NKBA Northern New Jersey Chapter

NKBA Northern New Jersey is the local chapter that brings together local Northern New Jersey 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 Northern New Jersey Kitchen and Bath professionals.

Click here to visit the NKBA Northern New Jersey website.


2019 Chapter Officers

President

Deborah Kerr, CKD
Jaeger Lumber
1238 Valley Road
Stirling, NJ 07980
(908) 626-1047
debbiek@jaegerlumber.com

Programs Chair

Donna Rana
Hanwha Surfaces
35 Hartman Rd
North Wales, PA  19454
(267) 591-2654
donnarana@hanwhasurfaces.com

Communications Chair

Jordyn Pennyfeather
Jaeger Lumber
2322 Morris Ave
Union, NJ  07083
(908) 686-0070
jordynp@jaegerlumber.com

Membership Chair

Brian Maffia
General Plumbing Supply
980 New Durham Road
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 589-3570
BrianM@generalplumbingsupply.net

Secretary/Treasurer

Victoria Reczkowski
Ferguson Kitchen, Bath and Lighting Gallery
50 Spring Street
Ramsey, NJ  07446
(201) 236-3111
victoria.reczkowski@ferguson.com


2020 Chapter Officers

President

Brian Maffia
General Plumbing Supply
980 New Durham Road
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 589-3570
BrianM@generalplumbingsupply.net

Programs Chair

Jonni Clause
Dacor
Rivervale, NJ  07675
(626) 590-0111
jclause@dacor.com

Communications Chair

Jordyn Pennyfeather
Jaeger Lumber
2322 Morris Ave
Union, NJ  07083
(908) 686-0070
jordynp@jaegerlumber.com

Membership Chair

Donna Rana
HanStone Quartz
35 Hartman Rd
North Wales, PA  19454
(267) 591-2654
donnarana@hanwhasurfaces.com

Secretary/Treasurer

Victoria Reczkowski
Ferguson Kitchen, Bath and Lighting Gallery
50 Spring Street
Ramsey, NJ  07446
(201) 236-3111
victoria.reczkowski@ferguson.com


Northern New Jersey Chapter Events

Scholarship Awards & Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00pm

Highlawn Pavillion
1 Crest Drive
West Orange, NJ 07052

Join the NKBA Northern New Jersey Chapter as we congratulate our student scholarship winners and learn from one of the most influential designers in the industry:

Fashion Forward Thinking – Becoming A Savvy Designer
Presented by: Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, Creative Director at Richar Living

Today’s client is geared not only towards the functional characteristics of design, but the aesthetic aspect as well. The kitchen and bath business is now a fashion industry. It is important for designers to pull inspiration from all aspects of life. This presentation is geared towards the trend-setting, fashion forward designer. Someone who is looking to heighten their creativity, execution techniques, material section and product knowledge in today’s market. Designers are encouraged to approach each project with a holistic method of thinking, and eliminating the cliché, everyday choices. They must implement and successfully attain the “wow” factor.

After attending this session, participants will be able to effectively communicate how to enhance their client’s lifestyle, achieving the best of both worlds – creative design elements that improve the overall visual and purpose of their space.

    In this presentation, Richard will:

  • Formulate ideas for improving kitchen and bath projects by implementing modifications to distinguish one’s space from others.
  • Analyze trends and material selections, and the application of these tools to enhance the client’s personal style.
  • Evaluate space and lifestyle planning for the 21st century kitchen and bath, the epicenters of today’s home.

About Richard: Highlighted as a top industry innovator by Kitchen & Bath Design News for creative talents and business acumen, Richard T. Anuszkiewicz (ANNA-SKEV-ICH) is the Creative Director of Richar Living Lifestyle Brand. A 2019 NKBA Insider, 2018 Coverings Emerging Leader, 2017 Modenus Top 10 Design Influencer and Washingtonian Style Setter, Richard graduated from Virginia Tech’s NKBA accredited Residential Design program and as an alumnus of the NKBA’s Top 30 Under 30 program in 2013, Richard has become recognized as a luxury kitchen design authority. Anuszkiewicz is a respected keynote speaker presenting nationally at premier industry events including: Dwell on Design Los Angeles, Design Chicago, Wanted Design New York, DDA Toronto, KBIS Las Vegas and Orlando.

May 2019 Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00pm

Olde Mill Inn
225 Route 202
Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920

Join the NKBA Northern New Jersey Chapter for:

“PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER: SHOOT LIKE ONE… OR HIRE ONE”

Presented by: Adam Gibson, CMKBD, CAPS

You put tons of effort into making great projects, but do you employ photography that best represents your high quality? Do your images compare to those in national design magazines? This program will explain how to create striking architectural photographs on your own and increase your bottom line AND what to look for when hiring a pro. Hiring a professional often nets the best results—but not always. Architectural photography is like no other. Knowing what will draw the viewer’s eye to what you want them to see, namely, your work, is critical. You’ll see how some photographers get it wrong and how to avoid those mistakes. Want to try it on your own? Learn from a designer who is also a professional photographer. With some investment you don’t need to be pro to use their tricks. You’ll learn about good camera and lens combinations, simple lighting tricks, where to place your camera, what to focus on, post processing and compositing multiple images.

In this presentation, Adam will:

  • Acquire a basic comprehension of composition and what you want your audience to understand.
  • Know what to look for when hiring a professional architectural photographer.
  • Learn good, practical lighting techniques at little or no cost.
  • Practice making superb photographs of your own work.
  • Understand how varying lenses and camera bodies will affect your composition.

Designing since 1995, Adam Gibson currently divides his time creating luxury home additions, kitchens, and bathrooms, and professional photography. Tiring of spending thousands to photograph his work, he began an education on best architectural photography practices. Known for an infusion of natural light, clean lines, and warmth, he captures those elements in photography, often simply using available light. He shoots his own projects and those of designers and builders. View his images at www.adamgibson.com. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and Professional Photographers Guild and has been featured in regional and national publications.

NKBA: .01 CEU

Please join us for our social hour with appetizers and cash bar, followed by a sit down dinner and presentation at the Olde Mill Inn.

March 2019 Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00pm

Macaluso’s
55 Fourth Avenue
Hawthorne, New Jersey 07506

Join the NKBA Northern New Jersey Chapter for:
WHY NETWORKING

Presented by: Rene Clawson, AIA, LEED, AP, CID

Rene Clawson is the principal and co-founder Clawson Architects and Clawson Cabinets in Maplewood NJ
NKBA: 0.1 CEU

About our speaker: Rene is an active volunteer and leader in professional, business, and community organizations. As the four-time president of the local Chamber of Commerce, she is frequently invited to speak about small business. Rene cannot stress enough the importance of networking! She is always happy to share the engaging story of how Clawson Architects landed one of the firms’ biggest projects with Money Man Mike using her ‘How to Network’ presentation, offered both digitally and in person.

Rene is a Licensed Architect in the states of New Jersey and New York and also a Certified Interior Designer in New Jersey.

December Holiday Party and Chapter Council Inductions

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00pm

Cosentino
55 Passaic Avenue
Fairfield, NJ 07004

Join the NKBA Northern New Jersey Chapter for our Annual Holiday Party and 2019 Chapter Council Inductions.

Get into the holiday spirit, mix and mingle and enjoy fabulous food and drink. Our hosts Cosentino are graciously opening up their showroom and will offer tours throughout the night.

In the spirit of giving this Holiday Season the NKBANNJ Chapter will donate all proceeds from this meeting to a Charity benefiting the victims and first responders of the California Wildfires.

If you cannot attend our event or want to give more, we are accepting donations on our website under the event registration page.

Additionally, our Chapter will generously match your registration fees or donations, “dollar for dollar”, up to $5000.00.

We hope you can join us!!

November Chapter Meeting

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

Bergen Marble + Granite
45 Broad Avenue
Ridgefield, NJ 07657

Join the NKBA Northern New Jersey Chapter for:

“What’s new in Quartz?”
Understanding Quartz Attributes & Benefits
Presented by Glenn Kross of Hanwha Surfaces

Quartz is a decorative engineered solid surface material made from natural stone; A great alternative to other surfacing options such as solid surface, granite and concrete. Attendees will be educated in the following areas:

-Explanation of new tariffs
-Understanding quartz surfacing capabilities and applications
-Recognizing key considerations when specifying quartz in both commercial and residential settings.
-Identifying fabrication techniques and installation basics, composition and production process.

Join us at the Bergen Marble and Granite Showroom for networking, education and fabulous food.
NKBA: 0.1 CEU

October NKBA – NNJ Meeting

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30pm

Sub Zero Group East
25 Riverside Drive
Pinebrook, New Jersey 07058

Join the NKBA Northern New Jersey Chapter for:

4th Annual Joint Meeting with the Builders Association of Northern NJ (BANNJ)

“How Small Businesses Can Keep Safe from Cyber Attacks.”
Presented by: Schott N. Schober
Author of “Hacked Again” and CEO of BVS, Inc.

Program Overview:

Cybersecurity attacks are very real. In an instant, they can wipe out your company’s finances, sometimes beyond repair. It’s critical to know everything you can to protect yourself and your organization.

  • How security is achieved in layers.
  • Beyond passwords using password managers, multi-factor authentication.
  • What is a phishing attack & why are they so effective?
  • How to keep your company’s data safe and secure.
  • Keeping your digital footprint secure and not being too social on social media.
  • Why backups are so important in world of Ransomware.

NKBA: 0.1 CEU

Please join us for this special joint event which draws over 100 attendees each year. Network with your peers and other industry related professionals. Enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared by Sub Zero Group Corporate Chef, Anne Marie Soo-Hoo, in their live open kitchen. Learn about Cybersecurity to protect yourself personally and professionally. The first 25 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Scott Schober’s book “Hacked Again” (a $14.95 value).

2018 Bill Farnan Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing

Monday, September 24, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 08:00pm

New Jersey National Golf Club
579 Allen Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

The Bill Farnan Memorial Golf Outing is a great day of golf and fun that support the Northern NJ NKBA Chapter and funds 3 Scholarships for local high school seniors. Bill Farnan was a representative for kitchen and bath products. He loved to work with new people in the industry and was always promoting the NKBA and their educational programs.

NKBANNJ Annual Scholarship Awards and Member “Give-back” Meeting

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Bernards Inn
27 Mine Brook Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924

We invite you to attend our Annual Scholarship Awards and June Chapter Meeting at “One of NJ’s best” gourmet restaurants for a very special meeting. We have spared no expense to offer this fabulous speaker at this celebrated and renowned venue as a “give-back” to our membership.

Our Speaker, the former Principal Architect with the Walt Disney Company, will enlighten us and share some of his Disney Magic with us!

Guests will be offered fancy passed hors d’oeuvres during our social hour with cash bar, followed by a 3-course gourmet dinner. Please do not miss this one of a kind event that will surely be one for the NKBANNJ history books!!

We strongly suggest pre-registering for this meeting , strong interest in this meeting may limit walk-ins on the night of the event.

Program Details:

“Design Thinking – Can Sensory Experiences Make Us Smarter?””

Presented by: Richard Fleming AIA– The Cognitive Architect

Richard Fleming Architect is a creator of dynamic and exciting environments that we love to shop, play, eat, learn and live in. For over 25 years, he’s been delivering dynamic design that considers ALL our human senses, aesthetics created with compelling design that takes into mind that humans crave complete sensory places … Form Follows Emotion.

Aesthetics is the way we communicate through the senses. After all, human beings are visual, tactile, and emotional creatures & we are drawn towards people, places, and things that give us sensory pleasure.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify “What kind of Kitchen are You?”
  • Identify the 5 Consumer Segments
  • Q&A

About our speaker: Prior to starting Fleming Architects, Richard Fleming, AIA was Principal Architect with the Walt Disney Company for Theme Parks, Hotels and Resorts and Executive of Architecture, Design and Interiors of Retail and Hospitality for the real estate developer, The Irvine Company.

NKBA: 0.1 CEU

“Design’s Role in the Healthy Home Movement”

Tuesday, May 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 08:30pm

Frank Webb Home
180 Centennial Ave
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Presented by: Kendall Alio

Homeowners are becoming increasingly interested in creating homes that contribute to the well-being of their families. To do this, they rely on designers and other professionals for advice on navigating the complex maze of product choices and design decisions.

This course will focus on paint technologies you can specify to help improve the quality of your client’s home, specifically, with respect to indoor air quality, odors, mold and mildew and disease-causing bacteria on painted surfaces. You will also learn how to find paints and coatings that are 3rd party certified so that you can recommend a product with confidence.

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEU.

“Living In Place – The HOW TO for Universal Design and Aging in Place”

Tuesday, April 10, 2018  @ 5:30 pm – 08:30pm
Portobello
155 Ramapo Valley Rd
Oakland, NJ 07436

Presentation Goals: Attendees will demonstrate an understanding of the evolution, to now.
1. One Step at a Time
2. The Need for a New Path
3. Making Money on the New Path
4. Education – The How-To…

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEU.

Click Here to Register Now!

“Unlocking the Code to Successful Communication”

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 08:30pm
Designer Appliances
280 Main St
Bedminster, NJ 07921

Join the NKBA Northern New Jersey Chapter for:

“Unlocking the Code to Successful Communication”

Presented by Danny Wood

You have probably noticed it is very easy to get along with certain people. You almost instantly and effortlessly understand the other person. The communication just flows.

Unfortunately, with most people communication takes more effort. It does not flow as easily. You cannot quite understand where the other person is coming from, what they really want, and what their intentions are.

In these situations, you probably feel there is something you could do, but are not quite sure what that is. You know your end goal – your destination – but are not sure how to get there. It is like being lost without a map.

In this program you will learn:

1. The four main human behavioral styles.

2. Who you are and how others perceive you.

3. How to read other people and better understand them.

4. How to adjust your communication style to achieve your goals.

Value to attendees:

Your success in life – both professional and personal – is determined in a very large part by how well you interact with other people.
Your ability to effectively relate, communicate, influence and motivate others is a crucial skill in creating successful relationships with clients, candidates, prospects, colleagues, subordinates, managers, friends and family members. Y
ou will leave this seminar prepared to build trust with everyone you meet, one relationship at a time.

Danny Wood, a certified Sandler trainer, is one of New Jersey’s most respected experts in sales and management. Danny’s work is noted for providing his clients with the ability to realize additional revenue and business that would otherwise have never materialized or would have been lost to competitors. He is uniquely positioned to impact an organization’s productivity and long-term success promoting a healthy, productive and meaningful work culture.His entertaining and informative style will leave you wanting more. You will learn things you put to use immediately. NKBA: 0.1 CEU

Please join us at the newest Designer Appliance showroom in Bedminster.

Guests will be treated to light dinner fare including Wine and Beer.

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEU.

“Qualify More Effectively, Estimate Quickly, Get a Commitment Faster”

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 08:30pm
Il Villagio
651 Route 17
North Carlstadt, NEW JERSEY 07072
United States

Presented by Steven Strauss, AKBD

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

NKBA: 0.1 CEU SPONSORED BY HANWHA SURFACES

“Annual Holiday Party and New 2018 Council Introduction”

Holiday Party

Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
SubZero Wolf Showroom
25 Riverside Dr
Pine Brook, NJ 07058

Get ready to Jingle and Mingle at the Northern NJ Chapter Holiday party graciously hosted by our friends at Sub Zero – Wolf. Socialize with friends, network with industry professionals, watch Corporate Chef, Anne Marie Soo-Hoo, prepare gourmet cuisine on the working appliances in their open kitchen, browse the showroom and engage with the local reps to see and learn about the entire Sub Zero- Wolf offering.

Same low price for members and non-members, so please invite your peers and co-workers to attend this fabulous event!! During the event, you will meet our 2018 Chapter Council. In April, NKBA National Headquarters announced a new type of governance for chapters that would focus on meetings and membership. The newly formed Chapter Council will consist of 5 members and will replace the 10 person Executive Committee.

In the spirit of giving this Holiday Season the NKBANNJ Chapter will be collecting children’s hats, scarves and gloves for the Center For Food Action. The Center for Food Action, founded in 1976, is a non-profit organization that provides emergency services to northern New Jersey’s poorest and most vulnerable residents. CFA provides food, housing, utility and heating assistance and offers counseling and advocacy services to low-income individuals and families.