NKBA Upcoming  
Chapter Meetings,
Events & More 
February 17th
5:30- 7:30pm 
0.1 CEU Program 
"Designing Dream Kitchens"
Hosted by
Architectural Digest
at the Miele Manhattan Experience Center 
150 East 58th St.
Suite 901
New York City

Board Meeting March 7
CHAPTER EVENT NKBA-Manhattan March 9th
5:30-8:00 pm
0.2 CEU Program 
by Ayre Lighting
"Turn Up the Light"
Hosted by
Grande Central Showroom
19 Bond St. at corner of Lafayette
New York City 
INDUSTRY EVENT March 17-20 Architectural Digest Show                  Piers 92 & 94
Board Meeting  April 4
April 13
5:30-8:00 pm
Hosted by THG
Details to come
New York City 
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
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

Member Discounts on Products and Services Including: Banking, Car Rentals and Office Supplies
and much more...
To find out more or apply online, visit:
Left to right: Diego Florio, General Manager Cosentino City, London; Ricardo Kuma and Jason Moore, A&D Sales Managers; Arlene Santos, Cosentino Customer Service Representative; Keith Jones, Kitchen & Bath Sales Manager; Renee Riddick, NKBA Manhattan Chapter President; Ana Granados, General Manager Cosentino City, New York City
The year started very strong as over 50 members and guests gathered Wednesday, January 27, at Cosentino City Manhattan in the A&D Building for the first chapter meeting of 2016.

Jason Moore, A&D Sales Manager, gave a 0.1 CEU presentation on ultracompact surfacing, and attendees learned how this surfacing material possesses the characteristics of stone with a vast range of color and design flexibility. Guests enjoyed an informative talk and animated question and answer session complimented by delicious Spanish food & wine.
Kent Brasloff  Recognized with Two Awards at KBIS
The Manhattan Chapter is very proud to announce that Immediate Past President Kent Brasloff was the recipient of two prestigious awards at KBIS 2016.

At the 2016 Chapter Officer Leadership Reception at KBIS, Kent was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Chapter Officer for the Chapter Star Awards.

The Chapter Star Awards is a new program in which the NKBA recognizes the chapters and individuals that have made a difference. It serves as a thank you to our officers for their time and experience devoted to creating opportunities for members to network, be up-to-date on the industry and provide support and knowledge to peers. An officer from each of the nine regions was recognized with a Chapter Star Award. In addition, the most outstanding chapter officer within the entire NKBA was selected. Our own Kent Brasloff was the first recipient of the Grand Prize for Best Chapter Officer. Kent has been a member of the board for 14 years, joining in 2001. He served as Chapter President from 2013 to 2015, and previously was First Vice President, Programs, from 2010 to 2012. 

In addition, Kent is a new inductee into the NKBA Ambassadors Club, which recognizes the exemplary recruitment efforts in bringing new members to the organization.



 A world traveler, Joan Gibbs spent her early years in Japan, France, Germany, and Turkey. She returned the US to go to college, but after a visit to England for the summer, decided to stay and eventually earned an MA from the University of Leeds.  After graduation, like for so many young people, New York called, and Joan returned and worked in a variety of fields including a stint on Wall Street. 
Today, after working at the Expo Design Center in Westchester and with boutique design firms, Joan is a kitchen designer at Home Depot's flagship 59th Street store.  Her portfolio of design projects includes homes and kitchens in the tri-state area for many years, participation in two showhouses-the HUSH house, the first African American Showhouse, and the Madam C.J. Walker Showhouse in Irvington, NY. 

Hafele Kitchen Dealer Sales Representative, NY 
The purpose of the position is to develop sales of Hafele products.
Prime focus:
  • To create a strong relationship and presence for Hafele with:
  • A strong focus on Kitchen Dealers, and some Office and Decorative Hardware Showrooms.
  • Create and support sales of all Hafele products and services
  • DSMs provide professional support for sales and marketing initiatives.
  • DSMs provide expert and specialized technical and field support
  • Hafele products are segmented as Cabinet and Furniture Hardware and as Builders Hardware
  • DSMs support product managers in development and source of products, materials, and programs with industry feedback
For more information or Interested candidates, kindly reply to:

  NKBA Manhattan thanks its sponsors


This month I am reflecting on Design & Construction Week
held January 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This annual industry show is the premier event where trade professionals converge to discover new products and trends, exchange ideas and network. It is the chance to see the phenomenal amount of available product, up close and personal. The "best of the best" in the industry showcase their products and trends in preparation for the coming year. Over 110,000 designers, architects, builders and other industry tradespeople and business owners were slated to
attend. I was one of them.

This year's "Week" encompassed four shows that were co-located in Las Vegas: KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show), IBS and NAHB s Show and North American Home Builders Show), the International Surface Event and the International Window Covering Expo held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Roughly 2,500 exhibitor booths were spread throughout the massive convention center space, which also featured an outdoor village built by the NAHB.
The Week's opening ceremony kicked off with a fantastic laser light show that was fitting in this Star Wars anniversary year, a beating drums show and a comedic stint by funnyman Jay Leno. With this opening the audience knew that we were in for a week of cool innovation, fun and surprise. On to the convention!
We were not disappointed. A stunning array of product and interactive exhibits were on display with associates eager to demonstrate their product's features and answer any questions. This year's KBIS featured cool technology projects such as FutureHaus Bath, a nod to "future technology now" in the room where we start our day. Presented by Virginia Tech this futuristic vision space showcased new technology (how about a scale that's built into the floor) or a double sink vanity that, with the push of a button, raises or lowers to accommodate the different heights of family members. Other cool tech items were presented by American Standard's DVX line of faucets with a unique latticework design created by a 3-D laser. The New American Home tour, presented by the NAHB (North American Home Builders Association) featured a newly-built net-zero efficiency home in the Vegas suburbs. Environmentally-friendly products and energy efficient Thermador appliances were used to inspire designers, builders and architects to "go green" with their residential design. Whole-house control over lighting and temperature was used throughout the space to show how homeowners can create the ultimate experience in comfort and relaxation when they come home to the castle.
NKBA University sponsored over 90 one-hour sessions titled the "Voices From the Industry" series, where industry experts shared their trade secrets and fool-proof techniques for creating great design. Other topics such as designing for small spaces and business-related topics such as how a CEO should use social media were also part of the courses, which also granted C.E.U. credits to participants.
Moving on to this month's chapter event on Feb 17: as the heart of the home the kitchen takes center stage as the room that requires careful, thoughtful design. We hope to see you for a panel discussion featuring kitchen design trends and designing the kitchen of your client's dreams. You are bound to be inspired and walk away with a few thoughts on creating great design for your clientele.