A Message from your Chapter President...
I am honored, humbled, and privileged to assume the role of President of NKBA TGCC. I am deeply grateful to Cyndy Qualia for her trust and her outstanding leadership and contribution to our chapter. We wish her the best in her journey. I am so inspired by the commitment and achievement of her and all past presidents and councils. I look forward to continuing their legacy and fulfill the mission of NKBA.
Looking back at the last couple years as Membership chair, it was tremendously rewarding experience, both personally and professionally. One of the key lessons I learned has been the importance of being sensitive to the needs of the members and working as a team to get things accomplished.
During the catastrophic year of 2020, we lived in a challenging and uncertain times. While we can’t predict the future, we can guarantee you could count on our support, and together we will overcome all the challenges ahead. Our thoughts are always with you and your family. Please join the efforts to continue social distancing and do our part to keep each other safe and healthy.
Registration for virtual KBIS is already open. Make sure you save the date from Feb 8,2021 through Feb. 12, 2021 and check out the agenda and what is in plan for you.
Our collective efforts make a measurable difference. We look forward to better serve our members and community hoping this year bring along health, happiness, victories, and much awaited reunions we all yearn for.
President, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter
National Kitchen & Bath Association
Greg Pratt is President and Owner of Cabinetree Kitchens and Baths. We specialize in design, sales and installation of cabinets for all aspects of your home. Greg has been involved in the cabinet industry since he was a young man. He graduated with an Entrepreneurship degree from Baylor University and has been building his family cabinet business over the last 40 years. Greg still installs most of the jobs Cabinetree sells because of is his love and passion for cabinets. Cabinetree is now 3 generations of Pratts with over 80 years of experience in the cabinet industry.
What drew you to the kitchen & bath industry?
My dad, Robert Pratt and I started installing coffee bars in office buildings when I was 14. All of those office buildings going up on I-10 in the late 70’s and early 80’s, we would sell and install the cabinets in the evenings after work and school. I did not realize at the time how much I would grow to love that type of work. I found that I enjoyed working with my hands and building things out of wood. Installing cabinets is like Legos for big kids.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the creativity involved with my job. From design to completion the creative process of turning clients dreams into reality is very rewarding for them and me. To start with an empty canvas (kitchen) and build a finished product is very rewarding. I like creating that “Wow” factor for my clients.
What do you find the most challenging?
The most challenging part of my job is trying to blend the clients needs, wants and desires with their budget. It is disappointing to the client and us when we have designed a project with everything, they dreamed of only to see the price and realize that some hard decisions are going to have to be made. The line between design and price is hard sometimes.
Just for fun:
Do you have a favorite quote?
“90% of life is acting like you know what you are doing”. I have taught this to all three of my kids and they have heard it many times. Live life with confidence.
What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Prov. 19:9 I have learned to trust God each day with all that I am and have. God is in control of my life and business and that is extremely important to me.
Three words to best describe you?
Optimism, Integrity, Diligence
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Jesus and Donuts
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, you must renew your membership each year, on your join anniversary date, to continue your NKBA membership.
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NKBA Design Trends 2021
Report Price: $2995
This NKBA Research Report is included with NKBA Membership.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association has just released its annual Design Trends study. The report takes a deep dive into all aspects of both kitchen and primary bathroom design, with the goal of highlighting styles, features, materials and innovations expected to be most popular over the next few years. The survey included over 700 respondents from across North America. More than half the participants were designers and the remainder were architects, remodelers, showroom professionals and manufacturers. Link
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Specialty Badge Program
In its continuing drive to offer members opportunities for professional development, the NKBA has added three new Specialty Badges to its existing badge portfolio: Color, Lighting and Sustainability. Click here for more information and also to experience the association’s new and improved Specialty Badge Program landing badge.
Membership benefits include an enhanced public listing on the NKBA websites (photos, bio/description, etc.), the possibility of hosting chapter meetings, discounts on Chapter Events & KBIS, entrance into our National Design Competition, and more. Membership fees are paid annually. Benefits of NKBA Certification include consumer credibility, peer respect, personal pride, and NKBA marketing support. Certification can provide opportunities for increased income, better employment, wider media exposure, and distinguishing oneself in the industry.
You can download the application HERE, then forward to our Member Relations team at [email protected]. Applications that include a check will still need to be mailed to NKBA at 687 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. 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]
Driven by our responsibility to serve your best interests, we regret to announce that we are cancelling the in-person 2021 edition of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), originally scheduled to take place February 9-11, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, alongside the co-located International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Maintaining the health and safety of the exhibitors, attendees, partners and employees remains our top priority. Read More...
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