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The Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge at KBIS 2018 Schedule

We are thrilled to announce that we will once again be co-hosting the Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge at KBIS 2018 (#DMMTalks) presented by Liebherr . The Lounge will be open to all but with special VIP privileges for approved social media influencers, bloggers and Design VIP’s. Privileges include refreshments from the lounge cafe, priority access to all talks and public events and a special goodie bag. Be sure to submit your application for lounge access at the end of this very long post.

The DMMTalks Lounge Schedule at KBIS 2018

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Day 1 – January 9, 2018

11 AM : Play nice together, kids! Home automation – Where Design meets Tech

Technology in the home and full home automation is growing exponentially but it takes a great team and a lot of communication and education to make it all work seamlessly, especially when tech needs to work without sacrificing design. So from new and important design considerations to the nuts and bolts of what’s out there and what’s in the walls, this is the panel for anyone that understands the importance of new technologies and their impact on how we live and how we design. Design pros and tech buffs alike share newest trends but also to talk about their challenges and ideas when integrating technology in home design.

Sponsored by: LG Electronics 

Moderator: Jeanne Khoe Chung – Cozy Stylish Chic 

Panelists: Scott Koehler, Principal Dream Kitchen Builders; Ryan Herd, Owner 1 Sound Choice; Patti Johnson, Principal Patti Johnson Interiors

12:30 PM: Let there be Light: Lighting Design 101 and a Mitzi Lighting Giveaway!

What good are finish and color selection when the lighting is all wrong? Obvious question with not always an obvious answer. All too often lighting remains the step child of good design and can become an afterthought in the overall design concept of a space. Because lighting design can get very technical, we’ve asked the experts to join our panel and share some of their top tips and bullet proof lighting design secrets. Our audience will have time to weigh in with questions and their own ideas so have a seat, charge your phone, enjoy a snack, enter to win a Mitzi light fixture and get illuminated.

Sponsored by Mitzi by Hudson Valley Lighting.

Moderated by:

Laura Muller, Principal Four Point Design Build

Panelists: Cliff Muller, Principal Four Point Design Build, Patricia Davis Brown, Principal Patricia Davis Brown Designs; Malaina Matheus VP of Business Development Hudson Valley Lighting 

2 PM : New & Next in Kitchen & Bath

What’s hot hot hot in kitchen and bath design? The one and only Jaime Derringer of design blog powerhouse Design Milk will share her latest finds from around the country and the world with a panel of design insiders. Buckle up for a tour of some of the best design ideas in this animated show and tell.

Sponsored by Coastal Shower Doors.

Moderated by: Jaime Derringer, Founder Design Milk 

Panelists: Vanessa Deleon, TV personality and Principal of Vanessa DeLeon Associates, Karl Champley, TV Personality & Masterbuilder; Susan Serra, Principal at Susan Serra Associates & Founder Scandinavian Made; Michele Alfano, Principal Michele Alfano Design

3:30 PM : Social Media Dos and Don’ts

Design Milk’s Jaime Derringer and Modenus’ Veronika Miller are here to answer your most pressing questions about blogging, social media Do’s & Don’ts and how to work with brands. The duo that has launched the inaugural #DMMTalks Lounge at KBIS 2017 has continued to build on its instant success with a second event at Wanted Design in NYC and they’re now returning to KBIS to share their wisdom, experiences and clever insights in all things social and digital media.

Sponsored by Ann Sacks 

Day 2 – January 10, 2018

10:30 AM: Business marketing success 101: Let’s talk Blogging, Video and Affiliate Marketing

You simply do not want to miss this panel led by video guru Claire Jefford who flew in from Toronto to share her top tips for using video in your design business, AND we will hear from social media powerhouse Leslie Carothers about all things affiliate marketing while Laurel Bern and Maria Killam will be sharing some of their blogging success secrets with our audiences. Bring your questions, this talk is meant to be interactive.

Moderated by: Claire Jefford

On the panel: Leslie Carothers, CEO Kaleidoscope Partnership/Co-Founder Savour Partnership; Maria Killam, True Color Expert at Maria Killam; Laurel Bern, Principal of Laurel Bern Interiors

 12 PM: The Good Home Redux – Sustainability and Wellness go Mainstream

Designing with wellness and the environment in mind is becoming more and more important and opens new and exciting means of monetization for designers, remodelers, builders and manufacturers. The Good Home Talk on KBIS Next stage explores the newest products, ideas and opportunities whilst clearing up a few myths as well. Join Modenus Media CEO Veronika Miller and a panel of sustainability and wellness design experts for a a deep dive into the topic shortly after the KBIS Next Stage talk on the subject and learn or share ideas and innovations you think make the world a better place.

Sponsored by Use Natural Stone

Moderated by: Veronika Miller, Modenus Media

Panelists: Sandy Gordon, FASID Leed AP, Sandy Gordon Interiors; Joshua Levinson, President, Artistic Tile, Lisa Kahn Allen, Lisa Kahn Interiors; Susie Feia, Remodel by Feia; Phoebe Oldrey, principal Smartstyle Interiors

1:15PM : This Old House Skilled Labor Program Updates

An important conversation about the future of our industry, the This Old House crew will talk with the National Kitchen & Bath Association about the importance of filling the skilled labor gap. The NKBA through its TradeUp initiative is partnering with This Old House for year two of the Generation Next campaign to raise dollars and create awareness of the skilled trades as viable and lucrative career paths. Join us in the Talks Lounge as we dive into what both organizations are doing over the next 12 months and how the kitchen and bath design industry can and needs to get involved.

Moderated by: Jaime Derringer, Design Milk

On the panel: Kevin O’Connor, This Old House; Norm Abrams, This Old House; Bill Darcy, CEO NKBA

2:30PM: It’s A Small World After All: Changing the way we source, sell and design – one country at a time.

Design pros, this one’s for you! Do you plan to design remotely within the US or Canada? Better yet, do you plan to design abroad? Do you want to source products internationally? Here’s the session you can’t miss with insights from the pros who are doing just that and are here to share their personal Do’s and Don’ts and Top Tips for marketing your business beyond your local reach, sourcing internationally and managing international projects. It’s a small world after all! Come join us for an interactive discussion between audience and our panelists.

Sponsored by Thompson Traders.

Moderated by: Veronika Miller .

Panelists: Mary Middleton, Editor Hello Peagreen, Regina Sturrock, Principal Regina Sturrock Designs; Susan Jamieson, Principal Bridget Beari Designs; Anna K Gibson, principal AKG Design Studio 

4PM: Launch of WineTalks presented by Liebherr – By Invitation Only

Design VIPs and Influencers – please register below for access! Join us for the launch of WineTalks – A brand new series of talks and events all around the topic of wine. Whether you’re a connoisseur, a professional sommelier or enjoy your wine out of a box – WineTalks will have plenty of topics that make you think, talk and taste. Join Liebherr and the WineTalks team at KBIS’ #DMMTalks Lounge for the inaugural meet up and taste a number of inspired North American wines.

Sponsored by Liebherr.

Day 3:

9:00 AM: Influencer Breakfast by invitation only

Leading influencers are invited to join this important conversation. Learn how to connect and work with brands, build your media kit and develop your own photography for Instagram and your blog.

Sponsored by Liebherr.

Panelists: Leslie Carothers and Sam Henderson, Co-Founders Savour Partnership

10:30 AM: Things they don’t teach you in design school

Join Veronika Miller and her panel of NKBA Insiders, print editors and business managers to learn about all those things no one mentioned in design school. This is THE talk to join for newcomers in the industry and for lifelong learners. Highlights will be discussion on “How to get published”, “How to get local exposure”, “How to organize your business management” and “How to leverage social and digital media”.

Sponsored by NKBA.

Moderated by Veronika Miller, Modenus Media

On the panel: Erinn Loucks, Managing Editor K+BB Magazine; Leanne Wood, Principal Flying Camel Advertising + PR; Cheryl Kees Clendenon, Principal In Detail Interiors, Elle Millard, NKBA

12:15 PM: Making peace with Amazon – Redux Lunch & Chat

Taking place immediately following the discussion on the KBISNeXT Stage, we’ll take a deep dive into the important conversation: How manufacturers and retailers are working together to maintain relevance in the digital age. This is one for all the retailers and brands out there but design professionals should join in as well. Be at the lounge to ask questions and share your own experiences.

Moderated by: Leslie Carothers, Savour Partnership 

On the panel: Chip Devine, SVP multi channel solutions, Ferguson Enterprises Inc.; Vijaikrishna (VJ) Teenarsipur, vice president, eBusiness, Delta Faucet Company; Jeff Walcoff, vice president, sales & marketing, Marketplace Strategy

1:30 PM Social Leaders Meetup: Refreshments and Chat with Design Milk, Modenus and KBIS social team

Join us and your KBIS social media team for a meet up! All social leaders of exhibiting KBIS brands are welcome. This is a great opportunity to share best practices and discuss the next year of social media success in the kitchen and bath industry. RSVP to kbissocial@flyingcamel.com.


(Note: Design Milk and Modenus Media reserve the right to deny access to the lounge or VIP status at their discretion; VIP Status is limited to 200 and will be issued on first come first serve basis. VIP Status is non-transferable and ID may be verified on site).

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  • http://www.northofwonder.com Shireen Dhaliwal

    Great discussion topics!


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