The NKBA Michigan State Chapter represents local professionals of the kitchen and bath industry.

The mission of the Michigan State Chapter of NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bathroom industry throughout our region and worldwide.

Our vision is to be the Go to Source for the kitchen and bath industry in the Michigan State Chapter region.

Click here to visit the NKBA Michigan State website.



2020 Chapter Officers


Aimee Brown, CKD, CBD
Transitions Remodeling
27260 Haggerty Rd, Ste A1
Farmington Hills, MI  48331
(248) 260-2468

Programs Chair

Emilie Aubuchon
Wilsonart International
50768 Varsity Ct
Wixom, MI 48393
(248) 960-3388

Communications Chair

Rebekah Tull
Whiski Kitchen LLC
322 E. Lincoln Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 629-0058

Membership Chair

Robert Stafford
Starline Distributors, Inc.
6189 West Pierson Road
Flushing, MI 48433
(810) 732-0982


Kristi Hodson
Masco Cabinetry
4600 Arrowhead Dr
Ann Arbor, MI  48105
(734) 205-4661


Michigan State Chapter Events

AKBD Study Session – Two Locations

Thursday, February 6, 27, March 19, April 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Feb. 6th & March 19th @
JULIE PIESZ Interiors, Inc.
32011 Fort Rd.,
Rockwood, MI . 48173

Feb. 27th & April 16th @:
Transitions Remodeling
27260 Haggerty Rd. – Suite A1
Farmington Hills, MI 48331


December Social Event

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The HUB Stadium
2550 Innovative Dr
Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326

Join us for an evening of networking, socializing, and libations.

  • 2 drink tickets per person Dinner Buffet
  • 7-9pm Bombowling and Axethrowing


THE HUB STADIUM: Metro Detroit’s best axethrowing facility. Plus food, drinks, and entertainment. Detroit’s favorite place for food, drinks, axethrowing, bombowling, and arcade. Open 7 Days A Week. Amenities: Food & Drinks, Axe Throwing, Bombowling.



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

Kohler Signature Showroom
724 N. Old Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Home Technology, Automation & Connectivity: Solutions for Living in Place Speaker: Dawn DeLuca, AKBD

Home Technology, Automation, & Connectivity has long been Lux additions to remodels
and new home builds. With good reason! Sound, home theater’s, high tech video security,
connected appliances were at one time attainable by only the wealthy. Home Automation
was and is all about the wow factor. Or so most believe. There is a whole other side to
Home Technology, Automation and Connectivity.

We now have:
• A means of positive impact which will help people live in place, when they never could before.
• The ability to extend the amount of time, those already living in place can have at home.
• An opportunity to ease the burden placed on family & caregivers.

This presentation will:
• Introduce you to the world of Home Technology, Automation & Connectivity.
• Give a look at the different types of hardware and software available and what their “jobs” are.
• Show you how the different products can improve the opportunity for Living In Place.
• Discuss how to build your team to include technologists. What questions you need to ask them.
• Discuss how to communicate to clients the importance of being able to Live In Place and how the correct home technology, automation & connectivity can benefit all.



Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Tile Shop
3130 Carpenter Rd
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Cost: $35 member, $15 students, $0 executive council

Presenter: Jan Neiges, CKD
CEU: Selling To Design, Not Designing to Sell

Selling to Design is a process that Jan Neiges, CKD, 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 ration 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 ration 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
• You need to learn how to Sell to Design by NOT Designing to Sell


MAY MEETING: Light, Lighting and Health

Thursday, May 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery
770 West Maple Road
Troy, MI 48084

PRESENTER: Jeffrey R. Dross (Cleveland, Ohio – Ohio State Chapter)
Phone: 216-573-1000

In 1974, while studying Architecture, Jeff started his career in residential lighting. Chiefly concerned with running Engineering for 25 years, he has since been involved in many other facets of the business including Product Management where he concentrated on Systems and Energy Efficient lighting, QA, Graphics, production trouble-shooting, International vendor communications and an ERP systems implementation. He is currently Corporate Director, Education and Industry Trends while continuing as their often-quoted media spokesperson. Jeff understands that the face of residential lighting is ever changing and has been involved in a number of industry round-tables that are working to plan for the future. Jeff has also authored a number of articles about lighting for trade publications, consumer magazines and web journalism. He is the recipient of the American Lighting Association’s 2015 Pillar of the Industry Award.

Cost: $35 members, $15 students


Industry Q&A and Internship Fair

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Schoolcraft College VisTa Tech Center
18600 Haggerty Rd
Livonia, MI 48152

As a young member of the kitchen and bath industry, what information do you wish you would have known? Empowering the students and apprentices of our industry will help our industry stay relevant and energetic! Help us answer the burning questions that K&B students have, as well as answer the questions they never knew they needed to know. Your voice, your expertise, and your talent needs to be seen and heard in order to inspire others.

NKBA is also encouraging its members to participate in our internship fair. Just in time for the summer schedule, allowing a student to learn more about your business is beneficial all around. Whether it’s part time or full time, making room for an internship could be a beautiful business relationship that lasts a lifetime.
If you’re a business interested in participating in the Internship Fair, please send an email to INFO@MI-NKBA.ORG to request table. We hope to see you there!


March 2019 Meeting: Design Trends: What’s New, Now & Next

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

4600 Arrowhead Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Course Description:

Ensure that you are aware and knowledgeable for what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next for our kitchen and bath industry and your business plans. Especially important for being on trend is to look beyond kitchens and baths to the consumer and the greater world we live and sell within – beyond our immediate experience – to see how larger trends are shaping our business and customers’ needs, desires, and expectations. Trends pointing to today and tomorrow in kitchen and bath design. With our consumer more aware and empowered, there will not be “one size fits all”. Learning what’s new, what’s now and what’s next will empower you to drive the right decisions and applications for you, your showroom and your business. (.1 CEU)

Holiday Event – DINNER THEATRE

Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Genitti’s Hole In The Wall
108 E. Main
Northville, MI 48167

DETAILS: Spouses welcome! Space is limited, please register early. Arrive 15 minutes prior for seating. Casual dress. All you can eat 7 course family style dinner and show. 2 drink tickets included compliments of the Kohler Signature Showroom in Birmingham.

**Send any dietary restrictions notices to: Rebekah Tull at

COST: $30/per person

CHARITABLE DONATION: This year we are partnering with Dwyer Marble and Stone Supply to support the Caleb White Project.

Partnering with Natural Stone Countertop Fabricators & Distributors for Increased Sales

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dwyer Marble & Stone Supply
23177 Commerce Drive
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48335

Natural stone is one of the hottest building products in the world with increased sales for the design and dealer communities. You rely on the credibility of natural stone fabricators/installers to help you exceed customer expectations. This session will guide you through the process needed to identify a quality natural stone company. This relationship is critical to develop an ally in the stone selection, fabrication, and installation processes.

Learning objectives include:
• Become knowledgeable on what to look for when choosing a natural stone company.
• Identify key ingredients needed in any business relationship specific to stone selection, fabrication, and installation.
• Learn to strengthen customer relationships.
• Enhance communication with fabricators to set customer expectations. (don’t allow the customer to be confused)

Presenter: Joseph Lack is the Architectural Sales Manager at Dwyer Marble & Stone and certified Marble Institute of America CEU Speaker. He consults, advises, educates and works collaboratively with fabricators, tile contractors, general contractors, developers & owners on the proper specification for interior and exterior flooring, wall cladding and countertop material. His clients include but are not limited to Restoration Hardware, FIAT, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Ford, Lincoln, Bedrock, Taubman and Forbes.

*BONUS – State of the Industry for Surfaces Q&A Panel

5:30 Dinner, Drinks & Networking | 6:30 Board Announcements | 7:00 CEU Presentation | 8:00 Q&A Panel

Sustainable Kitchen and Bath Design

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Trevarrow, Inc
1295 Opdyke Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Topic: Blended Presentations: Capturing Creativity with Technology
This session will reflect on the evolution of how technology has changed the way we work through the design process. We will look at a variety of tools that allow creativity and capture the details required for a successful project.

If you are looking for ways to make your presentations stand out, you’ll enjoy this session. We’ll look at real-life examples and discuss, with a hands-on approach, how you can quickly leverage technology in your design business. Mobile devices (phones & tablets) are encouraged, strong Wi-Fi is required for this presentation.

1. Identify steps in the design process and optimize workflow
2. Learn how to inspire clients in methods that they relate
3. Create clear presentations to qualify the needs of your client

Speaker: Vanessa DeKoekkoek is the Global Training Manager at 2020, the leader in technology solutions for professional designers, retailers and manufacturers. She has helped thousands of designers leverage technology in their design solutions. Vanessa holds an Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Interior Design from Baker College.

Sustainable Kitchen and Bath Design

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Kohler Signature Showroom
724 N. Old Woodward Ave.
Birmhingham, MI 48009

TIME: Executive Council meeting starts at 3:30
General meeting starts at 5:30
Presentation starts at 7:00
COST: $35/member $15/Student $0/Executive Council member
Cost includes heavy appetizers, 2 drink tickets, and CEU presentation

CEU: Kohler Representative
Course #K415R – Sustainable Bath & Kitchen Design
.1 CEU credits

We’re all connected. Healthier homes mean healthier people, communities, and planet. In the course you will learn hot to design healthy and sustainable baths & kitchens, select sustainable residential products, be able to integrate water conservation plumbing products for LEED credits into residential designs and communicate to clients the importance of sustainable buildings. This course was developed for all designers, architects; specifically for those who specify plumbing products.

OTHER INFO: Street and parking lot parking in the area is all metered.
Space is limited; please RSVP early.
Kohler Signature Showroom is offering a limited amount of goodie bags and awarding door prizes at the end of the evening.

A Field Trip to the Merchandise Mart, Chicago

Friday, June  8, 2018 @ 6:15 am – 11:30 pm

Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, Il 60654

The Michigan State NKBA Chapter is proudly presenting a day trip to the windy city for its members. With 2 pick-up points, a chartered bus will depart Madison Heights at 6:15am and Ann Arbor at 7:15am. (Pick-up point addresses will be emailed to attendees)

We will be touring several of the LuxeHome kitchen and bath showrooms on the 1st floor of the Merchandise Mart. Between short showroom seminars on appliances, tile, and plumbing you will earn .03-.04 CEU credits on this day trip. (Each CEU will need to be self submitted separately)

A boxed lunch will be provided with a lunch & learn seminar.
A 4:30 Happy-Hour showroom tour with cocktails and heavy appetizers will be available exclusively for our group. Many other food options will be available for purchase in the food court.
The chartered bus will leave the Merchandise Mart at 6:00pm and arrive back in Ann Arbor at approximately 11:30pm, and Madison Heights at 12:30am.

A long and busy, but fantastic and fun day guaranteed for all!

“Design for Independence and Dignity Without Talking About It” by Maria Stapperfenne

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Henry Ford College
F219 Fine Arts Center 2nd Floor
Dearborn, MI 48128

Join us for a light breakfast as we network and become educated on the importance of designing for people of all abilities.

2018 Vendor Fair

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Rochester Mills Beer Co.
400 Water Street
Rochester, MI 48307

Michigan State Chapter 2018 Vendor Fair Featuring 25+ local vendors.

Beyond the Selfie

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Mont Granite
24492 Indoplex Circle
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

A part of the “Voices from The Industry” speaker line up, social media “passionista” Denise Butchko presented “Beyond the Selfie: Using Pictures and Videos to Market Your Business”. It was among the highest rated sessions at the show. This session will cover practical tips and understandable insights regarding the use of images and video for marketing and social media.
As kitchen and bath designers, you know the importance of showing your work. This industry specific session will help you with new ways to do that.

– Tools and technology to use with visuals
– Tips on getting great pics and visuals
– Guidelines and shortcuts for optimizing visuals
– Sources to get images you can use legally and what you can and can’t do with pics

Denise Butchko merges design and marketing as an educator, author and consultant. She works in the Chicago market as a designer of the finest of closets and works worldwide with clients on taking the design elements of their business to new levels of success via marketing.
She has built a brand with predominantly sweat equity and encourages others to realize the importance and value of social media platforms and the ways these platforms are changing the way we reach our customers. She is a member of the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals as well as a member of the NKBA.

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEUs.