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NKBA to hold informative conference at KBIS

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) fourth consecutive Voices from the Industry (VFTI) Conference Program, held at the upcoming Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, January 19-21, 2016, will offer over 90 informative sessions with more than 70 qualifying for CEU credit from the NKBA. Some sessions also qualify for continuing education credits from other industry associations, including the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

“The variety of topics offered at the Voices from the Industry Conference program, provide unique opportunities for professional development,” said Nancy Barnes, director of learning at the NKBA. “The NKBA is proud to offer such a large selection of speakers and presentations for KBIS attendees. Our hope is for attendees to leave with knowledge or new skills that help them advance their careers.”

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October 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

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NKBA announces safety courses

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has unveiled a collection of compliance and safety courses on NKBA University, the association’s virtual learning school. The new courses cover a variety of topics essential to promoting awareness of ethical conduct, as well as safety and health standards in corporate environments and on construction sites.

In addition, new courses on workplace harassment are being offered in French and Latin American Spanish versions, catering to diverse audiences in the United States and Canada.

The Ethics & Code of Conduct Curriculum offers introductory-level courses on Business Ethics, Code of Conduct Awareness, Conflicts of Interest in the Workplace, Financial Integrity, Integrity in the Workplace, and Preventing Fraud and Abuse. Find more information on this curriculum here.

The Workplace Health and Safety Curriculum features introductory level courses, including Back Safety and Injury Prevention, Bloodborne Pathogen Awareness, Construction Safety Orientation, Electrical Safety, Emergency Response in the Workplace, Hand and Power Tool Safety, and Workplace Safety Orientation. Find more information on this curriculum here.

To view all NKBA University course offerings, visit www.NKBA.org/U.

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August 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

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NKBA names Manuel Gutierrez as first consulting economist

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has announced the appointment of Manuel Gutierrez as the first consulting economist in the association’s 52-year history, spearheading a new robust research initiative into the kitchen and bath industry.

“Manuel will be a tremendous asset to NKBA, both in terms of his deep industry knowledge, as well as his economics expertise,” says Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. “We are all excited to broaden our research initiatives to provide deeper insights for our members, as well as raise the industry’s profile in the business and financial media.”

Gutierrez, principal of Manuel DJ Gutierrez, LLC, spent more than 30 years at Kohler Company, most recently directing global company-wide research and developing proprietary economic modeling.

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August 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

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NKBA accredits Montgomery College

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is pleased to announce that Montgomery College, located in Rockville, Maryland, has met all requirements to continue as an NKBA Accredited Program provider of its A.A.S. Interior Design (NKBA Track) degree.

NKBA Accreditation serves the professional needs of the industry by ensuring consistent, quality education for those who want to become kitchen or bath professionals. The NKBA currently recognizes over 55 schools in North America.

Once a college has achieved NKBA Accredited Program status, the NKBA continues to monitor its progress, collecting student work samples. This process provides an outcome-based assessment of the schools. Accredited Programs must be reevaluated every seven years.

For complete details and a media release regarding this announcement, please visit the NKBA Press Room here.

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March 18, 2015 at 7:00 am

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NKBA University shares big lessons of 2015

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) University announced this year’s big lessons at the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  Here they are, straight from the NKBA U instructors themselves.

 

Communication: “Connecting effectively with different generations requires a smart mix of communication. Personal connection resonates with everyone, but it’s often direct mail or a strong presence on Houzz, for example, that spurs in-person interaction.  Know who you want to reach, and know how to best reach them. Not everyone’s the same.” – Laurie Brown

Recruiting and hiring: “Recruiting and hiring can be challenging for small businesses, especially since we’re typically only in “recruitment mode” when an immediate need arises. Having a process empowers you to keep a constant pulse on your business’ needs, as well as an open eye for the right person so you already know who you want to bring onboard when the time is right.” – Tim Donahue

Thinking creatively: “Brainstorming the same old way makes it nearly impossible break away from your same old ideas. At your next brainstorming session try out a new method, like random stimulation. It mimics what happens to your brain when those brilliant, out-of-the-blue ideas strike that were subconsciously spurred by something around you. Print out 10-12 random images, pin them up discuss what they bring to mind. This simple exercise takes your mind off the problem at hand and frees it for brain play to focus on something else.” – Shawn Doyle

Mentality: “For those of us who don’t have sales in our job title but are still required to wear the hat, the stress of closing a sale makes us cringe. Take the pressure off by taking a consultative approach. Yes, your ultimate goal is to win the business. But a client-centric mentality strengthens rapport, sets you apart from the competition and positions you as a long-term resource. You won’t win them all, but rest assured that when the time is right to buy, your name will be top of mind.” – Terry Tolbert

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February 17, 2015 at 7:00 am

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NKBA announces 2015 Design Competition winners

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Brigitte C. Fabi’s kitchen received the NKBA Best Kitchen Award, earning her $12,000.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced the winners of the 2015 NKBA Design Competition at an exclusive awards ceremony at the Tryst Night Club in Las Vegas on January 19, prior to the opening day of the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Winners from six main kitchen and bath categories and ten specialty categories were honored and recognized at the awards ceremony for their outstanding contributions to the industry.

This year, Brigitte C. Fabi, CMKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen& Bath Studio in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, secured the Best Kitchen Award as well as first place in the Large Kitchen Category, winning a total of $12,000 in cash prizes for her Moroccan themed design. Luz Marina Selles, CKBI, of Allure Designs, LLC in Gilbert, Arizona, won top honors in the bathroom category, taking home the Best Bath, HGTV’s People’s Pick Bath, and first place in the Large Bath awards. Her outdoor bathroom design won a total of $14,000 in cash prizes.

“For many years, the NKBA Design Competition has been a great source of pride and a valuable platform for our members to showcase their talent and expertise.” says 2015 NKBA President Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD. “Recognizing the winners of this premier design competition helps us communicate the significance of professional design to consumers and the industry at large.”

For details and a complete list of winners, click here.

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February 16, 2015 at 7:00 am

National Kitchen & Bath Association announces executive committee

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association,

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, (NKBA), the premier association for kitchen and bath professionals with over 60,000 members, today announced its 2015 Executive Committee, led by 2015 President Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Mark Kovich, of Winchester, Virginia, was named 2015 president-elect, and Denise Dick, CMKBD, of Carrollton, Texas, will serve as vice president. Lorenzo Marquez, of Sugar Land, Texas, will assume the role of Treasurer, and Blue Arnold, CKD, CBD, of Jarrettsville, Maryland, will hold the position of secretary. John A. Petrie, CMKBD, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, will serve as immediate past president.

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December 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

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