Mark Steiner

Class of 1996

Group Manager of Industrial Design, HamiltonBeach Brands, Inc.

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Biography

Mark Steiner is Group Manager of Industrial Design at HamiltonBeach Brands, Inc. and joined the company in 2002.  As one of the country's leading distributors of small kitchen appliances, Hamilton Beach sells over 35 million appliances every year in both the consumer and commercial sectors.   Mark is passionate about elevating design as a strategic competency in the organization.  He has led the design team in developing numerous visual design languages for Hamilton Beach core brands as well as expanding product lines of established brands such as Wolf Gourmet® and Jamba Juice® into the small kitchen appliance category.
Previously, Mark was a Senior Industrial Designer at Techsonic Industries designing product and user interface solutions for the marine electronics industry.  He began his career in Industrial Design at KEK Associates in Rochester, New York.
Mark has served as a jury member for the International Housewares student design completion and he has helped guide many student projects in various business/arts programs within Virginia Commonwealth University.   He is a frequent guest speaker at the VCU Davinci Center for innovation, School of Arts, and the BrandCenter sharing insights on how design can help support innovative product development.
Over his career, he has been granted over 30 design and utility patents.  Mark earned a BFA in Industrial Design from RIT in 1996 and an MBA from the VCU School of Business in 2010.

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Countertop Oven & Blender

Wolf Gourmet countertop appliances are created with the attention to detail expected from Wolf.   These high performance appliances are designed to withstand the rigors of any kitchen and are focus on enhancing the gratification not only in the finished meal but with the experience in meal preparation.
The Wolf Gourmet countertop oven delivers the precision and quality of a Wolf convection range in countertop form.  Just about anything you can cook in a Wolf range, you can cook just as deliciously in the countertop oven.   The oven has an integrated temperature probe providing the precise control to roast meats to perfection without ever opening the oven door and the unique perimeter convection mode ensures uniform heat throughout the oven. You will enjoy faster, more consistent, more predictably delicious results for your baking, roasting, and broiling. Five heating elements with up to 1800 W and advanced convection electronics provide even cooking and baking throughout the oven-no hot or cold spots to work around.  This oven is spacious enough to fit most 9”x13” stoneware or a 5 ½ pound chicken and is designed to perform expertly for years to come.
The design work was led by Hamilton Beach collaborating with design consultant Thrive.

 

Wolf Gourmet countertop appliances are created with the attention to detail expected from Wolf.   These high performance appliances are designed to withstand the rigors of any kitchen and are focus on enhancing the gratification not only in the finished meal but with the experience in meal preparation.
The Wolf Gourmet blender offers complete control for complex recipes and pre-programmed settings for one touch smoothies and soups. Infinite speed control and quiet design are coupled with an intuitive LCD control panel that lets you easily monitor every detail of blending, from blending time to selected speed or program setting.
This blender has a 2.4 peak horsepower motor that propels the blades to speeds over 210 mph, for superior results blending all types of food.  It also has a large capacity BPA-free Tritan® copolyester jar that is shatterproof.

This essential multi-tasking kitchen must-have will make soup, chop vegetables, puree sauces, whip cream, churn butter, grind grains and create nut butters beyond compare. Four program settings give walkaway convenience and remarkable precision with a simple turn of the dial. You can create with confidence knowing this blender provides consistent results every time.
The design work was led by Hamilton Beach collaborating with design consultant Thrive.

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Honors & Awards

DSA bronze award 2001
IDSA finalist 2012
Good housekeeping VIP winner 2012
American in-house packaging design award, Graphic Design USA 2011
LG Electronics design competition, honorable mention 2001