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2020 Chapter Officers


Christie Waszak
Builders Source Appliance Gallery
308 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 889-3001

Programs Chair

Laura Hall
Arizona Tile
5800 Venice Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
(505) 239-6353

Communications Chair

Janet Saint
DAHL Santa Fe
1000 Siler Park Lane
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 438-5089

Membership Chair

Debbie Truso
Rocky Mountain Stone
4741 Pan American West Fwy
Albuquerque, NM  87109
(505) 570-2606


Shelia B. Jackson, AKBD
Home Depot #3503
952 Richards Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87507-7204
(505) 660-9531



New Mexico Chapter Events

New Mexico Chapter Meeting and CEU Presentation

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

The Finishing Touch
3675 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Join us on Wednesday, April 1st for the .1 CEU presentation by Tim Evans. This will be a multi-faceted presentation involving information on current technology related to grout, electric floor heat, and options for waterproofing showers. Tim is an energetic and interesting presenter, he knows how to keep your attention.

Best of KBIS 2020 Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Rocky Mountain Stone
4741 Pan American Freeway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Join us on Wednesday, February 19th for the NKBA Best of KBIS 2020 to be held at Rocky Mountain Stone in Albuquerque. Your New Mexico Chapter officers were there and have created a wonderful presentation showing you what they saw. (.1 CEU is available).

Holiday Social

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Ernest Thompson
4531 Osuna Road
Albuquerque, NM 87109

New Mexico Chapter’s Holiday Social . Come join us for a celebration of the Holidays with food, fun, networking, prizes and plenty of fun for everyone. This is a free event.

New Mexico Chapter October Meeting

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Arizona Tile
5800 Venus Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

NKBA speaker Scott Koehler will be presenting his .1 CEU presentation: Mobile
Apps for the Kitchen Business.  There will be live demonstrations of different mobile apps that can be utilized in your kitchen and bath business to give designers new abilities including artificial intelligence and computer vision. Learn how tech is changing the way business is done. (.1 CEU)

NKBA New Mexico Chapter June CEU Event

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Sierra West Sales/Sierra West Designs
856 St. Michael’s Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Our Speaker, Andre Boykin is a NKBA National Speaker. His topic is The Five C’s of Winning Posture. He uniquely combines experiences, learning points, and humor, to create a message that resonates, while educating and entertaining his audiences. Andre has been featured in numerous local and national publications on topics of leadership and sales. He is a co-author of the popular sales book Masterminds Unleashed: Selling for Geniuses. And, he is the author of the soon to be released The Five C’s of Winning Posture. Andre is is known for his ability to connect with people and to move them to take Action!

Andre is a certified Human Capital Specialist and has many certifications and designations related to the development of human potential. Andre is committed to making a difference in our youth. He leads the fundraising efforts for the Marc Jaiden Project, a non-profit organization that provides eye care services for under privileged children and adults in South Florida, Jamaica, South America, and Haiti. Andre is also a frequent volunteer with Junior Achievement to help shape our leaders of tomorrow. (.1 CEU)

After the presentation there will be a professional photographer available to take your picture for your NKBA member profile as well as help in getting your profile started. We are really excited about June’s program! Come join us!

The Best of KBIS

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery
4820 Hardware Drive NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109

Each chapter officer will give a presentation on their experience at KBIS, showing pictures and discussing what they got out of the experience (.1 CEU)

NKBA New Mexico Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Builders Source Appliance Gallery
308 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

Join us on Wednesday, February 6th for the New Mexico Chapter NKBA bi-monthly meeting to be held at Builders Source Appliance Gallery in Albuquerque. Our speaker will be Christie Waszak: Life Styles Enhanced with Technology. There will be live demonstrations on technology for different products. (.1 CEU)

New Mexico Chapter Holiday Social

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Arizona Tile
5800 Venice Avenue NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113

The New Mexico Chapter Annual Holiday gathering and celebration will be a wonderful way to start this season with food, beverages, beer and wine, and many door prizes, it will event to truly enjoy.

NKBA New Mexico Chapter November Meeting

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

Builders Source Appliance Gallery
760 West Palms
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007

Join the NKBA New Mexico Chapter for a fun, informative night of food, beverages, networking and a CEU: Natural Stone 101 presented by Scott C. Lardner. Scott is past President of the Marble Institute of America and currently serves as inspector and adviser of the Natural Stone Institute Accreditation program. This 1-hour presentation is designed to enhance your understanding of stone, and your ability to select the right stone, fabrication technique and finish for your project.

New Mexico Chapter August Bi-Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Dreamstyle Remodeling
1460 N Renaissance Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

Our regular Bi-monthly Chapter Meeting, August 1st, from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm at Dreamstyle Remodeling in Albuquerque. .2 CEUs!

We will have great time, wonderful food, fantastic people in our industry to network with, and a presentation on Finding Hidden Profits in Kitchen Design & Remodeling presented by Dennis Dixon. Dennis is a 35+ year veteran builder, remodeler and consultant for residential and commercial projects. The second edition of his book, Finding Hidden Profits has been well received within the industry.

June Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm

The Tile Shop
5000 Pan American Freeway NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109

New Mexico Chapter luncheon meeting with a presentation by Maria Stapperfenne, CMKBD titled: Design for Independence and Dignity Without Talking About It.

This is a .1 CEU presentation that concentrates on the elements of aging, developmental and cognitive issues that we should be taking into account as we continue to design spaces for humans of varying degrees that will occupy these spaces. What considerations should we, as design professionals, take into account to create safe, comfortable and accessible spaces for everyone, and when to collaborate with a team of professionals to take it to the next level including contractor, occupational therapist, or other medical professional. The end includes “next steps: for people that wish to explore further or pursue more education.

April Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Builders Source Appliance Gallery
1608 Pacheco Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

This will be a regular Chapter meeting with Builders Source providing dinner as well as the CEU presentation: Demystifying Appliances-Be in the Know! Presented by Christine Villanueva of GE. Course code CEU-106196. This course was written by a CMKBD and is meant to take you beyond Appliances 101 and into the features that you really need to know to sound like the expert that you are.

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEUs.

Click here to register. 

The “Two Kitchen” Home of the Future

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm

Take some time out of your day on Wednesday, October 11, to join us for lunch and a special CEU by Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, CLIPP. Ellen will be presenting a CEU on an intriguing trend that is emerging for many homes: a second support kitchen.

For some, it is a small kitchen that is part of a separate living area within the house. For others, it’s a clean-up or prep center separated from the open gathering kitchen. Homeowners are interested in appliances being installed in entertaining areas – or even their master bedroom. For some families, a separate cooking area reserved for ethnic cooking is desired.

We have many homes around here with casitas where we place a smaller second kitchen. But with the open concept in the homes today, homeowners are finding that they want to hide some of the messier functions of the kitchen. They are requesting a clean-up and/or prep center that is separate from the main open-concept kitchen.

Ellen will present new ways to approach the planning process for these requests. She will discuss new interview questions to be asked, technical information about new appliance innovations and placement ideas, as well as a refreshed look at the ideal storage systems for these types of spaces.

Lunch will start at 11:30 with the CEU from 12:00-1:00 pm.

CEU approved for: NKBA, IDCEC, AIA, and NARI

NKBA August 2 Meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
8515 Paseo Alameda NE
Albuquerque NM 87113

Join us on Wednesday, August 2, at Floorscapes in Albuquerque. Learn more about wood look flooring with our informative CEU that explores the various flooring options to achieve this hottest trend. RSVP Today!

New MexiCon Designer Trade Show

Friday, June 2, 2017 @ 8:00am – 5:30pm

New Mexico Chapter Event

NKBA New Mexico Chapter April Meeting

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Dahl Plumbing
1000 Siler Park Lane
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Join us from 5:30-6:30 for an hour of networking and dinner. The CEU presentation will start at 6:30.

If you can’t make it until after 6:00 it’s no problem. There will be plenty of food and you can continue to eat while we start the presentation.

The presentation will be presented by Liz Dutton, a regional trainer for Grohe. The CEU is: Period Detailing – The Impact of Plumbing on Bathroom Design [IDCEC #103742 | GEN]

This informative and useful course will focus on the period detailing and the impact of plumbing on bathroom design. Period detailing specifics will explore the impact that indoor plumbing has had on society and bathroom design. The Classic Era Victorian, Pre-War Era Art Deco, Modern Era Mid Century, Contemporary Era Post Modern periods will be explored in detail.

NKBA New Mexico Chapter February Meeting

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Arizona Tile
5800 Venice Avenue NE
Albuquerque/NM 87113

Did you miss out on attending KBIS 2017 in Orlando? What were the coolest products showcased at KBIS? Join us on at Arizona Tile in Albuquerque for a fun informative night recapping the best of KBIS 2017.

Catered by Mario’s Pizza.

Holiday Social @ Builders Source Appliance Gallery

Friday, December 9, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Chapter Meeting @ Ferguson

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, has spent the past 44 years redefining the kitchen and bathroom for North American consumers and industry professionals.

Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Home Economics from California State University, Ellen’s career has included work in the showroom-based sector of the industry, and has practiced as an independent designer. Her creative talents are well grounded in years of managing design/build projects. She has been responsible for launching new products and developing new dealers as an executive in the cabinet manufacturing part of the business. She has traveled the road as a “Manufacturer’s Rep”, as well as managed thought-provoking, dramatic, designer-focused incentive adventures. She has been around long enough to know what both success … and failure feels like. And, how the best pros in the kitchen and bath industry always rebound from economically challenging times.

Though her focus is specific, her expertise touches many venues. As product consultant, author, designer and industry spokesperson, Ellen educates and impacts the lives and workspaces of homeowners, designers and manufacturers.

Beyond the Selfie

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 @ 8:00pm

Denise Butchko is a passionate design and marketing advocate who splits her business focuses between teaching design and marketing design.

In the marketing realm, she helps businesses leverage their brand by incorporating social media strategies and applications into their marketing and organizational culture.

In the design realm, she designs custom closets and storage solutions and teaches others how to do the same. She has authored “How To Design a Walk In Closet” and “The Consumer Guide To Closet Design” and offers “Closet Design 101” as a training program for professionals seeking to add closets onto their business offerings.

As a collaborator with designers and architects, she’s been able to merge design and marketing skills, for messaging and methodologies that are laser focused.

In today’s current marketing environment, filled with “social everything”, this is where she feels right at home and invites you to join her there.

Topic: Beyond the Selfie: Leveraging Pics and Video for Increased Business

The visual aspects of your work as a kitchen/Bath designer are top priority. So learning ways to get those visuals and then LEVERAGE those visuals moves marketing forward by leaps and bounds. From Facebook to Instagram to You Tube to your website to Houzz, using pictures and videos of your work will bring you – guess what – more work! This session will cover:

  • Why and How visuals carry more weight than any other method of promotion
  • Tips on getting great pics and video
  • Guidelines and shortcuts for the optimizing the size of your visuals for different platforms
  • Suggestions on tools to use
  • What you can and cannot do with photos you don’t take yourself
  • Sources to get images you can use legally

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Post images in optimal formats for maximum exposure to audiences
  2. Demonstrate their creativity, skill set and uniqueness using visuals like pics and video
  3. Understand the importance of using visuals
  4. Gain insights on unique approaches to sharing their business stories using images and video

New MexiCon

Friday, June 3, 2016 @ 10:00am – 6:00pm

10-11:00 Registration & Trade Show Open
11-Noon Wood Veneer Wallcovering by Koroseal
Noon-1:15 Buffet Lunch
1:15-2:15 Designing for Acoustics by 3-Form
2:30-3:30 Light, Lighting and Health by Kichler
3:30-4:00 Break on Trade Show Floor
4:00-5:00 Advances in Kitchen Appliances by Bosch
5:00-6:00 Cocktail Reception

Wood Veneer Wallcovering

In this CEU by Koroseal, learn the advantages of specifying wood veneer wallcoverings. Gain a better understanding of how to specify suitable wood products for interiors based on product construction, code compliance, cost impacts, and installation requirements. PowerPoint presentation supported by course handout and extensive sampling.

Presented by Rae Peronneau. Rae Peronneau is a UCLA graduate with over 15 years in sales, marketing, and management, in the A&D industry. She has either covered or managed California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii for wallcovering, wall-protection, textiles, and acoustical products. At this time she is the National Accounts Manager for the West Coast as well as Koroseal’s Arbor specialist.

.1 CEU approved for IDCEC, NKBA, AIA

Designing for Acoustics

This CEU by 3form educates audiences on the importance of acoustic design and the future of acoustics with the purpose of creating favorable experiences for occupants.

  • Background of acoustics and basics of sound
  • Designing rooms with acoustic considerations
  • Film featuring four powerful segments plus case studies

Presented by Marie Herr, Sales Representative for 3form in Western/Southern Colorado and New Mexico. She graduated from Colorado State with a Bachelor’s Degree in both interior design and business management. She has been with 3form for 3 years and is based out of Denver.

.1 CEU approved for IDCEC, NKBA, AIA

Light, Lighting and Health

Jeffery Dross, Corporate Director, Education and Industry Trends at Kichler is presenting this CEU on how lighting affects our natural body rhythms and functions.

Since the beginning of time, humans have lived with the day/night cycle of the earth’s rotation, which also happens to balances perfectly with the needs of the body’s Circadian Rhythm. With the creation of fluorescent light and more recently solid state (LED), artificial light has now added unnatural color to evening light, thus causing disruption to the body’s physiological cycle, along with unexpected medical results. In this class, we’ll discuss:

  • Natural Light – The direction, intensity and color of natural light has always served the needs of humans, plants and animals.
  • Artificial Light – From fire to LED, humans have used some sort of artificial light source. Why now has light become an issue of concern?
  • Health – With an understanding of the eye and the Circadian Rhythm we will then look at a number of health issues and possible health concerns that have been impacted by the inappropriate use of light and how correct lighting can improve a person’s overall health and wellbeing.

With new technology, more needs to be considered in the planning stages of good lighting solutions.

What Will Be Covered:

  • Natural and Artificial Light
  • The human eye and the Circadian Rhythm
  • Light pollution, light flicker, photo-biological safety and blue light hazard
  • Sleep & Lighting
  • Senior lighting needs
  • Low-vision lighting needs
  • An assortment of medical conditions that have shown improvements with better lighting choices

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 roundtables 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. He presented this CEU at the 2016 KBIS Voices of the Industry.

.1 CEU approved for IDCEC, NKBA, AIA

Advances in Kitchen Appliances

“Advances In Kitchen Appliances” encourages us to consider how kitchen appliances contribute to new consumer lifestyle trends. This course takes a deeper look into the three most popular kitchen trends as recognized by The International Home and Housewares Show (The Green Kitchen, The Wellness Kitchen, and Cooking For Fun) by walking through the newest innovations offered in the appliance industry today.

This CEU is presented by Dave Ferguson, Builder Sales Manager for BSH Home Appliances (Bosch, Thermador & Gaggenau). He is responsible for builder sales in the Southwest and Mountain Region. Mr. Ferguson has been with BSH for a total of 12 years and in the Kitchen and Bath Industry for over 25, with a portion of that time having been spent as an independent appliance dealer in the Las Vegas Market.

.1 CEU approved for IDCEC, NKBA, AIA

Lighting Rennaisance

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Lutron Lighting Presents: Lighting Renaissance

Presented By: Dave Warner, President, Centauri Sales

  • Founded Centauri Sales February 1988 in Albuquerque, NM after Eight years in the Electrical Distribution Business and Four years as an Electrician.
  • Married to Amber Warner 38 years
  • Two Daughters and Four Grandchildren All in Albuquerque!
  • Dave is an Avid Reader and Traveler, loves Hiking, Golf, Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Centauri Sales Represents various Electrical Manufacturers throughout New Mexico, El Paso and Durango, Colorado
  • Dave is a Recovering Lighting Control Freak Boring Friends and Family for over Twenty Five Years

2016 Flooring Trends

Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

CEU presented by Mohawk Flooring, Flooring Trends 2016

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

5:30 – 8:00 pm

Flooring Direct
2015 5th St. Albuquerque, NM 87102

“Best of KBIS”

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 @ 8:00pm
Doc Savage
600 Candelaria Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Couldn’t make it to KBIS this year? Went to the show but didn’t see everything?

Come join us for a presentation about the most exciting products and trends shown at KBIS this year!

Our board members and volunteers will be researching all of the latest and greatest in Appliances, Cabinets, CAPS, Lighting, Plumbing, Surfaces and Window Treatments!

Also, come meet our new board members! We have three new members this year and we want you to help us introduce them!

We will be giving away a $25 Target gift card, and announcing the winner of our $250 Southwest Gift Card from 2015!