TGCC-NKBA November 2017 Newsletter Print

Upcoming Meeting


December 05, 2017
5:30 PM CST - 8:00 PM CST
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Walker Zanger, Houston
7055 Old Katy Rd
Houston, TX 77024
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Our holiday charity event will help you usher in the season with fun, great food, and exciting drinks as we mingle among NKBA members and guests.  

We look forward to welcoming members, friends, spouses, and guests.  You will be able to purchase raffle tickets to win some great gift items from our sponsors.  

During the event, your 2018 TGCC chapter officers will be installed and members of our new Mentor;s Program will be announced.

Admission to the event will be a gift/donation of various types of art supplies (unwrapped).  All gifts/donations will be donated to the Denali Foundation.  Donations of all types are welcomed.  If making donations at the door on 12/5 by check or money order, please make out to the Denali Foundation

Please register online before the late date (11/30).  

Won't you come and make this a Season of Giving!

Examples of Possible Art Supply Gifts/Donations:  Canvas, Artist Paints--Water Based, or Oils, Colors/Crayons, Art Paper, Water Color Paper Pads, Easels, Open Faced Frames, Coloring Pencil and Marker Sets--Black Graphite Pencils or Prisma color Pencils and Pens, Art Instruction Books, Artist Brushes, Gift Cards, Picture Framing Hardware, Paper & Matt Cutters, and more ideas.  May find items online or in stores from Texas Art Supply, Jerry's Artarama, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, just to name a few.


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Chapter Updates


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Mentor Sign Up Sheet             Mentee Sign Up Sheet

TGCC MENTOR’S PROGRAM:   We are kicking off our TGCC Mentor’s Program and your support is needed.  The right influence and guidance could make a world of difference in helping a new designer, student, or K&B industry worker have a successful, enjoyable, and profitable Kitchen & Bath (K&B) career.

Will you agree to be a mentor to a TGCC new K&B designer, industry worker, or student? 

Mentors:  You qualify to be a mentor if you have a demonstrated success in your career as a K&B industry as an independent designer or remodeler; a showroom owner, manager, designer, or worker; K&B industry sales or trades rep; and/or a retired K&B career person.  Note:  Mentors act in a non-professional helping capacity to provide career-based insights on developing K&B careers.

Mentees: Qualify to participate in the program if you are currently enrolled in a college design program or a new designer of five years or less looking for inside knowledge on how to succeed in the K&B industry.

Mentoring will involve access to a friendly/knowledgeable/helpful K&B industry person, an hour or two a month, a sympathetic hear, and a bit of non-professional guidance in career paths.

Basic guidelines (for mentors and mentees) to adhere to:

1.     Mentors & Mentees will be active members of the Texas Gulf  Coast Chapter-NKBA and will participate in the program voluntarily.

2.     Mentees and mentors will be matched appropriately based on career interest by the program administrators.
3.     There will be a suggested one-year commitment to the program.
4.     No financial obligations required or expected.
5.     One initial brief meeting (10-15 min meeting -- in person).
6.     Possibly meeting up in person once or twice a year at a chapter meeting or for lunch.
7.     Email or phone contact with questions regarding career directions, job related challenges, etc. as determined by all.
8.     Ideas on finding internships, jobs leads, interviewing, the importance of networking and attending trade shows and meetings, etc.

Let us know if you will join us in this effort to further help shape the Kitchen & Bath Industry.  We would like to match up mentors and mentees by November 2017.  If possible, a good time (for mentors and mentees) to meet up would be our December 5th meeting -- it is free to attend and should be a fun social event.





Our October meeting was an exciting and successful one which was hosted by Cabinet & Designs, Inc. at their new showroom.  We promoted Kitchen & Bath Month, welcomed new members, made a special effort to get to know some of our student NKBA members, and gave members an opportunity to sign up for our upcoming Mentor's Program.  It was a great meeting!

We had an opportunity to meet some very excited, talented design students from Houston Community College, Art Institute, and San Jacinto College.  Amy Collier Reynolds of Legrand generously donated some great gift bags full of goodies for all. 

Our presenters (from several sectors of the K&B design world), presented an excellent topic “Your Professional Box---How the Next Generation of Designers Can Succeed in the Industry”

  •    Randy Godeau, Bay Area Kitchens Founder & Owner, "Why Choose a K&B Career" 
  •    Amy Collier Reynolds, Legrand Architectural & Design Specification Representative, 
       "Getting Along with Everyone--Fostering Relationships and Networking"
  •    Melissa Sharp, Kitchen & Bath Concepts Designer & HCC Graduate, "Combating the
       Bias--Technology Challenges"
  •    Shasta Beveridge, HCC Interior Design Program Coordinator, "The Right Education"

Thank you to our sponsors and meeting host, our presenters, and to you who were in attendance.  Don’t miss chapter meetings!  Plan now to attend our upcoming meetings.  We are gearing up to present some very informative and fun meetings and events in 2018.  Join us!


TGCC members may now log into your "member area" and have access to our chapter's membership list.  Update your local chapter's member area by adding any info you would like other TGCC members to see (i.e. a picture, a bio, etc.).  For assistance in logging in, contact Pat Brewer, e-mail:

Be found by everyone anytime!  Anyone visiting our TGCC website and the national NKBA website may now search for professional kitchen and bath professionals listed in our national website's PRO SEARCH.  Be sure your contact listing and information is up-to-date on the national level.

Keep Your Contact Information Up-to-Date:  
Chapter members (including corporate members and business showrooms) are asked to keep their information listings up-to-date on the national level.  Any address changes, phone or email updates, company/business name changes, and/or employee changes/deletions should go to:
National Office of NKBA: or call 800.843-6522


Our chapter needs a website committee of three people.  We will soon need a new webmaster and a person or two to help maintain our website.  If interested, please contact Pat Brewer.  Email: 


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News from Our National Office

Make plans to attend this exciting industry show.  Registration is now open.

Register Here! 

                 Make sure to stop by the KBIS NeXT Stage on Tuesday, January 9th at 11:30 AM to watch the 2018 Thirty Under 30 honorees be introduced to the industry as outstanding young professionals. It is sure to be an exciting ceremony, as Jennifer Bertrand, AKBD, NKBA Insider, designer, and winner of HGTV’s “Design Star,” season 3 will be our official host!  We encourage you to introduce yourselves to the Thirty Under 30, and take time to network. If you would like to learn more about the program, please email

Chapter Growth Awards:

We want to take this opportunity to remind our chapters about the Chapter Growth Awards. Your chapter could win up to $1,000! Throughout the year your chapter’s membership gains help qualify for awards such as: highest percentage of new members, highest number of new memberships, and highest overall income. The awards are announced during Chapter Officer Training at KBIS in January. 

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NKBA Design Student News



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 $5000 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


STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS:  The NKBA now offers a free student membership to all eligible students enrolled in design and building curriculums thanks to a Platinum Sponsorship provided by Ferguson Enterprises. VPs of Academic Relations, and other chapter members who have contacts at colleges and universities, can distribute the Student Membership Application to help NKBA grow student membership. 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 sent 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.


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Member Spotlight

TGCC November 2017 Member Spotlight


Melissa Sharp

Melissa, a designer at Kitchen & Bath Concepts-Houston, is a very supportive and hardworking member of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.  Melissa has served in various positions on the board for the NKBA Texas Gulf Coast Chapter during the past several years and currently serves as the V.P. of Communications.

Melissa received her Associates of Applied Sciences in Interior Design from Houston Community College, an NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) supported school.  Her background in Residential Design and working under licensed designers for several years, is proving to making her one of Houston’s exceptional kitchen & bath designers.  Her specialties include kitchen & bath designs, selecting designer case goods and custom home furnishings, decorating anything from client’s city homes and offices, to ranches, lake and mountain homes.  Melissa loves finding unexpected and unique finishes for her projects. Her passions are design, art, architecture, music, dance and theater.

She is an Allied Member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Melissa and her husband Kevin Sharp, enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling to the beach, hill country and mountains, and University of Houston and Texan’s football. 

Thank you, Melissa, for your continued efforts to make our chapter successful!

Kitchen & Bath Concepts
7026 Old Katy Rd. Suite 148
Houston, TX 77024


 Member's Portfolio: Melissa Sharp, Designer at Kitchen and Bath Concepts

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Membership Matters!


Chapter members (including corporate members and business showrooms) are asked to keep their information/listings up-to-date on the national level.  Any address changes, phone or email updates, company/business name changes, and/or employee changes/deletions should go to:

    National Office of NKBA: or call 800.843-6522

A Final Note - After Hurricane Harvey…

Houston has proven to be Strong.  We are still rebuilding after such a destructive storm event.  Many of you and our national office (NKBA) reached out to NKBA members and Houston area communities to help with the rebuilding process as well as many of our local members.  Thank you so much.  

On the bright side, we are sure there were many letters received from grateful clients by many of our members; however, national shared a letter from a grateful Houston Area Harvey storm victim and client who indicated the following (please take a minutes to read)…


From a Thankful Client… 
I wanted to take a moment to openly thank Kent Moore Cabinets for their efforts to truly help someone who was directly affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. Being over 68 yrs. old and living alone; it was a daunting task to recover from close to 3 feet of water in my home; losing between 80-90% of my personal effects, clothes and years of mementoes collected over a life time… When purchasing my home, the kitchen and its architectural grade cabinetry had always been the added “pop & sizzle” that was compelling in my decision to purchase this home.

Fast forward 9 years; and I had a new vision as I watched young men demolish these cabinets and structures. When I personally removed one drawer; I saw the name “Kent Moore” burned into the inside of the drawer. Wanting to rebuild as close to the original perfect home I started with, I immediately went on a search until I received a call from Houston Sales trainer, Jim Wetegrove. In the middle of all this chaos with Kent Moore’s staff being inundated by hundreds of calls every day, he focused on me and my neighborhood. He took me from the bottom of the drawer computer label code to what turned out to be CAD engineering drawings of my entire kitchen and other built-in components throughout the house. Punctuality and follow-up phone calls were military fresh with him; always driving to my worksite. When the bottom line came with no insurance for upper cabinets; Kent Moore put their best foot forward to help me make it happen. To add an even more positive accolade; the cabinets were scheduled, and the initial delivery was targeted for WAY BEFORE the dry wall work was scheduled to be completed.

You may be wondering why I took the time to write this. I am a proud guy and it has been difficult to ask for help. There was a quiet meeting between myself and Jim Wetegrove in my flooded house; with a message from his CEO that they were committed to help me. Of all the money donated for Houston Tropical Storm Harvey by music concerts, athletic super stars or corporate donations; not one penny will reach me. The direct effort of a caring professional company like Kent Moore and a blanket from a Church in South Carolina have been the sole extent of my support. I am grateful for Kent Moore Cabinets corporate civic agenda of taking care of the past customers during the Harvey storm. I look forward to putting these new gems in my reconstructed home.

Finally, Kudos to Jim Wetegrove; may he train a hundred men and women like him to sell and be as forthright and compassionate as him. Last but not least thank the guys on the floor for their efforts… it took a hell of a lot of effort to take these strongly built cabinets apart!

All the Best,
Tropical Storm Harvey Flood Victim - Kingwood, Texas

Response from KMC...
Mr. J., 
I want to thank you sincerely for the email you sent in yesterday.  It means so much to all of us that you took the time and we are honored to help you get your home put back together.  Houston has meant so much to Kent More Cabinets (KMC) over the past 40 years.  We wouldn’t be near the company we are today without the residents of Houston.  Our whole team has been eager to help as many folks as we can, and it has made our family very proud to be involved in the recovery.  Jim is a great guy to work with and the impression he has made on you is exactly what we are working to duplicate throughout our growing sales force.  We intend to make you as happy with your second set of KMC cabinets as you were with the first.  Thanks so much again and please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you. 

Thank you,
Casey Moore, President
Kent Moore Cabinets


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NKBA Members Job Postings

Contact us to post your K&B job openings and internships for K&B industry workers and students on our website.  Submit postings to Melissa Sharp:


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