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"Boomer vs. Millenial: The Great Design Challenge" by Traci Kloos"Boomer vs. Millenial: The Great Design Challenge" by Traci KloosTue, May 2, 2017 @ 5:30 PM to Tue, May 2, 2017 @ 9:00 PM

JOIN US:  TUESDAY, MAY 2nd at MICHIGAN  BY THE BOTTLE for an excellent presentation and wine tasting!

REGISTER AT:  www.mi-nkba.org


The Boomers and the Millennials are the largest demographic groups in history. There is an overabundance of data surrounding both segments and it is difficult to understand and confusing, to say the least. In this presentation we will break down a basic overview of both the Baby Boomer and Millennial demographic groups. How are they different and similar? Next, we will dive into consumer segments that will help us to form a deeper understanding of both of the demographic groups. We will discuss how to speak to these consumers. What is important to them? Lastly, we will review a few key trends that will be influencing the design decisions for both demographic groups in 2016 and 2017

Traci Kloos is the Senior Design Manager on the Tarkett Residential Design team located in Cleveland, Ohio.  She brings with her more than 19 years of design experience in the residential field. With a background in architecture and interior design, Traci began her career as a residential kitchen and bath designer in the St. Louis, Missouri market. She joined Masco, on the KraftMaid Cabinetry brand team, in 2000, as a designer with their design services group. In her 14 tenure, Traci moved into a Senior Designer position, where she spearheaded all photography, PR, and trade show booth designs for the brand, before taking on the role of managing the design services team. In 2009, she accepted a role as Senior Product Designer on the Masco Cabinetry team where she focused on color development, trend analysis and all new product design introductions for the KraftMaid brand.

 In January of 2014 she joined Tarkett, the largest manufacturer of resilient flooring products in the world.  In her current position, Traci, along with the other members of the residential design team, collaborate on new designs, textures and colors for the residential flooring market.  Traci also works with the Marketing team to enhance the value of the brand through color and design, tracks market trends and contributes to the brands social media campaign.

Traci sits on the Board of Directors of Color Marketing Group. CMG is an international association of color and design professionals that interpret, create, forecast, and select colors in order to enhance the function, salability and quality of manufactured goods. CMG’s major focus is to identify the direction of color and design trends. CMG members then interpret that information into salable colors for manufactured products across all industries.

Traci is also a Member of the National Kitchen and Bath Associate and has participated in the Voices of the Industry educational series at the last two Kitchen and Bath Industry Shows in Las Vegas, Nevada.


TIME:  5:30-6:30 Strolling Mediterranean Dinner, wine tasting (5) 2 oz wine pours, cheese, and chocolates.  Plus $10 credit toward take home bottle purchase!

6:30-7:00 Chapter Communication

7:00-8:30 Speaker Presentation

PRICE:  $35 members, $15 student members

LOCATION:  Michigan By The Bottle, 3384 Auburn Rd., Auburn Hills, MI  48326

Michigan By The Bottle
3384 Auburn Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

"Marble Use In The Kitchen" "Marble Use In The Kitchen" Tue, Mar 7, 2017 @ 5:30 PM to Tue, Mar 7, 2017 @ 9:00 PM

Kicking off the Michigan State NKBA Chapter monthly meeting series for 2017 is:

dwyer logo

We will be presenting the CEU titled Marble Use in the Kitchen

AIA Course Number: MIA03, 1.0 HSW/LU

IDCEC (ASID, IDC, IDEC, and IIDA) Course Number: CEU-105875, Subject Code: 2.3, 0.1 General CEU

NKBA: MIA152R, 0.1 CEU

Attendees will learn that the use of marble in a kitchen will require different protective treatments. They will also learn more about the increasing trend of marble use in the kitchen; obtain unique design elements of using marble for a countertop surface; and, expand their ability to set the proper consumer expectation.

Learning objectives include:

  1. Learn more about the increasing trend of marble use in the kitchen.
  2. Obtain unique design elements of using marble for a countertop surface.
  3. Expand your ability to set the proper consumer expectation.

Join us on Tuesday, March 7th at

DWYER MARBLE & STONE  23177 Commerce Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48335


 5:30 Arrival

6:00 Food Stations

6:30 Board Announcements

7:00 Presentation CEU Session

Members $35

Students $15

Dwyer Marble & Stone
Farmington Hills 48335

Holiday Social PartyHoliday Social PartyThu, Dec 8, 2016 @ 6:00 PM to Thu, Dec 8, 2016 @ 9:00 PM

'Tis the season to celebrate .... VODKA!  Your Michigan State NKBA Chapter is pleased to announce the HOLIDAY SOCIAL PARTY at:


Valentine Distilling Tasting Room

161 Vester Ave.

Ferndale, MI  



6:00pm til 9:00pm



Your pre-registered $35 entrance fee includes:

  • Buffet Dinner
  • 2 drink tickets for cocktails  (one drink ticket graciously sponsored by Whiski Kitchen Design Studio in Royal Oak)
  • Distillery Tour
  • 1 raffle ticket for several door prizes (includes a Wolf Gourmet blender valued at $750+)





Michigan State NKBA Chapter is also asking its members to support a local non-profit charity MITTENS FOR DETROIT.  Please bring in one or more pairs of NEW for kids or adults to be donated to people in need this season.  For more info go to: http://mittensfordetroit.org/donate/


We encourage NKBA members to bring spouses and partners to this fun social event.

RSVP deadline is Friday, December 2nd.

Limited street parking is available for $2 for this venue.  Please come early or carpool.

Valentine Distilling Tasting Room
161 Vester Ave
Ferndale 48220

The Strategic ShowroomThe Strategic ShowroomWed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 5:30 PM to Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 9:00 PM

FREE MEETING TO NKBA MEMBERS.  (Participants must register by November 11th.)

 Sarah Reep, is a respected expert, leader, and designer in the kitchen & bath industry with more than 20 years of direct experience in design, product design, trend forecasting, retail, home, consumer insights, marketing, business development, and public relations.  Sarah's writings appear regularly in Kitchen & Bath Design News where she writes about retail and showroom strategies in her regular column, Inside Today's Showroom.  Sarah shares her design expertise, enhanced by trend knowledge, with Kitchen and Bath Industry designers and business leaders across North America.

Your physical showroom is now the second stop when consumers begin to look for products to solve their project and design needs. Today's consumers, of all ages, learn and shop virtually on the internet instead of at a brick and mortar location. Understanding how to reset your showroom for today and tomorrow is key, while making your presence on the Internet via your "website showroom" reinforce what they will find in person. Having your web site and showroom work hand-in-hand is critical to your business.

MASCO Corporation

4600 Arrowhead Dr.


FREE to pre-registered NKBA Members

5:30 Arrival

6:00 Dinner

6:30 NKBA Board Announcements

7:00 Program/Presentation:  CEU credit (.01)

4600 Arrowhead Dr.
Ann Arbor 48105

"Defining Color" with Mark Woodman"Defining Color" with Mark WoodmanTue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 6:00 PM to Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 9:00 PM

"Defining Color" with Mark Woodman, Dupont Surfaces color expert, discusses inspiration behind color trends.


OCTOBER Monthly Meeting:

Tuesday, October 18th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Hosted by:  H.J. Oldenkamp Company

4850 Coolidge Hwy,

Royal Oak, MI  48073

NKBA Members $35, Non-NKBA Members $40, NKBA Student Members $15

5:30 Arrival

6:00 Strolling Dinner/Food Stations

6:30 Board Announcements

7:00 Presentation CEU Session


“Energize Your Pantry” with Michelle Bommarito “Energize Your Pantry” with Michelle Bommarito Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 5:30 PM to Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 9:00 PM


Bommarito will share how to maximize the nutritional value of the food you eat by learning about “super power foods”…heart-healthy foods that contain a huge dose of good fats, fiber and powerful antioxidants.

Expect to learn about all-natural, whole grains, lean cuts of meats, beans and legumes, seeds, nuts, berries, snack ideas and fresh seasonal locally- grown fruits and vegetables.

Portion sizes and proper storage will also be discussed.

This presentation demo will be (.1) CEU

Event will be held at:

Trevarrow Inc Showroom

Auburn Hills, MI

Tuesday, September 20th 5:30 – 9:00

Members $35

Students $15

  • 5:30 arrival
  • 6:00 dinner
  • 7:00 presentation/demo


GO TO:  WWW.MI-NKBA.ORG to register for this event!​

Trevarrow Inc
1295 N. Opdyke Rd.
Auburn Hills 48326

Michigan State Chapter EventsMichigan State Chapter EventsThu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 6:00 PM to Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 6:00 PM

You Are Not Your Job!You Are Not Your Job!Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 5:30 PM to Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

 Save the date details for the May 3rd Chapter Meeting:

 May 3rd   5:30 pm

Hosted at Trevarrow, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Showroom

Presented by Liesbet Trappenburg


Great opportunity to get (2) CEUs in one evening, Liesbet’s combines her two most popular programs.

 You Are Not Your Job! Preventing Burn-Out To Create Sustainable Work/Life Balance.


Seminar attendees will:

  Understand the differences between instinct, impulse, emotion & intuition.

 Identify and test intuitive styles to gain confidence in their use.

 Discuss obstacles to using intuition in the workplace.

 Create an inspired and effective action plan based on intuitive decisions that accurately reflect and support your highest goals.

• Discuss the direct correlation between sustainable design concepts, creativity and work/life balance.

• Identify & reclaim core values to properly apply time management tools.
• Create a personal benchmark and action plan for defining “success.”






Trevarrow, Inc.
1295 Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Michigan State NKBA Vendor Fair NightMichigan State NKBA Vendor Fair NightTue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 5:30 PM to Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 9:00 PM


Local vendors representing a vast array of products and services are gathering at Rochester Mills Beer Company for your viewing.  They'll be there to highlight the newest products, services, and solutions as well as answer any questions you may have.

Continue to check back with this page periodically to see a complete list of participating vendors and the fantastic raffle prizes available.

$35.00 per person includes freshly prepared brick oven pizza, light dessert, and 2 complimentary beverages.

Vendor Night is open to all NKBA, ASID, NARI, HBA and BIA Members.  Please RSVP by April 5th to secure your place for this outstanding event!

For more information regarding vendor participation, please call Ursula Schneider at (586) 634-2252.  

Rochester Mills Beer Company
400 Water Street
Rochester, MI 48307

Latest Appliance Product and Installation TrainingLatest Appliance Product and Installation TrainingTue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 5:00 PM to Tue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 8:30 PM


More than ever cabinet lines are providing endless variety of styles to meet “Millennial” clients desire to have functional, yet aesthetically pleasing designs that reflect their individual styles.  This program will showcase how Major Appliance manufacturers are evolving their lines to provide diversified installation options to help create the next “Houzz” inspired Kitchen Project.  Advanced Certified Installers, will be on hand to demonstrate the latest install techniques.

Along with this program we will have a special guest from Zephyr, who will be providing informative information as it relates to Ventilation.

We encourage members to bring an installer with you to this meeting to take advantage of the information being presented.  Each paid attendee may bring one installer at no additional charge.  Every additional installer guest is 1/2 price ($17.50).  

Special Speaker will be Rusty Gibson of Zephyr

The program agenda will be as follows:

  • NKBA Board Meeting start 3:30 pm
  • NKBA Networking and Arrive starts at 5:00 pm
  • Strolling Dinner 5:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Chapter Updates Presented by the Board 6:30 pm
  • Speakers Presentation Starts no later than 7:00 pm
  • Meet adjourns  8:30 pm
Specialties Showroom
2800 W Eleven Mile
Berkley, MI 48072

How to Select Kitchen and Bath LightingHow to Select Kitchen and Bath LightingTue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 5:30 PM to Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 9:00 PM

It seems simple. Install some lights and you’re done…or maybe not. Lighting comes with a style, a purpose and delivers aesthetic characteristics that all must be considered. In this session, we will look at luminaires from three points of view: aesthetics, function and light characteristics. We will then place those pieces in room settings to show how they can maximize the design and improve the overall usability of the space.

What will be covered:

 Understand the different design characteristics of a variety of lighting fixtures

  • Understand the assorted functional characteristics of a variety of lighting fixtures
  • Learn the characteristics of light and how they can impact a design and change a space

 Learning Objective:

Upon completion of the course, the attendee will understand the various design characteristics of residential interior lighting fixtures, the functional characteristics of a variety of lighting fixtures and the core characteristics of light. Using these three core principals, they can apply that knowledge for use in any residential kitchen or bath design/project, in addition to using the information beyond those two rooms, into the entire home.


Length: 1 Hour (0.1)
770 W. Maple Road
Troy, MI 48084

Houzz UniversityHouzz UniversityTue, Oct 13, 2015 @ 5:00 PM to Tue, Oct 13, 2015 @ 9:00 PM

Houzz University

In this interactive, hands-on presentation, Houzz experts will work with you side-by-side to help you create a compelling, complete professional profile on Houzz that will attract new clients and promote your brand.

By the end of this workshop you will have a professional profile on Houzz that includes the following:

  • A well written description of your business that answers key questions prospective clients will have about you
  • Photos of your work that are uploaded and categorized correctly so that they are more likely to appear in search results when homeowners are looking for projects like yours
  • Requests for reviews of your work from past clients and colleagues so that prospective clients can hear from others about the high quality of your work


In this workshop we will also teach you how to use Ideabooks to effectively communicate with your clients to shorten and improve the design process.


Requirements to attend:

  • at least 7 photos of your work on a USB drive or your laptop
  • email addresses of at least 5 past clients or colleagues that can review your work
  • a laptop to use for you to work on your profile
  • Your Houzz username and password (if you have not created an account, please create one prior to the workshop)

 To ensure that each attendee has ample support from the Houzz experts on hand, this unique event has limited availability.  Sign up today to reserve your spot!

Beyond the SelfieBeyond the SelfieTue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 5:30 PM to Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 9:00 PM


An Encore Presentation Straight from KBIS 

"Beyond the Selfie:  Leveraging Pics and Videos to Market Your Business"

A part of the “Voices From The Industry” speaker line up, social media “passionista” Denise Butchko presented “Beyond The Selfie: Using Pictures and Videos to Market Your Business”.  It was among the highest rated sessions at the show.  This session will cover practical tips and understandable insights regarding the use of images and video for marketing and social media.

As kitchen and bath designers, you know the importance of showing your work. This industry specific session will help you with new ways to do that.


  • Tools and technology to use with visuals
  • Tips on getting great pics and visuals
  • Guidelines and shortcuts for optimizing visuals
  • Sources to get images you can use legally and what you can and can’t do with pics


Denise Butchko merges design and marketing as an educator, author and consultant. She works in the Chicago market as a designer of the finest of closets and works worldwide with clients on taking the design elements of their business to new levels of success via marketing.


She has built a brand with predominantly sweat equity and encourages others to realize the importance and value of social media platforms and the ways these platforms are changing the way we reach our customers.

She is a member of the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals as well as a member of the NKBA.

The Do's and Don'ts of Styling for a Photo Shoot'The Do's and Don'ts of Styling for a Photo Shoot'Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 5:30 PM to Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 9:00 PM

Come join us for an evening that will provide insight into styling for the best photo shoot resolute,  while  privately viewing the award winning Pinnacle Show House by Cranbrook Custom Homes.

Our guest speaker is Tanya Woods of X-styles bath + more. Tanya has had her work featured in local and National publications.  Tanya will be providing her insight on the importance of styling for a photo shoot and what it takes to have a successful photo shoot.

Cost: $35 for Members and Nonmembers
          $15 for Students

Register on our website by May 8th.

Check out our newly redesigned website! www.mi-nkba.org

Sherwin Williams: Colormix 'Optimistic Odyssey'Sherwin Williams: Colormix 'Optimistic Odyssey'Tue, Mar 3, 2015 to Tue, Mar 3, 2015

Presented by Rebecca Luckhardt

Course Description:

This course will take the participant on a visual journey with stimulating imagery, factual statistics and perceptive research that supports the 2015 forecast for color and design trends. We will explore the drivers influencing future color and design trends that include global, technological, historic, psychological and economic factors with specific information on the four dominant color stories for Chrysalis, Beyond, Buoyant and Unrestrained.

Course Objectives:

• To gain knowledge and insight into the drivers for color and design trends for 2015

• To gain knowledge and insight into influencers for color and design trends for 2015

• To gain inspiration for current and future design projects.

• To gain knowledge of new and interesting resources for future design projects

'Beneath the Surface: Everything You Should Know Beyond Natural Stone'.'Beneath the Surface: Everything You Should Know Beyond Natural Stone'.Tue, Feb 3, 2015 to Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Presented by Ursula Schneider from Solid Surfaces Unlimited and Dave Harrell from Michigan Maple
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Sponsored by HJ Oldenkamp

3:30 Board Meeting (Please join us if you're interested in joining the board. Let us know in advance)
5:30-6:30 Social Hour
6:30 Dinner
7:00-7:30 Board Member Induction and Presentations
7:30-8:15 Presentation: Ursula Schneider from Solid Surfaces Unlimited
8:15-8:30 Presentation: Dave Harrell from Michigan Maple

HJ Oldenkamp
4850 Coolidge Highway
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Cost: $35 for Members and Nonmembers
          $15 for Students

Register on our website by January 30th.

Check out our newly redesigned website! www.mi-nkba.org

Please like us on Facebook.

2014 Designer Showcase2014 Designer ShowcaseTue, Nov 11, 2014 to Tue, Nov 11, 2014

Don’t miss out on our last meeting of the year. Our chapter will be showcasing our Chapter’s Outstanding Design Talent with the 2014 Professional and Student Design Competition entries, while strolling through the newly remodeled Distinctive Distributing Showroom. Be on hand to congratulate two of our members as they are inducted

into Michigan State Chapter Hall of Fame. Show off your design knowledge, by playing “NKBA Jeopardy”. The Winning Team will be awarded fabulous prizes and major bragging rights.


 $35 for Members

$15 for Students