Wisconsin/Upper Michigan

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July 19 Chapter MeetingJuly 19 Chapter MeetingWed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 2:45 PM to Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Wed. July 19 Chapter Meeting 

Thank you to our Silver Event Sponsor:  

Visit the ProKitchen Sponsor Table at the meeting and experience Oculus Rift!

Oculus is a virtual reality software solution that gives you complete access to an entirely new way to present your custom designs. With the Oculus Rift system, the next generation of virtual reality, you will see your custom designs like never before!

Please join us for an afternoon and evening of creativity! We will begin with a tour of the renowned Epic Campus in Verona, Wi, followed by networking, food & beverages, and "Ignite Creativity" presented by Paula Kennedy, CMKBD (0.1 CEU)

The Epic Campus, home to several thousand employees of the medical software giant, is known for its collection of theme designed buildings and vast artwork collections. The latest addition is a Harry-Potteresque castle with accompanying  Hogsmeade style village. From its new 11,400 seat auditorium, buried in the side of a hill, to its realistic Farm campus, the tour is a delight for the eyes and senses. 

3:00-4:00: 1979 Milky Way, Verona, WI 53593 

                  Park in Zodiac surface parking lot and enter at main entrance in the

                  Andromeda Building

Please plan to arrive at 2:45 so we can gather and depart at 3:00.

 Wear your walking shoes!

4:30-5:30 Registration, networking, cash bar, and ProKitchen Oculus Rift 

demonstrations at Gray’s Tied House

  950 Kimball Ln, Verona, WI 53593

5:00-5:45 Dinner buffet served       

5:45-6:00 NKBA Updates

6:00-7:00 "Ignite Creativity" presented by Paula Kennedy, CMKBD (0.1CEU)

  As a designer, how do you cultivate your creativity? What motivates and inspires you? Do you know if you are primarily right brain dominant or left brain dominant? Or are you in the middle? Once you feel inspired, how do you stay creative and innovative, even under stress? How should you nurture and protect this precious resource? This presentation will investigate where creativity originates, why it's important to designers, what blocks it and how to cultivate it, and how to make it work for you. You will walk away with tools and ideas to help you get started immediately.



Epic Campus
1979 Milky Way
Verona, WI 53593

May 17 Chapter MeetingMay 17 Chapter MeetingWed, May 17, 2017 @ 3:30 PM to Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

May 17 Chapter Meeting 

We have a great afternoon and evening planned for you! We start with a tour of Options for Independent Living, followed by dinner, Student Design Competition Awards, and a great presentation: "Designing for Independence and Dignity" presented by Maria Stapperfenne (0.1 CEU). We will be starting this meeting early so mark your calendars now!

At Options for Independent Living, a unique blend of accessibility, adaptive equipment and technology is designed to showcase state-of-the-art accessibility in both residential and business environments. It is designed to give people with disabilities and others interested in accessibility a first-hand view of technology to promote independence.  

3:30-3:45:  Registration

3:45-4:45: Facility Tour

5:00-5:30: Dinner

5:45-6:00: NKBA Updates and Student Design Competition Awards

6:00-7:00:  CEU Presentation " Designing for Indepencence and Dignity"

                   by Maria Stapperfenne, CMKBD CLIPP

This presentation concentrates on the elements of Aging, Developmental and Cognitive issues that we should be taking into account as we continue to design spaces for humans of varying degrees that will occupy these spaces.  What considerations should we, as design professionals, take into account to create Safe, Comfortable, and Accessible spaces for everyone….and when to collaborate with a team of professionals to take it to the next level including contractor, Occupational Therapist, or other medical professional.  The end includes “next steps” for people that wish to explore further or pursue more education.

Tile from the March meeting will be available for pickup at this meeting!

Register Now!

Options for Independent Living
555 Country Club Rd
Green Bay, WI 54313

March 9 Chapter MeetingMarch 9 Chapter MeetingThu, Mar 9, 2017 @ 5:30 PM to Thu, Mar 9, 2017 @ 8:00 PM


March 9 Chapter Meeting










Join us at Terra Domus Design Studio and make your own souvenir tile! Each attendee will make and glaze their own decorative tile. Finished tiles will be available to pick up at the May 17 Chapter Meeting. Feel free to bring botanicals, stones, shells, fabrics, etc. to press into your clay. There are also a wide variety of objects on hand to add some texture to your creation!

  • 5:30-6:00 Registration and Networking
  • 6:00-6:15 NKBA Updates
  • 6:15-6:45 Presentation (CEU 0.1) "Handmade Tile: What to Look for When Selecting, and What Your Customers and Installers Need to Know" by Lin Lindner of Terra Domus
  • 6:45-8:00 Split into three groups:
    • Group 1 is eating and touring the studio          
    • Group 2 will be creating tile
    • Group 3 will be glazing tile that has been fired

Finished tiles will be available for pick up at the   May 17 Chapter Meeting


                                                Terra Domus Tile                         Handmade Tile.                                Custom Mosaics.

Terra Domus Design Group
2012 S. Greeley St
Milwaukee, WI 53207

January 18 Chapter MeetingJanuary 18 Chapter MeetingWed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 5:30 PM to Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 8:00 PM


KBIS After Party! - share your KBIS photos! Did you attend KBIS and want to share your experience with others? If you weren’t able to attend KBIS, would you like to see some of the new products and trends? We need you to take photos from KBIS to share at this interactive meeting!

We'll also have round table discussions about our favorite business tools and our professional goals for 2017 This meeting is about sharing ideas and gaining insight from each other.

5:30 – 6:00


– Registration and networking  

      • 5:30 – 6:00 – Registration and networking
      • 6:00 – Appetizer buffet
      • 6:15 – NKBA updates
      • 6:30 – 7:15 “Round-Table Discussions”
      • 7:15 – 8:00 – KBIS photo sharing – We’ll vote for our favorite shared photo and award a prize to the winner! (0.1CEU)
    :00 – Appetizer buffet15 – NKBA updates
    How to share KBIS photos privately via Facebook:

    Go to Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NKBAWIUP

    Select "Send Message"

    Select "Add Photos"

    Write message with a brief description of the photos and include your name

    A slideshow presentation will be compiled to share and we will vote for our favorite.


    Here’s to a happy and prosperous New Year!


    Erin's Snug Irish Pub
    4601 American Parkway
    Madison, WI 53718

    November Chapter MeetingNovember Chapter MeetingWed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 5:00 PM to Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

    November 16, 2016 Chapter Meeting 

    •  5:00-6:00 Registration
    • 6:00 Dinner buffet served
    • 6:30-7:00  NKBA updates
    • 7:00-8:00  2020 Presentation by John Morgan, Q&A    

     "Kitchen Whispering: Successfully Resolving Problem Jobs" 0.1CEU

    Presented by John Morgan

    A typical day in the kitchen and bath industry is usually fun, rewarding  and fulfilling but there are those moments that many dread. The  moment your phone loudly blares the warning siren of a text message,  email, phone call from a client that is less than satisfied...sometimes downright apoplectic.

    Rest assured you are not alone, these moments happen to everyone at some point, but the most successful develop the skills to manage these moments to a successful conclusion. One proven tool is understanding how to best utilize the partnership between manufacturer, dealer, and designer to increase your probability of profitably navigating these situations. Join us and take an in-depth look at real life field examples, and develop successful job-site and project management tools to use in your own business.

    Happy customers equal successful businesses and keep all of us on course for fun, fulfilling and rewarding days in the kitchen and bath industry.

    This presentation is brought to us by 20-20, long-time supporter of the NKBA.

    Historic Greendale Hose Tower
    6600 Schoolway
    Greendale, WI 53129

    Sept 22 Chapter Meeting and Design Awards Gala!Sept 22 Chapter Meeting and Design Awards Gala!Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 5:00 PM to Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

    Join us for a lively evening as we celebrate our award winning designers, hear a dynamic special presentation, and savor innovative food and cocktails

    $75 per guest Early Bird Registration by Sept 7th ($50 Student)

    $90 per guest Registrtion by Sept 16th ($60 Student)


    5:00 Registration, cocktails & hors d'ouevres

    6:00 "Unleash Your Networking Superhero" Phil Gerbyshak (0.1CEU)

    How to get connected to the right people (and not the wrong ones), and learn to be a great networker. Get inspired and learn how to create your inner networking superhero, to grow your business, and your personal brand.

    Social media expert and Wisconsin native Phil Gerbyshak is an internationally sydicated author and popular public speaker. He works with organizations and their people to connect to their customers digitally. "I help them understand it's really not about the tools; it's all about the conversations they parcicipate in and the connections they create and cultivate." Phil Gerbyshak

    7:00 Dinner & Awards Presentation


    Attire: Skip the little black dress and wear your favorite colors!


    Parking: Nearest lot is #20 off University Ave. across from Discovery Building



    Platinum Sponsor                               Bronze Sponsor

    UW Madison--Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
    330 N Orchard St
    Madison, WI 53715

    Thursday July 21 Chapter MeetingThursday July 21 Chapter MeetingThu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 5:00 PM to Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

    Join us at Central Standard Craft Distillery in Milwaukee for a distillery tour and optional tasting. We will have a delicious BBQ meal and a great presentation by Lisbet Trappenburg: "You Are Not Your Job! Preventing Burn Out to Create Sustainable Work/Life Balance"   

    • 5:00 – 6:00 – Registration and networking
    • 6:00 – 6:30 – Distillery tour/presentation & optional tastings 
    • 6:30 – 7:00 – Dinner (catered) and NKBA updates
    • 7:00 – 8:00 – Liesbet Trappenburg presentation, "You Are Not Your Job!", Preventing Burn Out to Create Sustainable Work/Life Balance", (0.1 CEU) Q&A                              
      • Speaker: Liesbet Trappenburg – Dutch-born, Liesbet Trappenburg has corporate experience in advertising, sales, marketing, and management positions in Fortune 500 companies including Irving Trust Bank and Eastman Kodak. Her previous position as VP of Sales with Eastpak, Inc. took her to Europe and Canada where she observed other cultures' values regarding work/life balance. In 1995, Liesbet left her corporate job to start her own company, Windmill Worldwide. She offers compelling keynote speeches, seminars, and company retreats to interior designers, architects, industry vendors and corporate executives. 


      Please note that we need to have your registration and payment in by midnight on Friday, July 15. If you prefer to pay by check, please make sure it is postmarked by July 15. Anyone wishing to pay at the door will pay an additional $10 fee. We will welcome walk-ins the day of the event, but we cannot guarantee that there will be a meal available unless you have pre-paid.



      Central Standard Craft Distillery Tasting Room
      613 S 2nd St
      Milwaukee, WI 53204

      May 16 Chapter MeetingMay 16 Chapter MeetingMon, May 16, 2016 @ 4:30 PM to Mon, May 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

      Please note special date and time!

      Monday, May 16 4:30pm


      Space is limited for this event so please register early!

      Join us for a special joint meeting with NARI of Madison! Twice the networking, twice the CEUs, and our NKBA Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Chapter Student Design Competition Awards!

      • 4:30 to 5:30 - Registration/networking
      • 5:30 - Dinner buffet served 
      • 5:30 to 5:45 - NKBA updates and student design award presentation 
      • 5:45 to 6:00 - NARI updates
      • 6:00 to 8:00 - Robb Best presentation, Q&A
      • Robb Best will speak on "The Art of Choice and Decision Making", and "Reading Body Language" (0.2 CEU)

      Robb Best, Elkay’s Senior Advisor of Cognitive Strategy is a prolific public speaker, specializing in sales and corporate leadership skills. Prior to his position at Elkay he was an award-winning designer, top salesman and ultimately General Manager of the nation’s largest kitchen and bath distributorship during its most profitable years. His fascination with neuroscience has led to the development of a sales, communication and leadership curriculum based on human behavior. Creator of the Science of Selling series of lectures and workshops, Best is a highly sought after speaker who has trained and coached thousands of business professionals in the U.S. and abroad.



      Madison Marriot West
      1313 John Q Hammons Dr
      Middleton, WI 53562

      March 16 Chapter MeetingMarch 16 Chapter MeetingWed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 5:00 PM to Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

      Sponsored By:


       Please join us at the new Furniture & Appliance Mart in Madison for a look at their new showroom, chef-prepared appetizers, and an informative presentation on "Steam Cooking in Today's American Kitchen" (0.1 CEU) presented by Thermador.

      5:00-5:30 Registration

      5:30-6:30 Enjoy beverages, chef prepared appetizers,networking and                      tour the new Furniture & Appliance Mart showroom

      6:30-7:30 "Steam Cooking in Today's American Kitchen" (0.1 CEU)

      Health. Quality. Time. If we could get the healthiest, best tasting food results in a short amount of time, cooking would be a lot more fun, right? "Steam Cooking in Today's American Kitchen" walks us through how we make this possible. Steam has become one of the largest trends spreading across America, and this course teaches us the why, what, and how of steam cooking.

      Thermador is a Registered Provider with NKBA, ASID, and AIA. This CEU is registered with IDECEC and above organizations for 0.1 CEU.

      Furniture and Appliance Mart
      2404 West Beltline Hwy
      Madison, WI 53713

      January 2016 Chapter MeetingJanuary 2016 Chapter MeetingWed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 5:00 PM to Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

      Please join us at Mo's Irish Pub in Wauwatosa for dinner and our CEU Presentation "Running an Efficient and Successful Business Through Organization" by Laura Gramann of Pieces Into Place LLC. We will then move just down the road to The Container Store for dessert and coffee and a tour of their brand new location to see all the specialty organizational products to help get your spaces in order! 

      5:00-6:00 Registration and networking

      6:00-7:30 Dinner and Presentation (0.1 CEU)

      7:30-8:30  Dessert and coffee at The Container Store

                             10400 W North Ave  Wauwatosa, WI 53226  


      "Running an Efficient and Successful Business Through Organization" by Laura Gramann.       The benefits of being organized extend far beyond having pride in your tidy space. Organization can improve  your relatoinship, your finances, your health, and your career. Laura will share guidelines, tips, and online applications that helped her be successful at Google and is now making her an efficient entrepreneur. www.piecesintoplace.com

      The Container store is the original storage and organization specialty retailer and the only national retailer solely devoted to that category. This is Wisconsin's first location, opening in Sept. 2015.  They provide creative, multifunctional, customizable storage and organization solutions. www.containerstore.com

      Mo's Irish Pub
      10842 W Bluemound Rd
      Wauwatosa, WI 53226

      November Chapter MeetingNovember Chapter MeetingWed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 5:00 PM to Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

      Sponsored by       

      Join us at The Tile Shop in Madison to view over 20 beautiful tile displays and see some of their 4,000 tile and natural stone selections! We will also learn about the latest tile products and trends along with installation tips and guidelines!

      5:00-5:30 Registration

      5:30-6:30 Tour Showroom, Networking, Food

      6:30-7:30 CEU Presentation--New Tile Trends & Products with Installation Tips &                      Guidelines (0.1 CEU)

      November Membership Drive!

      Are you a member who knows someone who would benefit from membership in NKBA? Invite them to our November Chapter Meeting and for each non-member guest you bring, you will be entered in a drawing for $50 in cash!  

       PLUS--Non-members can attend the November Chapter meeting at member pricing!

       PLUS--Anyone who joins NKBA in November will receive membership for the balance of 2015 AND all of 2016. That's 14 months of membership for the price of 12!


      The Tile Shop
      2328 E. Springs Dr
      Madison, WI 53704

      2015 Design Awards Gala2015 Design Awards GalaThu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 3:00 PM to Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

      Please join us as we recognize the best of Kitchen and Bath Design, and enjoy food and drinks along the Milwaukee Riverwalk.

      We will be joined by esteemed designer and speaker, Robb Best, CKD, for a special pre-awards presentation, "The Science of Selling". (0.2CEU)

      3:00 pm--"The Science of Selling"

      5:30 pm--Cocktails and Social Hour

      6:30 pm--Dinner & Awards Presentation

      Please indicate your choice of Braised Short Ribs or Stuffed Chicken Breast with Risotto. Vegetarian entree available upon request.

      Special valet parking rate of $10 per vehicle.




      Aloft Hotel Milwaukee
      1230 Old World Third Street
      Milwaukee, WI 53212

      July 15 Chapter MeetingJuly 15 Chapter MeetingWed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 5:00 PM to Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

      What could be better than a summer evening on a patio? Join us for a fun summer event on the beautiful Neenah Channel at the north end of Lake Winnebago. Our venue is the historic Whiting Boathouse, built in the 1930's, it's full of extravagant details and historical significance. We'll have a great time on the patio with food, beverages, networking and we'll also play NKBA Jeopardy! 

      Registration 5:00-5:30

      Networking & Drinks 5:00-6:30

      Dinner 6:30-7

      Jeopardy 7:00-8:00

      Jeopardy will be a fun, fast-paced team game based on the NKBA Exam Prep Flashcards! Brush up on your knowledge of the Profesional Resource Library and get ready to hit  your buzzers!

      Whiting Boathouse
      98 5th St
      Neenah, WI 54956

      May 20 Chapter MeetingMay 20 Chapter MeetingWed, May 20, 2015 @ 6:00 PM to Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 9:00 PM

        Please join us as we recognize the winners of our
      2nd Annual Student Design Competition!

                    We are also pleased to welcome Maria Stapperfene,                  
      2015 NKBA National President who will be speaking on

      "Better Communication Through Listening."(0.1CEU)

      • Take a moment to REALLY LISTEN and avoid future misunderstandings.
      • Hear what others are actually trying to tell you.
      • Identify your own communication style and that of others.
      • Added Bonus!--An emergency toolkit of phrases to help you in stressful situations

      5:00-5:30 Registration

      5:30-6:30 View student entries, check out Crystal Cabinetry, network with students,                  professionals, and Maria Stapperfene                                                                          Enjoy appetizers and beverages

      6:30-7:00 Presentation of Student Design Awards

      7:00-8:00 NKBA National President Maria Stapperfene

      Sponsored by CRYSTAL CABINETRY


      Madison College (MATC)
      1701 Wright St
      Madison, WI 53704

      Wednesday March 18 Chapter MeetingWednesday March 18 Chapter MeetingWed, Mar 18, 2015 to Wed, Mar 18, 2015

      Countertop Extravaganza!

      Concrete and Wood Countertops in one night! 



      5:00 to 6:00 at the Solid Concrete Countertops shop

      Solid Concrete Countertops

      300 E. Ward St.

      Milwaukee, WI 53207


      6:00 Move to Restaurant
      Horny Goat Brew Pub
      2011 S. 1st St.
      Milwaukee WI 53207


      Timeline of events:

      5:00 to 5:30 Registration

      5:30 to 6:00 Solid Concrete Countertop Shop: Tour the facility, see the process, and learn how each piece can be tailor-made, beverages will be available.

      6:00 Move to Restaurant, networking

      6:30 to 7:30 Dinner and presentation, "Using and Designing with Wood Countertops" by our sponsor,Qwinique's Unique Wood Surfaces

      7:30 to 8:00 Q&A, learn more from Qwinique's offerings


              Members $30.00   Non-members $40.00  

       Students $20.00   Student Members $15


      Make checks out to: NKBA Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Chapter


      Payments made me made on line or at the door with debit, credit, cash or check

      Solid Concrete Countertops
      300 E. Ward St
      Milwaukee 53207

      Wednesday January 28th chapter meetingWednesday January 28th chapter meetingWed, Jan 28, 2015 to Wed, Jan 28, 2015

      LEARN HOW YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOME WITH YOUR SMART PHONE OR TABLET!   Please join us for an evening filled with the latest in home technology.  We will enjoy drinks and appetizers while touring the showroom of J&K Security Solutions.  We will also enjoy a demonstration and presentation "What's New in Home Automation".

      Join us at:

      J&K Security Solutions

      1605 South Park Street

      Madison, Wi 53715

      --Note: There are 2 buildings for J&K--please enter the building behind Arby's restaurant.  Please do not park in the Arby's parking lot.

      5:00-5:30pm Registration  

      5:30-6:30pm Cocktails and Hor D'oeuvres. Self-guided tour of showroom.

      6:30- 7:30pm presentation "What's New in Home Automation"

      7:30-8:00pm Q&A

                          Speaker provided by:J&K Security Solutions    

        Members $30

            Non-members $40

             Student members $15

             Student Non-members $20

        Send reservations and checks to:    

                 Sue Chapman

                 W166 N8975 Grand Ave

                 Menomonee Falls, Wi 53051




            or visit www.nkbawi.com to register and pay online!

      J&K Security Solutions
      1605 South Park Street
      Madison 53715

      July 16th Chapter MeetingJuly 16th Chapter MeetingWed, Jul 16, 2014 to Wed, Jul 16, 2014


      What's the difference between one brand and another?

      Why are some finishes so expensive?

      Come learn more about cabinet hardware...BUT FIRST,enjoy some beer and chocolate!                                         



      921 Canyon Road    Wisconsin Dells, Wi 53965

      5:00 to 5:30 Registration and admiring cabinet hardware

      5:30 to 6:30 Beer and Chocolate Tasting

      Roots Chocolate, will be providing hand made Chocolates using local ingredients.  Dan Dietz, local designer and micro beer brewer, has helped us select the local microbrews that go with the chocolates.  Join us in this unique pairing of wonderfulness as they explain what has been paired together and why.  (Beer and Chocolate tasting sponsored by NOTTING HILL CABINET HARDWARE)

      6:30 to 7:00 Dinner, Cash Bar

      7:00 to 8:00 Presentation

      Kathy Dustman, president of Notting Hill Cabinet Hardware will talk to us about all things cabinet hardware related. 

      • is there a difference in quality in cabinet hardware?
      • what should we look for in helping our client select hardware?
      • Where does Notting Hill get their inspiration for their unique pieces?
        Come and learn more......



        NKBA members $30


        NKBA student members $15


        Summer time special: non members pay member pricing!

            Bring a friend along to this great meeting!!   


            We look forward to seeing you in the Dells!


        Send reservations and checks to:


             Sue Chapman

             W166 N8975 Grand Ave

             Menomonee Falls, Wi 53051




             or visit www.nkbawi.com to register and pay online!



      Sunset Bay Resort
      921 Canyon Road
      Wisconsin Dells 53965

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