What do you wish you knew about business success in the kitchen and bath industry when you were just starting out?
Rhonda Knoche, Dawn DeLuca and Dan Luck are three successful kitchen and bath entrepreneurs who have just joined the agenda at our 2017 NEXTgen Conference.
Rhonda, Dawn and Dan tell all about what it takes to be a business success in kitchen and bath design and remodeling. Leah Peterson, SEN executive vice president, will moderate the lively panel and Q&A session.
About Rhonda Knoche
Originally from Iowa (raised by a caterer in a kitchen lab), Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD, CAPS has found progressive, hip Portland, Oregon a perfect personal and professional fit for the past 30 years.
A designer for the nationally recognized Neil Kelly Design/Build firm for almost 25 years, Rhonda broke from the herd and launched her own design business five years ago as Rhonda Knoche Design. She’s known for creative/alternative residential whole house planning (think down-sizing, shared economy, global trending) with a specialty in kitchens and bathrooms.
Taking the path less traveled, Rhonda creates one-of-a-kind applications and collaborates with artists, engineers and manufacturers, exercising both sides of her brain for clever solutions. She considers herself lucky building relationships in the national and international design community with renowned designers and manufacturers gaining her a reputation as style maker and influencer in the global trending world.
Rhonda's professional credentials include CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer) and CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) 2017. She was named as one of the “Top 50 Influencers in the Industry” 2015 - “Professional Of The Year”, inaugural award from the National Kitchen & Bath Association NKBA.. She has 16 design awards, is a member of the Modenus Blog Tour group (international group of designers and manufacturers) a KBIS presenter and has been published in numerous national and regional magazines (projects and interviews) & Houzz
About Dawn DeLuca
Dawn DeLuca, AKBD CLIPP CAPS is an award-winning designer and founding partner of Camille Rossy Cabinetry & Design in New York. Camille Rossy is a boutique firm and cabinet dealer providing design services to both trade and residential clients.
Dawn is passionate about accessible design, the Camille Rossy motto is “Your vision is Our passion”. This speaks to the primary goals for every project: bring our client’s vision to life with a beautiful, comfortable, safe, and accessible space. With a strong focus on kitchen and bath, the firm also designs entire homes, outdoor living, and hospitality projects.
After her studies at Mercy College and NY School of Interior Design, Dawn launched her own design firm TransitionsNYC. With a roster of national and international clients TransitionsNYC had continued success through 2014 when Dawn joined forces with her now business partner Barbara Roth to create Camille Rossy.
Dawn has been a professional speaker and educator since 1993. She has also developed a decorating sales training program for a national decorating & sales company, greatly increasing company wide sales. She has appeared around the country presenting educational programs to professionals and consumers alike.
Dawn is honored to be designated the First Ambassador Member of The Living in Place Institute. She has been a local, regional and national NKBA volunteer for more than 12 years. Dawn was a member of the NKBA Board of Directors, Director of the American Northeast Region (2014-2016) and is currently the VP of Programming for the NKBA Manhattan Chapter.
As she loves to help and see others succeed, Dawn's biggest passions are childhood advocacy, volunteering, professional speaking, her family and friends. When time allows, she is an avid photographer, loves traveling, exploring, hiking, boating, museums, live music, and theater.
About Dan Luck
A lifelong Madison, WI resident, Dan has over 40 years in the kitchen and bath industry. He is literally NEXTgen, having bought his father's business. Bella Domicile has been a SEN Top 10 Dealer for 15 years he's been a SEN member.
Dan was instrumental in organizing, with others, the Madison Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a NEXTgen partner sponsor. Bella Domicile is one of the original members.
Dan understands the emotional roller coaster involved with building or remodeling a home, having experienced both first hand. That knowledge, coupled with a desire for a strong marriage of form and function, nurtures a culture within the organization that creates lasting value and satisfaction.
His motivations to work hard are pretty simple: "A desire to be better tomorrow than today. And, knowing that someone is waiting for me to fail."
A few of his favorite things are: "Cooking and eating. I love to experiment with new foods. And, I enjoy cooking with good wine, sometimes, I even add it to the food." Other favorite things include his wife Sally, two daughters and four granddaughters. In his spare time, Dan is a lay leader and lay preacher at his church, and volunteers in his community while coaching and mentoring others.