TGCC May 2019 Newsletter Print

Upcoming Meeting

chapter meeting
(Lunch & Learn)

Color's Impact on MIND & BODY in Interior Environments

Cambria Design Center
May 21, 2019

11:30 AM CDT - 1:00 PM CDT
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433 Plaza Verde Dr., Bldg 2
Houston, TX 77038
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CEU Presentation:  Presented by:  Susan Babineck, Commercial Marketing Rep with Cambia, BS in Interior Design 
  The colors that surround us every day play an important role in our emotions and behavior when we engage with a specific finish material or environment. This course provides an overview of how the human eye sees color, the effect it can have on our moods, behavior, and physiology, and lastly, how it can be used as a powerful tool to send messages about spaces or products to consumers. (.1 credit hour)


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Chapter Updates

   A Message from Your Chapter President... 

The strength of any organization is based on strong leadership and how the members rally around and support that leadership.  We have an opportunity to make our TGCC-NKBA chapter stronger than ever with the upcoming chapter elections. There are several positions open for consideration.  Some of the positions may be filled by the current person serving in that position; however, many of you are welcome to also consider self-nominating for these open positions.  The position of president will be vacated by me and open to be filled.  However, the president's position has some restrictions as to who can be elected.

If you are interested in holding a position, I suggest that you involve yourself in the actual day-to-day operations of the chapter now!  Attend the chapter meetings, work on a committee, and ask to attend our board meetings.  You are encouraged to join an officer's committee to work with them to get a feel for how our chapter operates.  Knowledge of all things TGCC-NKBA is powerful.

So, get involved and help our chapter be the best we can be.  New people with new energy/ideas on our board of officers is always in order.  Officers alone cannot make this happen.  We need your help.

Keep in touch!  Visit our TGCC Website and TGCC Facebook page to stay updated on local events and happenings.                             

Become a Chapter Leader!

Officer nominations are open from May 6 - June 14.
All individuals desiring to serve as a chapter officer must self-nominate. Individuals who wish to be considered for a position, login here, and you will be directed to open slots where your application will be sent to the National Recruitment Committee. Our chapter's Recuritment Committee will review/screen all self-nominations, submit their recomendations for officers to the current board, and will prepare a ballot for a chapter vote. 

Open positions are
Programs Chair
Communications Chair 
(two-year terms beginning 1/1/20 through 12/31/22).

Certification Study Group

Beginning in July!  In-person introduction will be at the June chapter meeting, then most other sessions will be online.  Please email Analisa Pratt, CKD if you would like to join in!
[email protected]


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News from Our National Office

Voices from the Industry    
Proposals are open through May 17.

Voices from the Industry presenters and sessions are open for a few more days!   If you have a topic you’d like to propose, click here

2018 NKBA Design Competition  Our Professional Design Competition will be BIGGER and BETTER than ever this year.  Submissions will be open from June 1 to July 11, and as always, members have an early-bird special of one free entry.  So, start gathering your best recent projects, and strut your stuff for the K&B universe!  See more here.

 NKBA Design Related Videos available on YouTube:  
Submitting a Winning Design Video.
NKBA Design Competition - How Your Project Is Scored

       Nominations for the Thirty Under 30 NKBA Class of 2020 will be open from June 2 to July 7, so now’s the time to start searching for outstanding young professionals you think have what it takes to represent the future of our industry.  It's an exciting experience you must not pass up.  Click here for more information.



The National Kitchen & Bath Association 
NKBA Knowledge Base - The Knowledge Base is a new & updated online version of the NKBA Professional Resource Library.  The Knowledge Base is a subscription product. Member rate is $99 annually.  Visit to learn more.

NKBA Exam Prep CoursesOur professionally produced AKBD and CKBD on-demand courses are an excellent way to help candidates prepare for the NKBA’s certification exams. Visit the NKBA Store to learn more about these offerings.

NKBA Specilty Badges - These new Specialty Badges convey a depth of knowledge in a specific discipline, and are open to all segments of the industry — not strictly designers!

The program made its debut in February at KBIS with the following five badges, which were created by the NKBA and tested by qualified NKBA member Subject Matter Experts:
     Living in Place 
     Floor Plans & Specifications
     Sales & Marketing

 Learn more here!

Visit NKBA Free Webinar Series at to participate and learn more about the webinars being offered by NKBA in the coming months.  This is a super easy and convenient way to earn those CEUs!

YouTube Video Help Available - All About NKBA...
NKBA Exam Prep
NKBA Design Competion
KBIS Updates and Reviews


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Student News


Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Sub Zero, Wolf,  Cove, and Moen, students continue to receive free membership with the NKBA!  Affiliated schools also receive free membership!   Students, remember you must renew your membership each year on your join anniversary date.  To join NKBA:  Student Membership

      2019 Student Design Contest (Local)

Our Texas Gulf Coast Chapter (TGCC) is looking for students to participate in our local 2019 Student Design Competition.

This year TGCC's student design contest will be judged based on the national NKBA "Kitchen Guidelines".  (see info link below).  

For TGCC Local Contest:  Please submit all information to our local chapter only.  Disregard national deadlines and submission addresses.

  • Contest participants must be active student members of TGCC-NKBA.  
  • Eligible designs completed during the 2019 Spring & Fall Semesters will be accepted.
  • Rima Nasr, our Membership Chair, will accept contest entries from your appointed campus instructor by November 29, 2019. (Email: [email protected])
  • The two top winners of our TGCC design contest will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be used to attend KBIS 2020, The Leading Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas.
  • Please send us the name/contact info of the instructors on your campus who would oversee the design contest so that we may coordinate the submissions and to discuss any additional local guidelines.  

Click Here for Contest Guidelines:  2019 Kitchen Guidelines


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Calendar of Events

2019 TGCC-NKBA Meetings (3rd Tuesdays)
& Event Schedule

  • May 21 - Chapter Meeting - Lunch & Learn (CEU) - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. @ Cambria, Houston Showroom
  • June - Chapter Meeting (CEU) - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Cosentino
  • August 28 - Smart Home Event with Control 4 - Details TBD
  • September 17 - Chapter Meeting (CEU) - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM The Tile Shop, Sugar Land, TX
  • October 4 - TGCC-NKBA Student Bus Tour
  • October 15 - Chapter Meeting - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery - (Free to Students before Oct.1) National Kitchen & Bath Month
  • December 4  - Holiday Social & Charity Event - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM – @ Expressions Home Gallery (Morrison)

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming meetings. There will be exciting showrooms and products to see, interesting topics presented, exceptional networking opportunities, and plenty of refreshments and fun!  See more details on our meetings link. 
Contact:  Melaine Heinrich, Programs Chair, @ [email protected]


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Membership Matters!

  The Benefits of NKBA Membership

Networking events, professionals certifications, educational courses, consumer leads, member discounts, marketing tools, job listings and leadership opportunities are just a few of the reasons to become a member. See the NKBA membership brochure to learn how becoming an NKBA member will help you succeed.

The new Membership Applications can be found HERE. You can download the application, use it to complete for new membership, then forward to our Member Relations team at [email protected].  The online membership application is still available, if desired.  If you have any questions, contact [email protected] or call 800-843-6522.  
Locally, contact Rima Nasr, Membership Chair, [email protected]

Update Your NKBA Profile

  Your Company Listing & Contacts - Have you changed your company information (address, website, email addresses, etc)?  Have you had employees added or deleted from your roster?  Help us continue to contact you and your company representatives by updating info on the NKBA website. Log in.  Select Profile.  Select Settings.  Update Organizational Profile.



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