Cabinets & Closets 2016 Conference Keynotes Announced
December 3, 2015 | 2:55 pm CST
Cabinets & Closets 2016 takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center in California, March 22-24.

A preliminary conference line-up has been announced for Cabinets & Closets 2016. Keynote speakers include closet luminary Lisa Adams, president of LA Closet Design; and famed custom cabinetry builder John McDonald of Semihandmade Cabinets. A high-profile "designer to the stars," Adams has raised the professional stature of closet and home storage design through her striking projects and inventive use of materials, lighting and design.

Headline Speakers at Cabinets & Closets 2016

Lisa Adams launched LA Closet Design in 2007 with the intention of revolutionizing the concept of closets. Since then, a roster of celebrities, designers, architects and homeowners of all stripes have engaged Lisa’s services to create customized, often high tech and environmentally friendly wardrobe spaces that add real value to the home, improve a homeowners living experience and add style and flair to what is one of the most important spaces in a house.


Lisa Adams on HGTV's Million Dollar Closets Reality Show

Watch closet designer to the stars, Lisa Adams, as she guides Los Angeles celebrities through the home organization design process.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii,  Adams earned her BA in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and then an MBA from Malibu’s Pepperdine University. Though a science major, Lisa knew she possessed an unusual blend of left and right-brain traits. As a dedicated follower of fashion, style and décor, she decided that design, with its combination of creative inspiration and disciplined details would be an ideal fit for her personal and professional passions.

Observing the public’s growing obsession with functional spaces such as kitchens and baths, she began to notice that there was yet one more under-utilized and misunderstood room to be explored: the closet. Coat closets, master wardrobes, laundry rooms, kids closets – many were functionally and aesthetically in the dark ages. Lisa says she decided it was time to reinvent the closet into spaces that were highly functional, uber-organized and utterly beautiful. See more of Lisa's work at LA Closet Design.

Also headlining the program will be JohnMcDonald, founder and president of Semihandmade


The Cabinet Maker Who Hacked IKEA

A former Hollywood screenwriter, John McDonald has established a thriving business - and created a new category - with high end custom cabinetry doors milled to match IKEA cabinetry catalog.


The conference and exposition for closet designers and custom and cabinetry builders also includes a finishing track for the first time this year.

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Cabinets & Closets Conference and Expo takes place at the March 22-24 in Pasadena, CA. The day-long conference program will be held March 22 at the Conference Building of the Pasadena Convention Center; Cabinets & Closets Expo takes place March 23-24 in Halls A and B.

Again for 2016, the Association of Closet & Storage Professionals is partnering with Woodworking Network in developing the Closets Conference track. And the Cabinet Makers Association is partnering in the development of the Cabinet Conference track.


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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.