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"The event during KBIS was not only the largest we've held, but it was also an
ideal venue, allowing students, panelists and tour guides to interact and discuss
opportunities. The students were highly engaged and asked a lot of questions
about skilled labor careers, gaining greater insight into how they might want to
consider structuring their own paths."
Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO

Panel members included Jason Artus, partner of
Dovetail Sales LLC; Jeff Sweenor, president and
CEO of Sweenor Builders Inc.; Jonathan Cheever, U.S. snowboard team member and licensed
plumber; Kayleen McCabe, contractor and owner
of The McCabe Foundation; Rebekah Zaveloff,
CKD, NKBA Insider and co-founder and director of Design Kitchen Lab & Rebekah Zaveloff
Interiors; Ryan Herd, NKBA Insider and owner/
CEO of 1 Sound Choice LLC; Sheri Gold, CKD,
Monogram Design Center national showroom
and design manager; and Trevor Newman, owner
and operator of Newmanbuilt.
Each person shared compelling accounts that
captivated the students. Every story was different,
but the overarching message remained the same:
Skilled trades changed their lives.
Cheever established a fruitful plumbing career
that supported his journey to becoming a U.S.
Olympic snowboarder during the 2018 Winter
Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"My plumbing career gives me the financial
freedom to support my passion for snowboard
cross," he said. "I'm putting my money toward
training and competing around the world - not
toward student loans."
Offering alternative paths to a traditional college education is a key message for skilled trades
- not as a way to discourage the choice of going to
a four-year school but as a way of showing future
generations there are options for those who may
not find it to be a good fit.
Herd started his education at culinary arts
school, but his real passion resides in the technology sphere. He started his first business, a car
audio applications company, when he was 18 -
after leaving culinary school. He moved on to
establish a nationally recognized home theater
company before finally creating his current business, 1 Sound Choice.
"College is great and works for many, but it's
good to acknowledge other opportunities that
are fulfilling," he said. "I challenge [students] to
open their minds and really look around.There are
so many things that will let them put their mark
on society, whether in the industry or the trades."
Themes of self-made success, access to enriching opportunities and financial growth remained
prominent during the panel. Students learned that
anyone can pursue these careers if they work hard
and exude passion.

ENGAGING SHOW TIME
ABOVE Students discovered

new products and technologies
as they explored the KBIS floor.

Following the panel, the students grouped with tour guides, including the
panelists and NKBA staff, to walk around the KBIS show floor.The students'
enthusiasm was palpable, as they prepared to see something unlike anything
they had before.
"Taking the kids on the show floor was amazing," said McCabe. "I was
watching their brains fall out of their heads - they couldn't believe how
big it was!"
McCabe is a general contractor with a refreshingly excited outlook, who
started working with tools at age six. She's an advocate of the skilled trades
and regularly travels to speak about their importance - she's hosted five
seasons of DIY Network's show "Rescue Renovation."
"Having students attend these conferences is critical,"said McCabe."They
have no idea about the level of coolness they're dealing with."
Each group received a designated itinerary with three booth stops that included discussions about processes required to create product, what goes into
creating technology interfaces and even the level of craftsmanship required
for booth construction.
"Being with the kids and seeing their reactions was amazing," said Herd.
"Sometimes we, as professionals, are too close to it since we see kitchen and
bath tech all the time."
As the tours progressed, students became more engaged and asked questions. Their guides helped open different conversations to present wellrounded information surrounding the trades.
"The students were blown away by the size of the trade show floor and how
much opportunity there is with these skilled trades," said Cheever. "Visiting
the booths opened their minds to how much technology is involved and 
how it is changing the trades."

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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019
Contents
Editor’s Note
NKBA Note
Happenings
Hot Topic Enlightening a new generation
Trends Today’s luxury master baths
ICFF 2019 What not to miss!
Tech Savvy A smart home with all the bells & whistles
NKBA List Connecting with smart home tech
Learning Corner 4 ways to design for accessibility
Sustainable Design Steps toward a greener way of thinking
Better Business Gain project add-ons to raise profit
Before & After Closed-in kitchen makes room for a family
Balanced Budget Cutting costs in a California kitchen
Small Spaces Using color & patterns to enlarge rooms
KBB’s Person of the Year Celebrating one overall winner and six notables
What’s Hot Sinks & faucets
What’s Cool Everywhere else
Designer adds a touch of the Southwest by mixing plenty of textures
Ohio home is infused with rustic, Texas style
Solutions Solving challenges in a small bath
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Editor’s Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - NKBA Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Happenings
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Hot Topic Enlightening a new generation
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Trends Today’s luxury master baths
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - ICFF 2019 What not to miss!
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Tech Savvy A smart home with all the bells & whistles
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 31
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - NKBA List Connecting with smart home tech
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 33
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Learning Corner 4 ways to design for accessibility
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 35
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Sustainable Design Steps toward a greener way of thinking
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 37
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 38
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 39
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Better Business Gain project add-ons to raise profit
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 41
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Before & After Closed-in kitchen makes room for a family
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 43
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Balanced Budget Cutting costs in a California kitchen
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 45
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 46
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - 47
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Small Spaces Using color & patterns to enlarge rooms
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - KBB’s Person of the Year Celebrating one overall winner and six notables
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - What’s Hot Sinks & faucets
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - What’s Cool Everywhere else
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Designer adds a touch of the Southwest by mixing plenty of textures
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Ohio home is infused with rustic, Texas style
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2019 - Solutions Solving challenges in a small bath
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