TGCC-NKBA FEBRUARY 2018 Newsletter Print

Upcoming Meeting


Please Join Us!

KBIS 2018 Reveal -- What's New, What's In

February 20, 2018
5:30 PM CST - 8:00 PM CST

Big Ass Solutions
1224 N. Post Oak Road #120
Houston, TX 77055
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Chapter Updates

TGCC 2018 Chapter Officers  

We are excited to introduce your new 2018 Chapter Council (Officers).  The new NKBA Governance Model reduced the number of officers to a five-member council.  The national office paid some of the expense for all NKBA officers to attend a 1-day officer training at KBIS 2018. These officers are ready to head up the activities of the chapter but can only do so effectively with the help of all chapter members.  Contact us through the member look-up or by email:

Pat Brewer, Chapter President – Pat Brewer Designs
Matt Hegemier, Programs Chair – Midtown Cabinetry & Designs
Cyndy Qualia, Secretary/Treasurer – C & L Contracting & Design, Inc.
Analisa Pratt, CKD, Communications Chair – Passionart Interiors
Rima Nasr, Membership Chair - RDesign Studio

 2018 Recruitment Committee   

The 2018 Recruitment Committee (formerly nominating committee) is in place and will be working to help you learn how you can volunteer to help us promote and implement chapter programs and to possibly become future officers.  They will be talking to you at every meeting or reaching out to you by phone or email as to how you can volunteer for a committee or task force. So, say yes to serving.  The Recruitment Committee Members are: 

Laura Scott, CKD – Scott Designs
Blanca Lazo – Cabinet Innovations
Scott Haig, CKD – Bay Area Kitchens
Bernadine Joplin Hall – HCC Student Member


The new NKBA Governance Model is making it easier for all of our members to participate and make a difference!  Be a part of your Association’s volunteer leadership on a national or local level!  There are various volunteer opportunities with many different areas of responsibilities, including:

National Leadership:  Governance / Fiduciary / Needs of the Membership / Trends / KBIS Exhibitors / Chapter input to national Board of Directors 
Local Chapter Leadership:  Officers / Committees / Home Shows / Speakers / Events
Additional Volunteer Opportunities:  Short-term initiatives / Temporary committees / Category/Segment initiatives / Special events / KBIS programs


2018 TGCC Regular Meeting Schedule –
3rd Tuesdays

February 20  @   5:30 p.m. – Big Ass Solutions – CEU:  KBIS Review
April 17  @   5:30 p.m. – Hosted by Caesarstone - CEU
June 19  @ 11:30 a.m. – Hosted by Thermador – Lunch & Learn CEU Meeting
August 21  @ 11:30 a.m. – Hosted by Cosentino – Lunch & Learn CEU Meeting
October 16  @  5:30 p.m. – Hosted by Arizona Tile – NKBA Month & Student Focus
December 4  @  5:30 p.m. – Host & Location TBD – Holiday Charity Social

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!  Beginning with our April 2018 meeting, the cost to attend our regularly scheduled meetings will be $30 for all and $5 for student members.  Additional fun, networking events are being planned and implemented for the year.  Opportunities to sponsor these events will be available.  Stay tuned for more info.
Matt Hegemier, Programs Chair

 TGCC Mentoring Program 

Our mentoring program officially kicked off in January 2018.  We have six (6) teams of mentors/mentees.  The goal of the TGCC-NKBA Mentor's Program is to help advance mentee participant’s career goals, provide possible industry opportunities while expanding the benefits of chapter membership to all.  Our next enrollment period for new mentors/mentees will be held May-June 2018.  Send all inquiries to


Don’t Be Scammed!

Technology is great when used for good.  However, our chapter, along with other NKBA chapters, have been the target of email scams to rob us of our chapter funds.  Some chapters have been taken for quite a large amount of money to scams.  Cyndy (our treasurer) and I have been carefully working to keep our chapter funds safe.  So, if you are solicited by a “supposedly” chapter officer or member with a “look-like email address” requesting funds (particularly a wire transfer or payment of an invoice), do not respond (especially by email).  It is suggested that you pick up the telephone and call the person requesting payment or transfers of funds.  No funds are paid from the TGCC funds without a vote by the chapter officers (council).  Note:  This type of scam can also happen within your companies or personal life; so be careful.


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News from Our National Office

Next Year... KBIS 2019
February 19-21, 2019 – LasVegas, NV

NKBA Presents 2018 Chapter Star Awards

The following chapter officers were honored at the General Session of the Chapter Officer training at KBIS on Monday, January 8th.  These officers are recognized for their hard work and outstanding achievement and presented with cash awards (see Star Awards Program Details: They truly made a difference in 2017 and NKBA recognizes them as extraordinary chapter officers.

Best Chapter Rep -  Linda Johnston-Panattoni, CKD, California Capital Chapter
Best President - Sandee Mann, British Columbia Chapter
Best VP Programs - Denise Merbeth, AKBD, Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Chapter
Best VP Membership - Nichole Cooper, Southern California Chapter
Best VP Professional Development - Penny Letson, AKBD, Columbia River Chapter
Best VP Communications - Toni Sabatino, Manhattan Chapter
Best VP Government Relations -  Kelley Barnett, Texas South Plains Chapter
Best Treasurer - Mary Jo Schultz, Metro New York Chapter
Best Secretary - Alice McCoy, CMKBD, North Florida Chapter

               New NKBA Logos   
Please remove any old NKBA logos and update to the new Chapter logos.  Log in to download NKBA logos on the website under Marketing Tools ( If you need assistance, please contact 

At KBIS 2018, NKBA announced a shift to a more proactive approach for monitoring public policy issues, which was well-received by those in attendance. Silvia Lattoz, NKBA’s Government Relations Specialist, enjoyed meeting many NKBA members and will be reaching out to Chapter Presidents to learn more about our needs and interests. She also welcomes outreach from you, so feel free to contact her.

Upcoming NKBA Free Webinar Series

Visit NKBA Free Webinar Series to learn more about the webinars being offered by NKBA in the coming months.

    Newly Certified Members

NKBA Certification is based on in-depth testing and extensive industry experience. It was developed to establish an immediate, deeper level of trust between kitchen and bath professionals and their clients.  The NKBA would like to recognize the following members who recently earned their certifications:

Breck Dangler, CMKBD, Aloha
Abigail Kilgore, AKBD, Southern New England
Anna Lehner, AKBD, Chicago Mid West
Rebecca Lenz, AKBD, Eastern Carolinas
Julia DeMarchi Park, AKBD, Northern California
Paul McClorey, AKBD, Michigan State
Gregory Thomas, AKBD, Columbia River 

Affiliated Schools and Students

NKBA accredited and supported schools are signing up to be part of the new Affiliated Schools program. Schools and students new to the NKBA are also taking advantage of the free school and student membership. We currently have over 100 schools in the program!  To help support the growth of this exciting new program, apply today. 

Schools Apply Here:
Students Apply Here:
For marketing materials or if you have any questions contact:

Contact Information Update

If you or your company have changes in your business/company, added or lost employees, changed e-mails, addresses, etc., please reach out to the NKBA Member Services Team at and update your information. Also update your profile on our local website ( - member login).  


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NKBA Design Student News



Take advantage of the networking and educational opportunities that the NKBA has to offer and find the perfect outlet to express your creativity, passion and growing knowledge of the industry.

The NKBA offers a student membership to all those studying in the design and construction fields.  And, now student memberships are FREE thanks to the new Platinum Sponsorship provided by Monogram.

When signing students up for their free NKBA membership, proof of enrollment will be required.  A copy of the student’s school ID or class schedule fulfills this requirement.  If an application is submitted to National without proof of enrollment, it cannot be processed for free membership.  Please note... if you are a student, you must renew your membership each year to remain a current member. For questions regarding membership, contact NKBA Member Engagement at (800) THE-NKBA (843-6522) or email
More Details... 

2018 TGCC Student Design Competition - Local Level

Every year we hold a local student design contest for the kitchen or bath project listed on the NKBA website. This year TGCC's Student Design Contest will be judged based on the national NKBA "Kitchen Guidelines". The contest is judged on the guidelines of our national student design contests (see info link below).  

For TGCC Local Contest Only:  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 2017 Fall semester through July 31, 2018 will be accepted.
  • Rima Nasr, our Membership Chair, will accept contest entries from your appointed campus instructor by August 15, 2018. (Email:
  • The two top winners of our TGCC design contest will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be used to attend KBIS 2018, February 19-21, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.  
  • 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 National Guidelines:  2018 Kitchen Guidelines
Click Here for Details


2018 Student Design Competition - National Level

A new year and fresh twist on the NKBA Student Design Competition.  The 2017/18 "A Home for Habitat" is Now Open! Submissions must be postmarked no later than May 7, 2018. The competition acknowledges the talent of student kitchen and bath designers. Students must plan beautiful, safe and functional spaces on a budget, incorporating creative design statements and aesthetically pleasing design solutions. NKBA student members may enter the kitchen competition, the bath competition, or both competitions. Entrants must design a kitchen and/or bath based on the client requests and plans provided. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity, students are challenged with designing a beautiful, functional space on a tight budget for a family in need. First place in each category wins a $5,000 scholarship, a trip to KBIS and will be flown to the build site to help celebrities Jennifer Bertrand, AKBD and Chip Wade, AKBD with the final days of the build.  To learn more, go to    


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Membership Matters!

NKBA Membership Has Advantages

Hosting or Sponsoring an NKBA Chapter event is an NKBA membership privilege.  When hosting meetings, your company gets local and national recognition.  Therefore, only NKBA industry member companies or individuals will be extended the offer to host our TGCC meetings.  This also applies to local branches of a national company.   For additional details, please feel free to contact Matt Hegemier, our Programs Chair.

NKBA Membership Applications

Join Us… Are you interested in belonging to an organization that promotes your kitchen and bath business, allows unlimited networking opportunities and associating with some great people?   Go online to: ( ) to complete a short membership inquire form.  The online form is sent via e-mail to our Member Services Team who will reach out with detailed information including the cost to join, depending on your membership type.  Note:  Paper applications are no longer accepted as cost and membership categories have changed.  Contact Rima Nasr, TGCC Membership Chair, for more information.


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Member Spotlight

Stephanie Samper
Showroom Manager Walker Zanger Houston

Stephanie has been with the Walker Zanger Tile and Stone showroom for over 35 years.
She is a Galveston “BOI”, where she was raised and graduated high school. She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas before transferring to the University of Houston to study Interior Design. Graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she worked for a number of showrooms including Roy Jacobs Wall covering. After five years with Harry Reed and company builders, in their finishes and design department, she decided to answer an ad for a showroom manager at a tile company. In 1979 the offer was too good to pass up and she has been at Walker Zanger ever since. Stephanie said, “It’s such a prestigious and innovative company to work for that I have always enjoyed being there.”

“Everything exciting in my life has happened while I have been with WZ.” Stephanie met her husband of 33 years, Tony Samper, in 1982 and they were married in 1984. Patrick their son was born in March of 1990.

Despite the large number of years she has been with the company, Stephanie says that with the ever changing collection of beautiful and exciting material and the constant updating of the showroom, her job always feels new and fresh. Walker Zanger’s attention to detail in their products and client service is what makes them special.

She has made some wonderful friends over the years with her clients and enjoys reconnecting with them when they come into the showroom. Her association with organizations such as NKBA has been invaluable.  Thank you Stephanie and Walker Zanger for many years of TGCC support and sponsorships over the years.

Walker & Zanger, Inc.
7055 Old Katy Rd / Houston, TX 77024

Walker Zanger’s Newest Collection:


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Welcome New Members

We would love to see you at our meetings and other events and to have you become actively involved in the chapter as a volunteer or sponsor.  Why not make plans to come out on February 20th for our upcoming meeting.  Register for the Meeting!
For more info, contact Rima Nasr, Membership Chair.


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Chapter Sponsors

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NKBA Members Job Postings

       Job & Internship Postings

If you are looking for qualified workers/employees, please let us know.  We will post the job openings and internship positions for any of our members on our website.    Submit postings to Analisa Pratt, Communications Chair


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