Design Connection Tours

The Design Connection Tours, held on September 6 and 7, will mutually benefit designers and integrators alike as the tours serve the purpose of creating a professional dialogue about the intelligently built connected environment. The tours will be led and curated by two technology integrators and will lead 10-15 certified designers around select exhibitor booths. The Design Connection Tour will begin at CEDIA booth #1527.

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Meet The integrators

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David VanWert’s 15 years of experience in the systems integration business makes him an expert in design, consulting, engineering, and project management for the home technology industry. VanWert specializes in understanding the complexities of integrated lighting, structured wiring, multi-room audio, home entertainment, HVAC and master control systems.

David VanWer, VanWert Technology Design 

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Joe Whitaker has 20 years of experience in Custom Systems Integration and Design Industry. As one of the most proactive members of the CEDIA Community and Control4 tech community Joe continues to design and implement amazing solutions while contributing to the consumer knowledge base. 

Joe Whitaker, The Thoughtful Home


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Bob Borson

Bob Borson, AIA is a principal of Malone Maxwell Borson Architects. a full service architectural firm based in Dallas, Texas. As an active member in the Dallas AIA Chapter he is acting Director of Communications and serves as the chairman of the New Media and Digital Communications committees in the Texas Society of Architects. Bob is also widely recognized as the blogger behind Life of an Architect—one of the world’s most popular ar­chitectural blogs.

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Christina Reed 

In her role as Project Design Specialist for Monogram Appliances, Christina Reed creates display and showroom designs that convey a distinct level of luxury and sophistication consistent with the Monogram Brand. Her continuous mission to learn more about the industry and sharing that knowledge with others is a major contributor to her career success. Christina was also a 2017 NKBA Thirty under 30 alumna.

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Dean Larkin 

Dean Larkin, AIA, is architect and principal at Dean Larkin Design. His award-winning, full service residential, commercial, hospitality and landscape designs and completed projects span the globe. Dean is an active member of USCs Architectural Guild; aside from this he is a frequent speaker and writer on many architectural issues.


Jamie Gold

Jamie Gold is a San Diego-based Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, journalist, speaker, industry consultant and author. Since becoming a designer in 2004, after a three-decade career in media and marketing, she has completed hundreds of kitchens and baths for new construction and remodeling projects.

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Jeanne K. Chung

Jeanne K Chung is a Southern California-based luxury interior designer, known for her eclectic design aesthetic that bridges classic design principles with a modern twist. She found her design blog, Cozy Stylish Chic, in 2013 and has become recognized as an influencer in the industry. Jeanne has worked with the High Point Market Authority as a Style Spotter since 2014 and regularly speaks on designer panels.


Joel Fraley

Joel Fraley, CKD, CAPS, is the principal designer of Fraley + Company, a client focused design firm based in Portland, OR that specializes in personal, creative, and universal design solutions. Along with over 25 years of experience in all phases of design and construction, he is a skilled carpenter/furniture maker. Joel has served on the board of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the US Green Building Council & the Portland Metro Home Builder’s Assn. Building Green Council. 

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Kelly Finley 

Kelly Finley is the owner and principal designer of Joy Street Design, an Oakland-based, full-service residential interior design firm. In addition to her interior design and interior architecture studies at the University of California, Berkley, Kelly also holds a law degree from Stanford Law School and a business degree from Emory University. Kelly’s educational and professional background, combined with her extensive world travels, helps Joy Street Design create original and distinctive interior spaces.

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Kelly Moisseau 

Kelly Morisseau is a writer and certified master kitchen and bath residential interior designer for a California award-winning design build firm. Author of Kelly’s Kitchen Sync and Kelly’s Kitchen Savvy, she has also written for magazines from Journal of Light Construction to Traditional Home. When she’s not designing creative new spaces or traveling to conventions, you can find her exploring the world.


Michelle Youell 

Michele Youell, certified registered interior designer in Nevada and principle designer at Natural Domain Interiors, a design studio that has created both commercial and residential interiors locally and nationally for 18 years. Michele and her team are known for functionally creative spaces that exude warmth and comfort in a sophisticated yet understated way. Exploring new materials and techniques, combined with an MBA, enables her to innovate in both an aesthetic and results-driven manner.

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Molly Switzer

Molly Switzer is the principle designer at Molly N. Switzer Designs LLC, a design firm that specializes in kitchen and bath design, targeting the Pearl District urban neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Along with her early involvement as a student with the NKBA and volunteering with the NKBA Columbia River Chapter, Molly has served as several chairs and co-chairs, and in January of 2018 was honored to take on the presidency. Molly was also part of the class of 2014 NKBA’s 30 under 30 award recipients. 


Robin Rigby Fisher

Robin R. Fisher is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) and Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). She is a speaker and educator with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and her award-winning designs have been featured in multiple local, national trade and consumer magazines. In Robin’s 30 plus years in the industry, she has been a founding partner of both a Portland design/build remodeling firm and an independent residential design firm. 



Toni Sabatino

Toni Sabatino is an award winning interior designer, cabinetry specialist, furniture designer and spatial planner serving the renovation and new construction market throughout the New York Metropolitan Area, Palm Beach, Las Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, Vermont and other resort locations. Toni currently serves as the NKBA Manhattan Chapter President, is a member of the Kitchen and Bath Business Editorial Advisory Board and is the designer of the Retro Collection of bath furniture for Baden Haus.

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Dawn Deluca

Dawn DeLuca, AKBD, CLIPP, CAPS, is an award-winning Designer and Founding Principal of Dawn DeLuca On Design, a boutique firm and cabinet dealer providing design services to both trade and residential clients based in New York City. Dawn has been a local, regional & national volunteer with the NKBA since 2005 and is currently a member of the NKBA Manhattan Council. She also has been designated as the First Ambassador Member of The Living in Place Institute.

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Lori Gilder

Lori Gilder is the owner and founder of Interior Makeovers, Inc. based in Los Angeles, California and Co-Founder of the Kitchen Design Network. Her award-winning full service interior design firm specializes in customized and personalized design solutions for homes and vacation properties throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 2016 Lori and her Kitchen Design Network partner Rebecca Reynolds, were named Viking Kitchen Designers of the Year.

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Rebecca Flynn

Rebecca Flynn, owner of Rebecca Flynn Design, is a Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Bath Designer, and Certified California Interior Designer with over 17 years of design experience. Her firm focuses on the design and selection of custom cabinetry, furniture, all hard finishes including flooring, tile, countertops, lighting and soft finishes including furniture and accessories. Rebecca has been a NKBA San Diego Chapter board member since 2005 and has previously served as president for the chapter and held various VP positions.
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Sandra Tierney

Sandra Tierney, CMKBD, CID, CAPS, is the owner of the Escondido, California based showroom, Cabinets by Design. After graduating from the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in NY, Sandra Tierney relocated to Los Angeles where she worked as a private chef to the rich and famous. Over time, Sandra became increasingly frustrated with the layouts of the kitchens in which she worked, before deciding to become a kitchen & bath designer. Little did she know that she would find her true life’s passion.

Joseph Cephas

Joseph serves as the Vice President, Communications & Brand Experience for ASID. A seasoned association communications leader, Joseph oversees all marketing, communications, and public relations for ASID as well leading the research and meetings and tradeshows departments. Prior to joining ASID, Joseph worked for the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC National) for seven years, most recently as the Vice President of Public Affairs. 

Karl Champly

Karl Champly is an award-winning master builder with 32 years of experience. He is also a designer, home inspector, author, speaker, 2016/2017 NKBA Insider, and environmental building consultant in the both United States and Australia. Karl Champley was the host of two award winning shows on HGTV and DIY Networks and has hosted over 300 episodes. Karl also won Ellen’s Design Challenge with Ellen DeGeneres on HGTV.  


Laurie Haefele

Laurie B. Haefele, Associate A.I.A, ASID, NKBA, and founder of Haefele Design, has specialized in innovative kitchen and bath design since 1997. She is known for her extreme attention to detail and knowledge of the latest trends and is also celebrated for her versatility and range of style. Laurie’s dedication to excellence began with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Pratt Institute and a Master’s degree in architectural history and theory from UCLA.
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Mary Massey 

Mary Massey, NKBA, CID, AKBD, IIDA is the owner of Massey Design Group LLC, a boutique design firm that specializes in vacation homes, kitchens and baths. In her role as principal designer and project lead, Mary tailors the process to each of her clients’ needs. With over 15 years of experience, Mary melds her expertise with her clients’ input, which results in exceptional, personalized design.

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Samantha Hillstrom

Samantha is a senior project designer at Case Design/Remodeling a design-build firm focusing mostly on residential projects within Santa Clara County, in the heart of Silicon Valley. She received her certification as a Universal Design Certified Professional from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and is currently working on kitchen and bath remodels, residential additions, exteriors and whole house projects.

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Sherrie Pantalon

Sherrié Pantalon, CMKBD, CID, CAPS, NKBA, ASID, brings years of experience along with an enduring commitment to provide clients with beautiful, functional designs. She is an Interior Design Instructor at Palomar College, San Marcos, CA and an Instructor of Kitchen & Bath Design at the Design Institute, San Diego, CA. Sherrie has served as past President of the San Diego Chapter NKBA and is currently the Programs Chair.


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