Retail Observer

December 2018

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM DECEMBER 2018 54 T he NKBA is finishing a successful year in which we completed the launch of an all-new platform for managing our membership and certification programs," said Steve Joseph, chairman of the NKBA board of directors. "The new online certification programs with video training have been well received by our 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 can 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 our new and existing board members in the year ahead, to build upon our programs and initiatives, and to keep strengthening the association and 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." THE NKBA REVEALS THE 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS THE NKBA HAS SELECTED ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2019, WHICH WILL BE LED BY NEW CHAIRMAN, STEVE JOSEPH. CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF SMART HOME PRODUCTS, JOSEPH HAS SERVED ON THE BOARD FOR THREE YEARS AND AS SECRETARY/TREASURER IN 2018. THE SLATE OF NINE VOLUNTEERS FOR 2019 INCLUDES SEVEN RETURNING DIRECTORS AND TWO NEW MEMBERS. EMILEE CHAPPELL JAN NEIGES BASIL E. LARKIN NEIL BAILEY LORENZO MARQUEZ STEVE JOSEPH ALLISON LOWRIE MICHAEL MAHAN STEVE PETOCK A S S O C I A T I O N N E W S "

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