Public Announcements


Design + Tech Connection NYC 2019

Design Pros and Home Tech Integrators Team Up!



Design + Tech Connection will take place on December 11, 2019, at Convene, 117 West 46th Street, NYC. The one-day conference, powered by the NKBA, KBB and CE Pro, will bring the brightest and most provocative minds from design, construction and technology together, to inspire collaboration and partnerships among brands, specifiers and installers.

“Residential consumers continue to demand more complex, seamless design integration in their homes,” said Bill Darcy, CEO, NKBA. “Our NKBA 2018 and 2019 Kitchen and Bath Tech Awareness & Usage market research studies confirm consumer desire and willingness to adopt better, faster and more complex whole-home integration systems. They are looking for trusted professionals from the design, construction and tech integration spheres to work closely together, for harmonious design and installation of these systems.”

Programming for this new conference is being developed with an eye toward educating interior design, kitchen and bath design and building communities about the speed at which the tech field is evolving, and how to smartly design residential spaces with confidence and authority.

Industry authorities including Darcy; Julie Jacobson, founding editor of CE Pro; Chelsie Butler, executive editor of Kitchen & Bath Business, and other industry experts will lead conversations, panel discussions and presentations on the Internet of Things (IoT), home automation, security, wellness-related technology, principles of good design integration and how to create a smart business partnership to deliver beautiful and functional residential spaces. Read the press release.

The future is already here…..come join us.

Registration will open mid-October. Be among the first to hear all the details!


Get all of the information HERE


NKBA Northern NJ Chapter Donates to The Salvation Army

After the horrific fires in California last year, the NKBA Northern NJ Chapter decided to turn the Annual Holiday Party in December into a fundraiser to help the thousand of displaced families. The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destuctive Wildfire in California history, it covered an area of 153,336 acres  (almost 240 sq. miles), and destroyed 18,804 structures and took 85 lives.  On December 11, 2018, Cosentino in Fairfield hosted over 60 NKBANNJ members where $1700.00 was collected for the cause.  The Chapter matched the funds collected and submitted a check for $3500.00 to the Salvation Army dogeared for the Camp Fires.   The Salvation Army offers disaster assistance by providing food, water, and shelter to victims, lending a hand with cleanup, and putting people in touch with their loved ones. The Salvation Army also helps treat the emotional stress and trauma of disaster victims and first responders with emotional support and spiritual comfort. Whether it's lending a listening ear, offering a hug, joining together in prayer, or simply being present. The Salvation Army brings immediate help, continued hope, and long-term healing to disaster survivors and we are grateful that we could donate to such a worthy cause.


NKBA offers PRL On Line

NKBA Knowledge Base

The kitchen and bath industry's best professional resource for the latest guidelines, codes and standards is now available online.


The NKBA has set its Board of Directors for 2019

The NKBA has set its Board of Directors for 2019, which will be led by a new chairman: Steve Joseph.
Joseph, CEO and co-founder of Smart Home Products, has served on the board for three years and was
Secretary/Treasurer last year.

“The NKBA is finishing up a successful year in which we completed the launch of an all-new for
managing our membership and certification programs,” said Joseph. “The new online certification
programs with video training have been well-received by members and are helping more designers
become certified. Our market research efforts have also grown, and we’re using the research to help our
members better understand the market in terms of financial size, segments and trends, consumer
behavior and product trends.

“Looking forward to 2019, we expect to keep growing the NKBA brand through new multi-channel
marketing initiatives, so we become a better-recognized resource for consumers who are in the process
of a kitchen or bath project,” he continued. “Our certification programs will be expanded and improved
with digital transformation. We will continue to explore growth and establish partnerships in new global
markets. And of course, we are excited about KBIS 2019 at Design & Construction week in Las Vegas and
expect it to be our best show ever. The association is financially strong, and we can’t wait to bring more
value, education and benefits to our 14,000-plus members.”

Bill Darcy, NKBA’s CEO, added, “We look forward to working with Steve and the new and existing board
members in the year ahead, to build upon our programs and initiatives, and to keep strengthening the
association, its programs and global awareness. The industry is vibrant, and, along with this strong board,
which comprises diverse and unique viewpoints from many sectors of the business, NKBA is in a terrific
position to keep the momentum going for our membership.”

Joining Joseph as officers for 2019 are Emilee Chappell, director of marketing for TOTO Americas,
returning for a second term as Vice Chair and fourth year on the board, and Allison Lowrie, chief
marketing officer for ANGI Homeservices, parent of Angie’s List and Home Advisor, who will start her
second year on the board and assume the role of Secretary/Treasurer.

Rounding out the board are returning members Lorenzo Marquez, NKBA’s former two-term chairman and
president of Marqet Group; independent Neil Bailey; Michael Mahan, vice president of strategic
marketing and category & offer management for Schneider Electric’s North American Final Distribution
Line of Business, and Steve Petock, senior vice president of business development for Ferguson. Two
new additions join the board, Jan Neiges, CKD, principal of her namesake design firm in Denver, and Basil
E. Larkin, vice president of sales for Hestan Commercial Corporation.

Patricia Davis Brown, CKBD, owner of Patricia Davis Brown LLC; and Young Huh, owner of Young Huh
Interiors, have completed their terms on the board, and the NKBA thanks them for their service to the
association and the industry.


We have a 30 Under 30 Member for 2018!!!

Here is some EXCITING news for our chapter...we have a WINNER of the NKBA 30 Under 30 Competition in our midst!  

DAVID PODWYSZYNSKI of Rangecraft Manufacturing!

If you haven't been able to read the article yet, please view it here:

Congratulations to DAVID and we hope all of you will extend him a hand at our next event!


NKBA Charts a New Path Toward Industry Growth

What will it take to grow the $31 billion kitchen and bath industry? A refined NKBA vision and mission statement to attain that goal was unveiled to more than 130 chapter leaders, young professionals and CEOs during the NKBA Thought Leadership Summit on July 20-21,2016.

NKBA CEO Bill Darcy shared the association's new vision on how it would lead in growing the industry and improving business conditions for all market segments. 

Click here to see full article.


Now earn your NKBA CEUs from ASA University

ASA University is now an approved CEU provider for NKBA's AKBD, CKD/CBD and CMKBD certification programs, offering a total of 17 qualified courses. ASA University is a comprehensive training resource for the PHCP and PVF industry, and offers over 200 courses on topics ranging from product knowledge to general business acumen to other key competencies. "ASA University is committed to improving the workforce of all segments of the PHCP industry," states Amy Black, ASAEF's executive director. "With our ability to develop industry-specific training, we are firmly positioned to help NKBA professionals elevate their professionalism with role-based courses addressing topics such as profitability, time management, customer service and more, as well as courses on the products we all sell."