June 2023 Chapter Officer Update – NKBA


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June 2023 Chapter Officer Update

June 2023
Chapter Officer Update

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We also want to share our thanks to all of you for your hard work and volunteerism. NKBA is 60 years strong because of you, your support and your advocacy.

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Important Dates

July 11 Design Competition Submission Deadline 

July 18 Monthly Secretary/Treasurer Call Register Here

July 20 Monthly Membership Chair Call Register Here

July 18 Monthly President Call Register Here

July 20 Monthly Communications Chair Call Register Here

July 25 Design + Tech Summit in NYC: Register Here


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NKBA Logo Update

Chapter Logos and 60th Anniversary Digital Tool kit is available under Resources and here . Thank you for your help to portray the most up to date NKBA Brand!

Chapter Elections

Self-nominations are now open!  All active members excluding students are welcome to self-nominate. Please refer to email sent on May 8th to all officers. Here is a link to become a leader.

Chapter Presentation Program

NEW SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED! Don’t forget to utilize this program which included some dynamic speakers . Please refer to details here.

Secretary/Treasurers: Chapter Financial Reports

Please submit your chapters financial report after every meeting Form Here.

Communications Chairs: Chapter Webpages

Keep web pages current. It’s time to check the chapter webpages!  Remember to keep news relevant and up-to-date. Post events and member spotlights.

Action item for 2023: The Communications Chair should update the chapter officers’ email addresses on the “About Us” pages.   Many chapters are using generic email addresses and in this area they can be inputted. Last year’s officers need to be manually removed. This area is optional and should be used only if a different email is desired.. Upcoming chapter meeting notices, local news, pictures and local sponsors all contribute to robust web pages. If you need any assistance navigating your web pages, contact us at chapters@nkba.org.

Chapter Funding – All Chapter Funding was due March 1st

What was due?

Chapter Compliance Form (Required) This form is required for Compliance Funding to be paid). Click here

Chapter Initiative Grant Application (Optional).  Don’t miss the opportunity for your chapter to receive funding for a special event. Click here for more information and review the application. Form 990 will be required by May 15.

Chapter Officer Role Training and KBIS 2023

The role recordings are available under Resources

Chapter Growth 

What are other chapters are doing for great meetings..check out their websites! Don’t forget about these ideas:

  • At your next council meeting:
    • Review the Membership Growth plan outlined in Strategic Plan

Discuss if it is achievable and how the chapter is progressing.

  • Some additional ideas:
    • Celebrate and appreciate your membership, welcome them back as in-person meetings are a reality again.
    • Task your members or council to tell at least 5 professionals about the NKBA, have them document! (Perhaps a reward can be arranged)
    • Give your local NKBA events exposure via your web pages and/or social media sites. This can be priceless to members.
    • Keep members excited about their membership – we recommend sharing this at a meeting or on a post:  NKBA Video 
    • Share the recap of 2022.
    • Survey your members, ask them what kind of experiences they would like to be part of in the chapter. 
  • More meeting Ideas:
    • Recycle Ideas!  If it brought engagement in the past, bring it back!
    • Think outside the box (or screen) for something more ideal. Mix up the topics and speakers. Turn learning into a game (everyone loves trivia!). Have year-long competitions and track points. At the end of the year, the member with the most points wins a prize. 
    • Engage your hosts — they’re members, too, and they might have some great ideas!

For all the Program Chairs – check out this article on improving meeting attendance. Click here for some helpful tips.

Chapter Resources 

The Chapter Resources page contains information on all chapter programs and provides links to many of the forms used by each officer position. It can be accessed by using your personal ID# to log in to the NKBA website. Click here (or at Find a Chapter/Chapter Officer Resources).

The Chapters team is also a resource to all chapter officers. If you need assistance with understanding your role or responsibilities, please contact us at chapters@nkba.org.

Collaborate all year with Slack

You asked to collaborate with other officers all year.  Please join the 2023 SLACK channel here to join other fellow officers. Although this is optional, we encourage you to join to share ideas with other officers.

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July Updates

Happy July! This month, as we continue to celebrate 60 years of the NKBA, we celebrate the 1990s –  the trends, terms, and accomplishments of the industry, and NKBA. Don’t miss our quizzes, contests and more! Check out the 60th Anniversary page here.

We are also hosting our first Design + Tech Summit on July 25th. This will be an in person event, hosted at Samsung837 and will be a deep diver into design and tech, featuring panels, presentations, new product demos and a lot more.  For more information please go here.

Also, if you missed or want to watch our first ever Independent Showroom Research reveal, please go here and to see our Designing for the Outdoor Kitchen Summit on demand, go here.

And we cannot encourage you more to encourage your members to enter NKBA’s Design + Industry Awards!  The deadline is July 11th.   Enter today for a chance to win prizes totalling $100,000.  An industry leading design competition, winners win cash prizes, recognition at KBIS 2024 in Las Vegas and will be hightlined in national print and digital publications. To learn more and enter go here

Lastly, please encourage your members to tune in to our weekly NKBA’s Lives that take place every Thursday at 2 pm EST, and don’t miss our weekly Business + Design Webinars

NKBA Live Schedule for July

July 6th @ 2pm ET: Replay from KBIS NEXT Stage: Kitchen & Bath Catwalk.  From fashion runways to interior design – explore how the fashion industry influences kitchen & bath design, elevating trending materials, colors and more.  

July 13th @ 2pm ET: CEO Talks with Jill Ehnes. Join Jill Ehnes, President of Delta Faucet company and NKBA CEO, Bill Darcy as they discuss Ehnes’ new position as President, her 90-day listening tour and her strategies for the future. 

July 20  @2 pm ET: Replay from KBIS NEXT Stage: Future Design Trends: Products.  Join NKBA’s head of research, Tricia Zach as she discussed the products and technologies that will be top of mind for designers and their clients in the K+B space.  She is joined by Summer Kath, EVP of Design at Cambria. 

July 27 @ 2pm ET:  Protecting Your Business from Downside Risk: Key Components Every Agreement Should Include with  Sharon Sherman.  Do you know how to adapt your letter of agreement into your business model? Join Sherman, CKD, as she walks you through the ins and outs of creating a letter of agreement.  One that protects your assets and can be used for your specific business model.

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Voices From The Industry

The VFTI Call for Speakers opened on April 3rd and is accepting proposals for the conference up until June 9th.  If you or someone you know is a subject matter expert in the industry, or a kitchen and bath professional, we highly encourage you to apply.  Speakers and attendees can earn valuable CEU credits. Speakers who are selected will present at KBIS 2024 during show dates: 2/27/24-2/29/24. And don’t forget, most of the 2023 VFTI sessions are available on-demand now through the end of the year.

Click here to submit.

Design Competition

NKBA’s Design Competition opened on May 3rd. Kitchen and bath designers can compete for cash prizes totaling $100,000 with a streamlined application process, so please encourage your members to participate.  

We encourage you to to share this news, summits and more with you chapter members.  And of course reach out if you have any questions.

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Planning Guidelines

NKBA’s Fourth Edition K&B Planning Guidelines (spiral-bound) is now available for purchase in BULK on the NKBA store. NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines web page provides a general overview about the revisions found within this publication, as well as two webinar recordings highlighting the history of NKBA’s Planning Guidelines and specific topics and practical applications related to the new publication.


Congratulations to our newest Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers! 

Roberto Rosario, CKBD, Lowes of Chester NY, Northern New Jersey

Trisha Marsh, CKBD, Custom Colors, Eastern Carolinas

Heidi Dounouk, CKBD, Rineer Designs, Susquehanna Valley

Dennis Fesenmyer, CKBD, Don’s Custom Cabinets, Inc., Rocky Mountain

Amanda George, CKBD, Amanda George Interior Design, Puget Sound

Kendal Cavalieri, CKBD, Kendal Cavalieri Design, Central New York

Manju Vashishta, CKBD, MAV Design Concepts LLC, Eastern Carolinas

Sara Malloy, CKBD, The Heritage Design, Rocky Mountain

The Learning Department presented during the NKBA Chapter Presidents meeting on May 16, 2023. We discussed the restructured Certification Program, revisions to the CMKBD Program, status of the new Committee Member position and Certification Study Groups. If you would like a copy of the PPT Presentation please reach out to chapters@nkba.org.  

NKBA’s CKBD Certification Program

The NKBA is now accepting applications to our newly reformed Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer (CKBD) Program. Eligibility requirements, changes to the program, overall process, and application is available on the NKBA’s Certification webpage. If you have additional questions, please reach out to certification@nkba.org.

Specialty Badge Program

Congratulations to our newest NKBA Specialty Badge earners! 

Kelley Irvine, Floor Plans & Specifications, Normandy Design Build Remodeling, Chicago Mid West

Jungmin Seo, Cabinetry, British Columbia Institute of Technology, British Columbia

Kaici Lore, Color, Home Depot #4172, Pittsburgh Tri State

Evelia Walden, Remodeling, ​​The Stone Collection-Dallas, Texas North Plains

Sabrina Alonzo-Johnson, Floor Plans & Specifications, Nicholson Builders, Central Ohio

Michelle Bonds, Cabinetry, Distinctive Remodeling, LLC, Eastern Carolinas

Stephanie Ferguson, Cabinetry, Distinctive Remodeling, LLC, Eastern Carolinas

Biatriz Mendoza, Cabinetry, Distinctive Remodeling, LLC, Eastern Carolinas

April Courtney, Cabinetry, Distinctive Remodeling, LLC, Eastern Carolinas

Andy Tarlton-Hernandez, Cabinetry, Distinctive Remodeling, LLC, Eastern Carolinas

Meagan Davison, Cabinetry, Cabinet-S-Top, Inc., Ohio State

Rodrigo Kaufmann, Remodeling, Kaufmann Company LLC, Central Florida

Simone Dikitanan, Floor Plans & Specifications, kohler Company, Maine

Molly Quinn, Remodeling, Normandy Design Build Remodeling, Chicago Mid West

Wesley Shrock, Remodeling, The Burkhart Company, Kentuckiana

Kari Kollars, Cabinetry, JR& S, Minnesota State

Aimee Almeida, Sustainability, D&M Kitchen and Bath Supply, San Joaquin Valley

Nicole P. Crosby, Color, Nicole P. Crosby, Southern New England

William Adams, Cabinetry,William Adams Design, Northern California

Allyssa Warden, Remodeling, Kitchen Concepts Pus, Inc., Baltimore/Washington

Complete Your NKBA Specialty Badge! Have you started the process to earn an NKBA Specialty Badge but have yet to take the test? We’d like to encourage those of you to take the online exam and earn your badge today! If you’re ready to proceed to the exam, please fill out the NKBA Badge Exam Form. The Specialty Badge flier and informational webinar is available to all Chapters. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email badge@nkba.org or call our Member Relations team at (800) 843-6522.

2023 NKBA Free Design & Business Webinars in July

The NKBA Design Webinar Program in July includes four webinars with topics focused on Universal Design! In addition, NKBA will offer two new Business Webinars on Social Media and Technology. Click here to register.

You must attend 80% of the “live” webinar session to earn .1 CEU per webinar. Our Design webinars this month are generously sponsored by Blum. Click here to learn more about our sponsor.

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New Research Reports on NKBA.org 

Earlier this month, NKBA released these two research reports: (1) The “NKBA Independent Kitchen & Bath Showrooms Report,” and (2) A supplemental report which ranks the top 100 geographic markets for K&B showrooms called “Ranking of Kitchen & Bath Showroom Market Conditions.”

Some key takeaways from these reports include:

  • Independent showroom sales have remained steady. Of the independent K&B showrooms surveyed, 70 percent reported 2022 annual sales of over $1 million, while 22 percent noted sales of $5 million or more.
  • Independent showrooms are positive about the future. Despite uncertain economic conditions that continue to impact new construction and remodeling, independent showroom dealers project 2023 sales to be on par with 2022 and 2021.
  • Many independent showrooms are evolving. Within the past two years, 65 percent of showrooms carried new brands; 53 percent remodeled their showroom; 50 percent added or improved their technology;  and 40 percent added new product categories.
  • Technology is key to independent showrooms success. Technology is improving the customer shopping experience and helping to make showroom operations more efficient. In the past two years alone, about 41 percent of showrooms enhanced their monitors/displays, and 30 percent updated their design software/hardware.
  • Surprising findings about top 10 geographic markets based on overall attractiveness as K&B showroom locations. Topping the list is San Francisco, while number ten is Tulsa, Oklahoma. The full Market Ranking report profiles the top 10 markets in detail, and the top 100 showroom markets overall.

Click here to read the “NKBA Independent Kitchen & Bath Showrooms Report” and here for the “Ranking of Kitchen & Bath Showroom Market Conditions Report.”

Skilled Labor Resources

As NKBA continues with its NextUp initiatives, we wanted to provide the chapters with some resources.  The below article was on the NKBA blog and newsletter and lets members know what is being worked on regarding skilled labor.  There is also a template at the end of the article that members can use to send to their legislators.

NKBA + You = Addressing the Skilled Labor Shortage in the Kitchen & Bath Industry 

A new one-sheeter is also available for chapters to send to their local schools, use at home shows or other events promoting jobs in the skilled trades as well as the NKBA NextUp program. Click here.

Governanace – 60th Anniversary Activations

As NKBA continues to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the governance department is working with the association’s Past Presidents/Chairman and Hall of Fame inductees to participate in this historic milestone. Over the last few weeks, NKBA has chatted with Hall of Fame Inductee Ken Rohl, 2008 President Gary West, CMKBD and 2014 President John Petrie.

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New Membership

New Membership Is Vital to the NKBA
Please send all prospective member inquiries to noelle@nkba.org and our team will send detailed information on member benefits, membership cost, certification, badges and more. Click here for our Member Benefits Brochure.

The 2023 NKBA membership application has been updated and is available for distribution. If anyone needs a copy of the application, please contact the Member Relations Team at info@nkba.org.

The NKBA recently updated our membership applications so that we can streamline the application process as well as gather valuable information. Please make sure you are providing potential NKBA members with the correct version of our member applications. If you need a copy, please send a request to info@nkba.org.

Membership Updates

Exciting addition to your member profile! Login to NKBA.org to retrieve your individual member number. We recommend that all NKBA chapter officers take some time to update their member profiles. 

If you are a company owner, your company member number will be under your Organization’s Profile. While you are in your member profile, it’s a great time to add photos, your bio, social media links and more. The Member Relations team has a one-page instruction document available for distribution. Please reach out to us at info@nkba.org, and we will send you a copy of the instructions. You can also schedule some time with one of our member relations’ professionals to walk through the process.  

Please encourage your members to send any roster, employment, company name changes, etc. to info@nkba.org and the Member Relations Team will be happy to help!

Additionally, we receive inquiries from members asking for chapter officer contact information. In response to these inquiries, we refer members to the About Us link on the chapter’s webpage. Please ensure that this information is complete and up to date.   
The Member Relations team is here to assist you with updating your Chapter websites. If you need assistance adding or modifying an event, picture, sponsor etc… Please do not hesitate to email us at info@nkba.org or call us at 800-843-6522. We are always glad to lend a hand.

New Membership Applications Updates

The NKBA has a revised version of the new membership applications that include updated pricing and additional segments to better identify the services our members provide. Please reach out to the member services department if you need a copy of the new applications and please discard any old versions.

Job Portal

Member Companies should take advantage of another wonderful NKBA member benefit, posting job openings on NKBA.org job portal! This benefit is available to all active members and is included with your membership. Reach out to us for details, (800) 843-6522 or info@nkba.org.


NKBA offers free membership for all higher education students studying in the design and construction fields as well as discounted membership to all recent graduates. For more information, please email info@nkba.org or call our team at (800) 843-6522.

Student members are invited to apply for the Ellen Cheever Award. The Ellen Cheever Award is presented to students pursuing a course of study related to the kitchen and bath industry. Many students are required to utilize NKBA resources for their classes; the Ellen Cheever Award helps provide these resources to deserving students free of charge. For complete information and the award application, visit this page

We are currently reaching peak season for NKBA membership and certification renewals for a majority of our members. Please remind them that we recently moved our offices to Pennsylvania and to mail their membership or certification dues to our new address: 1 West Broad Street, Ste 300, Bethlehem PA 18018. If any members need assistance with their renewals, please refer them to the Member Relations team. They can call us at 800 843-8522 (the-nkba) or they can send an e-mail to info@nkba.org.

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Student Memberships

NKBA offers free membership for all higher education students studying in the design and construction fields as well as discounted membership to all recent graduates. For more information, please email info@nkba.org or call our team at (800) 843-6522.

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