The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Emphasizes Importance of Smart-Home Technology at its Thought Leadership Summit at CEDIA Expo | CEDIA Expo


The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Emphasizes Importance of Smart-Home Technology at its Thought Leadership Summit at CEDIA Expo

September 10th, 2019

 Tech Summit at CEDIA Expo Connecting the Connectors event focuses on forging relationships and opportunities between the design and tech industries to create customized, adaptive in-home living experiences

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — (Sept. 11, 2019) — The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the North American authority on all things residential kitchen and bath, brings its Thought Leadership Summit series to Denver Sept. 12-13 during the CEDIA Expo, the leading trade show for the home-technology industry. It features more than 500 of the industry’s top manufacturers of connected home technology and attracts more than 20,000 residential technology and design and construction professionals.

The NKBA has committed to building Thought Leadership Summits for NKBA members. The 2019 event is open exclusively to certified members and focuses on smart home and integrated technology topics, connecting kitchen and bath designers with technology integrators.

“The NKBA is proud to participate in the CEDIA Expo again, and pioneer the connection between the kitchen and bath design community and the integration and installation experts who combine for a seamless blend of beauty, function and tech performance,” said Suzie Williford, EVP of Industry Relations and Chief Strategy Officer of NKBA. “We are bringing our Thought Leadership Summit to Denver, leveraging the connection with CEDA Expo and its programming and attendees.  We’re confident our designer member guests will come away inspired and confident about the role of integrated technology in their projects, and their ability to forge new, profitable partnerships.”

Thought Leadership Summit: “Connecting the Connectors”

A day-and-a-half long program, featuring subject matter experts from the tech and design industries, the Connecting the Connectors summit focuses on the growth of whole-home technology integration and the importance of design and construction professionals collaborating early with technology integrators. The roster includes:

Integrated Technology Emerging Trends

Walt Zerbe, Senior Director of Technology & Standards, CEDIA

The Five Levels of a Smart Home

Brad Hintze, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Control4

Strategic Partnerships – Integrated Technologists and Kitchen & Bath Designers             

Moderator: Veronika Miller, CEO, Modenus Media Panelists: Molly Switzer AKBD, Toni Sabatino AKBD, Giles Sutton, Peter Cook

Sussing Out the Best Technology Integrators/Designers

Giles Sutton, Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement, CEDIA

How Integrated Technology Brings Wellness, Security and Safety to ALL Homes

Moderator: Erik Listou, Living in Place Institute Panelists: Jan Neiges, CKD, CLIPP; Christina Reed; Ryan Herd, CLIPP, and LaDonna Ericksen, CLIPP

This event qualifies for 0.4 NKBA CEUs. The NKBA Thought Leadership Summit is sponsored by Control4 and Monogram Appliances.

NKBA’s Booth #1778H in the Design + Connection Pavilion, Space #1960

The NKBA, which has endorsed CEDIA Expo as the platform where residential design and construction professionals connect with residential integrated technology pros, is sponsoring the CEDIA Expo Design + Connection Pavilion and Designer Tours. The pavilion — space #1960 — is home to the NKBA booth #1778H and where the new NKBA Bathroom Technology Awareness and Usage research study results will be unveiled. The NKBA will host design and construction professionals for lunch in the pavilion on Friday, Sept. 13, as part of the Design + Connection Tour.

Google Nest — Kitchen Tech Panel Discussion

Bill Darcy, NKBA’s CEO, will participate in a panel discussion hosted by Google Nest on Thursday, Sept. 12. He, along with representatives from LG Electronics and Google Nest, will discuss insights from the NKBA 2018 Kitchen Technology study, which revealed strong consumer desire for technology integration in the kitchen. The role of the technology integrator and designer in facilitating consumer wants will also be discussed.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 50,000 members in all segments of the kitchen and bath design and remodeling industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, specialty badges, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.


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