TGCC-NKBA August 2017 Newsletter Print

Upcoming Meeting

August 15, 2017 5:30 PM CDT - 8:00 PM CDT

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Showroom
16590 Interstate 45 S
The Woodlands, TX 77384
Venue website

We have a different format for this exciting evening meeting! 

The Ferguson Woodlands Showroom is beautifully designed for a multi-topic CEU (2 credits). 

Come, Taste, Learn & Explore
, and all among friends... Start your evening with chef prepared tasty bites and smooth mellow beverages to cool you down on a warm summer evening.  You evening will begin with Chef Michelle Morris, owner of Southern Cadence Cuisine, one of Houston's leading Chefs.  Michelle will be providing an interactive cooking demo on preparing delicious foods while presenting information necessary for making selections of some of the newest appliances on the market.  

The second part of the evening will be finished off with a showcase of some of the newest trends in plumbing for kitchens and baths (presented by:  Karen Ashcraft, Southwest Sales).

Our Sponsors make our meetings very special for all in attendance.  The food & beverages will be top notch.  Please make plans to attend.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this meeting possible:
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery & Thermador


Cook-off teams will serve up some of the best gumbo tastings while competing for great prizes and the "Best Gumbo" in Texas.  If you think your gumbo is great, then you will want to be a part of this momentous event.  Sponsored teams are welcome (companies, friends, local businesses, etc.)!  Amateurs, no restaurants or professional chefs.  Super prizes awarded for cook-off winners.  

Sponsors/Vendors-- don't miss the opportunity to show the latest and greatest kitchen, bath, and home items (appliance, plumbing fixtures, cabinets, cabinet hardware, paint, water systems, outdoor cooking, remodeling, tile, lighting, and more).  We are projecting an audience of 300-500 attendees.

Volunteers to work this event are needed.  Please sign up to help:
If you want to be a part of this event – a sponsor, vendor, a cookoff team, event volunteer/helper, or need more information, please email one of us...

Pat Brewer, Event Coordinator -
Blanca Lazo, Cook-off Chairperson -

Melissa Sharp, Vendor Chairperson -
Rima Nasr, Kids Activities Chairperson -
Shannon Garza, Volunteer Chairperson -
Sheree DeGennaro, Publication Distribution -

 It's going to be FUN!
Public Invited.  Kids welcomed. No pets please.  

Sign up, registration, and other details are online and available now – Click Here
For more information, email Pat Brewer @


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Chapter Updates


Chapter Committees:  Committees play an essential role in the chapter’s growth and are the backbone of a successful chapter. Effective use of committees offers members opportunities to develop their leadership skills and expand their understanding of how the chapter operates. Committees are also the training ground for future leadership and a place where new leaders can test and refine their skills and abilities.

Chapters may also create ad-hoc committees or task forces, to provide temporary leadership and manpower to short-term projects such as awards or special events, membership drives, member appreciation or service projects.

Why volunteer for chapter committees and task forces?  No term limits, short-term obligation, training for chair position, stay involved after term on council ends, mentor other volunteers, and experience a variety of activities!

TGCC-NKBA Volunteers in the Community!        

We are in the planning phase of selecting and scheduling our next community service volunteer project.  The project is designed to make a difference in our community by giving of our time to an established charity.   Please consider serving with us.  Date & Location - TBD and will be provided soon on our website.


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News from Our National Office


NKBA CEU Cycle:   We’re Halfway There!
The 2018 CEU Cycle ends June 30, 2018, which means we are halfway through the period. Check your account on to see how many CEUs you have. What counts as a CEU? Any activity where the certified member is on the receiving end of formal instruction, provided it pertains to the kitchen and bath industry. A few examples of what can be submitted:

  • NKBA chapter meetings
  • Vendor training
  • NKBA courses
  • Conference seminars
  • Webinars
  • Other association programs
  • Correspondence credit

All NKBA certified members are required to have 20 CEU hours approved by June 30, 2018. Log in to to submit your CEUs.

Upcoming NKBA Courses/Webinars

Visit  to learn more about the courses and webinars being offered by NKBA in the coming months.

Certification Prep Courses

If you are already an AKBD and want to obtain your CKBD, our next CKBD Exam Preparation virtual course begins on Friday, October 13th. If you hold a CKD or CBD and want to become a CKBD, you can sign up for the kitchen and bath segments of the CKBD Exam Preparation course separately.  Visit  or contact Member Services at 1-800-843-6522 for registration assistance.

Newly Certified NKBA Members

The NKBA would like to recognize the following members who recently earned their K&B certifications: 

  •  Pam Vanderbraak, AKBD, Ottawa
  •  Robert Watson AKBD, Texas Gulf Coast
  • Sara Chouinard, AKBD, Minnesota State
  • Jill S. Jarrett, CMKBD, Susquehanna Valley


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NKBA Design Student News

TGCC Student Bus Tour
Friday October 6, 2017

      Interior design students are invited to sign up to participate in our annual Student Bus Tour (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)  Students will have an opportunity to visit some of the most exciting trade showrooms in the Houston area.  The tour will originate at the Houston Design Center (7026 Old Katy Rd.) promptly at 8:30 a.m.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.  Students will travel by bus to several scheduled showrooms where they will experience the materials and professional services available to them as designers.  If you are interested in participating in the tour as a student, please contact Analisa Pratt, CKD, VP Academic Relations at:  
Students applications should be submitted to Analisa by September 22, 2017.
Click Here for Application:  Bus Tour Application



As Houston Community College and Stephen F. Austin State University launch a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design (ID) at the HCC Central Campus.  The official sign off on the program was completed August 1, 2017. [Recognized by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation].  Individuals may now enroll with Stephen F. Austin University and take ID courses at HCC main campus and online.   Check it out!

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

Lindsey Root
Showroom Marketing Manager
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc

Lindsey is the showroom marketing manager for Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. and has been with the company for the last seven years.

A native of Lufkin, Texas, she earned a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.  Lindsey has a vast knowledge of kitchen and bath products and provides a valuable service to designers and K&B businesses in the area.  She is a former Showroom Consultant with training and experience in product selections and working directly with the trade.

Professional Affiliations
2016-2017 GHBA Remodeler’s Council Membership Board Member
2018 GHBA Custom Builder’s Council Board Member Elect

Lindsey is a welcomed addition to our local TGCC-NKBA chapter.  When called to support our chapter she has done so willingly.  Thank you, Lindsey. 

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
4245 Richmond Ave. 
Houston, TX 77027
C:  936-225-0512
O: 713-626-3300


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Membership Matters!

 Changes in Membership Dues

There are new membership dues rates for 2017. Please make sure you are using the appropriate application with the 2017 dues structure. Also, all new memberships will be good for one full year, not through the end of the current calendar year. For example, a new membership starting June 1, 2017 will be due for renewal May 31, 2018. Therefore, there will be no proration of dues. 

Contact Information Update:

If you have changed companies, e-mails, home addresses, etc., please reach out to the NKBA Member Services Team at and update your information. The changes, as received by our national office, will be reflected immediately in our National chapter membership roster.



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NKBA Design Competition

2018 Design Competition – Submissions are now open!  
Deadline:  August 4, 2017

Attention all NKBA members!  

Have you installed a project between January 1, 2016 and August 4, 2017?
Why not plan to participate in this year’s design competition.  Submit clear photos, a concise design statement, elevations and a floor plan to scale, along with a completed entry form. Entry fee will be $90.00.
The Design Competition closes on August 4th. NKBA members have the opportunity to submit kitchen and bath designs for a chance to win $10,000!  The 2018 NKBA Design Competition Entry Packet provides comprehensive information on the entry process as well as competition rules & requirements. 

This year we have included a new specialty award category of Outdoor Kitchen. Categories for 2018 include Small Kitchen, Medium Kitchen, and Large Kitchen; Powder Room, Small Bathroom, and Large Bathroom. In addition, applicants have the opportunity to be considered for a number of specialty awards, including Best Before & After, Budget-Friendly, Universal Design and the aforementioned Outdoor Kitchen.

All winners will be honored at an exclusive awards event during KBIS 2018 in Orlando attended by association leadership and some of the most notable kitchen and bath industry professionals. They will also receive national recognition, a share of over $60,000 in cash prizes and be featured in NKBA Innovation + Inspiration magazine, on and in the NKBA Booth at KBIS 2018. In addition to being featured on several association platforms, winners’ projects are often published in leading industry publications.

To learn more about the opportunity, click here:  

All entry packets must be received at the NKBA Headquarters by Friday, August 4, 2017. 


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NKBA Members Job Postings

Position:  Kitchen & Bath Designer – Sales Consultant

Experience Required – Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in kitchen and bath design/sales.  Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design or related field, preferred. Thorough working knowledge of Chief Architect, 20/20, Auto CAD or equivalent design software.  Must be detail oriented and organized.  Experience with high end cabinetry sales a plus.

Job Description – Entrepreneurial minded sales consultant has an opportunity to join our well established 45 year old high end cabinetry sales showroom.  The ideal candidate will have a passion for design with a focus on providing an excellent customer service and sales experience for our clients and the ability to manage the project from start to finish.  Willingness to participate in Industry specific organizations and proactively seek out opportunities for continued education and professional development.  Build and maintain relationships with builders, interior designers and other trade professionals.  Emphasis is on building and maintaining a relationship that creates a solid foundation for recurring sales and future growth.  If you’re interested in a career with unlimited earning potential, apply now.

Contact: Maria Frank
Owner Cabinets and Designs
1022 Wirt Rd. #308
Houston, TX 77055


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