NKBA Texas Hill Country is the local chapter that brings together local Texas Hill Country 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 Texas Hill Country Kitchen and Bath professionals.

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2020 Chapter Officers


Kelley Barnett
Kelley Barnett Interior Design
6804 Covered Bridge Dr #11310
Austin, TX 78736
(210) 408-1300

Programs Chair

Kristen Springthorpe
Cosentino Center – Austin
1340 Airport Commerce Drive
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 386-7791

Communications Chair

Raymond Evans
Raymond Evans Design
Austin, TX 78754
(512) 767-2620

Membership Chair

Chris Campbell
Hill Country Flooring
3016 Polar Lane, Ste 203
Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 595-9031


Jordan Liles
Temple, TX 76503
(800) 642-2248



Texas Hill Country Chapter Events

Best Practices And Design Tips For Kitchen And Bath Lighting

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm



Interior designers, kitchen & bath designers, architects, builders, re-modelers, or related industry professionals, you are cordially invited to our social / networking event to be held on Wednesday September 18th
Bring a stack of your business cards and begin business connections with our NKBA members!

Social / Networking Event

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Arizona Tile Showroom
2121 Scarbrough Drive
Austin, TX 78728


Interior designers, kitchen & bath designers, architects, builders, re-modelers, or related industry professionals, you are cordially invited to our social / networking event to be held on Wednesday September 18th
Bring a stack of your business cards and begin business connections with our NKBA members!

The 5 P’s For Success – Am I Doing It Right?” Speaker: Christopher Grubb

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Ferguson Showroom
700 E St. Elmo Road
Austin, Texas 78745

The Five P’s For Success:

  • Procuring: He’ll share his methods for obtaining new business.
  • Planning: Organizing his design team, selecting products for luxury interiors and setting fees.
  • Partnerships: Building relationships with contractors to boost business and increase profits for both.
  • Psychology: Helping couples negotiate a project; pulling together one project that simultaneously speaks to the individual tastes, desires, needs, and personalities of two unique people.
  • Publicity: Obtaining visibility on a variety of media platforms Grubb will share his own award-winning projects as examples, providing tips to those designers looking to polish their business practices.

Course Learning Objectives:
1. Learn a variety of ideas to market, interview, and procure projects, plus how to plan a project, discover a client’s actual budget, and organize the project for the client to understand the process.
2. Utilize existing relationships with contractors or other trades-people to partner and increase profit.
3. Use psychology when working with couples; playing therapist and facilitating today’s demands for luxury – no matter what the budget.
4. Gain publicity – Learn ideas to pitch projects and yourself to a multitude of media outlets for maximum exposure for your projects and yourself.

About Our Speaker
“Throughout his career, Christopher has been a sought-after speaker on the international and domestic lecture circuit on what makes design compelling, a contributing writer to many media outlets as well as a guest judge for multiple design competitions. Arch-Interiors has been featured in books, hundreds of magazines and newspapers, and Christopher has shared his design skills on multiple radio and television shows – including recurring appearances on LXTV/NBC and Martha Stewart Living Radio and hosts design segments For House Tipster of the design industry elite. The firm has received dozens of awards and is honored to be named the best interior design firm in California by Build Magazine, in addition to being featured in an entire issue of World Architecture Magazine in Hong Kong with over 70 pages exclusively covering the works of Arch-Interiors and Christopher was named one of the 50 Innovators in Kitchen and Bath Design in 2017.”

Just recently in the 2019 May/June edition of the KBB magazine, Christopher Grubb received recognition by being listed among the seven Praiseworthy Picks for KBB’s 2019 Person of the Year! Recognized as being one of the kitchen and bath industry’s movers and shakers.

Please help us get the word out about this event by sharing and forwarding this email with your professional colleagues and get them to RSVP – ASAP!

More References:
Website Bio: christophergrubb.com/cgrubb/christopher-grubb-bio/
NKBA Profile: nkba.org/christopher-grubb
Wikipedia: wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_J._Grubb
KBB Magazine: KBB’s 2019 Priaseworthy Picks

NKBA MEMBERS: Pre-Pay By Aug 18th: $15
Pre-Pay Aug 18-21st and at the door: $20

NON-NKBA MEMBERS: Pre-Pay by Aug 18th: $20
Pre-Pay Aug 18-21st and at the door: $25

Advance Pre-Pay Via PayPal on our chapter’s website:

Within the ‘DESCRIPTION’ box of the PayPal payment screen or on your RSVP email, please list everyone’s name and company name so we can prepare a pre-printed name tag for you.
Send RSVPs to rsvp@hillcountrynkba.com

*Bring your business cards and begin business connections with our NKBA members.

Food provided by our gracious host for this event: Ferguson Showroom
Food Menu: Barons Round of Beef: Herb-rubbed beef with seared forest mushrooms & Pinot Noir demi-glace / Caesar Salad / Roasted Garlic Smashers / Green beans with onion & sun-dried tomatoes / Fresh baked rolls with whipped butter.

Let’s Focus on Cabinets

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:00pm

ABM Cabinets
13000 N FM 620, Suite 104
Austin, TX 78750

Many disciplines are required to successfully complete a kitchen or bath installation. Architects, designers, general contractors, subcontractors, vendors, installers, all benefit from knowledge of cabinetry. Due to the internet, clients today are savvy and overwhelmed with choices like Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz. The design “team” can streamline the choices, educate the client as to the best fit for aesthetics, price, availability, product specs, and technology.

This course aims to educate design team members as to the latest cabinetry features, options, add-ons, so that we can in turn educate our clients and customers.

Tacos & Tequilas

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Consentino Showroom
1340 Airport Commerce Dr #100
Austin, TX 78741

A social and networking event being held on April 25th jointly by Austin NARI and NKBA Texas Hill Country Chapter. We have games, tacos and margaritas at the Cosentino Austin Center. There will also be raffle prizes [you must be present to win]
Be sure to bring plenty of your buisness cards.

Your NKBA Profile + Q&A Session

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Crossville Studios
2020-A Rutland Drive
Austin, TX 78758

The evening will be divided into two sections:

In the first section there will be a short presentation by Kristen Springthrope , a kitchen designer at ProSource titled: “How to Create Your Personal and Organizational NKBA Profile on NKBA.org’s Website.”

In the second section the floor will be open to a Q&A session regarding any questions you may have regarding any realms of our kitchen and bath field, your business , your urgent ‘911s’ , our chapter or the NKBA. The Q&A panel moderators are: Ines Lombardi, (CKD) of Lombardi Interiors; Lucy Katz (CAPS) of Katz Builders; and the owners of Kitchens & Baths of Austin, Eve Barnes (CKD) & Kent Barnes (CMKBD).

Lifestyles Of The Warm And Comfortable

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:00pm

The Tile Shop
9503 Research Blvd., Suite 200
Austin, TX 78759

A Designers Guide To Electric Floor Heating.
(Topics Covered)
● Principles of Radiant Heat
● Design Applications for the 5th Dimension
● Starting the Conversation Best Practices
● Accurate Design Calculations
C.E.U Credentials: IDEC Course#: CC-107414-1001 / AIA Course #: STHLWC

Specifying Luxury Kitchens in Small Places

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Ferguson’s New Showroom
9333 Research Blvd., Ste 100
Austin, TX 78759

This course has been designed to educate architects, designers, contractors and installers about Specifying Luxury Kitchens in Small Spaces. Primary homes are big and getting bigger, but there are many times an architect or designer is likely to encounter smaller kitchens. Small spaces can still have the upscale finishes, quality appliances and all the bells and whistles the luxury clientele expects.

Learn general design considerations for specifying smaller kitchens, refrigeration and cooking appliances that make most sense in a smaller space, and how to spread kitchen functions beyond the kitchen and into the rest of the home.

Natural Stone: The Evolving Marketplace, Technology & Product Applications

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Factory Builders Stores
9715 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78754

Speaker: Christopher Grubb

Is the relationship between a contractor, architect and interior designer one of competition or cohesion? Christopher Grubb explains how today’s industry professionals should build mutually beneficial long term relationships in order to implement an unforgettable design experience for the client. Having successfully cultivated relationships with contractors for over 25 years, Grubb explains how these solid working relationships provide many benefits to the overall project, often saving time, hassle, money, and even the contractor’s reputation. Attendees will learn how interior designers, architects, and contractors can work together to create seamless experiences for clients, as well as increased success for their individual businesses.

Attendees Will:
1. Understand what services designers can offer contractors, and vice-versa, in order to produce successful projects and protect each other’s reputation.
2. Learn how an interior designer can assist a contractor in producing a precise construction bid, along with how the contractor can avoid morphing into a client’s “designer.”
3. Comprehend the benefits of having a designer help clients select products and finishes, as well as discuss material costs, leaving the contractor free to focus on vital construction details.
4. Learn how to cultivate long-term, mutually beneficial relationships that can lead to increased profits for both parties.


Natural Stone: The Evolving Marketplace, Technology & Product Applications

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm

Levantina Showroom
2251 Picadilly Dr. Suite B200
Round Rock, TX 78664


Luncheon C.E.U Presentation:
Natural Stone: The Evolving Marketplace, Technology
& Product Applications

Texas Hill Country NKBA is proud to invite you to our seminar that features the story of natural stone in a variety of ways. A tour of the Levantina warehouse that houses numerous beautiful slabs is included. Witness a 10 minute video showcasing the history of stone, modern day quarrying techniques, and stone’s durability, beauty, and value. Learn and discuss landscape, interior and exterior use as well as application of natural stone. Obtain more information about the use of sandstone, bluestone, limestone, and quartzite for hardscapes, as well as the interior use of limestone, marble, granite and slate. Study the use of limestone for trims, caps, stoops, pool copings, water tables, veneers, and much more. Learn the importance of how safety in production practices is a key part to the stone industry.
Learning objectives include:
1. Learn about the history of stone, modern day quarrying techniques, and stone’s
durability, beauty, and value.

2. Study and discuss landscape, interior and
exterior use and application of natural stone.

3. Obtain information about integrating trims, caps, stoops, pool copings, water
tables, veneers, etc. into your designs.

4. Tour a stone facility and view stone, stone applications, safety practices and/or the
equipment used to fabricate stone.

Program Length: 60 minutes
Approved for the following C.E.U. courses:
AIA Course Number: MIA07, 1.0 HSW LU
IDCEC (ASID, IDC, IDEC, and IIDA) Course Number: CEU-103668, Subject Code: 5.8, 0.1 HSW CEU
NKBA Course Number: MIA156R, 0.1 CEU

Send RSVP to email address: rsvp@hillcountrynkba.com

NKBA Members & Students: Pre-Pay: $10 / At Door: $15
Non NKBA Members: Pre-Pay: $15 / At Door: $20
First Time Visitors: FREE
Advance Pre-Pay Via PayPal at chapter’s website: http://www.hillcountrynkba.com/

Beyond The Selfie, Leveraging Pics and Video For Increased Business

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Cosentino Showroom
1340 Airport Commerce Dr #100
Austin, Texas 78741

Speaker: Denise Butchko, owner of Butchko & Company, Certified Content Marketer,
Author Closet Designer, International Speaker

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 YouTube 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

Members & Students: Pre-Pay: $10 / At Door: $15
Non Members: Pre-Pay: $15 / At Door: $20
If you Pre-pay you do not have to also RSVP.
You Can Pre-Pay via our Website: www.hillcountrynkba.com
If you plan to pay at the door please help by sending a RSVP to our Email address: rsvp@hillcountrynkba.com

Casino Knights

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 9:00pm
ProSource of Austin
2315 Rutland Drive #104
Austin TX 78758

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the local charity organization
Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Bring your friends for a great night of fun!

Attendance Price: $35.00. Includes: food, drinks, and 5 tokens to play with.


Getting to Know Everyone Social!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Oskar Blues Brewery
10420 Metric Blvd
Austin Texas

Balancing Luxury and Budget

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
4477 South Lamar Blvd. ste 600
Austin, TX 78745

Speaker: Jonas Carnemark, CKD
Track: Design & Inspiration

Join Jonas Carnemark, CR, CKD, for a practical nuts and bolts seminar on how to create award-winning designs without breaking the bank. You will learn how to guide your high-end clients into making the right choices with their money. Jonas will share his insights on how to build client trust using tested principles of value engineering to create outstanding kitchen and bath designs. Discover how to delight your clients while creating compelling marketing opportunities for you and your firm.

From Measurements to Concept, Understand How You Can Rise Above Your Peers!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
11801 Domain Blvd, Suite #100
Austin, TX 78758

Review & Open Discussion of KBIS 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Levantina Natural Stone
2251 Piccadilly Drive, Suite B200
Round Rock, TX 78664

Texas Hill Country Event

Casino Night

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Expressions Home Gallery
6225 Burnett Road
Austin, TX 78757

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the local charity organization Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Tables provided: Black Jack, Roullette, Craps and Texas Hold’em Poker.

Bring your friends!

Attendance Price : $ 35.00. Includes: Food, 2 Drinks, 5 Tokens and loads of fun!

This will be a great opportunity to see the new Expressions Home Gallery.

Closing Sales In The 21st. Century

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
2315 Rutland Drive, Suite 104
Austin, TX 78758

Houzz and the Internet have forever changed the way the prospective clients discover and hire professionals for their projects.

Old models of working with clients no longer work, as modern day clients have the Internet at their fingertips from the first moment they begin to think about remodeling.

During this session, discover how you can and must leverage new tools to successfully close business at every stage of the traditional sales funnel, from consideration, to credibility to the final stage of the sales process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how technology has changed the way homeowners are finding information about projects and professionals.
  2. Learn how to shorten the cycle, compete on brand rather than price, and reach clients in entirely new ways.
  3. Learn how to establish a compelling online brand that differentiates your business.
  4. Learn how to use tools and technologies that enable you to close new business with prospective clients at every stage of a traditional sales funnel.

Attendees will be eligible for 1 CEU w/ NKBA and NAHB.

This should be a great opportunity to learn, network and socialize. We do hope you will attend!

Members: $ 10.00 Non Members: $ 15.00
First Time Visitors & Students: Free

August Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
1340 Airport Commerce Dr., #100
Austin, TX 78741

Hello chapter members! During our next meeting there will be a presentation presented by the cabinet hardware manufacturer, Hafele America Co.

You will see the best and newest ways to open cabinet doors – all without hinges.

Learn why and when to specify any one of Hafele’s Five Dynamic Cabinet Door Sliding Systems.

The presentation includes comparative sketches to establish understanding of benefits and differences and is also supported by animated layout drawings, pictures and videos of conceptual and built solutions.

During this one hour presentation participants can expect to review:

  • The reasons to use sliding vs. hinged door applications
  • An exploration of traditional solutions for cabinet sliding doors
  • Five new and available dynamic single-plane cabinet sliding concepts
  • The process of planning and achieving these solutions, including examples

Attendees will be eligible for 1 CES LU – HSW credit. Course# ISKA1; an AIA Continuing Education Program. For more information, click here.

This should be a great opportunity to learn, network and socialize!

Drinks and hors d’oevres will be provided. We do hope you will attend!

No Pressure Selling

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
700 E St. Elmo Road
Austin, TX 78745

After a successful career as a business founder and CEO up in upstate NY, Karl sold his companies and moved to Austin, TX. Karl dedicated the next phase of his career to helping and mentoring business owners and executives to grow sales and maximize profitability. He opened Market Sense, a Sandler franchise that specializes in consulting and training people in leadership, negotiating, enterprise selling and general sales. Over 20 Market Sense clients have been named to the Austin Business Journal’s “Fast 50” list since its inception. In 2015, Karl was awarded the David H. Sandler award for his outstanding contribution to the Sandler network. Karl also teaches sales at the ACTON School for Entrepreneurship, and he is currently a member of the World President’s Organization.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks by Ferguson.

Cost: $10.00 members, $15.00 non-members. Bring a friend. First time visitors and students are free.