Steady voices through unsteady times are key to the continued health of any industry. When examining the Innovators chosen by Kitchen & Bath Design News for 2022, showcased on the following pages, the kitchen and bath industry shines with strength and leadership courtesy of those industry members who have risen to the top.
Unprecedented project numbers, spiking inflation and material costs, labor shortages and an uncertain economic future are all on the minds of designers, business owners and manufacturers. A changing marketplace means customers who spend hours surfing the internet for design ideas, employees who want to spend more time working at home, and showrooms that follow new safety protocols in keeping with post-pandemic needs. It’s a lot – often overwhelming – to take in.
Leaders in the industry are stepping up, helping others navigate these challenges and more through seminars, mentoring programs, work in association chapters and educational initiatives. In addition, they continue to educate themselves about design trends, what customers want, and what’s new and what’s next. These top professionals continue to reach beyond the norms, breaking out of professional comfort zones to not only ponder how to best serve their businesses but the industry as a whole.
Kitchen & Bath Design News honors these industry leaders in its pages every year by naming The Innovators, a group of industry professionals who are setting the standard for excellence in the design industry. Nominated by their peers and then reviewed by the KBDN nominating committee, the 24 Innovators for 2022 are an extraordinary group of individuals committed to moving the kitchen and bath industry forward. On this and the next six pages, Kitchen & Bath Design News presents it sixth annual class of Innovators.