Meet our Team

Mark Kaplan, owner

Growing up in the family hardware and appliance business, Howard's Kitchen Studio owner Mark Kaplan has been involved in home improvement his entire life. He helped customers select the right appliances and plumbing choices while working in the business during high school and college. He also gained experience working with the contractors and understanding what products worked best for their jobs...and most importantly, learned the value of good customer relations. After college, Mark joined his father, Howard and mother Helen, using his business education to expand the company into kitchen remodeling. Over the years, as the kitchen remodeling business grew and grew, Mark opened a separate showroom just for kitchen remodeling - Howard's Kitchen Studio (named in honor of his father).

 

Today, Mark concentrates only on remodeling. He personally supervises every project to guarantee your complete satisfaction. Never one to be limited by the time clock, Mark can always be reached by cell phone to answer any of your concerns.

 

Sandee Daye, CMKBD

You can find Sandee Daye, CMKBD, at the Loveland Showroom, where she is the manager and Senior Designer for the company.

 

Sandee achieved professional designation of CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer) in 1993, CBD (Certified Bath Designer) in 2004, and CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer) in 2005. These certifications are based on documented proof of knowledge, ability and experience in the design of residential kitchens and baths. The CMKBD recognition is the highest level of achievement and accomplishment offered by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. As a CMKBD, Sandee is not only qualified to do the total job for the consumer, but her assistance to architects, interior designers and builders is invaluable when it comes to technical knowledge, product supply, and supervision in the planning and development of today's sophisticated residential kitchens.

 

Sandee has received the following awards in national competitions:

  • Awarded 1st place (Showroom Display Category) CAMBRIA LIFESTYLES competition 2007
  • Awarded 2nd place (Large Kitchen Category) in the prestigious NATIONAL KITCHEN & BATH ASSOCIATION (NKBA) design competition in 1998

And she has been recognized in national and local publications:

  • CAMBRIA CALENDAR
  • BETTER HOMES and GARDEN
  • WOMAN's DAY SPECIAL KITCHEN & BATH
  • AMERICAN HOMESTYLE and GARDENING
  • KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN NEWS
  • KBB KITCHEN & BATH BUSINESS
  • KITCHEN & BATH CUSTOM PLANNER
  • CINCINNATI DESIGN MAGAZINE

Sandee also participated in Project Judging Panels, recognizing her abilities and eye for functional and creative design:

  • INDIANAPOLIS MONTHLY HOME MAGAZINE
  • CENTRAL OHIO NKBA CHAPTER
  • INDIANAPOLIS MONTHLY HOME MAGAZINE
  • CINCINNATI HOMERAMA

 

 

Julie Denning, AKBD

Julie is the lead Design Consultant at our Mariemont showroom

 

Julie achieved her AKBD (Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer) in May of 2007 and is working toward her CKBD to support her drive and passion for design excellence. She has worked as Territory Manager for Master Brand Cabinets keeping designers updated on new products, trends, and design elements, before deciding to get back into get back into design to be able to work directly with clients again and take on the challenge of transforming their dreams into reality.

 

She has previously worked at local studios and fabrication shops designing custom cabinetry, and worked with builder designing built-in furniture for models and sales centers, space planning, drafting floor plans, plant specification and placement, and assisting on installation. Her commercial projects include the Arizona Historical Society, Scottsdale Library, Botanical Gardens, Red Rocks Museum, Easy Streets Rehabilitation facilities, and working with Las Vegas casino owners to develop prototypes for the Pima-Maricopa gaming project.

 

Her designs have made their way into the following publications:

  • Cincinnati Magazine 2004 - Awarded winner in the annual Interior Design Awards
  • Home Trends Fall 2004

2007 featured on Jay Shatz's Around the House

 

Professional Affiliations

As a member of BKBG, a national buying group, Howard's Kitchen Studio combines buying power with other independent kitchen dealers to ensure competitive pricing and first-rate service.  

We are also members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). All of these affiliations provide continuing educational opportunities so we keep up with the latest products and procedures to ultimately serve you, our customer, better.