2018 Speakers & Celebrities
Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak
Hosts of Good Bones & Two Chicks and a Hammer
Karen E Laine (Mom), former lawyer and Mina Starsiak (daughter), real estate agent are Two Chicks and a Hammer, Inc. They began rehabbing houses in their neighborhood near downtown Indianapolis in 2007 (before it was a “hot” neighborhood). In the process, they discovered a skill set and passion for neighborhood rehabilitation, one house at a time. They found that they could do well by doing good! In 2014, High Noon Entertainment, who filmed a pilot for HGTV, founded their company. The pilot aired in May 2015 under the name “Two Chicks and a Hammer”. In July 2015, they began filming the first season of the show now known as “Good Bones”. The series follows the expert team as they buy homes in serious disrepair, sometimes gut them to the studs and transform them into stunning remodels. They are now currently filming their third season!
Karen & Mina will appear on stage, Saturday, Jan. 20th
On the outside, Jason Cameron looks like a TV star. But on the inside, he’s all handyman and all business. Watch him work and it quickly becomes apparent this licensed contractor really knows his stuff, especially when it comes to his own personal passions: home improvement and landscaping. Jason says he recently even gutted his own home and completely revamped the backyard. Now he’s putting his extensive hands-on expertise to work for DIY Network building, landscaping, hardscaping and more.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Jason worked his way through Northern Michigan University as a carpenter, and then moved to the Northern Jersey/New York City area where he continued his carpentry and general contracting business. Catch Jason putting all his tools to work on DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves and Sledgehammer.
Join Jason at the Home Show on Wednesday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Jan. 25 as he puts his extensive hands-on expertise to work and helps empower others in their own home improvements!
Clint Harp can be found regularly on HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper as the dumpster diving, reclaimed wood loving carpenter. After quitting his sales job in 2011 to pursue his dream of building furniture and owning his own company, the last thing he expected was to be a nationally known carpenter featured on HGTV.
Now, together with his wife Kelly and their 3 kids, the Harps spend each day pursuing their dream and blazing the new trail of owning their own company. Harp Design Co. provides quality furniture and home goods to customers all across the U.S. and abroad. Constantly adjusting to unexpected national exposure, the Harps work hard each day to grow as a family and a business whose core values are love, beauty, and creativity.
Clint appears as a supporting role in Fixer Upper, helping his close friends and stars Chip and Joanna Gaines as they remodel homes in Waco, Texas. The show attracted more than 19 million viewers its first season, is currently airing season two and shooting the third season. Clint takes recycled and reclaimed wood, usually found pieces, and creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces meant to bring families together, which the Gaines incorporate into their final remodel and home designs.
Up next, Clint will star on the DIY Network series Wood Work. Along with his wife, Kelly, and the team at Harp Design Co, Clint uses reclaimed lumber to build new furniture out of old wood for clients. Crazy requests with tight deadlines are the norm, but Clint and his team are ready to tackle any “Wood Work” challenge.
Come see Clint and more of his rare carpentry creations when he appears at the Home Show on Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27!
Since 2008, Cherie Lowe has been confidently wearing a plastic crown and encouraging others to dream big dreams.
Together with her husband, Brian, Cherie paid off $127,482.30 in a little under four years. She scribed the ups and downs of their debt-slaying journey on her popular website, www.QueenOfFree.net. Weekly, she appears on WTHR (NBC Indianapolis), sharing tips to help others manage their money well while living life to its fullest.
Cherie strongly believes that something can come from nothing and that there is always a way for her readers to simplify their lives and their budgets. More than anything, through speaking and written word, Cherie longs for others to know that there is hope for getting their finances under control. Her family’s story has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, Redbook magazine, AOL Daily Finance, NBC News, and more. Cherie and Brian reside in Greenwood, Indiana, along with their daughters, Anna and Zoe.
Queen of Free Cherie Lowe shares how you can fight your financial foes, one bill at a time, when she appears at the Home Show on Sunday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 28.
Liz Henderson and her husband, Mike bought their foreclosed home on HGTV House Hunters, shared their room updates on HGTV House Hunters Where Are They Now and renovated their basement on DIY Network's Renovation Realities. With a passion for decorating and a love for people, Liz enjoys inspiring women to spruce up their spaces here in the Midwest. A former radio and television producer, Liz now spends her time creating cozy spaces, welcoming friends into her home and planning special events in Indianapolis.
Desiring to motivate other millennials, Liz enjoys serving as the Events and Experience Coordinator for EDGE Mentoring, an organization designed to sharpen the impact and influence of emerging leaders.
Follow Liz on Instagram at: @mrslizhendy
Also, see Liz and a panel of local business owners and designers at the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. They will be discussing design tips and giving away items at each stage presentation.
After a long career in the corporate and political world, Carrie is now doing what she loves! A philanthropist, entrepreneur, TV personality on WISH-TV’s “Indy Style,” Carrie loves teaching people, “How to Grow a Beautiful Life!” She is a Master Gardener, public speaker and contributing writer to the Towne Post Magazines including her community magazine, atGeist. Follow Carrie’s blog, listen to her podcast and subscribe to her video series at www.CarriePetty.com or follow her Twitter @Carriepetty
Carrie Petty appears at Home Show on Sunday, Jan. 21; Thursday, Jan.25; Saturday, Jan. 27; and Sunday, Jan. 28.
JO ELLEN MEYERS SHARP
Jo Ellen is a 25-year veteran of newspaper journalism and owns Write for You! LLC, a freelance writing-editing business. A contributor to Indiana Gardening and Edible Indy magazines, she edits Iowa Gardener, Michigan Gardening, Minnesota Gardener and Wisconsin Gardening magazines. She has been writing a weekly gardening column for The Indianapolis Star since 1989, and is a popular speaker and frequent guest on television, radio and web broadcasts.
She is a garden coach and has an all-season, container planting business for residential and commercial locations. For 17 years, Jo Ellen has worked every spring at a large, independent garden center in Indianapolis, where she formerly was the buyer of perennials and nursery stock. She’s treasurer of GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators; director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticultural Society; member Indiana Landmarks Cultural Landscape Committee; director Indy Food Co-op (which operates Pogue’s Run Grocer); a member of GreatGardenSpeakers.com; co-author of Indiana Gardener’s Guide; author of The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens; and a recent contributor to The Gardener’s Garden (Phaidon Press) and The Oxford Companion to the Garden (Oxford University Press). She blogs at http://hoosiergardener.com/
Ask Hoosier Gardener Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp your greenery questions when she appears at the Home Show on Monday, Jan. 22; Tuesday, Jan. 23; and Friday, Jan. 26.
Krista Bocko is an Indianapolis-area professional home stager that loves helping clients get their homes sold! When working with clients, she can’t help but walk into a room and think about how she might re-arrange it, re-organize it, or redecorate it. She enjoys sharing her ideas to help clients who are planning to sell make their space flow better, look better, and sell faster.
Krista is the owner of Cachet 317, a home staging, organizing, and redesign company based in Noblesville. Working all over the greater Indianapolis area, she and her team help clients prepare their home to sell, which in turn makes homes more attractive to buyers and most often results in a faster and more profitable sale.
Krista is the 2018 Secretary of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), the trade association for professional home stagers, a column contributor to Current in Noblesville, and an avid volunteer for the Noblesville Historic Home Tour. When she’s not working in clients’ homes, she is likely renovating her 19th century home or googling how to solve a design or repair dilemma!
When asked what homeowners might take away from a staging consultation, “there is a lot that stagers will discuss with home sellers at a staging appointment, but 3 big things that buyers are looking for are: square footage, a well cared for and maintained home that has been recently updated, and clutter free, visually appealing rooms that have a clear purpose. This all adds up to a home that buyers connect with emotionally, which is the #1 reason that brings potential buyers to the closing table,” she said. “Getting that neutral third party in there that has never seen the home before is key. I have ‘buyer’s eyes’ and I’m looking at your home from a photography and a marketing perspective. That’s what you want.”
Learn more about Krista, her team, and Cachet 317’s services at www.cachet317.com
Krista Bocko offers tips on how to stage your home when she appears on Monday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Carol Michel, a lifelong gardener with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University, is the author of Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life. She calls herself a gardenangelist and spends most of her time in her garden, sharing all things gardening with anyone who will listen. She is an avid collector of old gardening books and claims to have the largest hoe collection in the world. She regularly writes about many gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, www.maydreamsgardens.com.
Dig in with Carol Michel when she explores the secrets to happiness in your vegetable garden at the Home Show on Monday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Living in an 80 year old Irvington home, Sean loves spending time at the Home Show! You can hear him weekday mornings on B105.7 and watch his web series “Sean In The City” at b1057.com.