NKBA Central Ohio is the local chapter that brings together local Central Ohio Kitchen & Bath distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers, and other professionals – and provides a resource for local consumers to research, educate and connect with Central Ohio Kitchen and Bath professionals.

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2020 Chapter Officers


Christine Osero
Arrow Landmark LLC
1308 Seaton Lane
Columbus, OH  43229
(614) 519-9165

Programs Chair

Megan Ruiz
Konkus Marble & Granite
3737 Zane Trace Dr
Columbus, OH  43228
(614) 876-4000

Communications Chair

Laura Congrove
Distinctive Marble & Granite
7635 Commerce Place
Plain City, OH  43064
(419) 902-2033

Membership Chair

Marni Cercone
Cambria USA
1510 St Clair Avenue
Kent, OH 44240
(614) 580-4802


Magi Creelman
Carr Supply, Inc.
1415 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 252-7883 x120



Chapter Events

Cooks Perspective

This meeting has been cancelled.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 @ 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Custom Distributors
530 Lakeview Plaza Blvd. Suite B
Worthington, OH 43085

Join us for a night of networking and event presentation by Bridget Bueche, NKBA Voices of the Industry Speaker.

Bridget Bueche is a classically trained chef widely recognized for her diverse and in-depth product knowledge of luxury kitchen and bath appliances. Cooks perspective closes the gap between the product retailer and consumer. By looking at a purchase from a different perspective, we can better understand our clients and our OWN needs to create more enjoyable work spaces.

Trivia Night & KBIS Review

Thursday, March 5, 2020 @ 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Midwest Quartz
4401 Lyman Drive Suite B
Hilliard, OH 43026

Midwest Quartz has recently opened its doors as one of the newest showrooms in Columbus highlighting Cambria quartz. Test your knowledge with trivia questions from the AKBD study material. Plus we are showing off our photos from KBIS 2020. Highlighting the trends and newest products found at Design & Construction week! (.1 CEU)

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2019 Holiday Party

Thursday, December 17, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

American Brick Kitchen
520 S. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Join us as we celebrate and thank you for an amazing year!

2019 DOTY Awards

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Strongwater Food and Spirits
401 W. Town Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Join us for our 2nd annual DOTY award ceremony with celebrity guest presenter Jennifer Bertrand! Awards given for design submissions under these categories: Small Kitchen, Large Kitchen, Small Bathroom, Other Rooms and Gold Star!

Guided Tour of The Wescott House & Street Tour of Yellow Springs, OH

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 9:15am – 4:00pm

Westcott House
1661 Hilliard Rome Road
Columbus, OH 43228

The Westcott House, the product of arguably the most important architect of the modern era, was designed in 1906 and built in 1908. The Westcott House not only embodies Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative Prairie School architectural design but also extended Wright’s concept of relating the building to its site by means of a terrace, a lily pond, gardens, and other landscape elements.

What’s HOT in Cooking: Current Cooking Technologies & Venting Options

Thursday, August 8, 2019 @ 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Custom Distributors
530 Lakeview Plaza Blvd Suite B
Worthington, Ohio 43085

Experience the Elevated Kitchen with Monogram Product Innovation with Chef James Briscione. The goal of this course is to educate designers about the latest cooking technologies, the utility types and configurations available for their clients, and the need and proper use of ventilation products.

A-One-Of-A-Kind National Demonstration Home in Columbus

Thursday, June 6, 2019 @ 11:30am – 1:30pm

Universal Design Living Laboratory
6141 Clark State Road
Columbus, OH 43230

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a powerful, internationally known speaker, consultant, writer, and publisher who walks her talk. On June 13, 1998 Rossetti’s life was transformed when a 3 1/2 ton tree came crushing down on her. Her life was changed in that instant! Paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury, Rossetti looked deep within herself and found new strength and new resolve. In her keynote speeches, she shares the lessons she has learned since that fateful day, and demonstrates how to rise above misfortune and live life with conviction.

Designer Night & KBIS Review

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

This year, Decorators’ Show House becomes Designer Showcase (DSC) and moves into the first floor of the Walter Wing. Sixteen local designers will transform blank galleries into 18 creative living spaces, including bedrooms, living room, bath, and kitchen. This event will be a guided tour through the designer spaces and follow with a review of KBIS 2019. (.1 CEU)

Barrier Free Shower Design and Techniques

Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Emser TIle
660 Dearborn Park Ln.
Worthington, OH 43085

Mandated requirements for ADA compliancy and demand from an aging population, is creating a growing need for barrier-free bathrooms. Today’s ADA compliant bathroom no longer has to be utilitarian or “institutional” in its design. Design options are enhanced through the use of tile and innovative construction methods. The result is beautiful bathrooms that also adhere to ADA standards for accessible design. This seminar will examine ways in which barrier-free environments can be customized to include various design elements while remaining ADA compliant. This seminar will also address why bonded waterproofing technology lends itself to the construction requirements of barrier-free design. (.1 CEU)

Luxury Porcelain Slabs

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Konkus Marble & Granite
3737 Zane Trace Drive
Columbus, OH 43228

Porcelain slabs are an intense trend hitting the construction market. Sleek, modern, timeless looks, plus being able to be installed over existing materials cuts down demo and installation costs! Join us and learn how this market trend can change up your design ideas!

The Wellness Trend

Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

4040 Fondorf Drive
Columbus, OH 43228

This presentation is particularly appropriate for designers to help them have a conversation with their clients regarding the wellness movement that is extremely strong and prevalent throughout our society. The benefit is to help designers understand the various facets of this movement so they can be a better service while designing living spaces that will promote wellness through a holistic designs. (.1 CEU)

The Color of Light

Thursday, August 9, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

4363 Lynman Drive
Hilliard, OH 43026


With new lighting advances the color of light has and will continue to become increasingly important. For appropriate use of lighting it is crucial to understand this element as much as any other feature to create a balanced design. Join us as guest speaker Jeff Dross from Kichler Lighting talks about the color of light. (.1 CEU)

 Professional Photographer

Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

The Cabinet Shop
9075 Antares Ave
Columbus, OH 43240

At this program you’ll learn how to create striking architectural photographs and increase your bottom line. Learn what will draw the viewer’s eye to what you want them to see. Join us for our 1 credit hour CEU event, as we learn about Professional Photography by Adam Gibson.

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Help! – I’m Too Busy

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:15pm
5225 Trabue Road
Columbus, OH 43228

Join us for our guest speaker, Fred Reikowsky, “Help – I’m too Busy”

When it comes to resources, our most precious commodity is time. We all get the same number of hours every day, week and year. So, how to make the most of it? Learn the “1% solution” to time management and see what a remarkable difference it will make in your life and business. Let’s face it, cash is an important currency, but
without time to enjoy it what do you really have?

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Trivia Night

02/15/2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:15pm
Hanwha Surface
2833 Charter Street
Columbus, OH 43228
United States

Trivia Night – materials based on AKBD Certification Test.
Learn about HanStone Quartz, catch up on trends with a KBIS Overview

Sarah Reep, CMKBD, Presentation

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 7:15pm
American Olean
730 Dearborn Park Lane
Columbus, OH 43085

BIA Parade of Homes

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 11:30am – 1:30pm
BIA Parade of Homes
Cheshire Woods
Galena, OH 43021

Design Unplugged — Creativity & Collaboration from Anywhere

Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Carr Supply
1415 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 45219

Summer Membership Mixer

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Worly Plumbing
400 Greenlawn Ave.
Columbus OH 43223

Decorators’ Show House 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad St.
Columbus OH 43215

Outdoor Kitchen Design and Implementation with Russ Greene

Thursday, March 9, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Stone Mart
2249 Westbrooke Dr.
Columbus, OH 43228

Central Ohio Chapter Event

KBIS Re-cap and 2017 Residential Color Trends

Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Top Advantage Cambria Slab Locker
9075 Antares Ave Suite B
Columbus, OH 43240

Central Ohio Chapter Event

Holiday Party 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Ten Pin Alley
5499 Constitution Blvd.
Hilliard, OH 43206

JINGLE & MINGLE at Central Ohio Chapter of NKBA’s Ugly Sweater & Bowling party!

Qualify More Effectively, Estimate Quickly, Get a Commitment Faster

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Brazenhead Grandview
1027 W. 5th Avenue
Grandview Heights, OH 43212

Have you ever spent hours with a person who has no intention of giving you any money? Whether you choose to charge a design retainer or not, most kitchen and bath dealers spend too much time, and give away too much knowledge, prior to receiving a commitment from the potential customer. We will discuss ways to quickly and accurately estimate a project and a professional way of discussing budget with a potential customer, without spending hours or even days of your valuable time. Learn unique ways of qualifying potential clients, without asking the typical qualifying questions.

Presentation Goals:

  • Qualify potential clients effectively
  • Quickly establish a budget for a kitchen or bathroom renovation
  • Recalculate changes with just a few mouse clicks
  • Make a professional presentation to the potential customer
  • Get a commitment from a potential client

2016 Residential Color & Design Trends

Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:00pm
America’s Floor Source
459 Orange Point Dr.
Lewis Center, OH 43035

The Residential Color & Design Trends Guide for 2016 unveils four dynamic and essential directions in design trends. Our teams are continuously monitoring emerging trends for an overarching theme. This year, that theme is Odyssey which reveals a growing need for changes, newness, adaptation and discovery. These words are often challenging ones in home decor and residential design – an industry where the very idea of “change” is slower to materialize than it is in other design industries.

Join us for this dynamic presentation as Ruthanne Hanlon will review the following Program Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the overreaching societal trends driving your client’s desire for change.
  2. Uncover aspects of the color trends that will resonate with your client’s natural inclinations.
  3. Recognize color combinations that will be at the leading edge of trends providing lasting style.
  4. Gain color confidence knowing that the trends presented are based on cross disciplined global input.

Hi-Tech Steam Bathing In Today’s Showers

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 11:30am – 1:30pm
Worly Plumbing Supply
400 Greenlawn Ave.
Columbus, OH 43223

There are many benefits and innovations to steam bathing, from skin care to holistic health. Please join us for this informative presentation sponsored by Worly Plumbing Supply. You will leave understanding how to incorporate this beneficial product into your next bathroom design. Lunch will be provided.

Membership Mixer

Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Land-Grant Brewing Co.
424 W. Town Street
Columbus, OH 43215

This is a great way to meet members and network in a brand new venue! Bring your friends and learn more about your Central Ohio NKBA chapter. Your participation fee includes food and beverages!

Staying in Front of your Customers in a Digital Environment

Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Dave Fox Design Build
3505 W. Dublin Granville Road
Columbus, OH 43235

Jim Nowakowski will discuss how businesses today can better serve and reach their customers through the digital disruption in our current market place. You will gain a better understanding of the different tools available to keep your services relevant and of your own value in the scheme of business today.

Participants will:

  • Review the business basics and how the basics never change despite digital disruption
  • Be shown how to determine their value proposition
  • Recognize the power of differentiation by turning that value proposition into differentiation: what sets you apart and why that’s critical
  • Review tactics on how to stay in front of your customers in this digital environment

Aging In Place by Susan Benedict CKD, CAPS

Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Dave Fox Design Build
3503 W. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235

10,000 Baby Boomers are now turning 65 daily. Do you know the characteristics of this demographic and how to design for their aging needs? From the minuet you step in the door for this meeting, what you thought you knew about your world will begin to be challenged. A good designer needs to become grounded in understanding what happens to the body as we age and learn what happens in such diseases as Alzheimers. You will then begin to understand the how, when, why and where to specify particular products to meet this demographics’ needs. You will also begin to understand why Universal Design principles can only be used as a guideline, not a steadfast rule in this market segment. Susan will share some hilariously uplifting stories to make the topic fun, enjoyable, and engaging.

Susan Benedict received her degree from Purdue University in Environmental Design in 1985. This past June marked her 30th anniversary of being involved in the kitchen and bath industry.

2016 Meeting Fees:

The Central Ohio Chapter of NKBA meeting fees have been adjusted for 2016 and we have added an option to pay one price for the entire year. New fees will be the following:

  • 2016 full year of meetings — $130 (save $150+ over paying at the door!)
  • Single meeting, 3 weeks in advance for NKBA members: $20
  • Single meeting for non-members: $40
  • NKBA member or non-member at the door: $40
  • Students: FREE

Geology and the Composition of Natural Stone by James St. John

Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Distinctive Marble & Granite
7635 Commerce Place
Plain City, OH 43064

James St. John is a geologist at the Newark branch of Ohio State University (OSU). He has been teaching there since 1998 but has also taught at OSU-Columbus and Otterbein College and Kent State University. James has numerous interests that include fossils, stratigraphy, caves, mining geology, meteorites, national parks geology, gemstones, the history of geology, and rare rocks. He first became interested in decorative stones in about 2005. His presentation will highlight the origin and geologic history of some of the most famous and glamorous varieties of commercially-available decorative stones.

2016 Meeting Fees:
The Central Ohio Chapter of NKBA meeting fees have been adjusted for 2016 and we have added an option to pay one price for the entire year. New fees will be the following:

  • 2016 full year of meetings — $130 (save $150+ over paying at the door!)
  • Single meeting, 3 weeks in advance for NKBA members: $20
  • Single meeting for non-members: $40
  • NKBA member or non-member at the door: $40
  • Students: FREE