Matt BlashawMatt 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, Saturday and Sunday. 

Serena Appiah Marketplace Events’ 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the YearSerena Appiah | Marketplace Events’ 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year

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!

Serena will be presenting on the main stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Faye Prosser Downtown Raleigh Home Show CouponingFAYE PROSSER | SMART SPENDING RESOURCES 

Join Faye for a money saving workshop that will teach you how to save on your grocery expenses each and every week. Our guest speaker is Faye Prosser, WRAL-TV Smart Shopper and author of The Smart Spending Guide. This workshop will change the way you shop and teach you to save more than you ever thought possible!

Faye will be teaching on the main stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.