As leaders in the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA LA/MS/AR Chapter’s mission is to maintain the highest standard of conduct as we render outstanding service, protecting the integrity and dignity of the National Kitchen and Bath Association by creating confidence as we serve, educate, and enrich the lives of those in our communities.

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2020 Chapter Officers


Kelly Henrich
Home Depot #0347
400 West Minnesota Park Rd
Hammond, LA  70403
(985) 520-6800

Programs Chair

Richard Gruse, AKBD
6141 Wildlife Way Ct
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
(225) 751-6277

Communications Chair

Jodie Amore
Cosentino Center – New Orleans
5800 Jefferson Hwy
Elmwood, LA 70123
(504) 410-3116

Membership Chair

Thomas Clarke, CKD
Todd Haley & Associates
1690 Stone Village Lane
Kennesaw, GA  30152
(225) 240-0529


Peter Webb
Top’s Appliances and Cabinetry
5826 Johnson St.
Lafayette, LA 70503-5305
(337) 984-4057



LA/MS/AR Chapter Events

2019 Events

Winter Social

Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The Crown Bistro @ The Royal Standard
16016 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810

Join us, December 6th!   We will be serving up dinner and drinks, and good times. We appreciate all your support and we want to celebrate the ending of another great year with the LA/MS/AR  NKBA Chapter with YOU!

Get your tickets TODAY! Tickets are buy one get one. Purchase a ticket, bring your plus one for free.




Break the Mold: Moisture Management in Tiled Showers

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Triton Stone of Baton Rouge
9434 S Choctaw
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Leaks and mold continue to pose serious problems for the construction industry. This seminar will compare traditional waterproofing systems with modern waterproofing technology to show how tiled showers have evolved. The fundamentals of both approaches, including proper design, execution, and function will be presented, with close attention paid to common errors, as well. The benefits of bonded waterproofing technology and how it has improved tiled showers will be stressed. Accredited for 1 CEU.


Oct. Chapter Meeting: Toilets 101

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Coburn Supply Co.
139 Plantation Road
Harahan, LA 70123

Toilet innovation today is mind-blowing! We will be covering the basics of flushing systems, types of toilet seats, toilet design, and the best in toilet innovation. Dinner will be provided.



Universal Design: An Update

Thursday, August 8, 2019 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Tops Appliances & Cabinetry
5826 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70503

Join us for our next Chapter Meeting at Tops Appliances and Cabinetry in Lafayette. Hafele brings us, Universal Design: An Update; focusing on universal design principles as a filter for ALL design, housing and design trends, new concepts, and more. This presentation is registered with IDCEC, AIA, and NKBA. Dinner and drinks will be served! Get your tickets TODAY!


Savor Summertime – Chapter Meeting – Membership Drive

Thursday, June 13, 2019 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Cosentino Center New Orleans
5800 Jefferson Hwy
Elmwood, LA 70123

We are excited to kick off our first event for 2019 with Cosentino! Come out to Cosentino for a fried fish dinner and a CEU course on “Up Close and Personal with Hard Surfacing Materials – A Tour”. Did we mention it’s also FREE! This first meeting will also be our membership drive. Since its free, we encourage you to share and bring as many colleagues as you can round up because we are giving away prizes! In case you forgot, last year the winner got Saints Tickets. We WANT to see you there.

Course Description:
This one hour facility tour will better inform the designer about the various “HARD” surfacing materials that are available and how they have evolved. This live course will provide a visual walking tour where individuals can actually interact with the raw materials and see how they are transformed into finished products. Integrating key sustainable concepts such as water conservation, life cycle analysis indoor air quality and sustainable materials certifications, this course will compare and contrast both the aesthetic and physical properties of the various materials with other hard surfacing materials and illustrate how these attributes can greatly affect the end user, the project, and the environmental impact.


December Social

Wednesday, December 7, 2018 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Cosentino Center New Orleans
5800 Jefferson Hwy
Elmwood, LA 70123

Join us for our December Social.

Celebrate with us as we wrap up another great year! Live Music, Food, Drinks, Fun, and Giveaways! It is sure to be a great time!


Champagne Taste on a Budget

Wednesday, October 24th @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm

M&M Glass Co.
13429 S. Choctaw Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Join us for our next NKBA La/Ms/Ark Chapter Meeting. Being held at M & M glass in Baton Rouge. CEU presentation brought to you by American Standard. Dinner provided. Tickets are $20.


1. Goodie bags for every attendee to take away.
2. Two door prize drawings, gifts provided by American Standard and M&M Glass.
3. Membership Drive – Bring the most new guests and win 2 tickets to the Saints vs. Rams game, Nov. 4th!


Certification for Aging in Place – CAPS

Wednesday July 25th, Thursday July 26th, and Friday July 27th  @ 9:00am – 5:00pm

ProSource of Mandeville
13464 Seymour Meyers Blvd., Bldg. #A
Covington, LA 70433

We will be holding a series of 3 (8 hour per day) classes over the course of 3 days. Each class is $300. You will need to complete all 3 classes to receive your CAPS Certification, for a total of $900.

If you are interested in getting your CAPS Certification, RSVP today. There are only 8 seats available!

Certified Aging In Place Specialist

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.
The baby boom generation has many choices as this large population of potential clients for remodelers, builders, contractors and occupational therapists considers where to live – but overwhelmingly, seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes. The CAPS designation offers your potential clients what they need most: reassurance that you’ll help them make the choices that will help them stay in their homes safely and securely.

In addition, the CAPS designation helps you make your clients’ homes more “visitable.” Even if the home owners don’t think they need additional task lighting, grab bars, and other home modifications for their own use, their family members and visitors might. CAPS helps you help your clients make the right choices, and it gives you more security in remodeling market niche that’s continuing to grow in popularity.

This course will qualify for NKBA CEU hours (approximately 20-24 based on instructional time). The hours  need to be self-submitted .



Linner & Learn: “You Are Not Your Job” and  “Your 4-Word Business Plan” by Liesbet Trappenburg

Tuesday, June 8th @ 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
2150 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Kenn, LA 70062

Join us at Doubletree New Orleans for a “Linner & Learn”!

We will be providing “Linner” and CEU Presentations! There will be 2 separate presentations.

The first starting at 3:30 and the second at 5:00. A light dinner will be provided.

  • You can go to both presentations or just one.
  • Individual tickets are $25, $40 for both presentations. Get yours today!

3:30 pm
Presentation 1: Your 4-Word Business Plan

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.

  • 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!).

5:00 pm
Presentation 2: You Are Not Your Job

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.



Ventilation – Proper Processes & Installation

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Tops Appliances & Cabinetry
5826 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70503

Early Bird Special – Purchase Tickets Before April 5th, and get $5 OFF!
Members will be eligible for a $50 VISA giveaway!
This is a sit down dinner with a cash bar!

Presentation Description

Canopy or Capture Area
Correct CRM or Air Flow
Hood Types & Blower Systems – Strengths and Weaknesses
Installation Processes and Common Errors to Avoid

Stacy Landry Catering – A Local Restaurant Favorite
Dinner Menu:

Crab Cakes
Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

Crawfish Bique served with Rice
Shrimp and Grits
Pork Tenderloin
Cajun Green Beans

Pean Praline Bread Pudding

Iced Tea
Cash Bar

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEUs.


Bathroom Design Trends & Water Solutions

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Triton Stone of Baton Rouge
9434 S. Choctaw Dr.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815

March Chapter Meeting: CEU Accredited (.1 CEU)

Sponsored By: Triton Stone Group
Presented By: Delta Faucet Company

MEET & Greet with Assured Flooring

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

3043 Perkins Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Join us at Rock-N-Sake for a MEET & GREET with Assured Flooring. Tickets are Free! Come enjoy complimentary hors d’oevres and drinks while mingling with other industry professionals! Don’t forget to RSVP!

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEUs.

Industry Finishing & Touch-Up

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Millwork Supply
1857 Government St., Suite B
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

Chapter Meeting

Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Costentino New Orleans Center
5800 Jefferson Hwy
Elmwood, LA 70123

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

Industry Finishing & Touch-Up

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Millwork Supply
1857 Government St., Suite B
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

Letter To Membership

Monday, September 11, 2017

To All LA/MS/AR NKBA Chapter Members,

Texas residents are suffering from the flooding from Hurricane Harvey and we want to help. Our members and their loved ones know all too intimately the financial and emotional pain flood waters can cause and how it effects buildings, businesses, and most importantly family members and friends’ daily lives. We have experienced the “rush in” of those who only want to benefit from the suffering and hardship of others. We also have experienced the best in humanity, with the “rush in” to provide support and help, as many of us have personally benefitted from during our recovery from the Great Flood in August 2016.

As professionals in the home building industry, we know that a home is not only four walls. We help make dreams come true for homeowners every day. We need to now help them get through the nightmare. Many have completely lost their homes and those with homes have a long road ahead.

As Louisianians, we can definitely empathize with the suffering of these flood victims and as Louisianians, we care and are generous, so let us join in the rebuild efforts. Our La/Ms/Ark chapter is committing $750.00 to the Southern Texas NKBA chapter.

If you want to help more directly, please get in touch with the Southern Texas chapter at: I have been in touch with their president, Patricia Brewer and she is overwhelmed with our desire to help their members and she thanks us for our support.

There may be a need from our own Louisiana membership. If you are one of those affected in Louisiana and are a member of the La/Ms/Ark NKBA chapter, please email us at: If you’d like to contribute to the national NKBA disaster relief effort to directly help NKBA members, go to or

Thank you for your generosity and your ongoing prayers for the flood victims. As our friends in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia brace for impact of Hurricane Irma, we watch the resilience and strength of our peers across the south and it should cause us to stop and count our many daily blessings.

Your chapter president,
Vickie Mire

Meet and Greet @ BRQ!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 5:30pm
10423 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

NKBA June – Meet & Greet

Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 5:00pm
City Pork Brasserie & Bar
7327 Jefferson Hwy.
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

April Weekender

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 5:00pm – Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 5:00pm

This is a weekend retreat in Biloxi at the Palace Casino and Resort. This retreat will start Friday evening, April 28th and continue through most of the day Saturday, April 29th. Meals will be provided along with each session. Saturday’s sessions will end with a reception at the bar with horderves. See detailed schedule below.


You can also purchase tickets separately at $25-$30 each. Click the link above and follow instructions for individual ticket purchases.

Friday, October 14
— Meet and Greet 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
— Session #1 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Steven Strauss – Direct Kitchen Distributors (National Speaker)

Saturday, October 15
— Breakfast 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
— Session #2 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Jason Duron with Vent-A-Hood
— Snack Break 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
— Session #3 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Scott Kirkland with Notoco Lighting
— Break for Lunch – No lunch provided
— Session #4 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Sheldon Linzy with Omicron
— Reception 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Room Rates: Friday Saturday
— Single Occupancy $155.68 + $155.68 = $311.36 (*** Limited Room Availability)
— Double Occupancy $155.68 + $155.68 = $311.36

Direct: (228) 386-2460
Or: 1-800-725-2239, #1
Tell them you are with group #688
Rooms rate will be held until April 14, 2017.

The Quality of Sink Innovation

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm
Coburn’s of Baton Rouge
11930 Airline Hwy,
Baton Rouge, LA 70817

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event


Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Drusilla Seafood
3482 Drusilla Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Join Us for our December Social!

Food, Beer, and Wine. Live Music. Fun Games.



Chapter Meeting

Friday, August 19, 2016 @ 11:00am – 1:00pm
5800 Jefferson Hwy
Elmwood, LA 70123

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

August Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Plumbing Warehouse – LCR
6232 Siegen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809


LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

July Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Plumbing Warehouse – LCR
6232 Siegen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

June Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm
Stone Interiors
191 West James Dr.
Saint Rose, LA 70087 70087

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

May Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

Chapter Meeting: Member Drive

Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 5:45pm – 8:00pm

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

Chapter Meeting Rescheduled

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event

Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
LCR/ The Plumbing Warehouse
6232 Siegen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

LA/MS/AR Chapter Event