NKBA Brings Thought Leadership Tech Summit to CEDIA Expo 2019

Integrators can learn how to forge relationships with design professionals to create adaptive, in-home tech spaces during the Thought Leadership Tech Summit.


The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), an authority on residential kitchen and bath, brings its Thought Leadership Summit series to Denver Sept. 12-13 during CEDIA Expo 2019.

The 2019 NKBA 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,” says 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.


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, SVP 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

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.