The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is just around the corner, and at Restrepo Innovations we’re looking forward to more than just escaping New Jersey’s cold weather for a getaway in Las Vegas. In fact, I firmly believe that whether you are a designer or a technology integrator, you should be there.

Michael Restrepo, Owner, Restrepo Innovations

It’s important to know and be aware when something enters the front line for innovation, and KBIS has become just that. Tech today is constantly evolving and KBIS is right at the forefront of the home, the newest trends in design and technology, and pioneering the way. In years past, construction and design didn’t work as hand-in-hand with technology as it does today. But we’re seeing a major shift as appliances throughout the home are becoming more and more integrated.

The kitchen is often called the heart of the home, and rightly so. It is the focal point from both a designer’s standpoint and a community standpoint. It is a place where people can gather for reunions and celebration. Now the heart of the home is inundated with technology that we get to be a part of. Even in our own home, my wife and I are immersed in smart technology integrated in design, and we know that it only makes the heart of the home stronger.

As technology only gets bigger, wider, and deeper and as design continues to grow and integrate technology into our everyday lives, we need to capitalize on these moments and take these opportunities to be part of the conversation. If we want to bring technology and design together, the AV industry needs to be a part of these shows. KBIS will allow those integrating the latest home technology to cultivate incredible relationships and mentorships that feed each other to do great things for the industry. Collaborating with Toni Sabatino, President of the NKBA Manhattan chapter, over this past year has sparked many of these important conversations.

This year I find myself at KBIS for more than the thrill. I often think of the quote, “We choose to do things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” While there are so many opportunities to connect around me especially being located right outside of New York City, I make it a focus to attend KBIS this year. As technology grows, I want to be a piece of the puzzle, a part of the solution in the bigger answer. I’m looking forward to being a piece of that puzzle at KBIS next week.

I hope to see you there.