Year In Review: Top 5 NKBA Webinars – NKBA


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Year In Review: Top 5 NKBA Webinars

From universal design to smart technology, these were NKBA’s top business and design webinars in 2023.

By Elisa Fernández-Arias

NKBA’s webinar program provides the K&B industry with free and insightful learning experiences as well as CEUs needed to maintain NKBA certifications. Available online throughout the year, the following were the top five webinars in 2023.

1. Five Things You Should Know About Universal Design

This July 2023 webinar, sponsored by Blum, explored universal design from new perspectives, including those from two Occupational Therapists, one Realtor and one Manufacturer of Bathroom Safety Products. Presenter Becky Wright, CAPS, Division Manager of Ponte Giulio USA, Carol Chiang, OTR/, CAPS, ECHM, CHAMP, CEO of Evolving Homes, Heather Brooks, Co-Founder and Content Creator of Customized Aging, and Janet Engel, Owner of Home Designs for Life, Ltd., Co., offered their perspectives and guidance on why Universal Design is better for every project.

2. Color: Understanding Undertones

This June 2023 webinar, sponsored by Wilsonart, educated participants on how to gain a deeper understanding of color, how to define color in three different ways and how to find solutions to color dilemmas. Led by Debbie Boggs, Co-Founder of Staging Studio, those who attended the session came away with the skills required to amaze clients with their ability to work with color and expertly combine hard surface selections.

3. Advantages of Large Format Porcelain Slabs in Kitchen, Bath, & Spa Applications

Presented by Jaclyn Isaac – Owner of Doni Douglas and Joy Klein – VP, Sales and Marketing TransCeramica & SapienStone of Iris Ceramica Group and sponsored by Geberit, this October webinar covered the topic of large format porcelain slabs. The segment took a deep dive into this surface type and its advantages, as well as how it fits into the K&B space, installation tips and how this surface plays a role in high end residential projects.

4. Winning Outdoor Kitchen Design

This November 2023 webinar, sponsored by Perlick, was an opportunity for participants to learn from Ryan Bloom, Co-Founder and President of Urban Bonfire, Inc., on how the design community can leverage the emerging outdoor kitchen industry to make their mark on outdoor spaces and grow their business in return, covering trends, best practices and more.

5. Balancing Technology and Design

This webinar from September 2023, sponsored by Hettich and presented by Holly Andre, Specification Sales of CEDIA, educated attendees on what it takes to successfully integrate smart technology in your projects, examples of how technology can enhance the lifestyle of homeowners and the critical considerations for service and support.

A full list of On-Demand design and business webinars can be accessed here.