Retail Observer

January 2022

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JANUARY 2022 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 35 T he newly elected NKBA Board Chair is Basil E. Larkin, Vice President of Sales at Hestan Commercial Corp. He succeeds Michael Mahan, Senior Vice President of Home and Distribution, North America, Schneider Electric. "I am so honored to be named Chair of the Board of Directors of the NKBA for 2022. The relationships I have formed and the insights I have gained since I've joined the board have been invaluable to me," said Larkin. "This is an incredibly exciting time for the design community, and the enthusiasm is infectious. Research indicates more homeowners are turning to professionals for their projects, after the challenges in 2020. The NKBA and its members persevered through incredibly difficult times and continue to lead the industry. I look forward to serving our members and community alongside my valued fellow board members." Randy Warner, Vice President of Sales, Signature Kitchen Suite and LG Builder, has been elected Vice Chair. Returning board member Kristen Elder, Vice President of Residential Builder & Showrooms, Ferguson Enterprises, will assume the position of NKBA Board Secretary/Treasurer. Mahan and Allison Lowrie, Chief Marketing Officer, Vacasa, and a former NKBA Board Chair, have completed their four-year terms and will leave the board at the close of 2021. New 2022 board members filling the vacancies left by Mahan and Lowrie are Ken Roberts, President of Delta Faucet Company, and Ken Williams, President of Caesarstone North America. Both have been elected to serve four-year terms. "We are very grateful to our board members, who volunteer their energy, effort and time – especially as they adapt to their own market challenges and changing conditions," said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. "Their dedication to the association, commitment to the industry and the perspective they bring from different sectors of the business are invaluable. As we continue to refine the strategic path for our Association's growth and evolution, this board will bring critical insights and experience." JAN NEIGES MIKAEL ÅKERBERG JAN HECK

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