Can you believe it’s been 20 years since our chapter became official? It was way back in February of 1997 that the former National President, Stephanie Witt, invested her time and talents and helped us to start our own chapter… and the rest is history!

From the beginning we have been a network of friends and our group truly does continue to care about each other. While it’s true we are competitors in close-knit communities, our meetings are full of colleagues sharing great outcomes as well as their challenges – both personally and professionally with the best of intentions and always with the utmost respect for each other. We are so grateful for all your support, friendship and expertise that you bring to this chapter.



2020 Chapter Officers


Tom Doty
Doty Forster Enterprises
135 Water Lily Way
Comstock Park, MI 49321
(616) 647-9581

Programs Chair

Kelsea Houghton
Kingsley Lumber & Hardware
311 S Brownson Ave
Kingsley, MI 49649
(231) 354-2185


Communications Chair

Lindsey Thompson
Preston Feather Building Centers
8600 Moeller Dr
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 348-1320

Membership Chair

Rick Winkle
Williams Distributing
658 Richmond St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 456-1613


Cheri L. Ford-DuBay, CMKBD
101 W. Dixon Avenue
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(231) 547-0650

Northern Michigan Chapter Events


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 3:30pm – 5:00 pm


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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Kirkbridge Hall
700 Cottageview Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684

Join NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) and Spire Integrated Systems for an evening dedicated to lighting featuring presentations from professionals in the lighting design industry. This will be a great opportunity for builders, architects and designers to expand their knowledge on the advances in lighting

Holiday Social and Wreath Decorating Workshop

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Builders First Source
5700 US-31
Grawn, Michigan 49637

Come celebrate the holidays and create your own customized holiday wreath!

Be Good to Yourself- Health & Wellness Night

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Capital Granite Inc.
218 W Mitchell St.
Petoskey, Michigan 49770

Health & Wellness Night

We all know our jobs can be stressful at times so come enjoy an evening of organic food & wine, self care techniques, mini chair massages, & talk with wellness experts.

We’re Bringing Back the 70’s

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 5:00 – 8:00 pm

70’s Lodge
3825 Beitner Road
Traverse City, Michigan 49685

Join us for night filled with inspiration, creativity, and all things groovy and far-out! We will be having a “Spark Creativity” Presentation from Dan Brady Painting and Wood Restoration as we tour this 70’s style inspired home in Traverse City!

Monogram Presents: A Lunch & Learn and an Evening of Food, Wine, & Design with Live Cooking Demo

Thursday, May 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm-2:00/5:00 – 8:00 pm

Mari Vineyards
8175 Center Rd.
Traverse City, Michigan 4968

Join us for a Lunch & Learn from 12-2pm with live demos by Monograms expert chef!

Enjoy a delicious and casual lunch while you learn
“What’s HOT in Cooking: Current Cooking Technologies & Venting Options”

Join us in the evening from 5-8pm for Food, Wine, & Design!

Enjoy a white linen dinner in the Mari Vineyards tasting room prepared by a Monogram Expert Chef; hand-selected for the event.

Each course includes a wine pairing by Mari‘s sommelier.

The cooking demonstration will feature the First Build Paragon Induction with Sous Vide.

5:00-6:00 Cocktail Hour
6:00-8:00 Live Cooking Demos, Food and Wine Pairings with CEU

TWO EVENTS April 10 & 11

How to Use Email Marketing to Get More Business

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

North Central Michigan College
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

Presentation with Denise Butchko on how to use email marketing to get more business.(.1 CEU)

Beyond the Selfie: Leveraging Pics & Videos for Increased Business

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

North Central Michigan College
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

Evening presentation with Denise Butchko discussing new ways to get visuals and using those pictures/videos to bring yourself more work. (.1 CEU)

1st Annual KBIS/IBS Recap Panel Event

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Northern Building Supply
1701 South Airport Road
Traverse City, MI 49686

Hear from our industry experts on their experiences and what’s up and coming in the building industry!

Panel participants will have attended the National Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Feb. 19-21, 2019.

The Art of Selling Luxury

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hotel Indigo
263 Grandview Parkway
Traverse City, MI 49684

Renee Robinson from PPG Paints will be presenting a two-part CEU event @ Hotel Indigo in Traverse City. The first part will be a presentation on Global Color & Design Trends from 12pm-2pm and the second part will be a presentation on Frank Lloyd Wright from 5pm-8pm.

The Art of Selling Luxury

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

3186 Cass Rd.
Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Selling Luxury Course Credit and Designation: .1LU credit hours –IDCEC approved, ASID, NKBA, AIA Course Length: 1 Hour

Course Description:
The United States is without doubt the most important market for luxury goods and service in the world.

Selling Luxury will explore the state of the luxury market in the United States. You will learn about what makes a luxury brand and what type of consumers are buying them and why. This course will expose the luxury market and will provide tips to selling to its consumers.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discover what makes the affluent really buy.
2. Learn how to identify the affluent and how they think.
3. Explore the luxury market and what makes a luxury brand.
4. The 5 triggers you can use to sell to the affluent.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $10

Designer Resource Night

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Iron Horse Cafe- North Central Michigan College
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, Michigan 49770

Designer Resource Night- Join us for a great night of showcasing vendors from all over Northern Michigan.

Click, Capture, Create

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

220 West Clinton Street- Community Room B
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Mike Gullon of Phoenix Photographic will be speaking on how to capture images that represent your style and talent as a designer.
We will also be going over the new NKBA website and profile page with our members so we are asking that they bring a laptop, tablet, or phone with them.

Richelieu Speaker & Demonstration

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Peninsula Cellars
11480 Center Rd.
Traverse City, Michigan 49686

Presentation by Richelieu- topics will include trends in the market, new lighting systems and exciting new products. Hosted by Peninsula Cellars