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Ellen Lighting & Hardware

12601 Stafford Rd.
Stafford, TX 77477
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Chapter Updates

Success is in the Air for TGCC-NKBA!!!

Our May 15th Mini Vendor Event was an enormous success.  Eight wonderful vendors were on hand to speak about and to display their products to an audience of over 60 people.  This informative event was also a qualified NKBA CEU.  The MSI showroom and staff provided to be a great venue with exceptionally helpful staff, tasty food and beverages.  Thank you to all.  Be sure check out our vendors and to sign up for our next meeting on June 19… see details!

   A Message from Your Chapter President... 

Take the opportunity to “Thrive” not just Survive!

The summer is here with hot temperatures, graduations, vacations, holiday celebrations, and much more.  Keep cool with the news of exciting developments in our industry and our fun, refreshing chapter meetings and events.

Finding the 'YOU" in Team... Our 2018 Recruitment Committee will be contacting you soon to help you understand how easy it is to "Volunteer" on various committees and taskforces within the chapter.  It doesn’t take a lot of time maybe 30-40 minutes a month depending on the task at hand.  Please consider working with us to make your chapter a winning one.

Meetings & Networking... We have only a few more CEU meetings this 2018 year… in June, August, & October.  We have planned a one-day event where you may earn up to 3 hours of CEUs on August 21st.  As a member of ASID, I am working with their local ASID chapter president to see how we can begin networking and possibly work jointly on some activities. See details and regular meeting updates on our website and - Meeting Link

Mentoring is a Gift that keeps on giving back.  There’s a principle that indicates that “what you give away, will come back to you many times over.”

Help our student members and inexperienced K&B designers gain the knowledge and confidence to make it in our industry.  Share your Knowledge and Experience!
If you are a student, you should definitely take the opportunity to participate in our mentoring program—it will help advance your career goals.  The program is free and available for our TGCC-NKBA members.  Sign up by June 30th. 

Advertise with TGCC... Looking for affordable ways to advertise your NKBA business?  Consider advertising on our website's homepage: TGCC Website

Pat's Personal Reflections… 
If you have years to work and want to make an exceptional design name for yourself, you may want to consider becoming a certified kitchen & bath designer.   There are several levels to the NKBA design certification program that are outlined on the website. 

  • NKBA-certified designers are internationally recognized as experts with proficiency in the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines with Access Standards, which recognize the importance of consumer health, safety and welfare in kitchen and bath design.  As you read through the certification qualifications, you will see that certification is possible and very much within reach.  NKBA Certification Website
  • There are jobs in the kitchen and bath industry! Many designers begin with designing a kitchen or a bath which may eventually lead to designing or redesigning a client’s whole house.
  • Our chapter will begin a new NKBA certification study group this fall. Join us.  More details on the study group will be available by August 2018.

Don't miss an opportunity to thrive.  Hope to see you on June 19th.  
Happy Designing!

  NKBA Certification
  Study Groups are Coming…


TGCC wants to help you work on your NKBA certification.  Therefore, we would like to form new certification study groups during the fall semester school year (September - November 2018).  We are in the process of determining the most successful and efficient manner to deliver these group sessions.  The 8-10 sessions may be a combination of online, video conferencing, and live, in person sessions.  Let us know your thoughts on how we can structure these sessions to help you.  We should have all details ready to roll out in August.  If interested in participating, let us know.  Email us at:

     TGCC Mentor's Program

The mid-year recruitment period for both mentors and mentees is May 1 - June 31, 2018See details and participation forms online in the "Participate" link.  Fill out and email forms to us for participation. Don't miss out! 


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Stay Connected!

Members, did you know you can log in on our local website to add/delete any business or personal information about your business or company.  
Report changes to NKBA and Update your member profile both locally and on the national level.
(Make changes in company contact names, emails, phone numbers, business info, your bio, add/delete employees, etc.)
Local Updates 
National Office Updates


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News from Our National Office

Website Profiles

Have you logged into our website and completed your profile page. We can’t emphasize enough how important this simple process will be to help in lead generation for your business.  It requires just a few clicks to upload images of your best projects and showcase the great work you do.  Visit  to complete your page — and if you have any issues at all, someone from our member services team is eager to help walk you through the process or answer any questions. Give us a call at 1-800-THE NKBA.

The new NKBA website has been designed to show off your business, produce the best possible search engine results and help you take your career to the next level. It all starts with your completed profile.

Log-in today and create a profile to get the maximum benefits. Visit  for a brief tutorial on creating a profile.

NKBA Student Design Competition

The competition came to a close on May 7th. With just shy of 300 entries, this year’s competition, sponsored by Wilsonart, had the highest participation in recent years.  After three days of judging, May 14- 16, all six design finalists were presented to Warren County Habitat for Humanity and the partner family that will be receiving the house, on Friday, May 18th. During this meeting, the partner family was able to choose the kitchen and bath that will be built in their house.

Congratulations to the Winners! 

  • Jasmine Dorman, a second-year student at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Wash. and a member of NKBA’s Palouse Chapter, won the first-place kitchen design
  • Kelly Writer, a student in Arapahoe Community College’s kitchen and bath program in Littleton, Colo., designed the first-place bathroom.
  • Each first-place student will receive a trip to NJ in January 2019 to help build the kitchen and bath spaces with two celebrity designers, as well as a trip to KBIS 2019 and a $5,000 scholarship.
  • The 2018/2019 Student Design Competition is slated to be released at the end of summer 2018.

          The 2019 "Thirty Under 30" submissions are now open through Friday, July 9, 2018!  This is the time to honor a young professional who rises to the occasion and is making a mark on the industry.  Selected young professionals receive a free trip to KBIS 2019 in Las Vegas, a free expo pass, and access to several networking events.  For more information and to submit, visit
E-mail questions to:  
2018 Thirty Under 30 class can be found here:

     CEU Reporting Deadline…   

Reminder: All certified NKBA members are required to have submitted 2.0 CEUs (20 hours) for the current two-year cycle by June 30, 2018.
Log into your home page at to report your CEU count.  A CEU History is not yet available on the new website. If you’re not sure which CEUs you’ve already submitted and need a list, please email or call Member Services at 800-843-6522.

You can earn CEUs by attending NKBA chapter meetings, other trade association meetings, vendor training, seminars, and conferences.  Programs do not need to be pre-approved by the NKBA and can be about topics that keep you up-to-date on the latest products and trends or that help you to run your business.  Review your calendar from 7/1/16 to present and submit programs that you attended.  

i.e.:  Did you meet with a manufacturer’s rep about a new cabinet line? You can submit that. If you still don’t have the 20 hours, visit our online CEU Providers such as or Hanley Wood University.  They offer hundreds of FREE 1-hour webinars that you can watch at any time.
For detailed info, click here. For Details, Click Here.

Upcoming NKBA Free Webinar Series & NKBA Resources

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


     Newly Certified NKBA Members… 
NKBA Certifications are globally recognized professional appellations created to instill deeper trust with your clients.

The NKBA would like to recognize and congratulate the following members who recently earned their certifications:
Natalia Avalos, AKBD, Northern California
Sheila Rennie, AKBD, Prairie Provinces
Amy Lambert, AKBD, Prairie Provinces
Linda Bryant, AKBD, Northern California
Melanie Abela-D’ercole, AKBD, Ontario/Canada
Molly Littlejohn, AKBD, Columbia River
Jennifer Carpenter, AKBD, Ontario/Canada
Jodi Schatschneider, AKBD, Prairie Provinces
Vanessa Middelhoek, AKBD, Prairie Provinces
Kerry Fullington, AKBD, Texas North Plains
Tania Vivieros, AKBD, Ontario/Canada
Margo Lange, AKBD, Prairie Provinces

NKBA Affiliated Schools and Students…
Schools are continuing to take advantage of the free membership program with the NKBA, allowing them to become Affiliated Schools. We currently have over 120 schools in the program!  Links to help support the growth of this exciting new program may be found at   Forms and 
List of Affiliated Schools.


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Calendar of Events

18 TGCC-NKBA Meeting Schedule
(3rd Tuesdays)

June 19  @ 11:30 a.m. –  Lunch & Learn CEU MeetingHosted by Thermador – – Location: Ellen Lighting & Hardware

August 21  @ 9 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (3 CEUs) – Lunch & Learn CEU MeetingHost & Location: Cosentino

October 16  @  5:30 p.m. – NKBA Month & Focus on Students of DesignHost & Location: Arizona Tile

December 4  @  5:30 p.m. – Holiday Social & CharityHost & Location: Vivaldi The Stone Boutique

  • Charity to Support: Turning Point Center - - The mission of Turning Point Center is to help elderly homeless individuals – ages 50 or above – to get back on their feet and re-enter society as independent, self-sufficient, and productive citizens.

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!  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.  
Contact:  Matt Hegemier, Programs Chair @

Lightovation--Lighting It Up
Dallas, Texas -- Dallas Market Center
Dates:  June 20- 23, 2018

The show, formerly called the Dallas International LIghting Show, will feature four speakers familiar to many KBIS attendees—all past Voices from the Industry speakers at KBIS will be presenting lighting seminars specific to kitchen, bath or interior design applications.

Admission to the show and the educational sessions is free. ALA will have pre-registration for these sessions and the NKBA sessions going live soon on its website as well:
To register and learn more about the show, including a number of social and networking events, click on Details & Schedule 


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Membership Matters!

We welcome our new members and we are very glad you chose NKBA.

New Industry Members
Ellen Lighting & Hardware
Home Depot #1832

When you have questions about your membership, please let us know.  Our  Chapter Officers will work with you to ensure you get the most from your membership. Members can leverage many benefits all year long, staying connected via our NKBA blog and through engagement at 70 chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Members are also eligible for:

  • A Complimentary KBIS Show Pass
  • Free early-bird entry into the design competition
  • A free profile page on to promote your business
  • Opportunity to obtain NKBA’s highly regarded certifications in kitchen and bath design: Associated Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD); Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer (CKBD), and Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD).

Contact us:
National Office:

New Member Applications...
NKBA membership applications and renewals are all online at ( ).  Paper applications are no longer accepted. 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.


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Member Spotlight

Bernadine Joplin Hall

As an active participant with the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter-NKBA, Bernadine is a member of the TGCC Recruitment Committee and a student participant in our chapter’s mentoring program.

She is a fulltime student at Houston Community College (HCC), pursuing a degree in Interior Design.  She will finish her AA degree at HCC and continue to work toward a BS degree in interior design through an articulation program with Stephen F. Austin University on HCC’s Houston main campus. 

Bernadine is interested in working in the kitchen and bath industry on both the residential and commercial end.  Her previous work experiences as an Office Administrator in a Real Estate Office and an Architectural & Design Firm have contributed greatly to her interest in design and her desire to have a career in the K&B industry.

She is happily married and have three adult sons; graduated from Pioneer HS in Ann Arbor, MI; and is also actively involved in IIDA and NEWH, Inc.  Her time is also filled with her love for volunteering at her church which also includes working with Community Outreach and Harvey victims.  When not in classes, she enjoys exercising, bike riding, reading, and networking.

Thank you, Bernadine, for your efforts to make our chapter your chapter!  NKBA members, when you see Bernadine, be sure to say hello and let her know we wish her much success.


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Student News

TGCC Student Bus Tour - October 5, 2018

   The Annual Student Bus Tour takes students Houston area NKBA Member Kitchen & Bath Showrooms.  This is a fantastic opportunity to expose design students to What’s Available in the Industry and to learn how to work with showroom professionals.  Limited to the first 25 to sign up.  Bus is filling up, don’t miss out.

Time:  7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
For applications and sign up, contact:  Rima Nasr @


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NKBA Members Job Postings

K&B Job Openings & Internships

    NKBA Member Job Posting
    Position:  Independent Design Consultant
    Company:  Designer Kitchen & Bath
    5804 Kirby Drive | Houston, TX  77005

Designer Kitchen & Bath Company is looking for an independent contractor to work leads that are provided by our company to:

  • Work with “our clients” on design projects to select finishes like tile, cabinet style and color, counter tops, etc.
  • 2020 is a plus; but not necessary.
  • Hours are flexible, and client driven; however, client project designs are to be completed as expeditiously as possible.
  • The person will be an “Independent contractor”; not an employee. 
  • Compensation will be based on time spent working on a job (TBD) and not a salary.
  • Bonuses are paid when clients’ contract agreements to work with our company.

About the company:  Designer Kitchen and Bath works with clients to provide kitchen and bathroom design and material supply, like cabinets and plumbing fixtures and such, for new construction and remodeling work where we were not the general contractors. 

Contact:  David J. Leva, Owner
Send resumes to:
Office:  281-242-2112

Internship Positions Needed:  If you have the heart and time to help train new K&B industry workers, please let is know if you will take on an intern.  
Job Postings:  Do yo

u need kitchen and bath industry workers?  Let us know and we will post your job openings on our website.  Send to: 


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