Whirlpool Corporation's Jenn-Air appliance brand named a number of kitchen design professionals to serve on its new Jenn-Air Design Advisory Council, which will provide designer feedback on Jenn-Air appliances as well as other Whirlpool brands.
The council will offer commentary on a variety of kitchen and design industry topics, including trends and feedback on new product designs. Members will also offer guidance on improving and standardizing product specifications across the Jenn-Air appliance line. Juliet Johnson, manager of brand experience for Jenn-Air, said this ongoing forum will meet several times throughout the year to collaboratively develop design ideas and feedback on everything from prototypes and marketing initiatives to customer service.
"These seasoned professionals, with their unique insights, will help us drive the future direction of our products and programs as we strive to continuously elevate the Jenn-Air experience for everyone," said Johnson.
Members of the Jenn-Air Design Advisory Council include:
• Morton Block, a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD), Professional Member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). His firm, Morton Block Associates, designs retail showroom spaces, major trade show exhibits, and contributes to product development projects for kitchen and bath industry manufacturers.
• Susan Broderick, owner of Broderick Design Associates in Sacramento, CA, and a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Certified Bath Designer (CBD), Certified Interior Designer (CID), and recently certified as a Universal Design Certified Remodeler (UDCR) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
• Mary Jo Camp is an award-winning designer who has held many positions within the field, including owning her own design firm and showroom. Her list of credentials includes Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Certified Bath Designer (CBD), Certified Interior Decorator (CID), Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), and Certified Green Professional (CGP).
• Ellen Cheever, a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer and Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). Cheever manages both a private residential design practice and a consulting firm that develops innovative products, designs memorable showrooms, and creates highly effective training programs for all segments of the industry.
• Julia Johnston: Johnston is an independent kitchen designer who works with individuals, architects and contractors to design new kitchens and fix existing kitchen design problems. In addition to being a Certified Kitchen Designer, Johnston is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and has an Intermediate Sommelier Certification.
• Roberta Kravette is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with a specialty in Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) as well as an Associate Kitchen and Bathroom Designer (AKBD). In addition, she is a "Green Kitchen" consultant for the design trade and home owners interested in healthier renovation choices for their own personal and the greater world environment.
• Karla Krengel is a third generation kitchen and bath entrepreneur and has been writing about industry trends for over a decade. In addition to writing about kitchen and bath design and cabinetry trends for local and national magazines and newspapers, Krengel's column, "Internet Connections" has appeared in Kitchen & Bath Design News magazine for over 12 years.
• Judith Neary is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) with more than 25 years of design experience. Neary is a professional instructor for the National Kitchen and Bath Association offering her comprehensive experience in various applications of design to students and designers nationwide.
• Gary Paul is a nationally published, award-winning designer and principal of GP Incorporated Design Consulting in New York. Paul recently joined the faculty of New York University, most recently teaching a course on Kitchen and Bath Design, and has taught at Parson's School of Design, and The New York Institute of Technology.
• Mary Jo Peterson is an award-winning designer whose work has earned national recognition including induction into the National Kitchen & Bath Association's Hall of Fame. She is certified in kitchen, bath, aging-in-place, and active adult housing design with 25 years experience. Among Peterson's current projects outside the realm of private client design work, are the development of the new Advanced Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) course for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and work on universal design housing standards with AARP. Her latest books, Kitchen Planning and Bath Planning, were published by the NKBA in 2006, as part of their professional resource library.
• Terry Smith, CKD, CBD, CID, is an award-winning certified kitchen, bath and interior designer. Smith is a National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) member and current President of the NKBA San Diego Chapter. He previously served as vice president of Professional Development mentoring new designers and Vice President of Programs for the San Diego NKBA Chapter and Vice President of Membership for both the Puget Sound and San Diego NKBA Chapters. Smith is an Industry Partner Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and active member of the National Association of Remodelers Industry (NARI).
• Billy Williams, Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) is the owner of b. williams design in Nashville, Tenn. A kitchen and bath specialist, Williams has over 20 years' experience in the design and construction industries. Williams is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
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