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2018 Workshop Speakers
D&J Kitchens & Baths Darius Baker
D&J Kitchens & Baths, Inc.

Darius Baker and John Scofield became partners in 1981 with a cabinet making business named Custom Kitchens & Furniture. As the demand for their product shifted in the late 1980's to a more remodeling orientated direction, they closed the cabinet shop and started D & J Kitchens and Baths, Inc., specializing in kitchen and bath remodeling projects. In 2000 Darius and John began to grow the company to what it is today, with 13 employees which include in house designers and field staff capable of any remodeling project.

The company focus is still on interior type projects and can include entire house remodels. Many of D & J's clients remember the personal service they received from Darius and John. Rest assured this service has not changed from our growth. You will receive the same personal service from a qualified D & J team member. Today, D & J Kitchens and Baths has completed over 300 remodeling projects in the Sacramento area and has received 17 COTY (Contractor of the Year) awards.


Doug Bertsch Doug Bertsch
American Pacific Mortgage

Doug Bertsch has been originating reverse mortgage loans for over 15 years in the surrounding Sacramento area . Passionate about helping seniors in the community he became a corporate reverse mortgage educator and trainer for American Pacific Mortgage Corp. out of Roseville, California. He currently holds a California Real estate Brokers license and is approved with the NMLS government licensing.

After studying for and passing a national test Doug is currently one of only 157 loan originators in the nation that has been given the title of Certified Reverse Mortgage Specialist by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. He believes that reverse mortgage benefits can give seniors 62 years and older the ability to navigate better through some of the most difficult financial decisions of their life. That is why you can always ask Doug why he has a reverse mortgage on his home.



Michael Glassman Michael Glassman

Michael Glassman is an award winning landscape designer and owner of one of Northern California's most prestigious design firms. With more than thirty years of experience in landscape design, waterworks and the creative elements that enhance outdoor living environments, he spent two years as co-host and designer of Discovery Home Channel's series "Garden Police".

Michael's work has been the subject of nearly fifty Sunset Magazine feature articles. He has also been published in numerous other publications including: Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking with Paula Dean, This Old House Magazine, Garden Design and Landscape Architecture. Five of his gardens were recently featured in Great Backyards 2009 magazine. His sustainable landscaping ideas were recently featured on CNN's Glen Beck show. He has been the spokesperson for the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) and has been honored three times by the American Horticultural Society, who has selected his gardens to be on their tours of Northern California gardens.

His landscape and design solutions have been the subject of more than 7 books books including: Gaining Ground by Maureen Gilmer; Outdoor Designs for Living; Garden Getaways: Havens at Home and his latest to be released at the Northern California Home & Landscape Expo — The Garden Bible.

Part environmental evangelist, part landscape design coach and connoisseur, Michael regularly appears on HGTV's "Gardening by the Yard" with Paul James. His pool designs were featured on a HGTV special , "Spectacular Pools" and recently one of his Outdoor Kitchens appeared on the HGTV special " Sizzling Outdoor Kitchens". His kitchen design was selected as the second best in the nation. Michael's clients are always amazed by his expert vision in unifying the interior and exterior of their homes while finding beauty in their natural outdoor settings, which are coaxed by his creativity into works of art.

He received his degree in landscape Architecture and design from the University of California at Davis and studied at LaNapoule Art Foundation in France. His work can be viewed on his website.


Barry Hoffer Barry Hoffer

Barry's passion is Japanese Maples. He turned his passion into a business when he opened Maples for all Seasons, a Nursery specializing in Japanese Maples, based in Pleasanton, CA. His passion grew from when he acquired his first Japanese Maple, Acer japonicum, Acontifolium, 15 years ago, to a collection that now consists of almost all of the worlds available cultivars. He is still adding.

He serves as President of the Northern California Japanese Maple Society and regularly conducts classes as "The Maple Guy" teaching about gardening with Japanese Maples, the care and pruning of the Japanese maples as well as discussing the four seasons of the Japanese Maples. Being an expert on Japanese Maples, including the care, planting and pruning, Barry has been on Radio, TV and does regular appearances at local Garden Clubs, Home and Garden Shows, Landscape and Garden Shows, and Nurseries throughout the western states.


Larry Greene Larry Greene
Southgate Glass

Larry Greene has been with Southgate Glass for over 14 years. He hit the ground running selling windows and doors and never looked back. In 2012, Larry was promoted to the Sales Manager position, managing five window sales representatives and has helped grow the department over 40%.

Southgate Glass has been serving the Sacramento area since 1961. They focus on window and door products for the home. They employ their own installers and offer a 20-year workmanship warranty. Southgate Glass has completed over 6,500 window projects and has become an industry leader in Sacramento. Learn more at www.SouthgateGlass.com


Elma Gardner Elma Gardner
CMKBD of By Design in Davis

As the inspiration behind the award winning firm, By Design owner and principal designer Elma Gardner, brings more than 20 years of design experience and industry expertise to every project. Focused exclusively on residential design, Elma works closely with every client on interior design planning, interior specification and exterior architectural detailing for both new construction and remodel projects, collaborating with architects, contractors and developers on all aspects of the construction process.

Genise Hood-Plessas Genise Hood-Plessas
Genise Plessas Designs of Sacramento

Genise is currently the VP of Communications & Marketing for the California Capital Chapter of NKBA and the incoming President for that chapter in 2018. She is also the chair of the Architectural Control Committee for Natomas Park and belongs to the AIA group for "Materials Matter" Symposium.

Genise is currently working for Cosentino as an Architect & Design Sales Manager. She became involved with the stone supply industry nearly four years ago, after owning her own Interior Design firm beginning in 2001. She has collaborated on a variety of residential and commercial projects.


Kathleen Jennison Kathleen Jennison
ASID Interior Designers

Kathleen Jennison, is an award winning Certified Interior Designer and General Contractor in Stockton, California. Currently serving as President of the ASID California Central/Nevada Chapter and Marketing Director of the Great Sacramento NARI Chapter. She works with creative, edgy & stylish new homeowners who want to create spaces that are show-stoppingly beautiful, functional & unique. Whether you're looking to rebuild, remodel or redesign, she can take your big vision and turn it into a unique-to-you home you & your friends will love, and people won't stop raving about!

Katherine Kawaguchi Katherine Kawaguchi
Owner - Guchi Interior Design

Katherine and her husband Bruce opened Guchi Interior Design to offer their expertise in individual home Interior and Exterior design and installations. They have helped hundreds of Sacramento area homeowners plan and execute the latest in timeless design with an emphasis on "...creating beautiful homes one room at a Time!" Once you start working with Guchi you will always turn to them for all your remodeling projects. Katherine enjoys life in the Sacramento area watching her home, state and capital city become one of the nation's leaders in both current trends and Universal Design.

Farmer John Muller Farmer John Muller
Daylight Farms / The Heirloom Seed Store / Franchii Old World Seed Co.

Farmer John, a 3rd generation Family Farmer will share his knowledge and family secrets on vegetable and flower growing to help you take your seed to the table. As an urban farmer growing for farmers' markets, select restaurants, and most importantly, his grandchildren, his approach works for first time gardeners, seasoned pros, and those who love to eat what they grow! His engaging and practical experience will take you from soil preparation, to seed germination, to planting, and finishing with how and when to harvest, with his Top Ten Tips along the way.

Joe Pagluica Joe Pagluica
Pool Time Pool & Spa Inc.

Joe Pagluica is a 25 year pool/spa industry veteran and is the owner of Pool Time, Inc., Born and raised in Sacramento, his company of 45 well trained employees build, remodel and maintain over 900 pools on a weekly basis. Past President of SACRAMENTO IPSSA (Independent Pool & Spa Association) Member of NPC (National Plaster Council) & APSP (Pool & Spa Professionals Association).

Kathe Russell Mike & Kathe Russell
General Manager, DreamBuilders Home Remodeling

Mike Russell, CR and Kathe Russell, CKBR, CAPS are the owners of award winning DreamBuilders Home Remodeling. Now in the 15th year of business, DreamBuilders' specializes in creating dream homes for homeowners planning to enjoy their retirement years. Their boutique showroom and consumer education center is located in Rancho Cordova.

Mike is a general contractor and certified remodeler. Kathe is an interior designer and certified aging in place specialist. Together with their dream team, they help you transform your house into a home.


Jacobe Caditz and Kaelin Sherrel Jacobe Caditz and Kaelin Sherrel
SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District)

Jacobe Caditz supervises SMUD's Energy Education and Technology Center. Hosting free classes and events for both residential and commercial audiences, the EE&TC helps customers learn how to control their energy costs while making their homes and business more comfortable, connected, and sustainable. Jacobe has a passion for saving energy, public engagement, and sustainable urban communities.

Kaelin Sherrel works for the Energy Education & Technology Center at SMUD promoting energy savings and conservation as the Residential Education Specialist. A winner of the Strong Competition at Sacramento State, she is your champion to help you learn ways to save energy whether you live in anything from a Tiny House to multi-family housing.


Roberta Walker Roberta Walker

Drawing upon her background in fine art and graphic design, Roberta Walker combines her aesthetic sense with her passion for gardening. With extensive training and experience ranging from nurseries to lush English gardens, Roberta is a pro at creating beautiful landscapes which are also "low-maintenance."

One of her great joys is sharing her passion and experience with others. Examples of her work and a detailed description of her landscaping philosophy can be found at her Web site, www.robertawalker.com.


Rebecca Ward Rebecca Ward
ASID Interior Designers

Rebecca Ward is an award-winning, certified interior designer offering full service interior design to the greater Sacramento area. Specializing in fresh, contemporary spaces; her focus is to bring beauty, purpose and inspiration to every interior. She received her BA in Interior design from CSU, Sacramento and founded her company, Rebecca Ward Design, in 2007 to enable her to fully pursue her passion for design. A native of Sacramento, Rebecca enjoys continually contributing to the community and culture of the city through innovative design.