Four individuals who have been active in the kitchen and bath industry for years have been inducted into the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s “Hall of Fame.” The quartet – including two individuals who have been associated with Kitchen & Bath Design News – were inducted during ceremonies prior to the opening of the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) here in April.
- Honored by the NKBA were:
Former KBDN columnist and current contributor Thompson Price, CKD, CBD. Price – the owner and president of the Manchester, MO-based Callier & Thompson Kitchens, Baths & Appliances – has worked in the remodeling industry since 1971, and has been involved with the NKBA for many years. He held a seat for 10 years on the National Board of Directors and was elected National President in 1990.
During his NKBA presidency, Price took steps to ensure the financial security of the association. He was an integral part of the team that developed the Certified Bathroom Design Program and test. He has also served as an instructor for many NKBA courses and is one of the founders of the Bath & Kitchen Buying Group (BKBG).
Former KBDN columnist Fu-Tung Cheng has been involved in the kitchen and bath industry for more than 25 years, and has become internationally known for his innovative use of various contemporary materials – particularly concrete – in the home.
In 1987, Cheng founded Cheng Design and Construction, Inc., and soon after that launched Cheng Design Products, Inc. as a way to introduce the Cheng design aesthetic to a broader market. The company’s product line includes kitchen hoods, as well as modular kitchen and bath countertops.
Don and Kasnea Martin, partners in Kasmar Publications, Inc., have produced several magazines focused on kitchens and baths, and featuring the works of many NKBA designers. The magazines – Designer Kitchens & Baths, Designer Baths, The Kitchen Collection and Kitchens – are reference guides that design professionals can use with their customers.
The Kitchen and Bath Industry Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to the advancement of the kitchen and bath industry through their innovation, leadership, dedication to the industry and commitment to excellence.
There are now 70 people who have been honored through their induction. Their photos are hung at the NKBA’s headquarters in Hackettstown, NJ.