Sub-Zero and Wolf President and CEO Joins 20th Anniversary Class
MADISON, Wis. (June 17, 2009) – Sub-Zero and Wolf’s president and CEO Jim Bakke has been inducted into the 2009 Kitchen and Bath Industry Hall of Fame, which honors those individuals who have contributed to the growth and professionalism of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and to the kitchen and bath industry as a whole.
The induction took place recently at Centennial Park in Atlanta at the annual NKBA Board of Directors’ Gala that kicked off the 2009 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (K/BIS). Joining Jim in the 2009 class was Ken Anderson, president of Task Lighting, and Mary Jo Peterson, a pioneering kitchen designer and educator.
“The honor is shared with my grandfather and father and the hundreds of employees of Sub-Zero and Wolf who work tirelessly to provide the innovative and quality products that the industry and public expect of us,” said Bakke. “I am very proud to accept this recognition for them.”
The Hall of Fame serves as a who’s-who of the kitchen and bath industry, from inventors and innovators to leaders and business founders, all of which have been directly responsible for making the kitchen and bath industry what it is today.
The inductees are nominated by NKBA members through a mail-in process. The nominations are given a thorough review by the Hall of Committee that is comprised of past inductees and industry professionals before the final recommendations are made to the NKBA Board of Directors for their vote.
This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the Kitchen and Bath Hall of Fame. In its founding year, the Hall of Fame brought in 25 inductees, who all made a strong impression in the minds of their peers, into what would become the highly respected and exclusive Hall of Fame group. Through the years, an average of three new members have been inducted each year.