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Chapter Meeting - Play Your Genius OutChapter Meeting - Play Your Genius OutThu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 5:30 PM to Thu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 8:00 PM


Speaker: Angela Merola 

This meeting will focus on finding the balance between honing your creative instrument and the practicalities of running a business.

Did you know there is a direct correlation between the level of creative talent and the level of projects that come your way? The more creatively talented you are the more “high end” projects you will attract. What sets you apart is the depth of your creative abilities applied to clients’ needs. Just like a musician who practices an instrument to deepen their relationship with the music so that through their understanding they can move an audience. Creative entrepreneurs must do the same. Carve out time to cultivate and expand their creative talent. The faster you understand the combination of design elements that help the client express their personality, the more profitable and successful your business will be. This is Playing Your Genius Out. 

The challenge comes in finding the balance between honing your creative instrument and the practicalities of running a business. In this inspiring presentation, attendees are energized by learning new techniques to “do it all” with grace. Participants will learn ways to identify and delegate energy draining business functions as well as experience a shift in thinking about how a successful business can be managed with more balance and excitement.

At the End of this Presentation, you will…

  1. Understand the power of cultivating creative talent as it relates to attracting the perfect client.
  2. Learn techniques to delegate energy draining business functions so that the burden of those do not deter from creative upleveling.
  3. Experience intuitive problem solving methods.

Angela spent much of her career managing the development and launch of new product lines for Fortune 500 companies across a myriad of industries with multimillion-dollar budgets. This success was rooted in facilitating opposing teams to find innovative solutions, understanding client needs, and coaching executives to build on each other’s brilliance. A deep desire to work directly with creative entrepreneurs, Angela started her own company called “Play Your Genius Out”; the premier business development program for entrepreneurs with creative souls seeking to take their business to the next level. Through coaching clients and speaking, she helps design professionals keep their head on straight as a business owner and their heart engaged as a creative genius.

Thank you to our Sponsors,

Riggs Distributing, Inc.

Riggs - Subzero | Wolf showroom
1755 Rollins Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

CEU Class - That was then, this is now! - Understanding how to Design with Today's AppliancesCEU Class - That was then, this is now! - Understanding how to Design with Today's AppliancesThu, May 25, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to Thu, May 25, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Understand how to design today's appliances into cabinetry.

  • Deciphering appliance specs 
  • What has changed with the built-in oven (flush installed) oven and how it is intended to look
  • Panel- ready dishwashers and refrigerators
  • Knowing how to produce the look you want

Presented by Design Experts, with over 30 years of Kitchen design and cabinet sales. 

Buzz Hegerle, CPMR of Hegerle Marketing Services, and Pamela Baird, CKD, Allied ASID of KB Associates 

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Monark Premium Appliance Co.
52 N. Winchester Blvd
Santa Clara 95125

Chapter Meeting - Balancing Luxury + BudgetChapter Meeting - Balancing Luxury + BudgetThu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 5:30 PM

Join Jonas Carnemark for a practical nuts and bolts seminar on how to create award-winning designs without breaking the bank. You will learn how to guide your high-end clients into making the right choices with their money. Jonas will share his insights on how to build client trust using tested principles of value engineering to create outstanding kitchen and bath designs. Discover how to delight your clients while creating compelling marketing opportunities for you and your firm. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the fundamentals of value engineering
  • Analyze methods of building client trust
  • Describe the importance of creating award-winning design

Jonas Carnemark is founder of CARNEMARK, an award-winning design + build company based in Bethesda, MD. Regularly honored as a top designer and builder, Carnemark’s appearances range from Good Morning America to the Food Network’s Ultimate Kitchens.


Integrated Resources Group
275 Valley Drive
Brisbane, CA 94005

Chapter Meeting - Culinary Dreams in Steam: The How, Why and Wow! of Cooking with SteamChapter Meeting - Culinary Dreams in Steam: The How, Why and Wow! of Cooking with SteamThu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 5:30 PM to Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 8:15 PM

“Culinary Dreams in Steam: The How, Why and Wow! of Cooking with Steam”

Presented by Rachelle Boucher, Culinary & Events Manager and the Culinary Team for Miele San Francisco. Hosted by the Miele Experience Center, San Francisco.

Rachelle Boucher is a nationally recognized corporate chef and appliance cooking expert, known for bringing appliances to life in an accessible, joyous and delicious way. 

 5:30 pm- 6:45 pm Networking, Appetizers & drinks: Experience Miele firsthand with Five interactive Demos.

Miele Stations and Menu:

  • Range Station: Grilled and Griddled Shrimp & Vegetable Skewers, Steam Assist Roasted Beef Tenderloin Crostini
  • Wall Oven Station: Fava & Pea Flat Breads & Pizzas with Mint, Herbed Focaccia & Crisps for Artisan Cheese & Fruit Platters
  • Combi Steam: Assorted Dim Sum and Salt & Pepper Riblets with Honey Soy Drizzle
  • Induction: Thai Chicken & Vegetarian Lettuce Cups, Chocolate Covered Cherries
  • Coffee & Ice Cream Station: Espresso & Gelato Desserts & Coffee Demos, Freshly Baked Cookies

7:45 – 8:15pm Chapter Announcements and Presentation

  • Learn to sell and specify Steam Appliances
  • Learn the best ways to implement Steam appliances into your designs
  • Learn the benefits of cooking with Steam
  • Enjoy amazing food created by Chef Rachelle & staff

Register at ​

 Miele Experience Center

680 8th Street, Suite 155
San Francisco, CA 94103
800-843-7231 ext.8754

Miele Experience Center
680 8th Street, Suite 155
San Francisco, CA 94103

Chapter Meeting - Vent 101 - Why using and choosing the right ventilation is importantChapter Meeting - Vent 101 - Why using and choosing the right ventilation is importantThu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:30 PM to Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:30 PM

Speaker: Eric Stokes, Zephyr Ventilation, No. CA - Sales Manager

Presents: Vent 101 - Why using and choosing the right ventilation is important


Deciding your kitchen ventilation solution is just as important as choosing what’s beneath the range hood. More than just the visual centerpiece of your kitchen; the range hood mediates a more comfortable and enjoyable cooking experience for you and your guests. Consider your range hood at the beginning of the kitchen design project. Ensure that your range hood will be installed the way you need, look the way you want and perform the way you hoped.  



With this presentation you will learn 

~ The benefits of proper ventilation
~ Common terms used to describe a range hood
~ The anatomy of a range hood
~ Blower types, pros/cons
~ Ducted vs recirculating/ductless
~ Filter options
~ Make up air
~ ADA and universal design options
~ Ventilation trends and new technologies 

             Register online
Zephyr Ventilation - Showroom
2277 Alameda Street
San Francisco 94103

Chapter Meeting - What Is Net Profit and How Do I Make It? Chapter Meeting - What Is Net Profit and How Do I Make It? Thu, Feb 18, 2016 @ 5:30 PM to Thu, Feb 18, 2016 @ 8:30 PM

Speaker: Roseann Freitas, VP of Archipelago Hawaii. Luxury Home Design

What is Net Profit and How Do I Make It? 

Understand how to make your passion into PROFIT. Every business needs to make a profit to be successful and the construction industry is no different. In this presentation, you will identify revenue sources to include design fee and product mark-up percentages. Learn how to categorize expenses and how to track them for proper accounting and tax records. Learn the formulas for mark-up and margin and identify the difference between the two. An emphasis will be placed on how mistakes affect the bottom line and how to avoid them. As an attendee you will leave with an understanding of the "business" side of the design team.

~ Define the basic accounting formula

~ Define the area of revenue and expenses

~ Identify revenue sources to include design time and product sales

~ Describe the difference between Cost of Goods Sold and Administrative expenses

~ Define the difference between mark-up and margin

~ Learn how mistakes affect the bottom line

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Monark - Premium Appliances
52 N. Winchester Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Chapter Meeting - Speaker: Jan Ledgard CKD, CBD Chapter Meeting - Speaker: Jan Ledgard CKD, CBD Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 5:30 PM to Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 8:15 PM

Inside Out- Bringing Kitchen Design to the Outside Speaker: Jan Ledgard CKD, CBD  

Learn from an expert how to create an amazing space for outdoor living. Explore space planning tips, appliance options, & innovative finish selections. Enjoy the outdoor cooking themed dishes created by the University Electric Chef & his staff.

Jan’s work has been published in local as well as National magazines and coffee table books. She is a NKBA member as well as an active board member for local chapters for many years and also the local chapter of ASID. In 2011, at the Paul Williams designed English Tudor manor, she created an incredible outdoor kitchen – entertainment patio area and a fully restored indoor kitchen keeping the integrity of the original concept of Williams’ design of the 1920s  while bringing it up to the standard of functionality and efficiency for how we use our kitchens today.


University Electric Home Appliance Center
1500 Martin Ave
Santa Clara, CA

How-to-Houzz, Advanced workshopHow-to-Houzz, Advanced workshopWed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 5:30 PM to Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 8:15 PM

NARI Silicon Valley has invited us to join them learn how Houzz helps you build your business. Our speaker, Stephanie Bai, is part of the Community Team at Houzz, an innovative residential design platform and community. How-to-Houzz Advanced workshop walks you through how to maximize your exposure on Houzz, build your brand presence, and close sales with potential clients. We will briefly also go over the beginner’s workshop so that those who may have missed the workshop from last year can be caught up to speed.

For an interactive experience, BRING YOUR LAPTOPS or TABLET!  


Networking and Dinner:   5:30pm - 6:45pm

General Announcements: 6:45pm - 7:00pm

Presentation:                   7:00pm - 8:30pm


Segale Bros.
1705 Sabre Street
Hayward 94545

Chapter Meeting: New Harmonies Chapter Meeting: New Harmonies Thu, Feb 19, 2015 to Thu, Feb 19, 2015

For most consumers and clients today, color and style coordination in interiors is a consistent goal, but the old rigid color rules have been replaced by more creative guidelines and options.  Lifestyle patterns and tastes are constantly evolving and so are the resulting forecasts that are spawning new harmonies in both color and design.  This is an engaging, highly visual program that demonstrates the strongest trends in color and styling families – where they are coming from, why they are happening, and where they are headed in the future.

Eiseman is a color specialist who has been called “the international color guru.” In fact, her color expertise is recognized worldwide, especially as a prime consultant to Pantone. She heads the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and is also executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Networking and Dinner:   5:30pm - 6:45pm
General Announcements: 6:45pm - 7:00pm
Presentation:                   7:00pm - 8:30pm 

Integrated Resources Group
275 Valley Drive

Northern California NKBA & SF Bay Area NARI Joint Holiday Party! Northern California NKBA & SF Bay Area NARI Joint Holiday Party! Thu, Dec 4, 2014 to Thu, Dec 4, 2014

Please Join Us at the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery for a Holiday Party to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of their showroom. Enjoy appetizers and drinks while exploring new displays with industry partners. 
We are asking for a small donation of $10 all proceeds will be donated to the Homeless Prenatal Center in San Francisco. 
Complimentary Valet will be provided, we strongly suggest members to carpool if po
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
435 Valencia Street
San Francisco 94103

What are you NERVOUS about when Specifying LEDs for Clients?What are you NERVOUS about when Specifying LEDs for Clients?Thu, Oct 23, 2014 to Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Is there anything to talk about other than LEDs?  And the answer is really – NO! This seminar is being created just for the evening and you!  Title 24 and LED fixture updates will be presented in this seminar about lighting for kitchens and baths.  Be sure to arrive early and browse vendor tables to see new products and ask questions.

Principal of her own firm McCoy Lighting Design, Nancy is an independent lighting designer working on residential & commercial projects. In her 30 years experience, she has won design awards for her work and has been published in magazines including Fine Home Building, Inspired House, Sunset, Interiors, and Hospitality. She has taught lighting seminars nationally for the American Lighting Association, has spoken at national conferences for NKBA, NAHB, JLC, IES and ALA. Nancy is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
Purcell Murray
185 Park Lane

Got Houzz? Got Houzz? Thu, Aug 21, 2014 to Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Come learn how to get the most out of Houzz –the leading online platform for home remodeling and design. Houzz has a user base of over 23 million homeowners, actively seeking inspiration and information from professionals just like you. Houzz’s Lindsey Thudin, a PR and branding strategist, will show how to maximize your professional exposure.
Da Vinci Marble
1480 Industrial Road
San Carlos 94070

Everything you always wanted to know about award winning photgraphyEverything you always wanted to know about award winning photgraphyWed, Jul 16, 2014 to Wed, Jul 16, 2014

San Francisco Bay Area architectural photographer Dean Birinyi creates beautiful photographs of interior design that capture the emotional character of his clients’ work and communicates their talents and design concepts. In the past two years alone Dean has helped his clients win fifty-five design awards from three different professional associations as well as Gold Nugget Awards and other third party competitions. 

Dean will be discussing theory of styling, composition and explaining what goes into creating an award winning photograph of an interior. After the seminar attendees will have the knowledge needed to create better photographs whether working with a professional photographer or photographing their work themselves.


University Electric
1500 Martin Avenue
Santa Clara 95050

Chapter Meeting: Entering Contests and Getting PublishedChapter Meeting: Entering Contests and Getting PublishedThu, Jun 19, 2014 to Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Join Mark T. White, CKD, CBD for valuable insight on winning competitions and using press releases and portfolios to approach magazine editors. Hear tips for working with professional photographers. Find out what the judges look for and how to make your project stand out from the rest!

Mark T. White established Kitchen Encounters in 1981.  Mark has received awards from NKBA’s design contests and other industry competitions. He has been featured in publications and televised nationally on HGTV. Mark has served as a judge for NKBA Design Contests and on nation manufacturer’s advisory panels. He is a past officer and Hall of Fame member of the Baltimore-Washington NKBA Chapter and also served on the NKBA Board of Directors.
391 E Brokaw Road, San Jose, CA
San Jose 95050

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