NKBA Thirty Under 30 Names Top Products from KBIS 2021
HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — The National Kitchen & Bath Association’s inducted Thirty Under 30 class revealed its winning picks from KBIS Virtual 2021, spotlighting innovative products in six categories. The class was divided into six teams of five, tasked with finding its top products in sustainability recycled/reused; universal design/living in place; outdoor living; wellness/health; creative use of color, smart home integration. Winners, announced recently during a virtual awards show, included a recipient of the People’s Choice award, given to the product that was dubbed the audience favorite. NKBA Exec. V.P. & Chief Strategy Officer, Suzie Williford, hosted the awards ceremony.
“We launched the 30s Choice Awards at KBIS 2019,” said Williford. “The idea is for our newly inducted 30s to scour the KBIS floor for the most innovative and interesting products in a number of categories, and to select the ones they think are the game-changers. Of course, this year it was done virtually, but I’m always intrigued to learn what this next generation of rising stars chooses and why.”
The NKBA 30’s Choice Award Winners are:
- Sustainability Recycled/Reused: Emerson – Insinkerator grind2energy Waste Recycling System
- Outdoor Living: FLORIM – Aesthetics & Versatility Porcelain Tile
- Smart Home Integration/WiFi Enabled Product: GE – Café Appliances
- Universal Design/Living In Place: ELKAY – Dart Canyon ADA Compliant Sink
- Wellness/Health:Kohler – Stillness Tub
- Creative Use of Color: Samsung – Bespoke Refrigerator
- People’s Choice: Emerson – Insinkerator grind2energy Waste Recycling System
The NKBA Thirty Under 30 Class of 2021 includes: Abigale Latham; Alexandria Hubbard; Andrew Risinger, CMKBD; Chloe Baker; Christopher Brown; Danielle Steele; Emily Townsend-Hinske; Haden Fesenmeyer; Jasmine Galle; Jeannifer Ellington; Jess Hardy; Joshua Shannon; Kaitlyn Stokes; Katelyn Woods; Katie Weber; Kelly Bodnar; Kingsley Catalucci, AKBD; Malyka Abramson; Maris Park; Matt Pulliam; Matteo Calisesi; Megan Heidel; Natalie Shaw; Nathan Boone; Scott Holcombe; Stephanie McDowell; Steve Basten; Thomas J. Simonetti; Tyler Smith, and Victoria Sharkey.
The NKBA Thirty Under 30 program is now in its ninth year and recognizes accomplished kitchen and bath professionals under the age of 30. Each year’s class comprises rising leaders from throughout the industry and is widely regarded as the leading showcase for the brightest young talent working in kitchen and bath design and remodeling.
Signature Kitchen Suite is the official sponsor of the NKBA Thirty Under 30 initiative.