Leslie Hart has more than 30 years of in-depth marketing and communications experience in all channels of the kitchen and bath industry.
Trained as a journalist, she edited the B2B magazine during the industry’s metamorphosis from a building trade to a design and lifestyle industry.
Then she served as director of strategic marketing at Meredith Corporation, publishers of Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home, Beautiful Kitchens & Baths and other leading consumer magazines. There she created integrated marketing programs for the Home Depot and Sub-Zero among others.
In 1993 she became senior vice president and then principal of Fry Communications, a full-service agency serving all channels of the kitchen and bath industry. She currently writes the Consumer Insights column for Kitchen & Bath Design News magazine.
Leslie and Nora have worked together in different capacities for more than 20 years. They frequently collaborated during Nora’s tenure at NKBA and Leslie’s years at K+BB.
Brands Served: St. Charles of New York, La Cornue, Gessi, Sub-Zero/Wolf, the Home Depot, Blanco, NKBA, BKBG, Avonite, BreezeDry, Sunrise, St. Thomas, Poggenpohl Pittsburgh
Born and Bred: Washington, D.C. in the shadow of the White House, then on to Pittsburgh, Pa. (loved those Pirates!)
Best Part of Your Job: Always learning something new
Most Memorable Industry Moment: My induction into the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Hall of Fame in 2000 (right).
Ed Cred: Masters in Journalism, Syracuse University
Applause/Applause: NKBA Hall of Fame; Jesse Neal journalism award
Seen and Been Seen: Speaker/presenter industry conferences & seminars, including Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, KBDN Leader’s Conference, BKBG conference, NKBA New Zealand chapter, Luxembourg Kitchen & Bath Show, Corian tour in Japan, Eurocucina Milan, International Möblemesse, Cologne; ISH, Frankfurt; Cersaie, Bologna.
Most Memorable High School Moment: My first column “Junior Highlights” published in the Bethel Park Boro News; living as an exchange student in Colombia
Most Memorable College Moment: Junior year at the University of Madrid, summer school at the University of Munich
Favorite Things: Kevin (almost no hair), Brighton (miniature long hair dachshund) new nephews and nieces (getting hair) grown-up nieces and nephews (fixated on hair)