Introducing KBDi President of the Board: Peter Sveinsson

Introducing KBDi President of the Board: Peter Sveinsson

Tuesday | 29 June 2021 | 4 pm AEST

In this week’s ‘Touch-base Tuesday’ session, we’ll be speaking with KBDi Board President, Peter Sveinsson CBD Au. Peter has 35 years’ experience in the building industry as tradesman, Certified Bathroom Designer and Business Manager. He is a founder and CEO of Brilliant SA, a successful home renovation company in Adelaide, specialising in renovation of bathrooms, kitchens and associated interior spaces. As the principal designer, Peter has also mentored several designers to award-winning success. In this conversation with Royston, you’ll hear more about Peter’s interesting career path, and learn what he hopes to achieve with his position on the KBDi Board.

Places are limited (with priority allocation going to KBDi Designer Members). Register TODAY and we’ll confirm your spot via email.

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Welcome to the new KBDi Board 2021

Welcome to the new KBDi Board 2021

The KBDi Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom on Thursday, 27 May.

Two nominees – Peter Sveinsson of South Australia and Matt Michel of New South Wales – applied for the two open positions and were duly elected to the KBDi Board.

Melbourne’s Garrett Hebden ended his term with the KBDi Board and welcomed some fresh faces to the table. Garrett has served the organisation for several years – most recently in the role of Treasurer – and we thank him sincerely for his time, commitment and positive contributions to the growth of KBDi.

When they convened the day after the AGM, the new Board nominated South Australian member, Ellen Wundersitz. You’ll see the new Board in its entirety here, but please join us in thanking, congratulating and welcoming your representatives in their new positions.

Peter Sveinsson (South Australia)
With his re-election to the Board, Adelaide’s Peter Sveinsson will continue his role as President. Peter’s vast industry experience, professionalism and planning proficiency are hugely appreciated at the helm, and we extend our warmest thanks for his continued participation.

Matt Michel (New South Wales)
KBDi welcomes our newest elected Board Member, Matt Michel.

Matt is the owner and principal designer of Matt Michel Design. This successful kitchen, bathroom and interior design business has operated in Castlecrag on Sydney’s North Shore – and more recently in Sydney’s Northern Beaches – for over 15 years.

His 30-year career began with the attainment of a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design UTS) in 1992 and a subsequent position with a multinational decorative glass manufacturer. He later became an in-house designer for a bathroom vanity manufacturer before moving on to a prominent Sydney kitchen company. Having developed comprehensive product knowledge and extensive design skills in these roles, Matt took the leap to working independently as a ‘Cabinetry Consultant’ and has been happily designing beautiful, award-winning residential spaces since.

Before joining the KBDi in 2016, Matt’s solo enterprise left him feeling somewhat isolated. The organisation brought him industry insight, education and the support of fellow peers, and he looks forward to providing the same reassurance and fellowship to others in the industry through his Board position.

Ellen Wundersitz (South Australia)
At the first meeting of the new KBDi Board, Adelaide’s Ellen Wundersitz was appointed the position of Treasurer.

Ellen is the Managing Director of Adelaide-based design and manufacturing company, SpaceCraft Joinery. She works closely with a team of talented designers and highly skilled craftspeople to deliver ultra-efficient services and premium joinery solutions to South Australia’s metro and regional areas.

With a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and decades of experience across all facets of small business management, she has an excellent appreciation for the challenges faced by many KBDi members. Ellen was active in the SA Chapter Committee that delivered the very successful KBDi Design Symposium in Adelaide in 2017, and looks forward to further contributing to the industry with her position on the KBDi Board.

As indicated above, you will find the entire Board and Executive here. On behalf of all KBDi Members and Partners, we extend our sincerest thanks for the time and contributions of all.

KBDi partner with Denfair & Interiors Australia

KBDi partner with Denfair & Interiors Australia

KBDi are thrilled to be partnering with DENFAIR in Melbourne this year, as the highly regarded exhibition launches a flagship sister event, Interiors Australia. Combined, the two events create Australia’s most comprehensive, national, interior design and architecture show for professionals specifying for any interior project. 

Interiors Australia and DENFAIR will showcase hundreds of new products. From furniture to finishes, lighting and accessories and all kinds of floor and wall coverings, you’re sure to find plenty of inspiration. The show will highlight trends from abroad and offer a fabulous line up of inspirational speaker sessions.

And we’re most excited about the dedicated kitchen and bathroom zone, where you’ll discover the latest in appliances, tapware and innovative technologies. (And us, of course – flying the flag for kitchen and bathroom design professionals.)

More details will follow, but lock in the dates below to ensure you’re ready to go.

Interiors Australia & DENFAIR 

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 10 am – 7 pm

Friday, 15 October 2021, 10 am – 7 pm

Saturday, 16 October 2021, 10 am – 4 pm 

Häfele Discoveries Highlights Webinar

Häfele Discoveries Highlights Webinar

A message from our Corporate Partner, Häfele

Häfele Discoveries Event

Interzum 2021 is almost upon us and whilst this year’s exhibition will not be a physical one, the Häfele Australia team are excited to bring to you the virtual event and platform starting on 10 May.

The Häfele Discoveries platform is a digital experience that serves as our trade booth whilst the physical exhibition is not able to go ahead in Köln, Germany this year.

Join one of our many Webinars starting on 10 May by registering on the link below for a short overview of the event and then register with your Account Manager for a 1:1 tour of the platform, when you have time. The Account managers have been learning about all the new products and details so they’ll be well informed to answer any questions you have.

We look forward to you being able to join us for the Häfele Discoveries tour.

Register here

Represent your industry on the KBDi Board

Represent your industry on the KBDi Board

Note: Nominations for KBDi board positions are will close on Thursday, 6 May 2021. All current financial members will receive official nomination forms (via email) on Thursday, 29 April 2021.

Many people shy away from board positions because they’re worried about the time commitment, or a little daunted by the selection process. The experiences and knowledge you stand to gain, however, could far outweigh these challenges. We’ve set out three good reasons for you to consider how a KBDi board position could add value to your personal and professional life, and encourage you to consider nominating before 6 May 2021.

  1. Grow your network

Most of our existing Board Members are at the table because they have a robust professional circle and enjoy the networking opportunities afforded to them through Board engagement. When you serve on a board with peers who are passionate about your industry and making new connections, you’ll expand your existing community of friends and colleagues. This new network can be an asset for the remainder of your career, whether you’re looking for new executive roles, additional board roles, or simply to swap ideas with people who may have a different perspective or outlook.

  1. Build your brand

Joining a board is a great way to boost your personal brand. A board position adds gravitas to any resume, CV or LinkedIn profile, and shows your community you’re a front runner in your field. Your board position will demonstrate your industry commitment to clients, suppliers and potential collaborators.

  1. Improve what you do

As a board director, you’ll gain insight into a new entity which likely has a different structure, purpose and methodologies to your own. Other board members will also bring various ideologies and processes to the table, and you’ll soon learn news ways of operating. By being a part of this round table, you’ll gain new ways to approach problems and find creative solutions. These takeaways will make you a better business person, and a greater contributor to all kinds of teams and communities.

If you’re interested in learning more about a KBDi Board position, please contact Royston Wilson directly on mobile no. 0412 325 417, or via email ed@kbdi.org.au.

Mario Romano Walls

Mario Romano Walls

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, Austaron.

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