NKBA Iowa Chapter

NKBA Iowa is the local chapter that brings together local Iowa Kitchen & Bath distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers, and other professionals – and provides a resource for local consumers to research, educate and connect with Iowa Kitchen and Bath professionals.


2018 Chapter Officers

President

Peggy A Triggs, CKD
Cabinets by Design
3350 SE Crossroads Dr
Grimes, IA 50111
(515) 986-3493
peggy@cabinetsbydesigniowa.com

Programs Chair

Jennie Noah
Swan Creek Cabinet Company
2323 Mamie Eisenhower Avenue
Boone, IA 50036
(515) 432-8126
jennien@swancreek.net

Communications Chair

Chad Stairs
Oharco, Inc.
5625 NE 16th Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
(402) 342-4489
cstairs@oharco.com

Membership Chair

Avana Wheeler
Fleishman Construction
150 Jefferson St
Carlisle, IA 50047
(515) 989-9819
avanascreations@aol.com

Secretary/Treasurer

Charlene McFarlane
Showplace Kitchens
3200 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 251-4800
cMcFarlane@showplacekitchens.com


Iowa Chapter Events

Lunch & Learn: The Tile Shop

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Tile Shop
10151 Hickman Road
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

Please join us for a great networking opportunity at the Tile Shop’s newly remodeled showroom. We’ll get to learn about new trends in the tile industry & get a chance to see all of their new product lines.

Food & Refreshments will be provided along with a giveaway.

{$15 meeting fee. Please bring a check to the event}

Qualify More Effectively, Estimate Quickly, Get a Commitment Faster

Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Hotel Renovo
11167 Hickman Road
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

Steve Strauss is the president of Direct Kitchen Distributors. Based in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, DKD has served eastern PA since 1982. Steve has been a part of the family business since the age of 12 and moved up through, delivery, installation, sales and design. All through high school and college, he continued working in the business. Over the years, he has been involved with every facet of the kitchen and bath business, becoming president of the company in 1992, and later added AKBD certification to his credentials. Steve served as a Board of Directors member of the BKBG, a national group of kitchen and bath dealers committed to excellence in their field, from 2007 through 2010. In 2009, with the knowledge gleaned from his expertise in the kitchen and bath industry, Steve formed a company (Spread Sheet Services, LLC), for the purpose of designing, creating and maintaining spreadsheets, primarily for use by kitchen and bath dealers.

Have you ever spent hours with a person who has no intention of giving you any money? Whether you choose to charge a design retainer or not, most kitchen and bath dealers spend too much time, and give away too much knowledge, prior to receiving a commitment from the potential customer.

We will discuss ways to quickly and accurately estimate a project and professional way of discussing budget with a potential customer, without spending hours or even days of your valuable time. By spending less time with non-customers, you will have additional time to devote to actual paying customers.
Also, make sure you are talking to people that want to hear what you have to say. Learn unique ways of qualifying potential clients, without asking the typical qualifying questions.

Presentation Goals: Discuss and demonstrate methods to:
• Qualify potential clients effectively
• Quickly establish a budget for a kitchen or bathroom renovation
• Recalculate changes with just a few mouse clicks
• Make a professional presentation to the potential customer
• Get a commitment from a potential client
• Waste less time = Close more sales

(.1 CEU)

2017 Holiday Party

Happy Holidays from the Iowa NKBA!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Pinot’s Palette
900 42nd St
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

Join us for some end of the year fun at Pinot’s Palette! As a group, we will paint a selected painting on canvas. Painting will begin promptly at 6pm, so please arrive at least 15-20 minutes early. All paint supplies will be included. While aprons are provided, you should wear clothes that you won’t be afraid to get paint on! Light appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Cost: $35 per person, paid directly to Pinot’s Palette online. See the RSVP link below.

Please also RSVP by November 28th to jennien@swancreek.net.

Vendor Show and Membership Drive

Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Decades Event Center
1208 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265

You are cordially invited to the 2017 Iowa Chapter of NKBA Vendor Show and Membership Drive. Come and meet other professionals in your industry. See new products and talk with vendors that affect your business and your clients. The event is free to attend with light snacks provided. There will be a cash bar and prize drawings. Grand prizes are an Apple iPad and an Amazon Echo. (Must be present to win.) Vendors at this event are: Caesarstone, Hafele Hardware Resources, ProKitchen.

Lunch & Learn RESCHEDULED!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 12:00pm – 1:30pm
CKF Cambria Showroom
11271 Meredith Drive
Urbandale, IA 50322

THE RESCHEDULED DATES ARE NOW POSTED! WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ON APRIL 26TH!

We have a professional photographer, Emily Kaldenberg, presenting helpful tips on how to photograph your kitchen and bathroom projects after completion. Along with Emily, we have a professional stylist, Jessica Miller giving tips on staging & styling the space.

Winter Gathering

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @ 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Magnolia Wine Kitchen
1420 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

Hello Everyone,

We want to extend an invitation to all members of the Iowa NKBA to celebrate our annual Winter Gathering at the Magnolia Wine Kitchen in downtown Des Moines. See below for more details and make sure to RSVP by December 1st to be entered for a special prize drawing!

Fee: No charge; appetizers provided and cash bar available.

Woodharbor Cabinetry & Frank Lloyd Wright Historic Park Inn Hotel

Friday, November 4, 2016 @ 9:30am
Woodharbor Corporate
Mason City, Iowa

Join us for a tour of the Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry factory beginning at 9:30am. We will get an inside look at how their quality cabinetry is manufactured and view the latest options in cabinetry designs.

Afterwards, we will plan to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic Park Inn Hotel. We will get to learn the insights into Wright’s design of the hotel, which was recently restored.

Dale Carnegie Training

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Dale Carnegie Training
6600 Westown Pkwy Suite 280
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Dale Carnegie Training will facilitate an interactive experience to equip the members of National Kitchen and Bath Association of Iowa to be more effective at earning more business. We will leverage a format that will enhance the credibility for both the designer and their organization in early conversations with potential clients. We will look at a questioning model that ensures the designers are set up to review the options that are most important to the client. We will also spend some time looking at a structure to utilize when articulating a recommended solution that will tie back to the client’s needs and increase their buy-in.

We invite you to bring along guests who you may think will enjoy this event.

$40 Members and $50 Nonmembers.

Dale Carnegie Training

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Dale Carnegie Training
6600 Westown Pkwy Suite 280
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Dale Carnegie Training will facilitate an interactive experience to equip the members of National Kitchen and Bath Association of Iowa to be more effective at earning more business. We will leverage a format that will enhance the credibility for both the designer and their organization in early conversations with potential clients. We will look at a questioning model that ensures the designers are set up to review the options that are most important to the client. We will also spend some time looking at a structure to utilize when articulating a recommended solution that will tie back to the client’s needs and increase their buy-in.

We invite you to bring along guests who you may think will enjoy this event.

Fee: $40 Members and $50 Nonmembers.

Let’s Get Cookin’

Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Nancy Ruzicka, Treasurer
3705 SE Beisser Drive
Grimes, IA 50111

The NKBA Iowa Chapter is excited to announce our spring meeting. We are pleased to welcome our guest, Chef David Baruthio of Baru 66, Gaston Cafe, Blue Tomato Kitchen, and Prime. David will be working in the Minnesota Cabinets gourmet kitchen and will be talking about cooking in custom kitchens, the use of the Thermador appliances, and serving appetizers that were made during the demonstration. To read more on Chef David, you can view his bio here.

Minnesota Cabinets is a NKBA 2016 Showroom of the Year Semifinalist. We are lucky to have such a great local showroom to be able to utilize for this meeting!

Stay tuned for a potential CEU Presentation to be held immediately following Chef David’s food presentation from 3-4pm.

Are you working on a gourmet kitchen or would like to grow this side of your business? Our ‘Let’s get Cookin’ meeting is a great opportunity to bring a guest or a potential new member and let them see what our organization has to offer. The strength of our chapter and the national organization depends on its members.

COST: $10 (NKBA Member). No Charge for Guests of NKBA Members.