2016 Speakers & Celebrities

Matt Blashaw HSMatt Blashaw of HGTV's Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free

The Orange County, California native began his building career at a very young age in his dad’s lumber yard, and worked on everything from plumbing to electrical. Shortly after graduation, Matt received his contractor’s license and began working as a self-employed general contractor, specializing in remodeling homes. 

He has hosted several series for the DIY Network and HGTV including Project Xtreme, Money Hunters, Blog Cabin and Professional Grade, and specials such as Cool Tool Builders Show and Worst Kitchen In America. Currently, Matt hosts the hit HGTV series Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free. You may have also seen him on season 2 of Ellen's Design Challenge! 

See Matt on the main stage Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 12pm & 5pm, and Sunday at 12pm.

Serena HSSERENA APPIAH

Serena was recently crowned Marketplace Events’ 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year after a nationwide search for a home blogger turned home show celebrity. She is a mother of three boys and has been helping folks decorate, improve and maintain their homes on a DIY budget since 2010. She’s not afraid to use power tools and wants to make sure you aren’t either – come learn new ideas from repurposing DIY projects to power tools and more  - all without breaking the bank!

See Serena on the main stage Friday at 6 pm, Saturday at 11am & 2 pm, and Sunday at 2pm.  
Want to learn more tips and tricks from Serena? Visit her blog: http://thriftdiving.com