Kevin O'Connor

KEVIN O'CONNOR of the PBS series THIS OLD HOUSE & ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

Kevin O'Connor is the host of the award winning PBS series This Old House and Ask This Old House and has been on the show since 2003.  Kevin serves on the editorial board of This Old House Magazine and he has also hosted shows for the DIY network and The History Channel’s H2. In September 2011 Kevin published his first book, The Best Homes of This Old House.

Prior to his television career Kevin practiced finance and most recently was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America in the Commercial Real Estate Group. Kevin received a B.A. degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross and a MBA degree from Boston University. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three children.See Kevin present on the Fresh Ideas stage Friday and Saturday, FREE of charge!

Tyler Wisler

TYLER WISLER FROM HGTV'S DESIGN STAR

Tyler’s been featured on hit shows like HGTV’s “Design Star’’, ABC’s “Good Morning America”, and NBC’s “George To The Rescue’’. He has been sought out by not only the mega-online retailer OpenSky to be one of their taste-makers, but he is also an “eBay Influencer”, and a content creator for Skype. Most notably though, Tyler is a Pinterest “Pinfluencer” in both the Home Décor and Men’s Fashion categories touted by both Mashable and the Huffington Post as “one to follow”. He has been seen in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, New York Spaces, and recently HOSS Magazine offered Tyler a position as one of their permanent celebrity contributors. Tyler recently added to his extensive resume by launching a line of eco-luxury bedding for Butterfly Dreams linens.

With over 16 years in the industry, Tyler Wisler has established himself as one of New York’s most influential and dynamic designers with an international clientele.
Tyler will be presenting on the Fresh Ideas stage Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, FREE of charge!

Buddy Lee 

Robert "Buddy" Lee, Inventor of the Encore® Azalea

Buddy Lee, inventor of Encore® Azalea, the world’s best-selling reblooming azalea, has more than 30 years’ experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation, and new plant development. Buddy currently serves as Director of Plant Innovations for Plant Development Services, the introducers of Encore Azalea, the Southern Living® Plant Collection, and the new Sunset Western Garden Collection.
Buddy has been active in numerous horticultural groups and presently is serving as board member of IPPS-SR (International Plant Propagators Society – Southern Region) and of the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association.

Don't miss Buddy presenting on different aspects of becoming a successful planter each day, Thursday-Sunday, on the Fresh Ideas Stage.

Chris VanCleave Chris VanCleave, The Redneck Rosarian

America's favorite rose gardener, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age. See Chris present on the Fresh Ideas Stage Saturday and Sunday.