Leslie Hart

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

Leslie is a Kitchen & Bath Hall of Fame member.

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)