NKBA Eastern Carolinas is the local chapter that brings together local Eastern Carolinas 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 Eastern Carolinas Kitchen and Bath professionals.


2020 Chapter Officers


Karyn Reilly, CKD
Forsyth Community College
6440 Irving St
Winston Salem, NC 27103
(336) 909-0639
kreilly 029@gmail.com

Programs Chair

Christine Zahuranec
Traditions In Tile @ Brier Creek
9311 Focal Pt.
Raleigh, NC 27617-8636
(919) 871-0203

Communications Chair

Mac Junker, CKBD
5102 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Ste 100
Durham, NC 27707
(678) 360-5710

Membership Chair

Marni Corley
The Binnick Group
230 Garden Plaza Way
Apex, NC 27502
(919) 402-3281


Morgan Chiarelly
Kessebohmer USA Inc
106 Market St. Ste 300
Wilmington, NC  28401
(910) 338-5080



Eastern Carolinas Chapter Events

How to Grow Your Business from the Ground Up

This meeting has been postponed. Date TBD.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

CQC Home
5102 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd #100,
Durham, NC 27703

Kenneth will share his entrepreneurial history with us – building a business from the ground up, what it has taken to get name recognition in the local industry, the do’s and the don’ts of creating a footprint that belongs to your company and you!
Please join us for an inspirational meeting that focuses on why it’s important to have a positive outlook, surround yourself with the best people, and yes, hearing about the Local Lemonade stand Ken started as a 12 year old!

Sessions by the See; A Virtual Day of Learning

Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 7:30am – 4:00pm

Virtual Meetings

While we would all love the opportunity to visit Wilmington and stroll down Front Street after an exciting set of sessions, this year we are being safe and delivering the content webinar-style. Join us and enjoy 6 sessions in one day, through a virtual delivery.

Sessions begin at 7:30am, and our last session ends at 3:45pm, with a break for lunch.

Instead of a cost for this event, we are offering the sessions for free, with the hopes that you will take advantage of the opportunity to support one of our local charities in great need during this time.
Read below for the speaker information and the session descriptions. We hope you can join us!

7 30 AM TO 8 30 AM
Rick Tappan is the Demand Creator for Cambria Quartz in North Carolina. He works for Marva the Galleria of Stone, the exclusive stocking distributors for Cambria Quartz in the mid-Atlantic region. Rick is a dynamic public speaker and has worked in and around the kitchen and bath industry for over 30 years. His welcoming style and experience makes you feel at ease throughout your project. This, along with his strong attention to detail, raises the bar in this business.

This exclusive presentation by our own Rick Tappan will give you a foundational understanding of the superior characteristics and many applications of quartz surfaces. You’ll learn how quartz slabs are created, along with templating options and processes. In addition, proven fabrication techniques will be explored to help fulfill your design vision, along with installation requirements for quartz applications.

8 45 AM TO 9 45 AM
Danielle Karr is the Architect and Designer Program Manager for Control Smart Home Management Systems. She has an M.S. in Communications from Utah State. Currently in Utah, she willingly travels the country (both live and via internet platform) to discuss the benefits and features of having a Control 4 Smart Home System.

Smart homes are all the rage today, but do you really know the difference between smart things and a truly smart home? Come learn about the current state of smart home technology with Control4 as we explain the five levels of a smart home and what that means to you in design. You’ll learn the difference between limited integration and whole-home integration, the art of automation orchestration, and where the future of smart home is going. Get ready to set yourself apart as you incorporate automation into your designs with this innovative understanding of smart home technology.

10 00 AM TO 11 00 AM
Dawn Renee has nearly 20 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry. Her background is in interior design and international business. VitrA USA, The Silk Trading Company, and Donghia and several companies where she has built her career. Throughout the course of her professional life she has had a focus on showroom design. She has also studied the effects of interior design on the general population – psychologically, physiologically and sociologically. She has a full scope of showroom management, interior design and sales.

Italians have, throughout time, brought together a design esthetic where beauty, simplicity and balance work together. They have studied and honed the perfect combination of old world function and new world charm. This CEU will focus on Italian Design and how we can incorporate the simplicity, beauty and balance into the American Kitchen.

11 15 AM TO 12 15 PM
Linda has been in the Kitchen and Bath Industry for over 30 years as a designer, dealer and currently the VP of National Sales at ProKitchen Software. She has been with ProKitchen since 2009 and has enjoyed introducing design professionals to the new standard and the latest technology of Kitchen Design for our industry.
This CEU will focus on today’s challenging climate of communicating design esthetics with the twist of working from a remote location. This CEU is a timely reminder that with technology and skill there is a way to help your customer create their dream space without frustration, miscommunication and rancor.

12 15 PM TO 1 15 PM

1 30 PM TO 2 30 PM
Candice takes pride in her work with Benjamin Moore. In her current role she supports Architects and Designers educational needs with presentations, courses, and Webinars that are approved for CEU credits. Provides product information to help us choose the right product for our projects. Assists with specification and job submittal developments to ensure that the appropriate products are specified for each application. Aids architects or designers with Benjamin Moore color tools to help make the best color selections for clients.

This CEU will focus on color – trends, influences and how color can enhance a mood, a feeling and create the right effect for all of our design needs.

2 45 PM TO 3 45 PM
Danela is the Southeast regional manager for Floor and Décor. One of her greatest joys is to impart pertinent information on the importance of selecting the right tile for your customer’s space.

This CEU will take us on a journey to explore the different uses of porcelain tile or stone and why one material may be a better fit for your customer than another.

Know the Codes

This meeting has been postponed. Rescheduled date to be determined.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm

Forsyth Tech Community College
Strickland Building Auditorium
2100 Silas Creek Pkwy
Winston Salem, NC 27103

ASID/NKBA Joint Meeting

Join us on April 2nd as Dan Dockery, Chief Building Officer for the City of Winston Salem, shares the most commonly misunderstood building codes. This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and professionals. (.1 CEU)

Speaker: Dan Dockery, Chief Building Official, City of Winston Salem

Using Electronic Adaptive Technologies to Help People Live In Place

This meeting has been cancelled. Rescheduled date to be determined.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Custom Stone and Marble Co.
616 NC-54 West
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Join one of the founding partners of Living In Place Institute™ for this home-safety focused presentation!

This presentation will help designers, remodelers and suppliers learn how many of the current adaptive technologies can help their clients better control their home environment through electronic adaptive technologies. Because almost 90% of seniors want to continue to Live In Place™ in their homes and 70% of seniors now remodel for safety, this presentation will help your business prosper and grow for this market. And many of these people are relying on electronic technologies in their home to make living much easier. As more and more individuals, especially older ones, choose to stay in their home, there are many challenges that they encounter. Electronic assistive technologies can make Living In Place easier and a much more conducive possibility. (.1 CEU)

How to Grow Your Business from the Ground Up


Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

CQC Home
5102 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd #100,
Durham, NC 27703

Kenneth will share his entrepreneurial history with us – building a business from the ground up, what it has taken to get name recognition in the local industry, the do’s and the don’ts of creating a footprint that belongs to your company and you!
Please join us for an inspirational meeting that focuses on why it’s important to have a positive outlook, surround yourself with the best people, and yes, hearing about the Local Lemonade stand Ken started as a 12 year old!

November 2019 Holiday Party and CEU event

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 9:30pm

City Kitchen
1201 S. Estes Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

CEU topic: Qualify More Effectively, Estimate Quickly, Get a Commitment Faster

It has been said many times, the one constant is change. That is certainly true in the kitchen
and bath industry today. While our experience helps us design the perfect room for our clients,
it sometimes gets in the way of making necessary changes in our business. I have been in the
industry for over 35 years. It would be safe to say, if we did everything exactly the same as we
did when I started in 1982, we probably would not be in business today. Some changes are
necessary for the survival of the business. Others are to improve benefits you and your
company already offer to your clients.
During this presentation, I will explore some of the changes that we have made in our business
over the years. There will be opportunities for attendees to share their experiences as well.
Each one of us does not need to reinvent the wheel. It is a great experience to be able to share
my ideas about the industry, and hopefully take home some new ideas as well. And as a bonus,
some things don’t change. Let’s take a moment to review those ideas as well.

Learning Objectives:
• Examine the kitchen and bath business
• Implement one or more ideas quickly, to improve business practices
• Shape long term planning
• Build on existing strengths

Speaker: Steve Strauss

Steve Strauss is the president of Direct Kitchen Distributors. Based in Whitehall, Pennsylvania,
DKD has served eastern PA since 1982. Steve has been a part of the family business since the
age of 12 and moved up through, delivery, installation, sales and design. All through high school
and college, he continued working in the business. Over the years, he has been involved with
every facet of the kitchen and bath business, becoming president of the company in 1992, and
later added AKBD certification to his credentials. Steve served as a Board of Directors member
of the BKBG, a national group of kitchen and bath dealers committed to excellence in their
field, from 2007 through 2010. In 2009, with the knowledge gleaned from his expertise in the
kitchen and bath industry, Steve formed a company (Spread Sheet Services, LLC), for the
purpose of designing, creating and maintaining spreadsheets, primarily for use by kitchen and
bath dealers.

5:30 – 6:30 Registration/Social Hour

6:30 – 7:30 Formal Presentation

Kindly register by November 1st in order to guarantee food.

We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.

Thank you to our sponsors for your support of our chapter and our members!

Sponsored by: ProKitchen, The Tile Shop and Marva

Quartz Surfacing: Features and Benefits

Thursday, September 12 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Kitchen and Bath Galleries
8411 Glenwood Ave #107
Raleigh, NC 27612

Want to increase the lion share of your counter top sales?

Join us September 12th and learn more about the many features and benefits quartz offers and
how to translate those features and benefits into sales, not limited to just counter tops. An even that
will help you grow your business and meet the demand our customers are seeking. Hope to see you there!

Carey Jacobsen, Assoc. ASID, CKD, Marva Sales Manager for Cambria

Carey Jacobsen, Marva Sales Manager representing Cambria, has been in the Interior Design industry for over 20 years and is an Associate ASID member and a NKBA Certified Kitchen Designer. She has sat as a board member for the Susquehanna Chapter in Pennsylvania as Secretary and Vice President of Professional Development. After relocating back to the Charlotte market she more recently held the position of Vice President of Professional Development for the Charlotte Chapter. Her passion for design continues today as Sales Manager for Marva Marble representing Cambria. When she isn’t on the run you can find her in the kitchen cooking up some of her favorite New Orleans recipes, which is where she is from, or embracing cherished time with her family. In her own words, “Carpe Diem!”

Sponsored By Bocchi

Approved for .1 NKBA CEU.

Ciao Bella! A Night of Italian Design

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

The Design Gallery
1143 Saint Marks Church Rd
Burlington, NC 27215

Italians have, throughout time, brought together a design esthetic where beauty, simplicy and balance work together. They have studied and honed the perfect combination of Old World charm and New World function. Our CEU tonight will focus on Italian Design and how we can incorporate the simplicity, beauty and balance into the American kitchen.

Sponsored By Bocchi

Approved for .1 NKBA CEU.

CEU’s by the Sea-Wilmington, NC Two Day Event

Thursday, June 21, 2019 @ 5:30pm – June 22 @ 3:30pm

Kesseböhmer Showroom
106 Market St #300
Wilmington, NC 18401

Wilmington CEU’s By the SEA (.6 CEU’s)

Space is limited…

FRIDAY EVENING (Kesseböhmer)

5:30-6:30 pm: Networking and heavy hor’dourves

6:30-7:30 pm: Welcome message from NKBA Corporate and Eastern Carolinas Chapter

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:  Bebhinn Gray, Cosentino Surfaces
Topic: Surface Innovation – Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces with Ultracompact Surfacing. – .1 CEU

The discussion will focus on the development of Ultra Compact Surfacing, defining a new material classification, the process by which it is manufactured and the performance it offers, and then we look at a variety of applications ending with a live, hands-on interactive performance testing of the material itself. It’s a very neat CEU!

Speaker Bio: A Philadelphia native, Bebhinn has lived in North Carolina since 1995. A UNC graduate, she began her career with high-end modern furniture. Several years later this created an opportunity in the construction industry to work with surfaces. Bebhinn joined Cosentino in 2017 as the Architectural and Design Sales Manager. She is instrumental in the cradle to grave process for residential and commercial projects. Education and commercial sales are also the focus of concentration for Bebhinn as the Architectural & Design Sales Manager.


8:00 am-Continental Breakfast

8:30 am to 9:30 am: Dee Maher, Kesseböhmer Dealer Group Manager-
Topic: How to Increase Profits & Customer Satisfaction with Interior Storage Solutions – .1 CEU

After completion of this course, the attendees will better understand why including interior storage solutions in every project will increase customer satisfaction through better organization and efficiency, and easier physical and visual access to their storage. Each attendee will also have an action plan of how they can set a customers’ expectations, present a design that includes more interior storage solutions, close the sale, and increase their profits.

Speaker Bio: Dee Maher is the Dealer Group Manager for North America for Kesseböhmer USA and has been with the company for 9 years. She and her team, around the country, educate kitchen designers and cabinetmakers on Kesseböhmer interior storage solutions. Dee’s background is in interior design and kitchen design and she’s been in the industry for over 25 years.

9:45 am to 10:45 am: Tim West, Native Trails
Topic: Artisanal Craft in Sustainable Spaces-.1 CEU

This course discusses the value of bridging cultures and combining artisan heritage with innovative design, and illustrates how the craftsmanship of furnishings made by hand with sustainable materials can meet today’s design goals of green design.

Speaker Bio: Tim West is the Eastern Regional Manager at Native Trails, Inc. in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The company was founded in 1996 and broke new ground with Native Trails iconic copper sinks and helped to introduce copper as a mainstay material for the kitchen and bath. Native Trails has expanded far beyond copper sinks; its artisan-made product lines have grown to include groundbreaking NativeStone concrete sinks, vanities made of reclaimed wood, and a range of home decor products. The artisan tradition, sustainability, and fair trade practices bring the work of undiscovered artisans from central Mexico first to central California and now on to living spaces throughout North America.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Gary Booth, Bosch/Gaggenau/Thermador
Topic: Induction Cooking in Today’s American Kitchen – .1 CEU

This session encourages us to consider how kitchen appliance contribute to new consumer lifestyle trends. This ASID, NKBA and AIA accredited course takes a deep look into one of the fastest growing trends in the appliance industry. This course will walk you through the newest innovations offered for this lightning fast, efficient and “green” technology.

Speaker Bio: Gary Booth has been with a Bosch organization for twenty-nine years. Fifteen years with the Robert Bosch Power Tool division and fourteen years with B/S/H Home Appliance Corp. B/S/H Home Appliance Corporation is the manufacture of Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau brands of residential appliances. Gary is the District Sales Manager in Eastern and Central North Carolina as well as Tidewater, VA.


12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: Marni Corley, The Binnick Group
Topic: An Introduction to the Kitchen Workstation – .1 CEU

A kitchen workstation is a new category of kitchen appliance, where one can prepare, cook, serve, entertain and clean all in one central and convenient place. The kitchen is even more functional and ergonomic with a cooktop next to the workstation. This new linear cooking concept is much more efficient than the traditional kitchen work triangle layout.

Speaker Bio: Marni Corley grew up with a mom in the kitchen business and understood the importance of balancing accuracy along with creativity and sales at a very early age. In 2009, Marni came to work for the Binnick Group, bringing over 10 years of professional sales experience and training. She enjoys working with the dealers and providing tools for their staff.

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Ashley Morrison, Abundant Marketing
Topic: Strategies for Success through Marketing and Networking Ideas – .1 CEU

While hopefully you have met a lot of potential clients, having a plan or strategy through networking and marketing will create an even larger base of business. This session will offer an opportunity to ask questions and bounce ideas off one another. Not a sales meeting, just strategy for your business.

Speaker Bio: Ashley Morrison launched Abundant Marketing in February of 2014. Morrison is an enthusiastic, driven NC State graduate who has spent her post-grad time working closely with numerous small business owners; she saw a real need for a marketing company that serves this demographic specifically and shows small businesses how to leverage their social media efforts to increase interest and draw traffic into their businesses.  



Savor Summertine Event; Discover Recycled Content Surfacing Materials

Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Cosentino Center Raleigh
221 S Rogers Lane
Raleigh, NC 27610

Take advantage of this opportunity to join us for a CEU on Recycled Content Surfacing Materials. Food and Drinks Provided. Thank you Cosentino!

Approved for .1 NKBA CEU.

Minute Mentoring- Making Connections in a Fast-moving World

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

2700 Yonkers Rd
Raleigh, NC 27604

Ever enter an event or a new group of professional peers and feel like hiding in a corner? Not sure what to say to get the covers around started? Do you feel like your bragging when talking about yourself? We all could use more practice in networking and marketing. Using this meeting as a tool for new designers and students from our field, we will give direction and advice and practice to networking with each other in a comfortable setting.

Approved for .1 NKBA CEU.

Your 4-Word Business Plan: Rediscover Your Inspiration & Reinvent Your Business

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Distinctive Remodeling
5910-127 Duraleigh Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612

Today’s economy requires you to be flexible, responsive, curious, and proactive (not reactive) in order to stay relevant to your ideal clients. In this fast-paced marketing environment, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, overloaded and ultimately stuck in an old pattern. You may have burned out or lost motivation in the current chaos of unrealistic deadlines, constantly changing technology, and demanding customers.

Before you can implement an effective sales and marketing campaign, you must first identify, reclaim, and redefine your inspiration for your business. By taking a big-picture approach, you will develop an inspired and well-defined 4-word business plan that will drive, clarify, and guide all your business goals and decisions.

  • Identify & transform your most difficult clients into your best teachers.
  • Learn & apply 3 steps to effective mission statements/taglines and why many fail.
  • Rediscover core values & passion for the industry.
  • Practice the role of intuition on first impressions to identify business values, take risks & rebrand successfully.
  • Develop an inspired, well-defined 4-word business plan (yes, only 4 words!).

Approved for .1 NKBA CEU.


What’s New, What’s Next…And A Little More Holiday Event

Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Metro 8 Steakhouse
746 9th St
Durham, NC 27705

Whether you attended KBIS or not this program provides a comprehensive overview of the three most important days in our industry. This program is beneficial for professionals from all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. Attendees will attain a strong understanding of:

Current design trends discovered on the KBIS floor as well as insights from the NKBA Annual Trends Report.

Technology and its integration into the kitchen and bath

Shiny, matte, textured, neutral, colorful, natural, man-made, recycled? Surfaces of course.

Trending product introductions without being brand specific.

Dawn has recently returned from the Milan Furniture show and will discuss trends found abroad.

Dawn DeLuca is an award winning designer with over 25 years of industry experience as Principal of Interior Transitions, a design studio based in NYC and north-western CT. Also, as a Founding Partner of Camille Rossy, Inc, in NYC. Her projects span the eastern seaboard of the US and Europe. As a certified designer and professional speaker, Dawn has spoken to various organizations about many industry topics all across the US.

An award winning member, of the NKBA, Dawn DeLuca has served as a volunteer leader on the local, regional and national levels, since 2005. She served as American North East Regional Director, as a Member of the National Board of Directors and the National Generative Council. She is currently the Programs Chair for the NKBA Manhattan Chapter. Dawn also serves as an Ambassador for the Living In Place Institute and as a Design Advisor for The Universal Design Project.
Speaker: Dawn DeLuca. AKBD

Location: Metro 8 Steakhouse, 746 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

5:30 – 6:30 Registration/Social Hour

6:30 – 7:30 Formal Presentation

Kindly register by November 1st in order to guarantee food.

We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.

Thank you to our sponsors for your support of our chapter and our members!

Sponsored by: PPG Paints, The Tile Shop

We hope you can make it!

Eastern Carolinas Chapter of NKBA:

Approved for .1 NKBA CEU.

Luxury Living: How to Create High End Additional Income Stream for You and Your Client!

Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Reico Showroom
2728 Captial Blvd #100
Raleigh, NC 27604

Join us at Lily and Brenda discuss how to create High End Additional Income Stream for you and your clients! Prepare for an energetic and exciting meeting!  Approved for .1 NKBA CEU.

TRUST — How to give, get, keep and grow IT

Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

The Kitchen Specialist
3407 University Drive
Durham, NC 27707

Speaker: Nena Backer, Leadership Development Consultant, Greenville, South Carolina

Trust is something that we often take for granted. And in today’s highly volatile, ever-changing work environment where you have to build relationships quickly and across cyberspace and geographies, it can be hard especially when you have a broad and highly diverse network of associates and colleagues.

This presentation will introduce new factors in establishing trust that go beyond the usual “competence and reliability” assumptions. The ‘trust formula’ calls for a more intentional and focused effort that is based not only on capability but also “connectability” and an honest, caring about others.

The idea is to build and maintain trusted relationships BEFORE you need them.

Nena Backer, our presenter, is a seasoned professional leadership consultant who has worked with organizations and groups of leaders from all over the world. She has developed a clear and helpful way to assess your current relationships and determine what is working and what needs more attention.* Approved for .1 NKBA CEUs

Leveraging Artisan Work in your Designs


Thursday, April 5, 2018  @ 5:00pm – 9:00pm

IronHouse Forge
303 Kinsey St
Raleigh, NC 27603

Harnessing the creative power of craftspeople can create a show-stopping project. With the public’s enthusiasm for artisan culture and its increasing appetite for the unique and handcrafted, integrating specialty work into interior design projects is gaining in popularity. Lauren Levant has been at the vanguard of this trend and will offer examples, advice and walkthroughs of how to successfully integrate unique components into a project design.

Creative collaborations with local craftspeople, fabricators and artisans in the design of interior spaces and signature product pieces is a hallmark of Lauren Levant’s designs. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see into this nationally recognized designer’s process and integrate this approach into your own.

* Approved for .1 NKBA CEUs


Custom Luxury Showers

Thursday, February 15, 2018  @ 4:15pm – 6:30pm
Architectural Granite and Marble
511 Hinton Oaks Blvd
Knightdale, NC 27545
United States

Provides inspiration to address the luxury homeowners who seek a custom, spa-like retreat that allows them to create a personalized, multi-sensory experience right in their own master bathroom.

* Approved for .1 NKBA CEUs


NKBA Eastern Carolinas Holiday Party

Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Winston’s Grille
6401 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

The year is almost over and we hope you will join us for our annual holiday party!

In addition to a great dinner from Winston’s Grille, we are excited to welcome Shane Jones, Designer Account Executive at Sherwin Williams to share “Colormix Forecast 2018-Color Trends.”

5:30 – 6:30 Registration/Social Hour
6:30 – 8:30 Formal Presentation

This event is coming up fast, so REGISTER TODAY to ensure you won’t miss out. Tickets WILL NOT be available at the door for this event. Ticket sales end Tuesday, November 7 at noon.

Sponsored by Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry, Inc.

Cooking with High-end Appliances Featuring Chef Sheri Castle

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Kitchen & Bath Galleries
8411 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 107
Raleigh, NC 27612

We are very excited to welcome renowned chef, Sheri Castle, who will cook for us and speak about the versatility and use of great, high end appliances!

From cooktops to convection ovens, Sheri will demo several of her signature recipes while she speaks about using high-end appliances in the residential kitchen.

Sheri Castle is an award-winning professional food writer, recipe developer, cooking teacher, and speaker. She is a prolific writer who is known for melding storytelling, humor, and culinary expertise.

Her writing credits include books, as well as nationally known magazines including Southern Living. Sheri developed the recipes for Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book, Pam Krauss/Avery, 2017, the official tie-in to cult-classic movie-turned-Broadway-hit musical, Waitress.

5:30 – 6:30 Registration/Social Hour
6:30 – 8:30 Formal Presentation

Kindly register by Friday, October 6, in order to guarantee food. We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.

* Approved for .1 NKBA CEUs

Eastern Carolinas Chapter of NKBA

Holistic Kitchen Design

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Cosentino Raleigh Center
221 S. Rogers Lane
Raleigh, NC 27610

We are excited to welcome Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, founder of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath in Chevy Chase, MD, to present Holistic Kitchen Design.

This course will help you understand how to create a successful design through approaching the kitchen space, as well as the spaces around it, with a holistic point of view.

You will get tips to help you hone your measuring, planning and presentation skills and learn about:

  • Taking the entire space into consideration (including breakfast, living, and family room areas) when designing a kitchen.
  • Sharpening your skills to understand how great design incorporates function with aesthetics
  • Letting the room, as well as your intuition, guide your sense for the best cabinet and appliance placements.
  • Axes and focal points.
  • And more!

Jennifer will demonstrate how to cast a critical eye on your own and others’ work. We will see how incorporating holistic design can improve an existing space. We will take time to focus on more than the work triangle.

5:30 – 6:30 Registration/Social Hour
6:30 – 8:30 Formal Presentation

Please register by Monday, September 11 in order to guarantee food.
We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.
We hope to see you there!

*Approved for .1 NKBA CEUs

Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, founded Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath in Chevy Chase, MD, in 1997 and has established itself as a leader in the greater mid-Atlantic region with its 4000 square feet of showroom and a design team of 5 designers and 6 project management crew. Her showroom won first place in the KBB Magazine design contest in 2014 and was recently featured on the cover of KBDN Magazine.

LUNCH & LEARN: Marble Use in the Kitchen

Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 11:30am – 1:30pm
230 Hampton Woods Lane
Raleigh, NC 27607

LUNCH & LEARN: Marble Use in the Kitchen

For many years now, granite has been the go-to product for kitchen counters. We are pleased to welcome Rob Bacon of DalTile to teach us about another less-commonly used alternative: marble.

Marble has been used in kitchens for hundreds of years, especially in Europe, and is now on the rise in the U.S.

This one-hour class is designed for residential, hospitality, and facilities management design professionals. It will focus on the use of marble in the kitchen.

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.

Attendees will also learn that the use of marble in a kitchen will require different protective treatments.


This course is CEU-approved for the following architecture and design associations:

  • 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


Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Ferguson (Raleigh)
2700 Yonkers Rd
Raleigh, NC 27604

Speaker: Koy Farthing

— 19 years servicing kitchen cabinet industry—decorative hardware sales, LED Lighting sales, functional hardware sales, and kitchen accessory sales
— 12 years wood manufacturing industry
— 15 years specification sales to architects and designers
— 7 years selling/specifying LED Lighting products to kitchen industry
— 5 years specializing in Kitchen Dealer Sales Southeast US

This is a course in lighting fundamentals that is focused on LED lighting. It covers the benefits and changes in LED lighting, the terms and definitions used in lighting design and light measurement. Information is conveyed through examples, contrasts and understandable definitions. Anyone taking this course will be more confident in their understanding of LEDs and the fundamentals of lighting design. This course is worth one CEU credit.

Course Title: Lighting Fundamentals

Learning Objectives
1. Understand the Benefits of LED Technology
2. Explain the Role of Light Color, Temperature and Intensity
3. Define Light Measurements
4. Comprehend the Power of Light Effects

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ProKitchen Software and Hafele.

CATERING: Supplied by Ferguson
CATERING DEADLINE: Monday, May 8th, 2017

*Approved for .1 CEUs

For NKBA-related questions, please contact Mary Kate Bedell at mkbedell@thekitchenspecialist.com.

We hope you can make it!

Eastern Carolinas Chapter of NKBA

Professional Photographer: Be One (or Hire One) to Increase Sales

Thursday, March 9, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Reico Kitchen & Bath
2728 Capital Boulevard, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27604

You put tons of effort into making great projects, but does your business employ photography that best represents its high quality? Do your images compare to those in national design magazines? In this two-for-one program you’ll learn what to look for when hiring a pro AND how to create striking architectural photographs on your own and increase your bottom line. Hiring a professional often nets the best results – but not always. Architectural photography is not like any other. Knowing what will draw the viewer’s eye to what you want them to see, namely, your work, is critical. You’ll see how some photographers get it wrong, and how to avoid those mistakes. Want to try it on your own? Learn from a designer who is also a professional photographer. With some investment you don’t need to be pro to use pro tricks. You’ll learn about good camera and lens combinations, simple lighting tricks, where to place your camera, what to focus on, post processing and compositing multiple images, and much more.


The NKBA Eastern Carolina Chapter has scheduled a professional photographer, Martha Manning of Martha Manning Photography, from 5:30-7:00. Martha’s photography has been featured in People Magazine, Oprah Magazine and Network, The Today Show, Huffington Post, Martha Stewart, Grace Ormonde, Southern Weddings, Weddings Magazine, and The Knot.

Please join us for the meeting and have your head shot taken by Martha. The NKBA Eastern Carolina Chapter will distribute your photo within the next week via email.

5:30-7:00pm – Registration/Social Hour/Head Shots
7:00-8:30pm – Dinner & CEU Presentation

Sponsored by: Reico Kitchen & Bath
*Approved for .1 CEUs

For NKBA-related questions, please contact Mary Kate Bedell at mkbedell@thekitchenspecialist.com.

We hope you can make it!

Eastern Carolinas Chapter of NKBA

Steam Cooking in Today’s American Kitchen with Optional Bosch Plant Tour

Thursday, February 9, 2017 @ 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Double Tree – New Bern River Front
100 Middles Street
New Bern, NC 28560

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? Please join us as Amy Taylor, BSH National Trainer, 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.

Meeting attendees are invited to attend an optional tour of the Bosch plant before dinner and presentation!

3:00pm-5:00pm Optional Bosch Plant Tour
(Meeting conf # required on tour registration)
5:00-5:30pm Travel from Bosch Plant to Double Tree for Dinner & CEU Presentation (no transportation provided)
5:30pm-7:00pm Dinner & CEU Presentation at Double Tree
(Held in Hawk & Gaston Meeting Rooms)

Register online and save money! At-the-door Tickets cost more and require payment by cash or check.

Once you have registered and received your order confirmation for this event, register for the plant tour.

Sponsored by Bosch and Thermador.
*Approved for .1 CEUs

For NKBA-related questions, please contact Mary Kate Bedell at mkbedell@thekitchenspecialist.com.

For questions about the Bosch Plant tour, please contact Gary Booth/BSH Home Appliances Corporation at gary.booth@bshg.com.

NOTE: Gary Booth has reserved 10 rooms at the Double Tree for any attendees who would like to spend the night (Rate @$119.00; contact hotel for actual rate)

We hope you can make it!

Travel from Bosch Plant to Double Tree for
Dinner & CEU Presentation (no transportation provided)

Dinner & CEU Presentation:
Double Tree – New Bern River Front
100 Middles Street
New Bern, NC 28560

Progressive Holiday Bash and Luxury Kitchen Trends with Carolyn Thomas

Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Kitchen & Bath Galleries
8411 Glenwood Ave
Suite 107
Raleigh, NC 27612

R. Jacobs Fine Plumbing & Hardware
8613 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 103
Raleigh, NC 27612

Get a jump on celebrating the holidays with us!

We have a fun-filled evening planned with mouth-watering food and two venues!

We will begin the evening at Kitchen & Bath Galleries where a private chef will prepare dinner and side dishes.

After dinner we head up to road to R. Jacobs Fine Plumbing & Hardware for dessert and wine.

5:30 – 7: Dinner, sides, and presentation by Carolyn Thomas at Kitchen & Bath Galleries
7:00 – 8:30: Dessert and wine at R. Jacobs Fine Plumbing & Hardware

Please pre-register by Monday, November 14 to guarantee food.

We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about this event, please send email to anne@freshkitchenandbathdesign.com or erin@hamptonkitchens.com .
Register Now!

Sponsored by Sub-Zero, Wolf, and R. Jacobs.

Closet Design Beyond Measure and Hafele Factory Tour

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Häfele America Co.
3901 Cheyenne Drive
Archdale NC, 27263

Closet Design Beyond Measure

We are pleased to welcome back Denise Butchko, who is going to “walk us through” the process of designing and selling a walk-in closet – because if you’ve already sold the bathroom renovation, why not do the easiest add-on ever and design the closet space?

But before Denise begins her presentation, Hafele has a special treat for attendees who are able to arrive early. At 4 pm, Hafele will conduct a tour of the factory for a minimum of 5 people.

CLICK HERE to register for the tour.

Attendees will learn how to apply basic design principles when assessing a walk-in closet space, understand the differences between working with closet components versus kitchen cabinets, and discuss budgeting options intelligently.

4:00 – 5:00 Factory Tour
5:30 – 6:30 Registration/Social Hour
6:30 – 8:30 Formal Presentation

Please pre-register by Monday, October 10 in order to guarantee food.
We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.

We hope to see you there!

*Approved for .1 NKBA CEUs

Sponsored by Hafele.

The Art of Specifying Natural Stone

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Daltile Stone & Slab Center
4801 Trademark Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610

Selecting natural stone for your clients involves more than just choosing the right color. We are pleased to welcome Robert Bacon of Daltile as shares with us: The Art of Specifying Natural Stone.

In this session, Robert will discuss the resources you need to help ensure the stone you choose meets the standards and design intent set for your application. What do you need to know about its species, color variations, and finish possibilities? Is the quarry able to produce the sizes and quantities you need? What factors affect the price of the stone you specify?

Learning objectives include:
— Discuss the responsibilities and liabilities of each pillar in the typical construction project.
— Review resources to find more information about natural stone standards.
— Learn how to plan for the longevity of an installation by specifying appropriate materials.
— Evaluate factors specific to the price of different materials, finishes and methods.

5:30 – 6:30 Registration/Social Hour
6:30 – 8:30 Formal Presentation

Please register by Monday, September 12 in order to guarantee food.

We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.

We hope to see you there!

*Approved for .1 NKBA CEUs

Sponsored by DALTILE.

Chapter Elections and Bowling For Kitchens Quiz Bowl

Thursday, August 11, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Frank Cinebowl & Grill
1140 Parkside Main Street
Cary, NC 27519

Please join us at Frank Cinebowl & Grill, where you can do a little socializing, a little bowling, and demonstrate your kitchen and bath knowledge with our Quiz Bowl: Bowling for Kitchens.

We have four dedicated lanes behind curtains for privacy and exclusivity. It doesn’t matter if you’re a bowling superstar or a novice.

This is also your opportunity to vote for incoming chapter board positions.

5:30 – 6:00 pm: Arrival
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Bowl and nosh
6:30 pm: Vote for open board positions

Please register by Monday, August 8 in order to guarantee food.

We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.

We hope to see you there!

*Approved for .1 NKBA CEUs

A Chef’s Perspective with Vivian Howard

Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Chef and the Farmer
120 West Gordon Street
Kinston, NC 28501

We are beyond excited to feature Vivian Howard, award-winning chef and star of the PBS series, A Chef’s Life, as she welcomes us to Chef and the Farmer, the restaurant she and husband, Ben Knight lovingly own and operate. Vivian will share a professional chef’s viewpoint about her own preferences in her personal and commercial kitchens.

Attendees who will experience an extraordinary meal prepared by the talented staff of Chef and the Farmer.

5:30 – 6:30 Registration/Social Hour
6:30 – Buffet dinner begins
7:00 – Formal presentation, after which Vivian will open the floor for questions

Park and Ride
If you are interested in carpooling, send email to Ann Flowers at flowers.designs@gmail.com and she will connect you with one another. Carpoolers have permission to park their cars at:
Reico Kitchen & Bath, 2728 Capital Boulevard Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27604

Sponsored by Sub-Zero and Wolf.

About Chef Vivian Howard
Born in Deep Run, NC, to tobacco and hog farming parents, Vivian Howard learned early on to appreciate the ebb and flow of eating with the seasons. Still, it took 23 years and a start in the advertising business to convince her a career in food was feasible. After college, Vivian moved to New York for work, but found the City’s food and restaurant scene far more intriguing. A server position at Greenwich Village’s, Voyage, made it possible for her to begin training under the restaurant’s Chef, Scott Barton. She later went on to learn from creative, cutting edge Chef’s, Wylie Dufresne and Sam Mason at WD-50 and later, was a member of the opening team at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s, Spice Market.

In 2005, Vivian, and her now husband, Ben Knight decided to return to Vivian’s roots to open a farm to fork restaurant in the small town of Kinston, NC. They opened Chef & the Farmer in the summer of 2006 serving local, seasonal, creative cuisine. Over the past eight years, Chef Howard has developed strong relationships with local farmers making it possible to source over 70% of the restaurant’s foodstuffs from within 60 miles . Chef and the Farmer has become beloved by locals and a destination for diners all over the state.

It’s not Sci-Fi! Designing & Selling using Virtual Reality

Thursday, May 12, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Reico Kitchen & Bath
2728 Capital Boulevard Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27604

Eastern Carolinas NKBA is excited to welcome back John Morgan one of our most popular speakers, to share his latest insights on using virtual reality technology in the kitchen and bath industry.

2020 Presents: It’s Not Sci-F! Designing and Selling Using Virtual Reality
In today’s design world, our clients expect a lot from us. Their expectations are set by television shows and marketing that promise a quick turn-around from concept to completion. Are you taking advantage of all the technology and tools that are available to you? Are you using technology to save time and set the right expectations to reduce mistakes? This session will help you design efficiently and effectively from virtually anywhere.

This is also our first membership drive of 2016, offering special pricing and chance to attend a future meeting at no cost.

Member: $20
Guest: $30
Committee Member: $5
First-timer: Free
Student of NKBA-accredited program: $5

Bring a friend and register for your next 2016 at no cost*

*Friend must be a first-time attendee of an NKBA meeting. Not valid for June 16, 2016 event.

Don’t forget to bring cash for the 50/50 Raffle. Winner splits cash collected with the chapter! Ticket prices:

— $1 for 1
— $5 for 7
— $10 for 15
— $20 for 30

Kindly Register by May 6, 2016 in order to guarantee food. We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.

Send questions about this event to anne@freshkitchenandbathdesign.com.

Style and Design Trends for Home Hardware

Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Liberty Hardware Manufacturing Corporation
140 Business Park Drive , Union Cross Business Park (Located off of Highway 311)
Winston-Salem, NC 27107

Please join Eastern Carolinas NKBA for an exciting meeting hosted by Liberty Hardware.

Following the presentation, attendees have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on new product designs and finishes.

We hope to see you there!

5:30 – 6:30 Registration/Social Hour
6:30 – 8:30 Tour and Formal Presentation

Sign up early to save money on your ticket! At the Door: $40.00

Kindly Register by March 7, 2016 in order to guarantee food. We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.

Sponsored by Liberty Hardware and Franklin Brass.

Approved for .1 CEU credits.


Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Traditions in Tile at Brier Creek
9311 Focal Point
Raleigh, NC 27617

Come to the first 2016 meeting of the Eastern Carolinas chapter and learn about glass tile so you can confidently specify the right products for the right applications.

There are many types of glass on the market. Melissa Reynolds of Oceanside Glasstile will cover the history and ingredients of glass tile, quality standards in place to help protect the consumers, as well as manufacturing, mounting, sustainability and installation methods.

We hope to see you there!

5:30 – 6:30 Registration/Social Hour
6:30 – 8:30 Formal Presentation

Kindly register by February 8, 2016 in order to guarantee food.

We cannot give refunds due to venue/catering deposits.

Sponsored by Oceanside Glasstile and Traditions in Tile at Brier Creek.

Approved for .1 CEU credits.

If you need additional info, email our Communications VP: anne@freshkitchenandbathdesign.com