The NKBA Kentuckiana Chapter is part of Region 3 (NKBA Mid Atlantic Central). It is based primarily in Kentucky, but also includes parts of southern Indiana. The NKBA Kentuckiana Chapter has a history of over 18 years and is recognized as one of the most active chapters within the region.

Click here to visit the NKBA Kentuckiana website.



2020 Chapter Officers


Lonna Heshelman
Louisville, KY 40209
(317) 224-9952

Programs Chair

Nathan Bilbrey
Global Granite & Marble
2641 Technology Drive Ste 111
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 493-4151

Communications Chair

Amber Fowler
12400 Earl Jones Way
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 499-5835


Membership Chair

Gregory T Walters, CKD
Walters Cabinets, Inc.
4405 Old Elizabethtown Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748
(270) 358-4746


Shari McPeek
12400 Earl Jones Way
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 499-5835



Kentuckiana Chapter Events


Thursday, March 28, 2020 @ 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Please join us on an exciting tour of the new technologies and methods of how to stay connected with new and current customers.
Denise Butchko will be our host and will be reviewing the different techniques used by Caesarstone USA to adapt to our new environment.

Questions and open conversation about ideas and thoughts and how you can make an impact are encouraged.

Help us make this session interactive by sending your questions and ideas to:
We look forward to seeing you very soon.

Design Basics for Sintered Stones. Design, Application, & Sustainability

This meeting has bee cancelled.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Century Entertainment & Furnishings
4310 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40207

This approximately 1 hour course on Sintered Compact Surfaces will cover their manufacture, range of applications, and benefits over comparable materials. Upon completion, attendees will be able to identify types of Sintered Stones, recognize their characteristics, and understand their applications and performance properties. (.1 CEU)


2019 Kentuckiana Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 12, 2019 @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Global Granite & Marble
2641 Technology Drive
Louisville, KY 40299

Please join us for our NKBA Christmas Party. It’s always a very fun night with lots of food, drink and door prizes. Global Granite & Marble has a warm and welcoming showroom and lots of beautiful stone for your veiwing pleasure. Let’s come together do a little networking, eating, drinking, and have fun. Door prizes will be given away so come on by for your chance to be a winner. Even better if your company wants to donate a door prize or two. Along with the fabulous food we are planning on having a chocolate fountain, karaoke, photo booth and games.

Want to show off your baking prowess; bring two dozen cookies for the Christmas Cookie exchange. Hey if you don’t bake, don’t worry bring in your favorite bakery goodies, and claim them as yours (or if you are worried Santa is watching) leave them in the bakery box. Please be sure to RSVP now and let us know what goodies you are bring.


Louisville Tile & Walker Zanger

Tuesday, November 14, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Louisville Tile
4520 Bishop Lane
Louisville, KY 40218

Please join us for our November meeting. Louisville Tile and Walker Zanger will give the presentation “Tile Trends”. There will be food and drinks. (.1 CEU)


One Exciting Night – Two Informative CEU’s

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Lee Supply-Appliance Showroom
630 Park E Blvd
New Albany, IN 47150

$20.00 Member Ticket
($5.00 Late fee)
$35.00 Non-Member Ticket
($5.00 Late fee)
$0.00 Student Member Ticket
$0.00 Board Member Ticket
$0.00 First Time Attending Guest

Track: Business Management
Speaker: Liesbet Trappenburg
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!).

Your most important “product” is your creativity. Clients & employers expect innovative & creative solutions to their complex design problems & depend upon you to deliver results.
That’s why it’s critical to be good stewards of your most precious resources: your time, creativity & energy. Learn how to cultivate inspiration & manage time wisely with a healthy work/life balance based on core values & a visionary outlook.
Without it, you quickly burn out & produce mediocre results.
Sustainable design is not just a trend in the built environment, but a lifestyle that can maximize your talents & personal fulfillment through a renewable & inspired process.
Through lively lecture, small group discussion, worksheets, real-life stories & games in an interactive & organized format, attendees will:

• Discuss the direct correlation between sustainable design concepts, creativity & work/life balance.
• Identify & reclaim core values to properly apply time management tools.
• Create a personal benchmark & action plan for defining “success.”


Churchill Downs Membership Meeting

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Churchill Downs
700 Central Ave
Louisville, KY 40208

Join us for the Annual Kentuckiana NKBA Classic at the Downs on September 26, 2019.

During the event, enjoy networking and dinner at the Chef’s Table Buffet on Millionaires Row. Throughout the evening we will have drawings, and a few lucky attendees will go trackside to watch the third running of the NKBA Classic.

Tickets are limited so reserve your spot now. Discounted tickets are available for 20.00 pp during August. Remaining tickets will increase to 40.00 pp on September 1.

Note this is an open event, meaning there are no special member discounts.

Gates open at 4:00!

Barrier Free Showers

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

9409 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40222

Traci D’Antoni will discuss barrier free showers both for accessibility and looks. (.1 CEU)

Large Format Porcelain Slabs and Panels

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Mont Surfaces
4601 Allmond Ave.
Louisville, KY 40209

Presenters: Lonna Heshelman & Dave Russell

Now is the time to learn more about the latest technology in surface materials…Porcelain Slabs and Panels. Imagine a high-engineered surface that has the beauty, strength and durability of natural stone with the low maintenance and stain resistance of glass. Mont Surfaces’ presentation will cover large-format porcelain slabs and Mont’s new and innovative porcelain panels. Ideal product applications and installation processes will be discussed as well as the long-term benefits of these amazing sutface products.

Color’s Impact on Mind & Body in Interior Environments

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

The Tile Shop
4515 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40207

Please join us at The Tile Shop’s showroom. Keara Miller with Cambria will be speaking on how colors impact the mind and body. The Tile Shop will also ge going over the latest in trends with tile after Keara gives her presentation. CEU’s are available for this event.

Kentuckiana NKBA Christmas Party

Thursday, December 6, 2018 @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Signature Countertops
1611 Fabricon Blvd.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Please join us at The Tile Shop’s showroom. Keara Miller with Cambria will be speaking on how colors impact the mind and body. The Tile Shop will also ge going over the latest in trends with tile after Keara gives her presentation. CEU’s are available for this event

Sustainable Innovations for the Kitchen and Bath

Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

2510 Stanley Gualt Parkway
Louisville, KY 40223

Robin R. Fisher is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) and Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). She is a speaker and educator with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and her award-winning designs have been featured in multiple local, national trade and consumer magazines. In Robin’s 30 plus years in the industry, she has been a founding partner of both a Portland design/build remodeling firm and an independent residential design firm. Her true love is creating designs that fit the way you live today and tomorrow and lives by the mantra that “bad design should be illegal.”

A passion and dedication to the industry has lead Robin to dedicate much of her time to educating current and future designers. As an advocate of sustainable design, Robin has co-authored “Sustainable Design for the Kitchen and Bath Designer”, a textbook which is an integral part of the Professional Resource Library for the NKBA. She was selected as a TOP 50 INNOVATOR by KBDN in 2017. Since 2003, Robin has taught the cornerstone classes in kitchen and bath design at Portland Community College

Passionate about everything she does, Robin loves to cook and entertain, planning elaborate multi course meals for special occasions. She is an avid cyclist, often riding her bike to work and doing multiple 100 mile rides each summer. Robin lives with her amazing 17 year old son, her patient husband, 1 cat and 2 dogs

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.1 CEU

Storytelling for Authentic Consumer Engagement

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

12400 Earl Jones Way
Louisville, KY 40299

Brianna Ellis, finalist of NKBA’s 30 under 30 for 2018, shares how you can craft and share content that speaks to your audience and provides return on investment for business(without breaking the bank or straying from your brand identity).

.1 CEU

2nd Annual Churchill Downs Night

Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Churchill Downs
700 Central Ave.
Louisville, KY 40208

Please join us for a night of fun and networking on Millionaire’s Row at the famous Churchill Downs. Gate open at 4:oo but you can get there anytime you want. Just don’t miss the 7th race because it’s the NKBA Kentuckiana Classic. Please get signed up soon as space is limited.

.1 CEU

Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces

Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Ferguson Showroom
9409 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40222

Please join us as Tony Panepinto and Meredith Furgeson from Cosentino will be speaking on Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces.

.1 CEU

Creative Smallness: Thinking Big About Smaller Spaces

Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Monogram Experience Center Building 35
4000 Buechel Bank Road
Louisville, KY 40225

Creative Smallness: Thinking Big About Smaller Spaces

Have you ever had the challenge of designing for a small space? Have you wondered how you will make everything fit? Or have you turned down a job thinking it was impossible to make a beautiful and effective kitchen in a small footprint? With the new focus on simplifying our lives, deaccessioning, decluttering, and living more sustainably more clients are choosing to renovate smaller spaces while still wanting all the amenities of full functioning kitchen and bath. Our challenge is to be ready to create real world solutions, paying attention to the right mix of design and function that allow our clients to live large in their small spaces. And, because our clients are real sized people we need to create real sized kitchens and baths! In this session we’ll review some examples of successful projects and some that are not so much, with guidelines for creative strategies for smaller kitchens and baths that guide you through embracing designing for smaller projects in a large way. All of these lessons are universal and can be drawn upon to bring creativity to all of our projects

Tamara Myers, CR, LEED AP, is a design & construction expert with over 35 years’ experience in design driven renovation and building. She is President & Founder of Myers Constructs, Inc., an award winning Philadelphia based Design-To-Build ™ general contracting firm that provides customized solutions for residential, light commercial, and institutional clients, and Myers Made, a private label cabinetry line providing custom solutions for kitchens and more. Myers Constructs, Inc. works on buildings of every type and age, from newly constructed properties to 18th and 19th century buildings. It is frequently engaged for its design and construction expertise in whole house remodeling and renovation, adaptive reuse, historic restoration, kitchen and bath renovation, and small space solutions. Tamara speaks on these topics and has appeared on television and radio. A graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Tamara combines a background in the fine arts with hands on experience in construction as a carpenter and a deep knowledge of both old-world building practices and cutting-edge technologies. Tamara is holds the position of Communication Chair for the NKBA Mid Atlantic Chapter and is active in leadership in the industry. Tamara is a CEU presenter, recent presentation venues include KBIS VFTI, Local NKBA Chapters, and Dwell on Design in LA.

.1 CEU

5:30-6:30 Social Hour
6:30-7:30 Presentation

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Metal in Design

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Century Entertainment and Furnishings
4310 Shelbyville Road
Lousiville, KY 40207

Please join us Thursday March 22nd to learn about Metal in Design from Builder, and former DIY Channel Construction Manager Jed Hadley. Jed is the design consultant and marketing manager for Metalcraft who is well know for their custom metal vent hoods, counter tops, wall treatments, furniture and more. You will also be able to tour Century’s beautiful showroom.

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEUs.

Aging In Place – Living In Place

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Louisville Tile
1201 Herr Lane Suite 120
Louisville, KY 40222

Aging in Place / Living in Place

Home is where life happens and where memories are made. What happens when the home presents barriers and challenges or when the home doesn’t work for the homeowner? Simple things that were once taken for granted have now become a daily struggle. Perhaps this challenge occurs because of family member who has a disability, or maybe it came about gradually.

This presentation explores ways to assist homeowners and designers in locating resources, identifying strategies & developing solutions to make home accessible, efficient, safe, and visually pleasing. It will look at common challenges people may face as they age in their home or as a family member/ friend encounters a disability.

Social Media: Learn How to Grow Your Business the Digital Way

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Monogram Experience Center – Building 35
4000 Buechel Bank Road (GE Appliance Park)
Louisville,KY 40225

Please join us for our October meeting “Social Media: Learn to grow your business the digital way”. Christina Dragota, lead product specialist for Monogram GE Appliances will be our speaker.

5:30 – 6:30 CEU Class
6:30 – 7:30 Reception

NKBA Kentuckiana Membership Night

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Churchill Downs
700 Central Ave.
Louisville, KY 40208

Come join us for an exciting night at Churchill Downs Millionaires row. Ticket price includes admission to the track, racing program, chef’s table buffet, coffee, tea or soft drinks (cash bar). You will even be able to witness the first ever “NKBA Kentuckiana Classic” race (7th Race).

We are celebrating membership to the NKBA at this event. Anyone who invites a potential new member and that person attends will be reimbursed the ticket price. Potential new member will attend at no cost. Only one guest per potential new membership will be admitted at no cost. Please have the potential member bring a business card and RSVP.

Gates open at 4:00 pm, first race at 5:00pm. The cost for this event is 36.00 per person and space is limited. Please RSVP by September 7th.

How to Sell in a Tough Market

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
BBC Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Loft
300 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Please join us for a great night of learning, networking and eating. Mick Frank director of business development at Cambria will bring us his program How to Sell in a Tough Market. CEU’s will be available for this event.

European Granite and Marble – Selling to Design by NOT Designing to Sell

Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
European Granite and Marble
10801 Plantside Drive
Louisville, KY 40299

Please join us for a night at European Granite and Marble where you’ll be able to explore their showroom and venture out in their warehouse to see the latest in stone. Jan Neiges CKD will then present her program “Selling to Design by NOT Designing to Sell”. Food, drinks and cocktails will be served. CEU’s will be available for this event.

Topic: Selling to Design by NOT Designing to Sell
Speaker: Jan Neiges CKD
Track: Sales & Marketing

Selling to Design is a process that Jan Neiges, Chapter Officer of the Rocky Mountain Chapter has developed over the years to improve her time on task in cultivating a lead to a sale. She has utilized her 27 years of sales training to create a selling process that improved her closing ratio to 95% and earns her a design fee after spending only 2 hours with a lead.

Jan will explain her process and share documents she uses with her clients to help you improve your time on task and increase your closing ratio resulting in more income.

— If you are spending 8-9 hours quoting/designing before a client commits to buy from you; OR
— If your closing ratio is less than 75%: OR
— If you are struggling to find ways to earn more income; OR
— If you are working 40-60 hours and making less than $50K; Then
— You need to learn how to Sell to Design by NOT Designing to Sell

Design Trends In The Marketplace

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Ferguson Showroom
9409 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40067

Come join the NKBA Kentuckiana Chapter at Ferguson’s new showroom to learn the latest appliance trends in a seminar given by Jay Williamson with Tisdel Distributing.

Creating WOW! and Unleashing Creativity with Lyle Sussman

Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sullivan College of Technology and Design
3901 Atkinson Square Drive
Louisville, KY 40218

Lyle Sussman, PhD. speaks, writes, consults, and coaches on Leadership, Motivation, Communication, Teamwork, and High-Performance Teams.

He is bringing his expertise to Louisville in this informative presentation that will unleash your creativity in ways that will dazzle your customers. You will leave this presentation with specific, concrete ideas for turning customers into life long partners who will walk away from encounters with you saying, “WOW”. If you’ve ever wondered how to deliver knock your socks off, dazzling, awe inspiring, breath taking, pupil dilating customer service, this is the speech for you.

About Lyle Sussman: He holds a B.S. and M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He is a Professor of Management and former Chairman of the Department of Management at the University of Louisville. Aside from more than sixty scholarly articles, he has written sixteen books, which in aggregate have been translated into fifteen languages and total more than a million copies in print.

All attendees will receive a “FREE” written work by Dr. Sussman.

Houzz University

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 @ 9:00pm
2200 Stanley Gault Parkway
Louisville, KY 40223

Houzz University is an interactive, hands-on workshop, where a Houzz marketing expert will work with you side-by-side in a classroom style setting to create a compelling professional profile on Houzz and provide insight on using your profile to maximize leads and increase profitability. 1 CEU credit

To create a profile all attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, their photo and pictures of five projects they have completed.

Wine & Stone

Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Global Granite & Marble
10300 Bunsen Way
Louisville, KY 40299

We have been invited to attend the Wine & Stone Presentation presented by Global Granite & Marble. At the event you will explore what make both wine and stone so unique! Entry is FREE to all who attend but RSVP is required.

Designing and Selling Using 3D Software

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Monogram Hall – GE Appliance Part
4000 Buechel Bank Road
Louisville, KY 40218

Join us, Chief Architect to learn how to better communicate with your clients and sell the job with 3D presentations. See how using different rendering techniques such as watercolor, technical illustration and photo realistic ray tracing can provide your clients with feedback that can focus on design concepts or the final look and feel of the completed project. Change designs, materials and colors on the fly in front of your clients and create a satisfying customer experience.

Closet Design Beyond Measure

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Richelieu Hardware
2510 Stanley Gualt Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40223

Join the NKBA and Richelieu with Registered Storage Designer, and judge for the closet industries’ Top Shelf Design Awards, Denise Butchko on Wednesday the 30th.

In this presentation – you’re going to “walk 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?

Denise is going to share the thought processes and action steps she goes through in order to effectively design a simple walk in closet space. She’ll also highlight the questions she asks and information she shares that establishes her expertise and allows her to gain the client’s trust, so you can do the same.

Incorporating closets into your business is the best add-on product EVER! It’s fun and profitable and can be easy if you know what you’re doing. Denise will teach you that.