NKBA Virginia State Chapter

NKBA Virginia State is the local chapter that brings together local Virginia State 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 Virginia State Kitchen and Bath professionals.

Click here for the Virginia State Chapter website

2020 Chapter Officers


Ebony Stephenson
Designs by Ebony
462 Charter Oak Dr
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 744-3537

Programs Chair

Clare Yeadon, AKBD
Midlothian, VA 23114
(804) 256-5100

Communications Chair

Sarah Pierce, AKBD
Lane Homes & Remodeling, Inc.
12536 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23238
(804) 784-0012

Membership Chair

Jennifer Duncan, CKD
Jennifer Duncan CKD, LLC
5108 Long Shadow Ct
Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 908-6942


Linda Gettings
The Tile Shop
9699 W Broad St
Glen Allen, VA  23060
(804) 965-9191

Virginia State Chapter Events

Design and Material Trends in Tile & Stone

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

SariSand Tile
1226 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Please join us for a educating presentation on the design and material trends in tile and stone. Pete Sandfort, owner of Sarisand Tile, has over twenty years as a tile and stone designer. Everyone refers to him as a tile savant because of his instinct and ability to combine materials like no one else and to draw Auto Cad quality perspectives free hand.
October is NKBA Membership Month, so this meeting is free of charge!
Please RSVP so we can get a headcount for food and drinks

.1 CEU

Lunch & Learn: Strategies for Executing Effective Social Media

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Maymont’s Peacock Room
1700 Hampton St
Richmond, VA 23220

Denise Butchko is a festive, design focused practitioner and teacher.
As a design and marketing consultant, she works with businesses in the design/build niche’. Using social media and marketing tools, she’ll guide you through the process of how to use these tools for increased business in an authentic, comfortable manner.

She’ll also teach you closet design through her course and her books that include “The Consumer Guide To Closet Design” and “How To Design A Walk In Closet”.

As a collaborator with designers and architects, she merges design skills (designing closets and home offices) and marketing skills, for messaging and methodologies that are laser focused.

In today’s current marketing environment, filled with “social everything”, she feels right at home. And she invites you to connect with her creative design circle through any of her social media profiles (Denise Butchko and Butchko and Company).

.1 CEU

Lunch & Learn: Plumbing Technology

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

12470 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23602

Please join us for a lunch & learn:
11:30 – Lunch
12:30 – Presentation by Jimmy Brandon, American Standard

Members $25
Non-members $35
Students Free

.1 CEU

Your 4-Word Business Plan: Rediscover Your Inspiration & Reinvent Your Business

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

3406 Orange Ave NE
Roanoke, VA 24012

Join us for a great event featuring dynamic speaker Liesbet Trappenburg.

Today’s economy requires you to be flexible, responsive, curious, and proactive (not reactive) in order to stay relevant to your ideal clients. In this fast-paced marketing environment, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, overloaded, and ultimately stuck in an old pattern. You may have burned out or lost motivation in the current chaos of unrealistic deadlines, constantly changing technology, and demanding customers. Before you can implement an effective sales and marketing campaign, you must first identify, reclaim, and redefine your inspiration for your business. By taking a big-picture approach, you will develop an inspired and well-defined 4-word business plan that will drive, clarify, and guide all your business goals and decisions.


$25.00 for members $35.00 for non-members and free for students

Robb Best & The Science of Selling

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Dovetail Design & Cabinetry
309 Water St. E
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Robb Best, a highly sought after speaker in the U.S. and abroad, is currently the Senior Advisor of Cognitive Strategy for Elkay Corporation. He is a 29-year industry veteran, having led a nationally recognized company during its most profitable years. His fascination with neuroscience has led to the development of a communication and sales system based on human behavior. Robb excels where most seminars fall short; actually teaching you how to acquire and implement new skills.

His current blog, MindframeWithRobb is regularly read in 14 countries. His new book,Brain Apps; Hacking Neuroscience To Get There is available now. Robb has two adult children, Casey and Jess. He lives outside Minneapolis with his wife, Mary.

Marketing & Managing Your Small Business

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Tile Shop
9699 West Broad Street
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Join us for a .3 CEU Series brought to you by the Tile Shop & Barb Upchurch, The Apple Cart Company

1:30 – 2:30pm | Planting the Seeds of Business
Ok, so you have successfully set up your own business, now what? This workshop will address the tangible steps of creating a business strategy plan that will include funding options and the team of professionals you need by your side to be successful.

3:15 – 4:15pm | Polishing the Apple
What do you do and why? In this session we will dig deep into how you selll and express yourself to current and potential clients. We will talk about your “cash cow” clients and how to attract more of them.

5:00 – 6:00pm | Planting your Story
We’ll explore fundamentals of marketing, including your web presence, social media platforms make sense for your business, and how to create content that excites and inspires viewers. We’ll also discuss how to pursue press coverage for your designs, and using photography to your advantage.

Food & beverages and door prizes including an Amazon Echo provided by the Tile Shop between sessions.

Cost per guest:
Members $35; Non-Members $45
(Cards accepted at the door thru PayPal)

RSVP to Lizzy@betterkb.com

Balancing Luxury and Budget

Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Blacksburg Country Club
1064 Clubhouse Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Join Jonas Carnemark, CR, CKD for a practical nuts and bolts seminar on how to create award-winning designs without breaking the bank. You will learn how to guide your high-end clients into making the right choices with their money. Jonas will share his insights on how to build client trust using tested principles of value engineering to create outstanding kitchen and bath designs. Discover how to delight clients while creating compelling marketing opportunities for you and your firm.

Sponsored by Ewing Cabinets

Cost per guest:
Students $10; Members $35; Non-Members $45
Includes 2 drink tickets, ID required
(Cards accepted at the door thru PayPal)

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEUs.

KBIS Recap With Dawn DeLuca

Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Triton Stone Group
10471 Washington Highway
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Join us as Dawn shares highlights of KBIS, recapping trends in plumbing, tile, cabinetry, and many more of the amazing sights of this year’s show.

This presentation will earn .1 CEU towards NKBA certification requirements.

Technology and Design in Natural Stone

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
MARVA The Galleria of Stone
4025 Seaboard Ct
Portsmouth, VA 22701

This seminar is an intermediate level course which gives architects and designers an important update on the technology that is available in the Natural Stone Industry today. From resin technology, to new finishes to multi-axis cutting machines, designers need to know what tools are available to meet both their design and sustainability goals.

In this presentation we’ll:

  • Review the basic steps of stone fabrication, from the quarry to the finished product
  • Understand the new areas of technological advancement in surface preparation, surface finishing and fabrication
  • Identify the best sustainable practices in stone quarrying and fabrication
  • Review the proposals and award winning projects using Natural Stone

This presentation will earn .1 CEU towards NKBA certification requirements.

Ceramic Tile: What You Can Do With It

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm
Morris Tile
2280 Dabney Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

Join us for a lunch and learn where you learn about the industry standard publications. Understand the types of ceramic tile products available and their specific intended usage. Learn about the test methods and how the results influence tile selection. Become aware of New Technologies, Systems, and Trends.

This presentation will earn .1 CEU towards NKBA certification requirements

Cost per guest: $10 per person, lunch included

Chapter Meeting October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Grayhaven Winery
4675 E.Gray Fox Circle
Mineral, VA 23117

What Does Your Home Think About You? Presented by Richard Landon, CMKBD.

Have you ever wondered what your home thinks about you? What would it say, if it could talk? Would you hear; “I have clogged arteries and constipated counters. Help!” This course examines the five common complaints that drive a client’s wish list, summarized with the acronym LACKS: Layout, Aesthetics, Counterspace, Klutter, and Storage. With Layout, attendees will discover the six pathways that can aim and drive design solutions, focusing on three primary ones. With Aesthetics, attendees will discover people are either purple or orange. With Counterspace, Klutter, and Storage, attendees will be shown ways to expand counter usability, diminish the intrusion of mess, and provide ample storage without adding more cabinets—a necessity with open kitchens!

$35/ members, $35/non-members, $25/students

Design and Organization for Closets and Small Spaces

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Blacksburg Country Club
1064 Clubhouse Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Join us in Blacksburg, VA for an evening of networking & learning!

5:30-6:30: Registration & Cocktail Hour
6:15-7:00: Buffet Dinner
7:00-8:00 Presentation

Presentation to cover:

  • Considerations when designing small spaces
  • How to properly space plan and common mistakes made
  • Accessories and convenience items to maximize function
  • How to illuminate confined areas

0.1 CEU

Members $35, Students $20
2 Beer/Wine Tickets Included

“Kitchen Whispering” and “Design Unplugged”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 10:45am – 1:45pm
Maymont Park, Garden Hall, Peacock Room
1700 Hampton St
Richmond, VA 23220

Join us for an afternoon of learning. You have the choice of one or two sessions, and lunch. Each Session is 0.1 CEU and $10/member or $15/non-member. Lunch is $15.00.

Session #1, 10:45-11:45 with John Morgan. 0.1 CEU

Kitchen Whispering: Successfully Resolving Problem Jobs
A typical day in the kitchen and bath industry is usually fun, rewarding and fulfilling but there are those moments that many dread. The moment your phone loudly blares the warning siren of a text message, email, phone call from a client that is less than satisfied … sometimes downright apoplectic.
Rest assured you are not alone, these moments happen to everyone at some point, but the most successful develop the skills to manage these moments to a successful conclusion. One proven tool is understanding how to best utilize the partnership between manufacturer, dealer, and designer to increase your probability of profitably navigating these situations.

Lunch 11:45-12:45. Lunch will be served ($15 in advance), or you may enjoy the beautiful grounds during the break between sessions.

Session #2, 12:45-1:45 with Vanessa DeKoekkoek. 0.1 CEU
Design Unplugged – Creativity and Collaboration from Anywhere!
Design efficiently and effectively from virtually anywhere! Review the design process and highlight the areas that you can improve by expanding your technology tool-set. Most of the tools focused on are cloud-based and available to everyone. Don’t forget to bring your mobile device for a hands-on experience (phone or tablet)!

Quartz Surfaces

Thursday, May 4, 2017 @ 5:30pm
12200 Marva Way
Midlothian, VA 23112

This one-hour Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) course will give you a solid understanding of the fundamentals of quartz surfacing with an overview of the supply chain. Specification best practices will be discussed regarding the many ways quartz can be used in commercial applications. You’ll also learn how to ensure spectacular results through optimal design engineering. In addition, we’ll examine how to choose the best surfaces for specific applications, as well as quality control considerations for manufacturing variables.

NeoLith Tiny House

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 4:30pm
12200 Marva Way
Midlothian, VA 23112

Join us for an exclusive first look & private tours of the NeoLith Tiny House. Networking & Membership Event; no CEUs.

From millennials to empty-nesters, we’re all intrigued by the social movement toward downsizing homes, with the goal of achieving a simpler, lower-maintenance lifestyle. Tiny living enthusiasts and aspirers, alike, will love the upcoming showcase by MARVA The Galleria of Stone.

Outdoor Kitchen Trends & Undercounter & Outdoor Refrigeration

Thursday, March 9, 2017 @ 4:30pm
Ferguson Showroom
2703 Ackley Ave.
Richmond, VA 23228

4:30-5:30: Outdoor Kitchen Trends
5:30-6:30: Happy Hour
6:30-7:30: Undercounter & Outdoor Refrigeration

Please join us as Michelle Russel, with Pinnacle Sales Group discusses the latest and greatest in outdoor kitchen trends for our first hour. After a networking happy hour break, we’ll hear more about undercounter & outdoor refrigeration.

Each session is eligible for .1 CEU Credit (please submit separately)
Cost per guest $35/member; $45/non-member

KBIS ReCap and Designing for Accessibility Without Talking About It

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Custom Kitchens
6412 Horsepen
Richmond, VA 23226

Please join NKBA VA State for a special 2 CEU Chapter Meeting.

4:00-4:30 check in and Chapter Officer Inductions
4:30-5:30 KBIS ReCap
5:30-6:30 Networking and Nosh
6:30-7:30 Designing for Accessibility Without Talking About It
7:30-8:00 Q&A and departure

Dawn DeLuca of the Manhattan Chapter will share highlights of KBIS; recapping trends in plumbing, cabinetry, tile, and all of the amazing sights at this year’s show.

Then, Dawn, who is an ambassador for CLIPP, will present Designing for Accessibility Without Talking About It. This program discusses how to introduce homeowners to Living in Place concepts without the uncomfortable feelings.

November Meeting

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 3:00pm – 7:00pm
VAMAC Showroom
4201 Jacque St.
Richmond, VA 23230

CEU: 0.4

Cost to attend: $25

Speaker: Liebet Trappenburg- “You are not your Job” (0.2) and Intuitive Leadership and Decision Making (0.2)

September Meeting

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Alberene Soapstone
42 Alberene Loop
Schuyler, VA 22969

CEU: 0.3

Cost to attend: $25

Speakers: Keith Graves- Stone Care and Keik Ashmore- History of Alberene

Maymont in May

Thursday, May 12, 2016 @ 11:00am – 2:00pm
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23220

$35 fee

Join us at the beautiful Maymont Park in the Peacock room for a round table discussion on “How to break out of the HGTV mold”?

Do you have a “hot topic” that you would like to send around the table? We are currently narrowing down other topic options so send us your thoughts!