2009 Event Archive

NKBA Metropolitan Design Competition

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December 8 , 2009
Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Carl Schaedel Showroom 
Fairfield, NJ

Please join us for a fabulous holiday party full of food, drinks, and fun at Carl Schaedel Showroom. Explore Viking appliances as you visit different cooking demonstrations throughout their beautiful
showroom and taste delicious food using only the best, local and seasonal ingredients or sample their signature cocktails! This holiday season don't delay, register to take advantage of our discounted holiday rates! Tis the season!!

Thank you to our meeting sponsor: Carl Schaedel

November 10, 2009
Top 20 Things to Do During a Business Downturn

Birdsall Showroom 
North Plainfield, NJ

When business slows, companies often become paralyzed in taking action for fear of making a major mistake. Professional Crisis Managers recommend a series of critical steps to follow, and urge business owners and employees not to waste any time in making changes. Learn first hand from this veteran industry business person what the 20 most important actions are- so you are equipped to weather virtually any economic storm.

Thank you to our meeting sponsor: Birdsall Bath Design

October 13, 2009
Understanding Quartz Surfaces

The Brownstone
Paterson, NJ

Please join us at the Brownstone for this CEU approved event to learn how to disseminate the various hard surfacing materials available today. Learn the difference between quartz vs. marble/granite among other well known hard surface materials used in today's market.

This exciting program, presented by DuPont, will also show you the process of making quartz products from raw materials in the quarry to the finished product. Many thanks to our sponsors Dolan & Traynor and DuPont for making this exciting event possible.

Thank you to our meeting sponsos: Dolan & Traynor and DUPONT

September 14, 2009
Bill Farnan Memorial Golf Outing

Knob Hill Golf Club
Manalapan, NJ

As an organization we are always hoping for young new talent to enter the kitchen design field, but we need to encourage and promote this involvement. Bill Farnan was an independent manufacturer's representative in NJ who was behind this concept. He saw how his dealers struggled to find qualified salespeople. Bill endeared himself to all he touched and his eagerness to help makes the scholarship fund, that helps young people get involved in the kitchen industry, an honor to his name.

Please come out for a day of golf and fun while helping support the scholarship fund.

Thank you to our Event Sponsor: The Westye Group | East, LLC

June 9 , 2009
Clearing the Air: Fresh Ideas in Ventilation!

5:00 Cocktails: Reno's Appliances
6:45 Dinner: Calandra's
Route 46 E, Fairfield

Join us at beautiful Reno 's Appliance showroom for appetizers and drinks, to see the latest and greatest in appliances and more! Then follow us over to Cucina Calandra Restaurant to hear Kevin McGauley of Broan-NuTone present "Clearing the Air"; a ventilation awareness program designed to arm the kitchen and bath design community with valuable information about the importance of ventilation in the home. Don't miss how to properly ventilate kitchens, the latest and greatest in ventilation design trends, and how to effectively communicate the importance of ventilation to your clients!

Thank you to our meeting sponsor: Reno's Appliance

April 2009
Green Demolition

5:00 to 6:30: Karl's Showroom 
6:45 to 9:00: Greenbrook Country Club 

Join us at Karls' Appliance to tour their beautiful showroom and to learn more about Green Demolition, a non profit organization that recycles used kitchens & baths. Hear about how they can save you and your customer money through recycling!

Then, follow us to Green Brook Country Club, to hear from Gillian B. Wyckoff from Thomas Edison College and Maria Stapperfenne, CKD CBD your Chapter Representative, on the many ways NKBA can help you regardless of your segment in the Kitchen & Bath Industry. We hope to see you there!

Thank you to our meeting sponsors: 
Karl's Appliances AND Green Demolitions

March 2009
Managing for Profit in 2009

Hawthorne, NJ

Building value—for the customer and the company— into every project is essential to sustaining a successful business. With over 27 years of professional experience building his business, Dave Alderman will share his million-dollar checklist as well as a wealth of other tips and takeaways for managing not only the customer, but also your business, for profit.

President and Owner of Dave’s Cabinet, Inc., Dave Alderman, CKD, started the business in 1980 in his garage as a design-build kitchen and bath business. Today he and his partner also manufacture custom mouldings, millwork, radius stairways and solid surface tops. A member of the NKBA since 1984, Alderman served the Virginia State Chapter as Treasurer, Vice President of Professional Development, Vice President of Programs, President and Chapter Representative. He has served on the National level for nine years, including the Chairman of the Chapter Leadership and Development Committee, Chairman of the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors. His presentation will include a discussion on charging design fees and the difference between listening to the customer and really hearing what they are saying.

Thank you to our meeting sponsor: Caesarstone

February 2009
Are You Selling by DESIGN or DEFAULT?

The Bethwood 
Totowa, NJ

Who's Really in Control of Your Sales Process?

Are you concerned about the lack of new business development? Are you upset about the lack or proactive referrals you receive? Frustrated by too many proposals . . . too little business? Making large marketing investments but failing to close the sales? Tired of prospects that force you into a long sales cycle? Than join us at this month's NKBA Meeting!

At our meeting:
· You’ll be introduced to a revolutionary selling system that can completely turn the table on even
your most difficult prospects – without sounding manipulative or pushy.
· You learn why a “discover-based” system for selling can be more powerful and more profitable
than traditional selling approaches.
· You see how setting up front “contracts” with prospects can put YOU in control of your sales cycle.
· You’ll find out how to create a system to get in front of more new qualified prospects.
· You’ll walk out with armed information you can put to use right away.

Danny Wood, of Danny Wood Enterprises, specializes in working with business owners, CEO’s
and senior managers to maximize the return on what is often their most underutilized resource…
the sales team. By focusing on buyer's and seller's attitudes and behaviors, not just
techniques, Danny's clients are able to achieve "superior selling".

Thank you to our meeting sponsor: The Westye Group East, LLC

January 2009
Color Pulse 2010

South Rutherford , NJ

Color Pulse, which is exclusive to the trade, is Benjamin Moore's directional design forecast which looks at design and color futures 12-18 months in advance of the market.  Our North American Creative Forecasting Team travels the globe to be your vantage trend eyes, identifying directional color influences that help you make informed color and design decisions.  The overriding them of Authenticity is translated through three distinctive influences.  Genesis:  Origins... What's in it, The New Luxury:  Exclusivity & Eco Luxury and Ingenuity:  The Right Brain Perspective. 

Fran Mooney is a Color and Design Specialist for the Benjamin Moore Company.  Fran's thrifty years of experience in the paint industry along with her background in design and passion for color is of great benefit in her role at Benjamin Moore.  Fran is a member of the Benjamin Moore's North American Design Team and joins a number of creative individuals who tracks directional color and design influences in the global market.  Fran represents Benjamin Moore at a number of trade shows and is a key presenter of Benjamin Moore's color forecast Color Pulse(TM).  She is a member of the Color Marketing Group and an industry member of ASID and IIDA.

Thank you to our meeting sponsor: Stone Surfaces