Enjoy insightful sessions and panels from top industry professionals and brands.

Moderators + Editors

Parker Bowie Larson, Style Director ELLE Decor

Parker Bowie Larson is the Style Director for ELLE Decor, covering everything interior design-related ranging from tabletop to furniture to kitchen and bath. She has previously worked for Architectural Digest and Cottage Living.

Ellen McGauley, Executive Editor VERANDA

Ellen McGauley is the Executive Editor of VERANDA with 20 years of experience writing, scouting, and producing design, decorative arts, travel, and garden stories. She began her career in New York, working at Time Inc. and Doubleday.

Joanna Saltz, Editorial Director House Beautiful

Joanna Saltz is the Editorial Director of Delish and House Beautiful. At the helm of both brands, she oversees all food and home content across all platforms. She has previously held editorial positions at Food Network Magazine, Seventeen, and The Knot.

Carisha Swanson, Director of Editorial Special Projects House Beautiful

Carisha Swanson is the Director of Editorial Special Projects for House Beautiful, focusing on brand partnerships, consumer-facing programming, and 360° editorial content creation. She joined Hearst as Market Editor for the Hearst Design Group and was later promoted to Market Director for House Beautiful’s print and digital platforms before her current role.

Keynote Speaker

John Ruhlin, Author + Founder of Giftology

John Ruhlin is the world’s leading authority in maximizing customer loyalty through radical generosity. He is the founder and author of Giftology and has been featured in Fox News, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc and New York Times. While becoming the #1 performer out of 1.5 million sales reps for one of the world’s most recognizable brands, John developed a system of using generosity to gain access to elite clients and generate thousands of referrals. He and his firm now help automate this process for individuals and organizations like UBS, Raymond James, DR Horton, Keller Williams, the Chicago Cubs, and Caesar’s Palace. John and the Giftology team can help any individual turn their clients into their own personal sales force to drive exponential growth.

Designers & Architects

Claudia Afshar, Founder + Principal Claudia Afshar Design

Claudia Afshar Design is a High-End Interior Design Company with a transnational footprint. Her rise to prominence has been documented in Architectural Digest and other prestigious publications, showcasing a portfolio rich in global inspirations and a vast knowledge of architecture, interiors and furniture. She has been celebrated for recent projects such as her award-nominated rug collection with Mehraban Rugs and impressive Multi-surface collection with Cosentino. As her reputation within the Global Design Community continues to grow, so to does the list of brands choosing to make Claudia their featured designer, helping them drive innovative concepts, product development and sales.

Caleb Anderson, Owner & Co-Principal at Drake/Anderson + Co-Founder of Well-Designed

Caleb Anderson is a principal at award-winning design firm Drake/Anderson and the co-founder of Well-Designed, a new venture committed to sharing resources and tools to support a happier, healthier and more harmonious design community through meaningful shared experiences. Along with his dedication to creating and fostering more opportunities for authentic connection and sustainable work practices among his peers, Anderson is using his design expertise to heighten awareness within the community around healthy materials, sustainability and social consciousness.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Multi-Award Winning Interior Designer

Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based interior designer renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and inviting interiors. Martyn has been consistently named one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured permanently in Elle Décor’s A-List, and named one of the top 25 designers by The Hollywood Reporter. Martyn’s current collaborations include brand partnerships with Duchateau, SV Casa, The Shade Store, La Cornue, Ann Sacks, Schumacher, The Rug Company, Corbett Lighting, Harbour Outdoor, Cole & Sons, Christofle, and Perennials. Celebrity clients include Kylie Jenner, Cher, Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ellen Pompeo.

DeAndre DeVane, Co-Founder of Well-Designed

DeAndre DeVane is a wellness enthusiast, development coach and co-founder of Well-Designed. After several career transitions, from the Air Force to a corporate career in the financial services industry, DeVane decided to pair his desire to share personal wellness experiences with his passion for being of service to others. As a student of holistic healing, he recognizes the need for and receptivity to wellness in the design community. Sharing the profound benefits of wellness practices through transformational work, DeVane’s style of compassionate, empathic coaching is a signature of the Well-Designed experience.

Barry Dixon, President Barry Dixon Inc.

Founder and owner of his namesake interior design firm, Barry is known for a distinct aesthetic that blends Western styles with global influences from a childhood spent abroad. One of his exclusive collections include furniture, lighting and accessories for Arteriors, a collection that blends high and low, rustic and refined, and East meets West. Dixon's work has also been published in Barry Dixon Interiors and Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, by Brian Coleman and Edward Addeo and Barry Dixon Inspirations and Fortuny Interiors, by Brian Coleman and Erik Kvalsviko.

Elizabeth Graziolo, Founder + Principal Yellow House Architects

Elizabeth Graziolo is the award-winning founder and principal of Yellow House Architects in New York City, a collaborative-minded practice specializing in residential and commercial work. Elizabeth is a trustee of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Museum of the City of New York and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art and serves on the Delano & Aldrich/Emerson Fellowship Committee of the American Institute of Architects.

Laura Hodges, Owner and Principal Laura Hodges Studio

Laura Hodges creates beautifully tailored spaces that fully express her client's individual style and taste. Her signature aesthetic is tailored and eclectic, incorporating unique vintage and antique finds, curated art and natural elements. Laura was named a Next Wave Designer by House Beautiful, a top 20 Designer by Sotheby's Home and a 1st Dibs 50 Designer. Laura is also a LEEP AP and a brand ambassador for the Sustainable Furnishings Council, working to increase awareness for sustainable interior design.

Anna Hoffman, Principal Architect Hoffman & Ospina Landscape Architecture

Anna Hoffman is an award-winning Landscape Architect with a global career working on luxury residential and hospitality projects including presidential homes, royal palaces, private islands, hotels, resorts, and homes. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Elle Décor and recognized with numerous industry awards including "Best Urban Garden" in Veranda magazine's 2021 Best in Outdoor Living. Anna sits on the board of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and has offices in Southern California and Texas Hill Country.

Kerrie Kelly, CEO + Creative Director Kerrie Kelly Studio

Kerrie Kelly is CEO + Creative Director for Kerrie Kelly studio, an award-winning interior designer, an author and contributor, and a product designer and multimedia consultant. Her work elevates everyday design, bridging the gap between design principles and life well lived. Kerrie is also a Board Member and Global Connect Advisor for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), among other industry recognitions.

Laura Kirar, Founder & Creative Director, Laura Kirar Design

Laura Kirar is a visual artist, internationally renowned for her work in interiors and product design. It has been her mission to foster artistic exploration, to inspire others by inventing platforms for spacial collaborations that merge the work of LKD with new talents, artisanal craft, and authentic design.

Colette van den Thillart, Principle & Founder, CVDT Interior Design

With an eye for modern living, Colette van den Thillart crafts experiential interiors in Canada and internationally which are distinguished through layers of historical reference, touches of wit and personalized allure. For nearly 15 years Colette served as Creative Director of Nicky Haslam's NH Design in London. In 2011 she founded her namesake firm in Toronto. Current projects include a residence in Rome, private residences in Toronto and New York, an oceanfront condo in Miami and a mid-century modern heritage refurbishment.

Anita Yokota, Founder Anita Yokota Design

Anita Yokota is a licensed marriage and family therapist turned interior designer who emphasizes the importance of incorporating wellness throughout the home. In her highly anticipated debut book, Home Therapy (Clarkson Potter, December 6, 2022) Anita walks you through her signature method for setting up your home to boost your mind, body, and spirit. Domino named Anita’s site the Best New Design Blog and her work has been featured in MyDomaine, Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, and many others. Anita lives in Southern California with her husband and their three daughters.

Industry-Leading Executives

Ryan Bloom, Co-Founder & President Urban Bonfire

Ryan Bloom has been a dedicated and passionate entrepreneur since building his first business, a mobile lemonade stand, at the age of six. He has leveraged his love for people, food, design and relationships into unique business concepts and brands including Urban Bonfire, founded in 2013. In addition to his business passions, Ryan is considered an outdoor cooking and entertainment industry expert and a highly sought-after keynote speaker, podcaster and mentor to young entrepreneurs. He resides in Montreal, Canada with his wife, Sara and their two children, Liam and Kobe.

Eduardo Cosentino, CEO Cosentino America & EVP Global Corporate Sales

Eduardo holds the post of CEO of Cosentino America and EVP of Global Corporate Sales at Cosentino. In these roles, he leads the Group’s sales efforts on a global scale as well as overseeing North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean, facilitating the company’s growth in one of the biggest markets for the organization. Within the industry, Eduardo serves on the NKBA's Board of Directors and as vice president of the Andalusian Marble Association.

Bill Darcy, CEO National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)

Bill Darcy is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), a forward-thinking trade organization serving the nearly $200 billion K+B industry. Within his 10+ year tenure with the NKBA, Bill has pioneered key industry initiatives: creating solutions in the face of skilled labor shortages, establishing the NKBA’s 30 under 30 program, and orchestrating the 2014 collaboration of KBIS and IBS to create Design & Construction Week - now one of the world’s largest, most comprehensive industry trade events.

Patty Dominguez, VP A+D Cosentino

VP of Architect and Design Sales for Cosentino North America, where she oversees the commercial business development for the segment.  Dominguez believes that at its core, successful business lies in relationship building and generating authentic connections. In her 16 years with Cosentino, the relationships she has cultivated with the country's leading architects, designers, and kitchen & bath dealers have played an integral part in its exponential growth in the United States, which makes up more than 60% of its global sales.

Adam Dunn, VP Design Four Hands

As Vice President of Design at Four Hands, Adam Dunn sets the creative direction and design vision for the home furnishings brand. Since he joined Four Hands in 2013, Adam has been transformational in accelerating Four Hands’ pivot to a lifestyle brand. His accomplishments include prioritizing in-house product design, establishing its high-end aesthetic, building out its product development team, and expanding into new product categories.

Jan Heck, President & CEO Miele USA

Named President and CEO of Miele USA in 2016, Jan Heck oversees U.S. operations and sales for the largest family-owned German appliance manufacturer. Jan oversees a business with a national network of retailers and trade partners and 10 Miele Experience Centers. Previously, Jan served as President of Miele Canada, and during his tenure, the company became Canada’s leading appliance brand and grew by more than 400%. Jan serves as chairman of the board of the German American Chamber Commerce New York and was recently named Chair of the NKBA’s Board of Directors.

Erika Kurtz, Chief Operating Officer New Moon Rugs

Erika Kurtz, COO and designer for New Moon Rugs, grew up in the industry, exploring the world with her father (New Moon founder John Kurtz) on his business travels. She brings her global perspective on art, design, business and handcrafted rugs to every project and creation. With extensive experience in the Tibetan rug industry, Erika spends a significant amount of time every year with her production team in Nepal. She uses her first-hand knowledge in design, production and customization to guide New Moon in new and exciting directions.

Edward Leaman, Chief Brand Officer California Closets

Edward is the Chief Brand Officer of California Closets, Founding Chair of Fashion Design California College of the Arts (CCA), and a Stanford University Professor. Born in London, England, he holds BA and MA degrees from Cambridge University in American history. Through his training and early career experience in Europe and Japan, he developed his passion for the customer in the lifestyle businesses of fashion, interiors and entertainment, as a designer, merchandiser, and marketer. After joining California Closets as EVP in 1994, he founded his own brand consultancy Growers and Nomads before returning to California Closets full-time in 2021.

Valentin Tijeras, VP Global Product, R&D + Quality, Cosentino

 Valentin Tijeras serves as the Global Director of Product, Research and Development, and Quality at Cosentino Group. In this role, he is responsible for the development and management of new products, which include introducing the most innovative, sustainable, and beautiful materials to the quartz surfaces and engineered stone industry. 

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