May Meeting at Clarke in Milford
Please join us at Clarke in Milford, MA for a panel discussion with the recipients of the NKBA 30 Under 30 Awards. The NNE Chapter has had seven members in the past few years honored with this distinction. We will hear about their paths to success in a discourse moderated by Susan Brisk followed by some questions from the audience.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Board Meeting 3:00
Hors d'oeuvres and Networking 5:00-6:00
393 Fortune Boulevard
Milford, MA 01757
Cost: Members $25, Students $15, Non-members $35.
(Late Registration after May 1 - $35.)
National Kitchen and Bath Association
Northern New England Chapter
30 Under 30 Panel:
Nathan J. Reynolds, CAPS
As the owner and principal designer of Insperiors, LLC – a Rhode Island based full-service residential interior design firm, Nathan J. Reynolds is passionate about all things design. Nathan incorporates his keen sense of timeless design principles and being selective with product trends—two important traits that set him apart. Nathan’s goal with every client is to help them Get Inspired—and have fun when designing their dream space.
For the past seven years, he has created numerous residential designs and remodel projects, specializing in kitchens and baths throughout New England in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Upon graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts in 2010, Nathan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. Nathan earned the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in February 2013.
Nathan J. Reynolds is a 2016 recipient of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s NKBA 30 UNDER 30 award, which recognizes design professionals in the United States and Canada as outstanding professionals in the industry under the age of 30.
Nathan particularly enjoys the DESIGN + BUILD process of working with clients on remodeling projects—from defining the scope and finalizing the budget, to identifying the fun and exciting decisions and guiding material selections prior to the installation phase.
In 2012, he was awarded GOLD for the Residential Kitchen design category between $100,001.00 - $150,000.00 at the Contractor of the Year (CotY) 2012 Awards, Eastern Massachusetts Region by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). He won “Best of Houzz” in the Design Category consecutively in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.
Nathan has been featured and published on Houzz.com in several design articles; “Bathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?” in March 2014 and again in “The Top 10 Houzz Articles of 2014” and “15 Design Tips to Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom” both in January 2015.
Nathan is an active member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s, Northern New England Chapter and is currently on the board as the Vice-President of Academic Relations. Nathan spoke as part of the Voices From The Industry, VFTI series at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, KBIS 2017 in Orlando, Florida where he presented on social media in the kitchen and bath industry: “10 Things to do Weekly to Increase Your Social Following.” Most recently, Nathan was featured in January 2017 on HGTV.com in their article “15 Stylish Home Bars Squeezed Into Small Spaces” for two wet-bars he designed. Nathan is currently working towards his AKBD and CLIPP certification’s in 2017.
Austin studied architecture at the University of Miami. To date, he has helped more than 80 clients multiply sales and increase profits with breakthrough growth strategies backed by multi-channel marketing initiatives. His company, ShowroomMarketing.com, serves kitchen, bath, and home remodeling brands and showrooms.
Using highly analytical and disciplined approaches, Austin knows how to mine, monetize and maximize hidden insights to shape strategy and increase operational efficiency for showrooms. He brings innovative solutions to the table through his cross-cultural perspectives and his breadth of technical and creative expertise.
Craig J. Couture
Cypress Design Co. / East Providence, RI
After receiving his bachelor of fine arts in interior design from Cazenovia College in 2011, Craig began his career at Cypress Design Co. Now with five years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry, he confidently offers a “function followed by esthetics” design approach, while demonstrating extensive product knowledge an excellent customer service. Couture handles all aspects of the kitchen and bathroom remodeling process, including site measures, one-on-one client meetings, material selections, pricing, permit-ready plans, and order placement. Believing that educating the customer in all aspects of the design and remodeling process is the most important, he is always looking to grow his knowledge base of new products and design trends. He goes above and beyond to ensure his clients are living in the space they dreamed of. Due to this work ethic and approach he was awarded as one of the 2017 NKBA 30 Under 30 recipients. Designing is his passion, whether it is in the kitchen and bath industry or other aspects of life. Having a minor in studio art has given him a unique design sensibility and allows him to branch off into other areas of the design field. In 2011, he designed a custom nine-foot chandelier for a winery located in Rock Stream, NY.
Jessica is a senior appliance sales associate at Yale Appliance and Lighting. Prior to entering the kitchen and bath industry, she attended Brandeis University where she received a bachelors degree in economics, philosophy, international relations, and legal studies. She was the first in her industry to develop a network of clients through writing educational appliance comparisons on the Yale appliance and lighting blog. Today her blogs are shared by trade professionals and homeowners worldwide. In 2015 she became a NKBA 30 under 30. Shortly after, she was selected to be a recipient of Clarke client leads. In 2016, Jessica sold over $1MM in Sub Zero and Wolf appliances alone. Outside of the showroom, Jessica loves to ski, golf, and is planning to pursue a masters in business management through the Harvard University extension program.
Kristin Whalen has been designing kitchens and baths professionally for over seven years, and still loves every minute of it.
Kristin is a 2009 graduate of Bay Path University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Residential & Commercial Interior Design. Along the way, it became clear to her that her strongest interest was the in the design of kitchen spaces. Shortly after graduation, she began working for her local Home Depot as a kitchen & bath designer. She quickly rose to the top as the lead designer for the store and one of the highest sales associates in the district. She won multiple awards through the company in addition to becoming a recipient of the NKBA’s ’30 Under 30’ program for 2014.
After winning this award, she was offered a spot to be a guest blogger on the home improvement website: Improvement for one year. One of her most admired entries was on bathroom technology. These blogs were able to keep her on top of all current trends and products which she could directly relate to her clients. Client satisfaction is something she prides herself on, which showed when winning ‘Best of Houzz’ for service in both 2015 and 2016.
Today, Kristin designs for a local showroom: Kitchens By Herzenberg. She continues to produce innovative designs using quality products to transform her clients’ spaces. In addition, she is the company’s 20/20 trainer and social media guru.
A true New Englander, you can always find Kristin drinking Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. She also loves to travel during her spare time.
Ed McDonald has been successfully running his business, McDonald Contracting, since he was 22 years old. With a passion for construction, design and leadership, he has grown his company from a one-man endeavor to a team of 14. His entrepreneurial skills have allowed him to hire industry professionals, oversee complex projects and most importantly, exceed his client’s expectations for their home renovations and additions.
In 2017, Ed launched a new business entity, McDonald Electric LLC: A full service electrical contracting company that handles everything from wiring new homes and installing new light fixtures to building out commercial spaces.
Leanne M. Richard
Leanne is an active member in the Kitchen and bath industry and was an NKBA 2015 30 Under 30 recipient.
"I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, was a designer. I never played teacher, or doctor, or nurse. I was that child who was making her kid sister Barbie houses out of cardboard boxes, and talking to myself like I was the star designer on HGTV."
This passion and creativity lead me into a BFA in Architecture from Umass Amherst that launched me into the career path I always knew I'd end up with. I am currently one of the lead designers at the Auburn Ma, Floors & Kitchens Today, one of 5 New England locations. I am part of a team that is consistently growing and evolving with the design industry and catering to not only Kitchen and Bath design but floor coverings as well.
Being a central Massachusetts based kitchen designer, my greatest pleasure is working towards and seeing the various trends and styles come to life. I will give my professional opinion but always encourage clients to not "play it safe" when it comes to creating the space of their dreams. I strongly believe that my clients deserve the outcome they were hoping for and help to guide them into the correct approach to do so. Because, at the end of the day, it is their house to call home.