NKBA Michigan State Chapter

The NKBA Michigan State Chapter represents local professionals of the kitchen and bath industry.

The mission of the Michigan State Chapter of NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bathroom industry throughout our region and worldwide.

Our vision is to be the Go to Source for the kitchen and bath industry in the Michigan State Chapter region.

Click here to visit the NKBA Michigan State website.


2018 Current Chapter Officers

President

Carol Herrick
Linden Kitchen & Bath, Inc.
1002 N Bridge Street
Linden, MI 48451
(810) 735-7846
carolherrick@comcast.net

Programs Chair

Rebekah Tull
Whiski Kitchen LLC
322 E. Lincoln Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 629-0058
Rebekah@whiski-kitchen.com

Communications Chair

Aimee Brown, CKD, CBD
In the Details, Inc.
3940 Hazel Terr
W Bloomfield, MI 48323-1036
(773) 230-8455
aimee@itd-design.com

Membership Chair

Jacob E. Smith
Starline Distributors, Inc.
6189 West Pierson Road
Flushing, MI 48433
(810) 732-0982
jesmith@starlinekbg.com

Secretary/Treasurer

Julie L. Piesz, CKD, CBD
Julie Piesz Interiors
32011 Fort Rd
Rockwood, MI 48173
(734) 341-0133
jp_interiors@comcast.net


2019 Chapter Officers

President

Carol Herrick
Linden Kitchen & Bath, Inc.
1002 N Bridge Street
Linden, MI 48451
(810) 735-7846
carolherrick@comcast.net

Programs Chair

Rebekah Tull
Whiski Kitchen LLC
322 E. Lincoln Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 629-0058
Rebekah@whiski-kitchen.com

Communications Chair

Aimee Brown, CKD, CBD
In the Details, Inc.
3940 Hazel Terr
W Bloomfield, MI 48323-1036
(773) 230-8455
aimee@itd-design.com

Membership Chair

Jacob E. Smith
Starline Distributors, Inc.
6189 West Pierson Road
Flushing, MI 48433
(810) 732-0982
jesmith@starlinekbg.com

Secretary/Treasurer

Michigan State Chapter Events

Partnering with Natural Stone Countertop Fabricators & Distributors for Increased Sales

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dwyer Marble & Stone Supply
23177 Commerce Drive
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48335

Natural stone is one of the hottest building products in the world with increased sales for the design and dealer communities. You rely on the credibility of natural stone fabricators/installers to help you exceed customer expectations. This session will guide you through the process needed to identify a quality natural stone company. This relationship is critical to develop an ally in the stone selection, fabrication, and installation processes.

Learning objectives include:
• Become knowledgeable on what to look for when choosing a natural stone company.
• Identify key ingredients needed in any business relationship specific to stone selection, fabrication, and installation.
• Learn to strengthen customer relationships.
• Enhance communication with fabricators to set customer expectations. (don’t allow the customer to be confused)

Presenter: Joseph Lack is the Architectural Sales Manager at Dwyer Marble & Stone and certified Marble Institute of America CEU Speaker. He consults, advises, educates and works collaboratively with fabricators, tile contractors, general contractors, developers & owners on the proper specification for interior and exterior flooring, wall cladding and countertop material. His clients include but are not limited to Restoration Hardware, FIAT, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Ford, Lincoln, Bedrock, Taubman and Forbes.

*BONUS – State of the Industry for Surfaces Q&A Panel

5:30 Dinner, Drinks & Networking | 6:30 Board Announcements | 7:00 CEU Presentation | 8:00 Q&A Panel

Sustainable Kitchen and Bath Design

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Trevarrow, Inc
1295 Opdyke Rd
Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326

Topic: Blended Presentations: Capturing Creativity with Technology
This session will reflect on the evolution of how technology has changed the way we work through the design process. We will look at a variety of tools that allow creativity and capture the details required for a successful project.

If you are looking for ways to make your presentations stand out, you’ll enjoy this session. We’ll look at real-life examples and discuss, with a hands-on approach, how you can quickly leverage technology in your design business. Mobile devices (phones & tablets) are encouraged, strong Wi-Fi is required for this presentation.
Objectives:

1. Identify steps in the design process and optimize workflow
2. Learn how to inspire clients in methods that they relate
3. Create clear presentations to qualify the needs of your client

Speaker: Vanessa DeKoekkoek is the Global Training Manager at 2020, the leader in technology solutions for professional designers, retailers and manufacturers. She has helped thousands of designers leverage technology in their design solutions. Vanessa holds an Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Interior Design from Baker College.

Sustainable Kitchen and Bath Design

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Kohler Signature Showroom
724 N. Old Woodward Ave.
Birmhingham, MI 48009

TIME: Executive Council meeting starts at 3:30
General meeting starts at 5:30
Presentation starts at 7:00
COST: $35/member $15/Student $0/Executive Council member
Cost includes heavy appetizers, 2 drink tickets, and CEU presentation

CEU: Kohler Representative
Course #K415R – Sustainable Bath & Kitchen Design
.1 CEU credits

PRESENTATION OVERVIEW:
We’re all connected. Healthier homes mean healthier people, communities, and planet. In the course you will learn hot to design healthy and sustainable baths & kitchens, select sustainable residential products, be able to integrate water conservation plumbing products for LEED credits into residential designs and communicate to clients the importance of sustainable buildings. This course was developed for all designers, architects; specifically for those who specify plumbing products.

OTHER INFO: Street and parking lot parking in the area is all metered.
Space is limited; please RSVP early.
Kohler Signature Showroom is offering a limited amount of goodie bags and awarding door prizes at the end of the evening.

A Field Trip to the Merchandise Mart, Chicago

Friday, June  8, 2018 @ 6:15 am – 11:30 pm

Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, Il 60654


The Michigan State NKBA Chapter is proudly presenting a day trip to the windy city for its members. With 2 pick-up points, a chartered bus will depart Madison Heights at 6:15am and Ann Arbor at 7:15am. (Pick-up point addresses will be emailed to attendees)

We will be touring several of the LuxeHome kitchen and bath showrooms on the 1st floor of the Merchandise Mart. Between short showroom seminars on appliances, tile, and plumbing you will earn .03-.04 CEU credits on this day trip. (Each CEU will need to be self submitted separately)

A boxed lunch will be provided with a lunch & learn seminar.
A 4:30 Happy-Hour showroom tour with cocktails and heavy appetizers will be available exclusively for our group. Many other food options will be available for purchase in the food court.
The chartered bus will leave the Merchandise Mart at 6:00pm and arrive back in Ann Arbor at approximately 11:30pm, and Madison Heights at 12:30am.

A long and busy, but fantastic and fun day guaranteed for all!

“Design for Independence and Dignity Without Talking About It” by Maria Stapperfenne

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Henry Ford College
F219 Fine Arts Center 2nd Floor
Dearborn, MI 48128


Join us for a light breakfast as we network and become educated on the importance of designing for people of all abilities.

2018 Vendor Fair

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Rochester Mills Beer Co.
400 Water Street
Rochester, MI 48307


Michigan State Chapter 2018 Vendor Fair Featuring 25+ local vendors.

Beyond the Selfie

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Mont Granite
24492 Indoplex Circle
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

A part of the “Voices from The Industry” speaker line up, social media “passionista” Denise Butchko presented “Beyond the Selfie: Using Pictures and Videos to Market Your Business”. It was among the highest rated sessions at the show. This session will cover practical tips and understandable insights regarding the use of images and video for marketing and social media.
As kitchen and bath designers, you know the importance of showing your work. This industry specific session will help you with new ways to do that.

– Tools and technology to use with visuals
– Tips on getting great pics and visuals
– Guidelines and shortcuts for optimizing visuals
– Sources to get images you can use legally and what you can and can’t do with pics

Denise Butchko merges design and marketing as an educator, author and consultant. She works in the Chicago market as a designer of the finest of closets and works worldwide with clients on taking the design elements of their business to new levels of success via marketing.
She has built a brand with predominantly sweat equity and encourages others to realize the importance and value of social media platforms and the ways these platforms are changing the way we reach our customers. She is a member of the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals as well as a member of the NKBA.

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEUs.