Builders’ Show highlights top products
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) anointed a few winners at last week’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.
Now in its second year, the Best of IBS Product Awards recognized winners in six categories out of 254 total entries.
Trutankless by Bollente Companies took home the Best Home Technology Award for its revolutionary approach to tankless water heating. Using a custom heat exchanger, Trutankless heats water as it passes through the system, which is aimed at creating an endless supply of hot water.
The Best Kitchen Product Award went to Halo HU20 Magnetic LED Undercabinet Luminair by Eaton’s Cooper Lighting Business, which uses magnetic contact technology for fully adjustable functionality.
For Best Bath Product, Decorative Channel Drains by Quick Drain USA took the gold for its elegant, streamlined approach to shower drains.
Push Pull Rotate Door Locks by Brinks Home Security, which function exactly as they sound, won the Best of Indoor Living Product Award as well as Best in Show. It shared the Best of Indoor Living title with Salt-Free Water Softening System by nuvoH20.
The Classic Series by Coronado Stone Products, which offers manufactured stone veneer, thin brick, tile and precast products, won Best of Outdoor Living.
Goldberg Barn Track by Goldberg Brothers, Inc. was deemed Best Window & Door Product for its elegant sliding door hardware kits.
And finally, JetBoard by JetProducts was named Most Innovative Building Material. JetProducts has developed Magnesium Oxide Board (MgO), which stands up to fire, mold, mildew, termites and water.
Christopher Durham named VP retail brands at Theory House
Christopher Durham has been named VP retail brands at Theory House, a Charlotte, N.C.-based marketing agency that has worked with major home improvement brands, such as Lowe’s, WW Grainger, Husqvarna and Gunk.
“Theory House is poised to take our next step in becoming the preeminent retail branding firm, and Christopher’s expertise and passion for building private brands aligns perfectly with our vision,” said Jim Cusson, president, Theory House. “His retail and store brand knowledge is well-respected throughout the industry, and the strategic skills he brings to the table round out our agency’s offerings, deepening our ability to help our client’s brands thrive.”
Durham has more than 20 years of experience under his belt in brand management, during which he created the My Private Brand website, which helps retailers turn private labels into consumer brands. His portfolio includes work for Office Depot, Best Buy, Food Lion, Hannaford and Lowe’s. For the latter, he developed and implemented brand strategies for a number of its private brands, including Blue Hawk, Style Selections, Project Source, Harbor Breeze and allen+roth.
“Theory House delivers tremendous strategic thinking and effective design to its clients," said Durham. "I’m looking forward to bolstering the team’s ability to help retailers develop and grow what I believe is one of their most underutilized assets — their private brand portfolio. Together we will provide world-class strategy, branding, design and execution by creating compelling, differentiated and profitable retail brands.”