NKBA Southern New England is the local chapter that brings together local Southern New England 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 Southern New England Kitchen and Bath professionals.

2020 Chapter Officers



Peter N. Oppenheim
327 Park Street
New Britain, CT 06051
(860) 223-0033

Programs Chair

Deirdre Fahy
1080 University Ave
Norwood, MA  02062
(781) 680-0300

Communications Chair

Andrew Chernak
3440 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111
(203) 848-2270

Membership Chair

Chris Wilde
Farnan Associates, LLC
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 808-7560


Ryan Zibold
Tile America
105 Hamilton St
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 777-3637




Southern New England Chapter Events

Brave New Chapter: Communicating with Clients in a Socially Distant World

Wednesday, June 24th @ 4:00pm-5:00pm

This will be a virtual meeting held through Zoom where Tom Freudenthal will address:

  • How the chapter will move forward during these new times
  • How members can connect with their clients digitally
  • Best practices for digital meetings
  • Useful software & hardware that will bring your client interactions to new levels
  • How are other work forces coping with this new normal and what can we learn from them?
  • And more! (. 1 CEU)

New Surfaces That Are Changing Kitchen and Bath Design

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm


218 Murphy Road
NewHartford, CT 06114

Do you have “Tile Flooring Anxiety”?

Does the idea of stepping into a tile flooring showroom fill you and your client with fear and dread?

You need professional help! Let our Flooring Experts help you achieve better designs and better installations for your kitchen and bath projects by keeping abreast of the latest innovations in flooring design . (.1 CEU)

Help! I’m Too Busy; Overcoming the Tyranny of Busyness

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

EleMar New England
2 Gibbs Street
New Haven, CT 06511


Are you out of time before you begin your day?

Learn “The 1% Solution to Time Management” with Fred Reikowsky.

In this seminar, you will learn:
*How to define your unique purpose and how this will help you turn busyness into productivity.
*How to leverage “The 1% Solution to Time Management” to avoid the trap of busyness.
*How to using these strategies for real-time, decision-making will give you peace of mind and ensure optimal business productivity.

Fred Reikowsky has over 33 years experience as a Professional Business Coach, Leadership Trainer and he has worked in both construction fields and micro- business development.

See what a difference using “The 1% Solution to Time Management” will make to your life and your business.

(.1 CEU)


Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Aitoro Appliance
401 Westport Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851

Heather Guerriero Dans, Monogram Senior Area Sales Manager will guide you through a lively presentation and discussion of the most exciting cooking technologies on the market today.

Understand the latest technology in cooking products–induction, Speedcooking, Convection and Steam.

Learn how cooking with gas, radiant electric and induction differ–and the benefits of each. Explore the cooking technologies that are appropriate for each client’s lifestyle and needs.

Understand the need for proper ventilation and how to specify ventilation products given the cooktop, the kitchen design, and constraints the building presents.

How To Create Better Mobile Photos

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tile America
105 Hamilton Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511

The images we post not only represent our brand, they ARE our brand! If your goal is to stand out, to get noticed as a brand and to attract more clients, then you absolutely must learn how to take a good photo with your phone.

Veteran photographer and designer Linda Holt will show how to compose and light an ideal picture. She will review various apps that are used to improve what you capture. You will see the steps involved using her two favorite apps to produce a professional result. (.1 CEU)

Universal Design: The New Normal



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

Aitoro Appliance
401 Westport Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851

Most of us don’t plan our environments to accommodate unforeseen changes in ability or even age-related limitations. But when change occurs, our environments can hinder our day-to-day living. Universal Design adds value regardless of where people are in their lives and allows people with a range of abilities to live in comfort.

In this CEU course, we’ll look at guiding principles of Universal Design and some innovative and highly functional kitchen solutions. Presented by Sheri Gold, CKD/ASID/CAPS/CLIPP/LEED/AP, Monogram National Showroom & Design Manager.  (.1 CEU)

Our KBIS 2019 Review

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Torrco Design Center
100 North Elm Street Waterbury, CT 06702
Waterbury, CT 06702

Join us as we look back on KBIS 2019!! A panel of NKBA members who’ve attended the Kitchen & Bath show will report back on some of the most exciting and interesting displays and products that they’ve found! Attendees will learn about trends in cabinets, counters, tile, plumbing, appliances and design that they may have missed in the magazines and online!
(.1 CEU)

Smart Kitchen Design

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Anthony’s Ocean View
450 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, Connecticut 06512

Attendees will learn about smart kitchen technology including smart kitchen device automation using the Shortcuts App by Apple, and the basics of designing with augmented reality tools. Attendees will learn how to use a Smart Kitchen survey to help clients make smart home tech decisions and how to assign values to smart kitchen gadgets and devices.

1. Demonstrate the Shortcurt App by Apple so kitchen designers can show clients how to automate devices and gadgets in the kitchen
2. Learn how to use a Smart Kitchen Survey to assist clients with selecting smart products for their kitchen.
3. Demonstrate Augmented Reality by bringing virtual appliances and plumbing fixtures into a kitchen space in real time.
4. Give a live demo of Apple’s Smart Home App, Home Kit.
5. Discuss the current status of online privacy and personal data security and rights.

(.1 CEU)

Kitchen Trivia Contest & Holiday Party!!

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

Two Roads Brewery
1700 Stratford Avenue
Stratford, CT 06615

Join us for the Southern New England Holiday Party and Kitchen Trivia Contest!! We will gather at the beautiful Two Roads Brewery in Stratford to enjoy food and drinks while showing off your knowledge of the kitchen and bath industry!! Jim Wiltshire of Surfaces will MC the evening as we break into groups to try and win the coveted First, Second, or Third place trophies as well as the associated prizes!!

Kitchen Whispering: Resolving Problem Kitchen Jobs

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Inn At Middletown
70 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

A typical day in the kitchen and bath industry is usually fun, rewarding and fulfilling but there are those moments that many dread. The moment your phone loudly blares the warning siren of a text message, email or a phone call from a client that is less than satisfied … sometimes downright apoplectic. Rest assured you are not alone, these moments happen to everyone at some point.

The most successful designers develop the skills to manage these moments to a happy conclusion. One proven tool is understanding how to best utilize the partnership between manufacturer, dealer, and designer to increase your probability of profitably navigating these situations. Join us and take an in-depth look at real life field examples. Develop successful job-site and project management tools to use in your own business. Happy customers equal successful businesses. That keeps all of us on course for fun, fulfilling and rewarding days in the kitchen and bath industry. (.1 CEU)

John Morgan has been a featured conference speaker at over 100 industry events, John Morgan is well respected for his work helping kitchen and bath professionals evolve their businesses through the latest in technology. He is a 20-year kitchen and bath veteran.

A manufacturer’s representative, consultant, trainer and speaker, he has served on advisory councils of many industry manufacturers and Virginia Tech. Morgan authored the popular “Rep’s View” column in Kitchen & Bath Design News for nearly a decade, and currently represents nationally-known cabinet and technology companies through his Baltimore/ Washington-based agency, Morgan Pinnacle.

In 2013 Morgan proudly served the kitchen and bath community as the NKBA National President.

Yale Architectural Walking Tour & Presentation!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 3:45 pm – 8:30 pm

Yale Visitor Center AND Rudolph Hall
149 Elm St New Haven CT AND 180 York St New Haven CT
New Haven, CT 06111

12-010 YUAG Swartout and Street Hall Renovation


The Southern New England NKBA Chapter invites you to explore the beauty of a world famous institution right in your own backyard! Join us as we embark on an (optional) hosted walking tour of Yale University’s campus where our eyes will delight with a style of architecture seldom seen anymore. This is an opportunity to look up from the computer screens and see history in action! Once the walking tour concludes, we will retire to Rudolph Hall where drinks and hors d’oeuvres await. We will then be given a presentation on Yale’s historical architecture from Yale Architecture professor- Michael “Surry” Schlabs!!

Artisanal Craft in Sustainable Spaces

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

F.W. Webb Home Showroom
200 Locust Street
Hartford, CT 06114

Stan Artman from Native Trails will be presenting a program that discusses the value of bridging cultures and combining artisan heritage with innovative design! The program will illustrate how craftsmanship of furnishings made by hand with sustainable materials can meet today’s design goals.

Outdoor Kitchen Design and Implementation

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Haynes Outdoor Living Showroom
600 Derby Avenue
Seymour, CT 06483

Russ Greene will be presenting a program he has developed that will increase your overall knowledge on outdoor kitchen design. Excite your clients with your ability to transform their outdoor space! Learn how to grow your client base as well as make new sales to your current clients with this knowledge.

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEUs.

Rsvp Now! 

The Neuroscience of Sales

Wednesday, March 28,  2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Clarke Kitchen Appliances
64 South Main Street
South Norwalk, CT 06854

Robb Best a renowned expert in The Neuroscience of Sales will detail effect techniques. Discover how you can use the latest brain science research to set you apart from your competition and take you to a higher level of salesmanship. You’ll walk away with specific techniques for reducing stress, improving your selling strategy and increasing your time management skills.

This event qualifies for .1 NKBA CEUs.


KBIS 2018 Review!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Plimpton & Hills Waterware Showrooms
2 Brainard Road Hartford, CT 06114
Hartford, CT 06114
United States

Join us as we look back on KBIS 2018! A panel of NKBA members report back on some of the most exciting and interesting displays and products they found. ProKitchen will also be at the meeting demonstrating their new ProKitchen Oculus hardware and software! View a virtual kitchen! See how this technology might improve your sales and designs.

There will be a 50/50 raffle to be held to benefit FISH.

Wine 101- Assessing Wines Perfect for Holiday Drinking

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Mattatuck Museum
144 W Main St
Waterbury, CT 06702

Join us for our Holiday Party where we will explore how to assess wines specific to the Holiday Season!

This meeting will host Joann LoGiurato of “Dancing on Grapes” to provide us with an educational component on selecting wines and wine storage as it relates to kitchen design!

This event will earn 0.1 CEU.

Natural Stone and Green Design

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
EleMar New England
99 Shelton Ave
New Haven, CT 06511

Cost: $40 per person. Register before 9/15/17 and pay only $30.

Join us for a presentation from Buddy Ontra of Ontra Stone Concepts that will explore the sustainability of natural stone. This presentation will explain how natural stone fits into the sustainable building movement. Historical instances of stone use will be discussed as well as the characteristics of natural stone’s life cycle and carbon footprint.

Generously hosted by EleMar New England and sponsored by Caesarstone.

.1 CEU Credits.

Tiny House Design Basics

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 5:30pm
Aitoro Appliance & Electronics
401 Westport Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851

Cost: $40 per person. Register before 6/23/17 and pay only $30.

Join us for a presentation by Isa Bauer of Tiny House Northeast on the essential planning and design components of a mobile tiny home. This presentation will cover space efficiencies, safety standards, and material selections.

There will be a tiny house onsite that is sponsored by 84 Lumber and will be available for viewing.

Generously hosted by Aitoro Appliance & Electronics and Sponsored by BSH Home Appliances Corporation & 84 Lumber.

.1 CEU credits.

Color Theory for the Home

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Ring’s End – Branford
25 E. Industrial Road
Branford, CT 06405

Cost: $40 Per person. Pre-register before 5/5/17 and pay only $30.

Join us for an evening presented by Farrow & Ball Paint and Paper that will explore the in’s and out’s of color theory for a residential setting.

Generously hosted by Ring’s End Branford and Sponsored by Farrow & Ball.

.1 CEU credit.

Closet Design Beyond Measure

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Clarke Kitchen And Appliance Showroom
64 South Main Street.
South Norwalk, CT 06845

Cost: $40.00. Register before March 24th and pay only $30.

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?

As a Registered Storage Designer, and judge for the closet industries’ Top Shelf Design Awards, Denise Butchko is going to share the thought processes and action steps she goes though 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.

We hope to see you all there! .1 CEU Credits Apply.

5:30-6:30 – Social Hour
6:30-8:30 – Presentation followed by dinner

The Creation and Fabrication of Quartz Surfaces

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Boston Granite Exchange
80 Commerce Street.
East Haven, CT 06512

Cost: $40.00. Register before February 10, 2017 and pay only $30.

Join us for an informative presentation by Cambria USA & Boston Granite Exchange that explores the techniques used in manufacturing quartz surfaces.

Speaker: Liz Checovetes (Marketing Representative & Andrea Fontaine (District Manager) from Cambria USA.

Sponsored by: Cambria USA and Boston Granite Exchange.

.1 CEU credits apply.

An Evening at the Beardsley Zoo with Fisher and Paykel

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Beardsley Zoo
Hanson Building
1875 Noble Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06610

Cost:$40.00. (Register before 11.25.16 and pay only $30.00)

.1 CEU Credits apply.

Join us for our annual Holiday party and celebrate at the beautiful Beardsley Zoo and Learn about the new and upcoming appliances from Fisher & Paykel.

Generously Hosted & Sponsored by Fisher and Paykel.

5:30-6:30 – Registration and social hour
6:30-8:30 We will conduct our meeting and presentation followed by dinner.

Which leaves you the rest of the evening to mingle and have a great time!

We hope to see you all there!

The Exciting World of Tile & Stone Installation & Maintenance

Wednesday, September 18, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
91 Amity Road
Bethany, CT 06524

Cost: $40.00 per person(Register before 9/23/2016 and pay only $30.00)

.1 CEU Credit Apply.

Generously Hosted & Sponsored By Laticrete.

5:30-6:30- Registration & Social Hour
6:30-8:30- Meeting, Factory Tour and Dinner

An Evening with Williams-Sonoma

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Scene Art Bar
29 Mill Street
Unionville, CT 06085

Cost: $40.00 per person(Register before 7/29/2016 and pay only $30.00)

.1 CEU Credits Apply.

Reservations needed by July 31st, 2016.

5:30-6:30- Registration and Social Hour
6:30-8:30- Presentation Followed by Dinner

We hope to see you all there!

Coming to America

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Coming to America: Emerging European Trends

Presented by Hafele.

This event will focus on emerging trends in European Cabinet Mechanisms. Items covered will include:

  • LED Lighting for Kitchens, bathrooms and closets
  • USB & Electrical Charging Solutions
  • Cabinet Design Accessories
  • Cabinet Organization and Storage
  • Mobile Showroom Solutions Center

5:30-6:30- Registration and Social Hour
6:30-8:30- Presentation followed by Dinner


Cost: $40.00 per person (Register before 6/10/2016 and pay only $30.00)

.1 CEU Credits Apply.

The Evolution of Solid Surface Materials

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Torrco Design Center
515 Commerce Drive
Fairfield, CT 06825

Cost: $40.00 per person (Register before 3/29/2016 and pay only $30.00 per person)

.1 CEU Credits Apply.

Reservations Needed by Sunday May 1st, 2016

As designers, we are always looking for the newest innovations to keep our designs fresh, as well as satisfying our clients needs for durability, ease of use and timelessness…

Come explore the history of solid surface materials, the recycled materials available today, the many uses for them and why they are so great for bathroom applications.

Generously Hosted & Sponsored by Torrco.

5:30-8:30 Registration and Social Hour
6:30-7:30 Presentation Followed by Dinner

We hope to see you there!

Appliance Installation Workshop

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Aitoro Appliances
401 Westport Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851

Cost: $40.00 per person (Register by 3/19/2016 and pay only $30.00 per person). Bring your installer for only $15.00 (Both need to be pre-registered-Not available for walk-ins).

**We will having drawing for a door prize of a Thermador Dishwasher, #DWHD651JFP (msrp $2199.00), generously donated by Lisa DiCenzo of BSH Appliances **

Do You Have Questions on Custom Appliance Installation?

Meet Manufacturer’s Reps and Certified Installers to Answer questions on products and installation.

This will be a unique opportunity to see working appliances in their natural setting… a kitchen!

*See Sub-Zero, Wolf, Asko, Best, Bosch, Thermador, Gaggenau, Miele, Liebherr, Capital, Bettazzoni, Vent-a-Hood, Marvel, Woodstone, Dacor, Le Cornue, Ilve

Generously Hosted by Aitoro Appliances.

Wednesday March 23rd, 2016
5:30-6:30 Check-in & Social Hour
6:30-8:30 Workshop & Dinner

Lighting Design

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
64 South Main Street
South Norwalk, CT 06854

Cost: $40.00 per person (Register by 1/29/2016 and pay only $30.00 per person)

.1 CEU Credits

Presented by Peter Romaniello

We will be looking at various recessed lights, under-cabinet lights, in-cabinet lights & accent lights for back-lighting material.

We will be addressing the importance of good design and positioning the fixtures correctly to obtain the desired effects.

This will be a fast paced, hands-on, knowledge-filled presentation you do not want to miss!

Generously Hosted by Clarke.

5:30-6:30 Check-in & Social Hour
6:30-8:30 Presentation followed by Dinner