18, 2017 |

FEI Group Hires New VP of Kitchen & Bath

FEI Group has hired Brian Penabad as vice president of Kitchen & Bath. In this position, he will oversee the execution of the overall strategy for its KBx and K&B Alliance divisions and will be responsible for day-to-day operations, managing…

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December 22, 2016 | ,

Previewing KBIS with the Insiders

Left to right: Jennifer Bertrand AKBD, Karl Champley AKBD and Alberto Villalobos KBIS 2017 marks the second year that NKBA has tapped a select group of influencers and tastemakers from the design and building industries. These leaders, the NKBA K+B…

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December 21, 2016 |

TOTO Partners with the U.S. Marine Corps

TOTO, the world’s largest plumbing manufacturer with more than $5.1 billion in annual sales, announced today it collected 986 new unwrapped gifts at its New York Gallery to support the Marines’ annual Toys for Tots campaign and bring a smile…

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December 7, 2016 |

Architectural Granite & Marble names new CEO

Sunil Palakodati has assumed the reins of Architectural Granite & Marble (AG&M), upon the retirement of Jack Seiders who formed AG&M in 1992, and served as its president. “Sunil has the traits needed to guide AG&M to future growth and…

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December 5, 2016 | ,

It’s All in the Family

Dan Lindblade, CEO of Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; Chip LaMarca, Broward County Commissioner; from ALLIED Kitchen and Bath: David Feinberg, Bill Feinberg, Joe Feinberg and Rob Feinberg; and Tom Lonergan, Mayor of Oakland Park, Fla. At design firms,…

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November 29, 2016 |

GRAFF Grows Staff as Part of Company Expansion

GRAFF, manufacturer of contemporary precision-engineered kitchen and bath products, announces the appointments of Javier Korneluk as senior director, global sales & marketing, and Céline Marcotte as business development manager. The new positions have been created as the company reaches a…

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November 27, 2016 | ,

Giving Back

Above: Daigo Ishiyama (right), director of product design for the SATO business unit, interviewed a villager in Bangladesh, along with a representative from the International Development Enterprises. American Standard conducted a fact-finding trip to Bangladesh in 2012, with the goal…

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November 22, 2016 |

Duravit Welcomes New Sales Representatives

Duravit has strengthened its U.S. team with the addition of Andrea Raymond and Danelle Howard to its roster of sales representatives. Results-driven professionals with reputations for exceeding expectations, Raymond and Howard will apply principled and disciplined sales approaches to optimize sales…

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October 11, 2016 |

Uponor Names VP of Offerings/Marketing

Uponor has named Dena Mayne as vice president of Offerings/Marketing for Uponor North America, effective Sept. 30, 2016. “Dena brings solid international business experience that will help us capitalize on opportunities and balance Uponor’s global strategy with our local market…

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September 28, 2016 | ,

NKBA Certification Changes

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently changed its design certification program to raise the bar on industry professionalism while simplifying the complexity of the certification process. The changes include the introduction of a new Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKBD)…

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September 9, 2016 |

R.D. Henry & Company Announces Personnel Changes

R.D. Henry & Company, formerly Custom Cupboards, has announced the following personnel changes: Andrew Harrison has been appointed Manufacturing Supervisor of Shipping/Final Detail. He is responsible for supervising employees so that products are manufactured on schedule and within quality standards….

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August 29, 2016 |

Showplace Wood Products Announces New Vice President

Employee-owned cabinetmaker Showplace Wood Products, based in Harrisburg, announced the promotion of Bill Allen to vice president. “I’m honored to have Bill oversee operations at our three Showplace manufacturing facilities,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Sova. “Throughout our years of working together, Bill has proven to be an…

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August 5, 2016 |

Elkay Names Larry Brand as Chief Human Resources Officer

Elkay has announced that Larry Brand will join the company as chief human resources officer. In this role, Brand will lead the company’s global human resource functions, including compensation, benefits, organizational design, talent acquisition and management and succession planning. Brand…

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May 20, 2016 |

Wilsonart Partners with Andre Kikoski for New Collection

Combining architecture and digital innovation, Wilsonart, a longtime manufacturer of decorative engineered surfaces, has joined with award-winning architect Andre Kikoski, AIA to launch new collection of laminate surfaces. By manipulating scale, texture, contrast, inversion and color, the Andre Kikoski by…

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May 6, 2016 |

ASID Names 2016 Fellows

Each year, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards the title of Fellow to individuals who demonstrate outstanding service and contributions to the society, the profession and the interior design industry. It is the highest distinction a member can…

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April 29, 2016 |

ASID Honors Lifetime Award Recipients

As part of its National Honors recognition program, The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) bestows its Lifetime Award on professional members who have maintained membership for 25 years or more while making continual and important contributions to the Society….

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April 27, 2016 |

Compotite Corporation Announces Management Changes

Compotite Corporation has announced changes within its top management. Joan M. Hutchins, who has been president and CEO since 1988, has stepped down from that position and will maintain her role as Chairman of the Board. Compotite’s leadership has been…

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April 25, 2016 |

NARI Elects 2016-2017 Officers

At the Spring Business Meeting in Austin, Texas, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) elected its new officers for 2016-2017.  Immediate past president Judy Mozen, CR, GCP, of Handcrafted Homes, Inc., Roswell, Ga., was elevated to chairman of…

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April 4, 2016 |

SCHOCK Appoints New North American CEO

SCHOCK appointed Peter Shim as its new North American CEO, effective March 31. Shim has served as COO since 2014 when the company opened its North American offices, its first subsidiary outside of Germany. “I am extremely honored for the…

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March 16, 2016 |

ASID Celebrates Successful National Student Summit

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) recently hosted LAUNCH: The ASID National Student Summit. Nearly 250 interior design students attended the event, hosted at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Attendees learned about the career paths available with an…

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February 22, 2016 |

Maria Stepperfenne Graduates from Living in Place Institute

The Living In Place Institute is pleased to announce the successful completion of another Certified Living In Place Professional (CLIPP) class.  This class, approved for continuing education by National Kitchen & Bath Association, American Occupational Therapy Association and American Society…

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February 18, 2016 |

NKBA Hall of Fame Welcomes Francisco Cosentino

Francisco “Paco” Martinez-Cosentino, president of the Cosentino Group, has been announced as the 2016 inductee into the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame. Inductees are selected by a standing program committee from nominations made since the Hall of Fame’s…

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February 12, 2016 |

Sandra Espinet Featured in Interior Design Yearbook 2016

                                Photo by Sarah Richardson Photography Aimed specifically at architects, interior designers, specifiers, contractors and key designers in the sector, the Interior Design Yearbook provides inspiring and original information on the trends of today and future innovations that are set…

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February 9, 2016 |

NKBA Names Shelly Palmer as 2016 Tech Advisor

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has announced a partnership with Shelly Palmer, managing director, Digital Media Group at Landmark Ventures. Palmer will serve the Association as a 2016 Tech Advisor. Through the year-long partnership, Palmer will share his…

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February 2, 2016 |

OMNIA Announces Alexander Comini as President

OMNIA Industries, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has named Alexander Comini as the company’s president. He succeeds Alberto Comini, who founded OMNIA in 1964, and who will now hold the position of chairman.  Alexander (Alex) Comini, one of…

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January 29, 2016 |

NKBA U Names Professional of the Year

NKBA University, a leader in continuing education and professional development for professionals in the design, building/remodeling and architecture industries, announces that Chicago-based designer, Danielle Burger, AKBD, won NKBA U Professional of the Year. The four-month contest culminated live at KBIS…

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January 25, 2016 |

Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry Announces New Appointments

Wellborn Cabinetry, parent company to Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry has announced the appointment of David Roos as general manager and Jason Artus, AKBD as vice president of sales and marketing. In his new role, Roos will oversee all operations and financial initiatives relating to Rutt. Artus…

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January 19, 2016 |

Farrey’s Lighting & Bath Names Luis Costa President

Farrey’s Lighting & Bath, a South Florida corporation of more than 90 years, announced the promotion of Luis Costa to President.  Costa joined the Company in August 1979 and has held positions in various departments, including chief operating officer in 2015. This extensive experience along with his proven skills…

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December 28, 2015 |

2015 NAHB Remodeler of the Year Announced

Greg Rehm CGR, CAPS, CGP, founder of Bedford, N.H.-based Liberty Hill Construction, has been recognized by the NAHB Remodelers as its National Remodeler of the Year, an award that acknowledges not only contributions to the association, but also service to…

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December 3, 2015 |

Best of KBIS 2016 Judges Revealed

Each year, hundreds of new kitchen and bath products are introduced  at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), but only five are crowned the Best of KBIS. To select this year’s winners, KBIS has selected five design professionals to…

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December 1, 2015 |

KBIS 2016 Welcomes U.S. Presidential Candidates for Live Forum

As part of Design & Construction Week, KBIS offers the opportunity to see the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates present their visions for tackling America’s pressing economic, domestic and foreign policy issues during Presidential Candidate Forum 2016 – Building Opportunity: Solutions for the American…

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November 27, 2015 |

Coverings 2016 Seeks Nominations for Rock Stars

Coverings, the global tile and stone exhibition, is on the hunt for nominations for its next iteration of Coverings’ Rock Stars – An Emerging Leaders Program, which honors the best and the brightest young professionals in the industry. A panel…

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November 4, 2015 |

NTCA Announces New Five Star Contractors

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractors association, recently accepted two respected companies into its Five Star Contractor Program. The NTCA is proud to announce, De Anza Tile of Fremont, California, and Grazzini Brothers Company of…

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September 29, 2015 |

Neiman Marcus CEO to Keynote GlobalShop 2016

GlobalShop recently announced that Karen Katz, president and CEO of Neiman Marcus Group, will keynote GlobalShop 2016, to be held March 23-25 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Katz and Ignaz Gorischek, vice president of creative and design…

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August 27, 2015 |

Joe Person Joins WOLF as CFO

WOLF, the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products, recently announced the hiring of Joe Person as CFO. He will oversee the evaluation of WOLF’s fiscal function and performance, as well as develop…

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July 30, 2015 |

The NKBA Appoints Consulting Economist

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has announced the appointment of Manuel Gutierrez as the first consulting economist in the association’s 52-year history, spearheading a new robust research initiative into the kitchen and bath industry. Gutierrez, principal of Manuel…

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July 24, 2015 |

Masco’s Liberty Hardware Names New President

Liberty Hardware, a leading Masco decorative and functional hardware company, has named Mark Stull its new president.  Stull has been with Liberty Hardware since April 2006 and most recently held the position of CFO. Stull’s responsibilities at Liberty have included…

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June 26, 2015 |

American Society of Interior Designers Announces 2016 Board

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced its newly-elected 2016 Board of Directors. Sandy Gordon, FASID, MFA, LEED AP, principal, Sandy Gordon Interiors, will be Chair; and Charrisse Johnston, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, Associate AIA, principal, Steinberg Architects will be Chair…

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May 11, 2015 |

Ashton Kutcher Featured in Houzz Series Pilot

In time for Mother’s Day, Houzz introduced “My Houzz,” a video series that follows people as they renovate the home of someone meaningful to them. The first episode in this series follows Ashton Kutcher as he surprises his mother with…

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May 6, 2015 |

KWC America Promotes Company Veteran Glenn Maxwell

KWC America Inc. has appointed Glenn Maxwell as its new national sales director. Supporting Maxwell in KWC’s newly reconfigured national sales organization will be two soon-to-be-named regional sales managers, as well as the sales and support staff at company headquarters…

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April 29, 2015 |

Chicago Faucets Announces New Management Team Members

Chicago Faucets announces the addition of a new executive to its management team. Adam Molberger, with 15 years of product marketing experience, joins Chicago Faucets as product manager. “Customers choose Chicago Faucets over the competition because we deliver the best…

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