Announcing our 2021 Speaker Line-up!
Born in an Alabama sawmill town, Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. Architect, romantic, poet, and entrepreneur, he envisions home as a timeless, graceful, and emotionally evocative place. From the time he founded the firm in 1983, he has realized this ideal in a diverse array of traditional styles and regional vernaculars for clients all over the country and abroad. Today, known simply as McALPINE, the firm embraces a brilliant and eclectic family of architects and interior designers with offices in Atlanta, Nashville, New York and Montgomery. They have been listed on Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Décor’s A-List
Their designs include hundreds of residences, restaurants, private chapels, follies in a public park and on private lands, hotels, a school, a rehabilitated town, and a family compound on a private island in the Caribbean.
Their extensive portfolio has been widely published in several books and many periodicals including Veranda, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Elle Décor, Southern Living, House and Garden (both US and British editions), Garden and Gun, Coastal Living, Milieu, and Traditional Home.
Bobby’s popular furniture line, McAlpine Home, is available nationwide. He holds both architecture and interior design degrees and he continues his lifetime of learning in the world’s classroom. Bobby’s critically acclaimed book, The Home Within Us (2010), quickly became and remains a Rizzoli bestseller.
His much-heralded book, Poetry of Place (Rizzoli 2017), was released in October 2017.
Madeline Stuart is a leading member of the Los Angeles design community whose projects reflect a collaborative relationship between architecture and furniture, function and form, client and designer.
Over the past 25 years, the work of Madeline Stuart & Associates has been featured in numerous publications including, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, Town & Country, House & Garden and House Beautiful. The firm has been distinguished by its inclusion on the AD100, Architectural Digest‘s prestigious list of the top 100 design & architecture firms. Since 2010 Elle Décor has included Madeline on their A-List as one of the top designers in the country.
In the fall of 2019, Rizzoli released No Place Like Home, a monograph of Madeline’s work, written by her and featuring eight of her most unique projects.
Ms. Stuart lives in the Hollywood Hills and Santa Barbara with her husband, writer Steve Oney, and Beatrice & Mr. Peabody, professional Parson Russell terriers.
Andrew Davis is a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. Before building and selling a thriving digital marketing agency, Andrew produced for NBC’s Today Show, worked for The Muppets in New York and wrote for Charles Kuralt. He's appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and on NBC and the BBC. Davis has crafted documentary films and award-winning content for tiny start-ups and Fortune 500 brands.
Recognized as one of the industry's "Jaw-Dropping Marketing Speakers," Andrew is a mainstay on global marketing influencer lists. Wherever he goes, Andrew Davis puts his infectious enthusiasm and magnetic speaking style to good use teaching business leaders how to grow their businesses, transform their cities, and leave their legacy.
Some of Andrew's accolades include:
• One of the Top 25 Jaw-dropping Marketing Speakers You Must See -(Along with Gary Vaynerchuck, Seth Godin & Rohit Bhargava)
• Top 20 on Meetings & Conventions Magazine's List of Favorite Speakers-
(Right after President Bill Clinton and Anderson Cooper.)
Nir Bashan is a world-renowned creativity expert. He has taught thousands of leaders and individuals around the globe how to harness the power of creativity to improve profitability, increase sales, and ultimately create more meaning in their work. Nir has spent the last two decades working on a formula to codify creativity.
He has worked on numerous albums, movies, and advertisements with famous actors and musicians ranging from Rod Stewart to Woody Harrelson. His work on creativity has won a Clio Award and was nominated for an Emmy.
Nir is the founder and CEO of The Creator Mindset LLC, a company that conducts workshops, consulting, coaching, and keynote speeches at conferences and corporate events. His clients include AT&T, Microsoft, Ace Hardware, NFL Network, EA Sports, Suzuki, Activision and jetBlue. Nir lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife, young son, and two Bernedoodles named P-Paws and Waylon Jennings.
Stacey Brown Randall is a three-time entrepreneur, award-winning author of Generating Business Referrals Without Asking, host of the Roadmap to Grow Your Business podcast and national speaker.
Stacey’s programs help small business owners and solopreneurs take control of their referrals, their client experience and their business.
She has had the privilege of helping well-known corporations and franchises but her focus is on small business owners and solopreneurs including HM Properties, Windows With a View, Slater Interiors, Kintsugi Home Staging, Verve Design, Financial Symmetry, O’Connor Insurance Associates, Tyra Law Firm, Farris Cooke CPA, Rae Images, CAJA Bookkeeping, and hundreds more.
Stacey has been featured in national publications like Entrepreneur magazine, Investor Business Daily, Forbes, CEO World, Fox News, Cheddar TV Network and more. She is also the co-author of LuAnn Nigara’s book, The Things I Learned From a Well Designed Business.
She received her Master’s in Organizational Communication and is married with three kids.
Ginna Christensen is a business, marketing and leadership coach focusing on transforming creatives, business owners, managers, and teams into STAND OUTS in their field.
Sought after for her cool and creative solutions to the challenges of modern businesses, Christensen launched GC Collaborative in 2017. The boutique coaching & consulting firm specializes in Brand Messaging, Experiential Marketing, Digital Strategy, Content Creation & Social Media Management, Public Relations, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, and Leadership Training.
Sean Low is the go-to business coach for interior designers. His clients have included Nate Berkus, Sawyer Berson, Vicente Wolf, Barry Dixon, Kevin Isbell and McGrath II. Low earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and as founder-president of The Business of Being Creative, he has long consulted for design businesses.
Adam Japko is CEO of Esteem Media and founder of the Design Influencers Conference. Esteem Media is home to leading national and local media brands in the luxury home design, gardening, and fine wine communities; focused on connecting professionals and consumers around their passions and businesses. Design Influencers Conference, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, New England Home, and WineZag leverage events, print media, social media, blogs, and digital marketing… but overall, community connection as the catalyst for their constituents’ commercial success.
The Design Influencers Conference typically attracts more than 400 participants each year. It is the premier conference and experience for design influencers, interior design professionals, and brands who are actively using or interested in learning about social media, content, and digital marketing in the interior design industry.
Before Stacy Kunstel became an interiors stylist with nearly 100 magazine and book covers to her credit, she began as a writer covering luxury travel destinations, architecture and design. She combines both skills in her work as Homes Editor for New England Home Magazine and as a Regional Editor for Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living and others. Her work has appeared in Coastal Living, Country Living, Luxe, Rizzoli Books, the London Observer, Harper’s Bazzar UK and a dozen other publications. In 2010, between photo shoots and writing assignments, she and her partner Michael Partenio launched the lighting and furniture brand Dunes and Duchess, which is sold in luxury boutiques and to the trade.
Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington is NAHB Assistant Vice President for Forecasting and Analysis. She oversees the activities of the Forecasting & Analysis section of the Economics group which includes housing market analysis, industry surveys, developing and maintaining national, regional, long-term, and remodeling expenditures forecasts.
Before being promoted to Assistant Vice President, she worked at NAHB as a Senior Economist, responsible for state and local analysis. Prior to joining NAHB, Danushka worked at J.D. Power as a Senior Economic Analyst in the automotive industry.
She holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Business Administration from Otterbein University and M.A. degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Kathy has been prospering in the media industry for more than 35 years. In her last ten years, as publisher of New England Home, she has accomplished a notable amount, including co-founding the Luxury Home Design Summit, launching two New England Home bonus issues (rise: Stylish City Living and next: Forward-thinking Design) in addition to launching digital offerings for New England Home, such as sponsored content and various social media products. In 2016 Kathy was named one of the top women in media by Folio magazine.
Prior to New England Home, Kathy spent 27 years at PennWell Publishing, bringing in tens of millions of dollars in profits for her B2B clients. She is renowned for creating meaningful business connections between her clients, balancing the editorial and business side of her media companies, and making her colleagues feel like friends and family.
Jenna Talbott joined New England Home as Editor in Chief in March 2020. No stranger to Boston’s residential design community, she served as Creative Director of Design New England magazine for more than a decade and co-founded Bijou, a popular online design destination. Her depth of experience with audiences across consumer, trade, and alumni markets adds another layer to New England Home's rich legacy while bringing an extraordinary amount of passion and style to a design community she knows so well.
If you have a relevant or salient topic that would appeal to our senior-level audience or would like to inquire about speaking opportunities for the conference, please contact Luba at firstname.lastname@example.org.