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

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2020 Chapter Officers


Lynne Gushee
Lynne Gushee Designs
977 Union Rd Appleton, ME 04862
(207) 975-2482

Programs Chair

Lorilee D. Reuillard, CKD, CAPS
Starlight Kitchen and Bath
66 Patterson Mill Road
Warren, ME 04864
(207) 975-2717

Communications Chair

Rick Spencer
Dekker Sales Assoc.
5 North Jacobs Ave.
Camden, ME 04843
(440) 313-8330

Membership Chair

Jennifer Dexter
Rangeley Lakes Builders Supply Company.
2742 Main Street
Rangeley, ME 04970
(207) 458-9568


Becka Coolong
Atlantic Designs
224 Main Street
Holden, ME  04429
(207) 403-0459




Maine Chapter Events

How to Deal with a Challenging Client

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Arcadia Kitchen and Bath
360 US-1
Scarborough, ME 04076


One of our top survey requests over the last number of years has been how to deal with a challenging client.The panel discussion was such a success in November we have brought it back to help us navigate this topic.

We will bring you an informative and open panel discussion to help you manage dealing with those challenging instances in our work – be it the client, the contractor, supplier, and yes even the designer.

This will be our first in person event with the twist of being live for virtual access for members. However it will be very limited with less than 15 NKBA member attendees allowed.

5:00 PM In person attendees gather for registration and hors d’oeuvres
5:30 PM Virtual event starts with a tour of showroom and sponsors for the event
5:45 PM Panel discussion begins. We will attempt to record this. If you can not attend but register we will send you the link after the meeting.



Tuesday and Thursday, September 15 & 17 2020


NKBA MAINE brings you two National Speakers on two days – September 15th and 17th from 1PM to 2:30PM.

Sept 15th, Session 1 – Christopher Grubb, Beverly Hills interior designer shares his experience in The 5 P’s of design success. (.1 CEU)

Sept 17th, Session 2 – Bridget Bueche, California chef and international consultant brings us “Finding Your Clients Individual Cook’s Perspective Through Food and Design” (.1 CEU)



Merging the Outdoors with Kitchen Design: Creating the Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Oasis

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Virtual Meeting

Combining outdoor with both indoor and outdoor spaces is a key request from homeowners in today’s building market.

    • As revealed in a recent survey of architects, rooms that have seen particularly strong growth in popularity over the past year include outdoor living areas and rooms.
    • Almost 63 percent of residential architects surveyed report that interest in outdoor living areas/rooms are increasing, while fewer than 2 percent report interest to be declining.
    • The increased enthusiasm in outdoor living has pushed this special function room to the top of the most popular list.
    • Architects and designers are being asked to specify outdoor spaces, in particular kitchen spaces, that are not only functional but aesthetically pleasing.
    • With the renewed energy surrounding biophilic design concepts, architects and designers must understand best practices for outdoor kitchen design, as well as appliance considerations that are available.

Overall, the form and function of the outdoor kitchen space must be well thought out and designed in a way that promotes safety and wellness for the homeowners who enjoy it. (.1 CEU)

Our Presenter today is Andrii Gavrylov, business developer from Clarke Corporation.

Geo-Team Trivia North

(Planned for October 20, 2020)

This meeting is being combined with the southern event later this year. The date is to be determined.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Blaze Pizza
18 Broad Street
Bangor, Maine 04401

Teams, of 5 people each, will be quizzed on various items from the Marble and Granite institute guide book. Highest score wins. See how much you know about stone – material, fabricating, templating and installation . (.1 CEU)


NKBA Maine Chapter:  30th Anniversary Extravaganza – Tradeshow, Education, Networking and Casino Entertainment

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 8:00am – 11:00pm

DoubleTree Hilton
363 Maine Mall Road
South Portland, ME 04106

9-3 Vendor show in the ballroom
8-4:30 National Speakers and education opportunities
6-11 Evening awards, dinner and casino entertainment to win prizes
Go to our website and/or see the attached flyer for all the information.

$129 HOTEL ROOM pricing expires October 8th.


17th Annual Lobster Cup Golf and Education Outing

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 8:00am – 4:00pm

Spring Meadows Golf Course
59 Lewiston Rd
Gray, ME 04039

A full day of networking, golf and education – add Lobster and a Maine fall day – ahhhh life is good!

Golf Outing Info

Education Info


“What Is Net Profit and How Do I Make It”

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Black Point Inn
510 Black Point Rd
Scarborough, ME 04074

Understand how to make your passion into profit. Every business needs to make a profit to be successful and the construction industry is no different.

In this session, you will identify revenue sources to include design fee and product mark-up percentages. Learn how to categorize expenses and how to track them for proper accounting and tax records. Learn the formulas to for mark-up and margin and identify the difference between the two. An emphasis will be placed on how mistakes affect the bottom line and how to avoid them.

The attendee will leave with an understanding of the “business” side of the design team. Learn how mistakes affect the bottom line. (.1 CEU)

Roseann Freitas has been working in the operations/business side of the design industry since 2005. In addition to the financial side, Roseann has a strong marketing background. Roseann is the current NKBA Aloha Chapter Programs chair.

Our Sponsors for this event are: The Lighting Center, Granite Design, and M.R. Brewer


Presenting and Selling Your Design: Build Value and Make Sales

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Seasons Grill & Sports Lounge
427 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401

National Speaker Duane Becker presents: It has been determined through surveys that the majority of kitchen designers wish they made a larger income for the work they do. Much of this is due to the fact that many designers have a lack of sales skills and often do not take part in self-improvement to gain these skills. It is rare that kitchen and bath designers acquire skills in design as well as sales in fact most have no specific sales training at all. My training is specifically designed to merge selling techniques with design presentations to give designers tools they can use immediately to improve their sales, communicate better with clients, and sell more of their work.

Our Sponsor for this event is Bangor Wholesale Laminates.

Ignite Your Creativity

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Hilton Garden Inn
5 Park Street
Freeport, ME 04032

Registration for this event opens October 23rd.
5-6 – Registration, cash bar, appetizers
6-7 – A moment with our sponsor Wilsonart Industry who bring to you
Paula Kennedy, National Kitchen and Bath association Speaker
7 pm dinner

As a designer, how do you cultivate your creativity? Do you know if you are primarily right brain dominant or left brain dominant? How should you nurture and protect this precious resource of creativity?
We will review where creativity comes from, why it’s important, what blocks it and how to cultivate more in your life. You will walk away with tools to start practicing immediately.

Learning Objectives:
Understanding creativity, how the right brain works, and why creativity is important to our success
Recognizing what blocks creativity in our lives and professions
Understand how to re-ignite and cultivate creativity in your personal and professional lives.
Discover how to get unblocked and cultivate more creativity in your work and life

Paula Kennedy, CMKBD (Kirkland, WA – Puget Sound Chapter) –
As an Interior Designer of 18 years, and a Creative all my life in one form or another, Timeless Kitchen Design is a second career post Corporate America that provided an outlet for my desire for creativity. I fell in love with Kitchen and Bath as it offered my left brain the joy of digging into the technical details and my right brain the ability to play with space and color.

I am a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer through NKBA, received my CAPS, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, through NAHB, and a recent addition as a Certified Architectural Color Consultant. I have been honored in the last 18 years to be an award winner, published locally and nationally, and now giving back by speaking, teaching, mentoring and writing!

Recently reinventing myself creatively, I have embraced my inner Guru and started teaching and writing about innovation and creativity. This new expression has exploded my career diversity in a way I never imagined. My desire is to continue sharing my journey and what I’ve learned along the way, if it helps one person not feel alone, if it inspires one person to grow and have the courage to try something new, then it was all worth it! Creating a better quality of life for all my clients is at the heart of my business mission statement. This drives my passion for timeless design that functions smoothly, resonates emotionally and makes us smile visually! A favorite quote by a client and now a friend; “I know many people who “love” their job, but Paula’s joy of what she does is positively infectious.”
I am taking that infectious passion into inspiring my clients, my peers and other Creatives to move beyond their comfort zones to having a space and life that is more fulfilling.

Design over Time

Please Note Date Change:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 3:00pm – 8:30pm

Winter St Center – Sagadahoc Preservation Society
880 Washington St
Bath, ME 04530

Take a step back in time and see how American Architecture grew Bath Maine.
First, take a trolley ride thru the city and see the vast architectural styles that were built over time. The event center will have graphics of the different styles of home built as the historically rich boat building city grew. Second we will have Bath Historian, Robyn Haynes, bring to life the richness of this Maine city. Round out the night with dinner with your colleagues and peers from our the industry. (1/2 hour CEU)

Building the Brand of YOU

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 @ 5:00pm – 8:30pm

427 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401

“Building the Brand of You”  with Shannon Kinney.

This presentation will cover 10 days to build the brand of you. The media no longer controls the news cycle and dissemination. Due to the rise of social media and blogs, individuals are now the publishers. Have you built a brand you are proud of? (.1 CEU)

Shannon Kinney is Founder and Client Success Officer at Dream Local Digital. Shannon has over 20 years of experience in the development of successful Internet products, online sales and marketing strategies. She has worked on the teams developing successful Internet brands such as cars.com, careerbuilder.com, and over 60 online media properties for newspapers all over the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years in media sales and sales management in Maine. She is an experienced speaker, trainer, advisor and consultant, she has worked with small and large companies alike, and has served more than 40,000 small businesses in online marketing workshops. She has been recognized as a Woman to Watch by Maine Biz, and as a Local Digital Innovator by the Local Media Association.

Sponsored by:

16th Annual Lobster Cup Outing & Education Event

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:30am – 6:00pm

Spring Meadows Golf Club and Wedding Barn
59 Lewiston Rd
Gray, ME 04039

NKBA Maine chapter lobster cup and education event.

Enjoy another fabulous day networking with fellow industry members, whether you choose to be on the links or in the classroom!
Breakfast, lunch and apres’ golf Hors D’oeuvres, raffle winners and awards!
Sponsorship opportunities abound to support the Maine Chapter. See the attached forms to sign up.



April Showers


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 4:30pm – 9:00pm

172 St John Street
Portland, ME 04102

Join the NKBA Maine Chapter at the Portland Maine Ferguson showroom and see what is happening in the world of decorative plumbing.

Our education unit will be about what is new in the ever-changing technology of electronic shower valves. Celina Vibert, Ferguson Showroom manager, will explain the various types of electronic valves and how they differ for each application.

Registration will begin at 4:30 allowing plenty of time to view the showroom, network and enjoy Hors d’eourves before our chapter meeting at 5:30 and CEU event at 6.

Dinner will be at Salvage BBQ on Congress Street, 1/2 a mile away. There is parking at both venues.
$25 meeting only, no dinner
$40 members with dinner*
$50 non-members w/dinner*
$30 student members w/dinner*

*dinner cost includes one drink ticket for the bar at Salvage, beyond that it’s a cash bar.

Please email treasurerNKBAmaine@gmail.com
Please note on the email whether you are attending the meeting only or would like dinner. You will be invoiced to attend. This is a prepay event. If you would like to pay by check – please let the treasurer know and she will email an invoice with the address to mail the check to.

More information is available on our Facebook page, Website, or you can contact Lorilee at lorilee.starlightkb@outlook.com (207)975-2717.

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEUs.

Design UnPlugged – Creativity and Collaboration from Anywhere

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Frontier Cafe
14 Maine St, Mill 3 Fort Andross
Brunswick ME 04011

20/20 presents: Design Unplugged – Creativity and Collaboration from Anywhere!

Design efficiently and effectively from virtually anywhere! Review the design process and highlight the areas that you can improve by expanding your technology tool-set. Most of the tools focused on are cloud-based and available to everyone. Don’t forget to bring your mobile device for a hands-on experience (phone or tablet)!

(Note: this is a generic talk about how to use todays icloud technology for design and up your game with clients. This is not a 20/20 class)


Would you like to sponsor an NKBA Maine Chapter event? Your sponsorship helps to offset the chapters costs for speaker fees, fabulous food, unusual venues! Sponsors may set up tables with information about their product line at events. Contact treasurerNKBAmaine@gmail.com

Harvest Fest

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Highland Avenue Greenhouses and Farm Market
109 Highland Avenue
Scarborough, ME 04074

Please join us!

Special Thank you to our Generous Sponsors!

Have your professional head shot* taken courtesy of Cambria

Discover how Maine businesses can Keep It Local

Experience virtual reality with ProKitchen

See the latest in innovative products from Richelieu

5-7 pm Cocktail hour, Sponsor Demo’s , & Scavenger hunt
Cash bar : Wine, Beer, and a Harvest Cocktail

Farm to table fruits & vegetables with gourmet spreads, dips, & freshly baked breads

Winner of Scavenger hunt will receive a Highland Ave Greenhouse gift basket valued at $50

7-8pm Dinner
— Roasted squash soup
— Herb crusted pork loin with homemade apple sauce
— Creamy Maine mashed potatoes • Roasted carrots and parsnips
— Maple-bourbon glazed Brussels sprouts

Visit our Sponsors and then join us around the Bonfire for dessert, coffee, & tea

*Appointments are limited and Members will have priority. Please come early to secure a spot.

Please RSVP before Oct 4th to Gail Krusec at:treasurernkbamaine@gmail.com
$25 per person

2017 Maine Chapter Lobster Cup

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 8:30am – 4:30pm
Spring Meadows Golf Club
59 Lewiston RD
Gray ME 04039


Register now for the 2017 NKBA Maine Chapter Lobster Cup Outing

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Registration starts at 8:30 AM

Lobster Cup

June 2017 education event at the Lobster Cup outing

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 4:00pm
Spring Meadows Golf Club & Cole Farm Restaurant
59 Lewiston RD
Gray ME 04039

8:30 AM Breakfast Buffet & Networking

9:30 AM Education Registration (The Education portion will be held at Cole Farms Restaurant, across the street from the golfing event.)

Session 1: (2 CEU)

10 AM “Storage Solutions” presented by Joe Tynik of the Rev-A-Shelf company. How to gain sales integrating add on storage into your designs.

11 AM “Clever Storage” presented by Cindy Alfred of the Kessebohmer group.

NOON Lunch Break

Session 2: (2 CEUs)

1 PM to 3 PM “Tiling it Right” presented by Kevin Brown of Schluter Systems

3:30 Gather back at the golf clubhouse to rally with the golfers, enjoy their awards and some afternoon hors d’oeuvres.

Lobster Cup


Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Black Point Inn
510 Black Point Road
Scarborough, Maine 04074

The Business Renovation Company

Strategies for Creating Customers for LIFE!!!

This content-filled, dynamic program will lead members through a customer service renovation project. Michelle Neujahr, business coach and former construction company owner will share how she creates and maintains customers for life. In addition, she’ll challenge attendees to create a detailed customer care plan, tweak company culture and make service automatic. This program motivates attendees to take their business to the next level by providing top notch service.

Earn .1 CEU

5PM Registration and Networking with Appetizers (CASH BAR)
6 – 7PM Buffet Dinner
7 – 8PM Educational Presentation with Q & A

$45.00 for Members / $50.00 for Non-Members / $30.00 for Students


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Gin Mill Room @ Riverfront Barbeque & Grill
300 Water Street
Augusta, Maine 04330

Learn how to make an impact with beautifully designed custom shower enclosures & doors – from classic framed doors to stunning modern frameless varieties. You will also learn how to provide functionality while still updating and improving the look and feel of your clients bathroom.

Earn .1 CEU

Presented by Bernie Forcier & Brenda Gage, Portland Glass

5 PM Registration and Networking with Appetizers (CASH BAR)
6 – 7PM BBQ Buffet with Pulled Pork, St. Louis Ribs, Chicken, BBQ Beans, Crispy Cole Slaw, Salad & Jalapeno Cornbread
7 – 8PM Educational Presentation with Q & A.

$30.00 for Members
$35.00 for Nonmembers
$20.00 for Students

THE BRAIN OF THE KITCHEN – Designing with Smart Appliances

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Dunnett Appliance Showroom
Penobscot Plaza, 63 Washington Street
Bangor, ME. 04401

Learn about connected technology in today’s appliance offerings. Connected appliances allows busy homeowners to program a meal preparation from the next room or the next town. Check on the contents of their refrigerator. Look up a recipe. Also learn how appliance manufacturers are marketing specific models to target a particular market of customer, primarily Millennials.

Earn .1 CEU

Presented by James Small, Whirlpool Corporation

5 PM Registration and Networking (CASH BAR)
6 PM Induction of 2017 Chapter Officers followed by educational presentation
7 PM Harvest Buffet with Grilled Chicken, Sliced Roast Beef, Vegetables, Caesar Salad

$40.00 for Members
$50.00 for Nonmembers
$15.00 for Students

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!!!! Bring a nonmember guest at no charge and hear about the new member SPECIAL!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 @ 8:30am – 4:00pm
F W Webb Classroom
150 Postal Service Way
South Portland, Maine 04106

Session 1: 8:30 am to 10 am (2 ceu’s) “HEALTHY KITCHENS & BATHROOMS FOR THE HEALTH OF THE HOME AND FAMILY”, presented by DeAnna Radaj

Session 2: 10:30 am to 12 noon (2 ceu’s) “PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER – BE ONE (OR HIRE ONE) TO INCREASE SALES”, presented by Adam Gibson, CMKBD

Lunch Break

Session 3: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (2 ceu’s) “POLISH YOUR PRESENTATION SKILLS TO SHINE”, presented by DeAnna Radaj

Session 4: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (1 ceu) “TOTAL BATHROOM DESIGN”, presented by Steven Grande, Northeast Regional Sales Manager for TOTO

FEES: $115.00 All Sessions including Lunch, Or $35.00 per Single Session plus $10.00 Lunch if desired


Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 8:30am – 3:30pm
Spring Meadows Golf Course & Event Center
59 Lewiston Rd.
Gray 04039

Educational Event during the 14th ANNUAL LOBSTER CUP GOLF OUTING

8:30 AM Breakfast Buffet & Networking

9:30 AM Education Registration

Session 1: ( 2 CEUs)

10 AM Color Theory with Professor Honour Mack, Maine College of Art

11 AM Color Application with Professor Mack

NOON Lunch Break

Session 2: ( 2 CEUs)

1 PM to 3 PM Color Practice, creative teamwork on conceptual kitchen projects


Both Sessions (4 NKBA CEUs), Breakfast, Box Lunch & Networking………………………..$75/person
Morning Session 1 (2 NKBA CEUs), Breakfast & Networking…………………………………..$40/person
Afternoon Session 2 (2 NKBA CEUs), Box Lunch & Networking……………………………….$40/person


Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 4:15pm
Bangor Wholesale Laminates
355 Target Industrial Cir,
Bangor, ME 04401

2 Hours of Continuing Education for the Price of 1! Come for 1 or Come for 2! Dinner included! Cash Bar!


4:15 Practical Info about fabrication and installation of Solid Surface and Natural Stone Countertops

5:15 Registration and Networking, Appetizers and Cash Bar, Chapter Business

6:00 DESIGNING WITH SOLID SURFACE and QUARTZ SURFACING MATERIALS will be presented by Peter Pacheco, Territory Manager of LG Hausys America, Inc., Surfaces Division. Peter has been in our industry for 18 years starting as a cabinetmaker/millworker for a high-end retail millwork company and continued onto solid surface fabrication.

7:00 Buffet Dinner and Cash Bar

$45.00 meeting fee, payable by check or cash (credit card not available for this meeting)

May Meeting is hosted by Bangor Wholesale Laminates