NKBA Upcoming  
Chapter Meetings,
Events, & More 

Board Meeting
November 2nd 

October 29th
5:30 - 8PM
MONOGRAM Design Center
150 East 58th Street, 10th fl
New York City
NKBA National President
"Better Communication Through Listening"
0.2 CEU Program
November 18th
12 NOON to 6pm
Eating, Living, Building:
Designing the
Kitchen of Tomorrow
0.4 CEU Program 
Cost is $75 members;
$100 non-members
Holiday Party!
Details forthcoming
JAN 19t-21

The NKBA is the ONLY professional organization that solely supports kitchen, bath and hardware with over 60,000 members in North America!



Complimentary Manhattan Chapter Events

Complimentary Summer and Winter Socials
Complimentary Vendor Excursions
Complimentary Invitation To The
Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House Breakfast
On-line education
Business Development Webinars
Opportunities to enter and win Design Contests
Advanced Registration for KBIS and Design & Construction Week
Professional Certification Courses
Legislative Support and Advocacy
Industry Job Boards
Consumer Access to your Company Information

Credibility of the NKBA Logo
Health Insurance Benefit Plan

Ad Templates & Business Forms
Member Discounts on Products and Services Including: Banking, Car Rentals and Office Supplies
and much more...

To find out more or apply online, please visit:





From left: Kent Brasloff, Manhattan Chapter President; Michael Reiman, International Projects Consultant,  Hansgrohe; Renée Riddick, President-Elect

Designers and architects gathered at the Axor NYC Design Studio in Manhattan's Meatpacking District on September 30th to attend a CEU event, "What your Plumber Wishes You Knew." Participants were treated to an informative and insightful discussion about the different types and styles of faucet and shower fixtures and the various components that make them work. Speaker Michael Reiman, International Projects Consultant for Hansgrohe North America, took the audience from the basics of lavatory faucet configurations to a detailed discussion on diverters, pressure balance valve systems and thermostatic valves. Attendees gained a better understanding of the features that tub and shower fixtures share and how those features function to control and enhance the shower experience.
Michael shared information on the latest hand showers, body sprays and design configurations. He also explained various safety and comfort factors that come into play in design, such as why hand showers are made from lighter metals (so that they will not be too hot or heavy to hold).
An extensive question and answer session followed the presentation, during which participants shared their own experiences and challenges in designing bathrooms and kitchens for their clients. Guests then toured the showroom and its vignettes, to interact with product, and to mingle with colleagues while enjoying refreshments. A hearty thanks to the team at Axor Hansgrohe for making this chapter meeting one of the best of the year.

For more photos from this event please visit our NKBAManhattan FB page
         "Better Communication through LISTENING!"
Presented by Maria Stapperfenne, CMKBD - 2015 NKBA President
October 29, Monogram Design Center
150 East 58th Street, 10th fl, NYC

Do you work hard to keep a design or construction project on track, only to find yourself frequently caught up in problems caused by poor communication? Is talking through the situation only making things worse?  Would you like to avoid future misunderstandings? How about hear what others are actually trying to tell you? Take a moment to listen, really listen, to your customers, your co-workers, your vendors, etc. Discover your own communication style, its strengths and weaknesses, as well as how to identify others' styles for more effective communication, and ultimately add to your bottom line. In this lively interactive session, Maria will introduce a variety of communication styles to help you determine which is yours, and how to modify it to meet the needs of others. You'll practice using real world examples.  As an added bonus, everyone will take away an emergency toolkit of phrases to help in stressful situations!

This is a 0.2 NKBA CEU program
Maria Stapperfenne, CMKBD, Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths, Whitehouse Station, NJ

Maria started her career in kitchens and baths in 1992, finally becoming a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer in August of 2015. She is the Manager of Tewksbury Kitchens& Baths, a division of Huston Lumber & Supply Co. and has a BA from Trenton State College.

Maria has been active in her Northern NJ Chapter serving as President, Secretary, VP of Communications and Chapter Representative. She has also served nationally as a Region Director and member of the Board of Directors. While there, Maria was a judge for the NKBA Design Competition and contributed to several committees and task forces. She holds a K-12 teaching certificate in the state of NJ and is a musician as well as a wife and mother of 3 in her spare time.

#NKBAWORKWITHAPRO! Now there's a hashtag to kick off National Kitchen and Bath month!! Consider using it when you tweet as a handy tag or as an e-signature this month, i.e., Whose ready to renovate? #NKBAWORKWITHAPRO. Imagine THAT going out across the e-waves to vendors and end-users 5000 times a week for the next month. Powerful? You bet. Consistent with who we are? No doubt!
So here's the challenge: would each of you commit to getting the word out once a week on social media, until Halloween? As Madonna might have said, had she been a kitchen and bath designer, "You can do it, let's get to it! Post, Post, Post!!"
And if you're one of our more social media savvy members, you might want to check out National's style-spotter contest taking place on Pinterest at #NKBASTYLESPOTTER. The contest winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to KBIS 2016!
October is also Manhattan Chapter Membership Drive month. Join today and get 14 months for the price of 12! If you need more incentive than FREE chapter events, a summer and winter party, an all-expense paid vendor excursion, the Kips Bay Breakfast, certification courses, networking, tools to manage your business and so much more, I'd love to know what that is? Please contact our VP Membership at  to join now!
I hope you were in the crowd at Axor on September 30th for What Your Plumber Wants You to Know? Thanks to Michael Reiman, International Projects Consultant at Hansgrohe North America, we flushed out the salient points!
Our October 29th program will be one of the highlights of the year when National President, Maria Stapperfenne joins us in the Monogram Design Center for a 0.2 CEU event, Better Communications Through Listening. Don't miss it!
Finally, RUN don't walk to sign up for our blockbuster 0.4 CEU program on November 18th: Eating, Living, Building: the Kitchen of Tomorrow being hosted by Hafele. Seats will be limited!
Kent Brasloff
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