See below for celebrities and experts at the show in 2018.

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Laurie March of DIY Network

As design coordinator for DIY Network’s Blog Cabin and digital talent for DIY Network, HGTV and Cooking Channel, Laurie March shares her knowledge and passion for remodeling, decorating, gardening, cooking and crafting. Her online video series have included Boot Camp, where she whips homes into shape; House Counselor, where she guides homeowners through the tough remodeling decisions; and Good to Know, a fun and quirky take on food, home and life hacks. Laurie’s sense of fun — and pun! — come through in everything she does. 
Appearing on the Fresh Ideas Stage:
- Friday, October 12 at 3pm
- Saturday, October 13 at 12pm & 3pm 

Richard McKannRichard McKann, Host of The Home Improvement Show on 1140 WRVA 
Appearing Saturday, October 13
Richard McKann is a Master tradesman, licensed contractor and plumber and Host of The Home Improvement Show, heard each week on 1140 WRVA.
Tommy_TeamMaiTyTommy Bettin
Fred Astaire Dance Studio Richmond

Tommy Bettin, an alumni of Richmond Ballet is the owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios Richmond, a brand new social and competitive ballroom dance studio. He is very excited about bringing ballroom dancing to Richmond and providing professional level facilities and world class instruction with world class dancers. Fred Astaire Dance Studios is a place where learning how to dance is a guarantee and the benefits that come with it are a time-tested treasure.
Tommy’s strong technical base in ballet continuously awarded him opportunities to perform and coach all across the country in the ballroom dance field. In North Carolina, while successfully teaching and competing, Tommy decided to start his own dance studio in Richmond, Virginia and Fred Astaire Richmond was born. He now enjoys participating in the studio activities and continues to perform, compete, and coach professionally. He looks forward to dancing through the rest of his life. 

Appearing on the Fresh Ideas Stage:
Saturday, October 13 at 6pm
Visit with Fred Astaire Dance Studios during the entire show in booth #341.


Kristin Vinagro
Director of Communication at Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity

As the Director of Communications at Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity Kristin works to promote the mission of Habitat for Humanity and the Richmond Habitat ReStore to the general public through social media, email marketing, PR, attending community events and other methods of community outreach.  She has worked in the nonprofit field her entire professional life, working first for the George Washington Foundation as an Interpreter and Children's Program Leader, and then moving to Rappahannock United Way as a Nonprofit Capacity Build Coordinator, where she worked to promote partnerships and collaborations between nonprofit organizations in the Fredericksburg area.  
Since working for Richmond Habitat, Kristin has become interested in the concept of "upcycling" used furniture and materials into something beautiful and functional, keeping usable materials from the landfill.  Kristin also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and her two cats!

Presenting "Easy & Affordable Upcycle Ideas" on the Fresh Ideas Stage:
Saturday, October 13 at 2pm
Sunday, October 14 at 1pm

Jeanine_SienaJeanine Michele of Jeanine Michele Enterprises

Jeanine's foundation growing up in a family of DIYers, taking shop class in junior high, getting a BFA in Fine Arts and heading off to Italy has definitely influenced her design style along with her understanding of how things get done. In her early career, decorative and commercial painting was my medium. She is now taking things to the next level. Where her medium used to be paints, and installations or happenings, she is now concentrating on the creation and execution of physical spaces on a larger scale.

Jeanine moved to Italy in her mid 20s, which is a pivotal point for many in defining who they are and what influences people in life. She lived and breathed Italy. The style, the craftsmanship and the teaching of knowledge passed down from generation to generation. Having lived in Italy for 25 years, having been able to work and learn Italian art from Italian artisans and high-end art dealers…now she wants to go further with her knowledge. Italians have a unique perspective and style that she would love to carry through to the United States and elsewhere.

Appearing on the Fresh Ideas Stage:
Saturday, October 13 at 1pm
Sunday, October 14 at 2pm