SAVE THE DATE!!  MN NKBA Holiday Party  on December 12 at 5pm at Plato in Mpls!


November 21, 2019

Tile Done Right – Design, Details and Installation for Wall and Floor Tile .1 CEU

Presented by Jan Hohn   CTEF Certified Tile Installer, NTCA State Ambassador, MN


Getting the Most from Your Tile Showroom

Presented by Tawnya Woodward  

Learn from the experts. How can you achieve the best installation of tile for your design projects. Find out the best tile applications for walls and flooring. Avoid mistakes common mistakes. Take a tour of Daltile and see the possibilites for design and products used. 

Date: November 21, 2019

Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm   5:30pm Registration and Social Gathering     6:00pm Presentations

Address: 14005 13th Avenue North

Plymouth, MN 55441

Register at:

Invites sent out. Please contact for more info



October 2019  MN NKBA Tabletop Event held at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul

September 2019  MN NKBA Chapter Design Awards Gala held at the Town and Country Club

September 2019  Design News Magazine CEU Event in Mpls

August 2019  MN NKBA Chapter Planning Meeting held at Ohana Design and Home in Mendota Heights

July 2019  Summer Family Fun at the St. Paul Saints game

June 2019 Spaces Magazine Portfolio Event held at All Inc. in St. Paul

May 2019  Hand Made Custom Tiles and Tour held at Mercury Mosaics in Mpls

April 2019  Professional Headshots and NKBA Bio’s   Tour of Stone and more held at MSI in Plymouth

March 2019 Tile Trends/Install and Paint Color Trends, Paint and Sheens by Benjamin Moore held at The Tile Shop in Roseville

February 21, 2019 KBIS

January 17, 2019  MN NKBA 2019 Kickoff Event held at Cambria Gallery on 7th

December 20, 2018  MN NKBA Holiday Party held at Kohler Signature Store

November 15, 2018  Lunch and Learn CEU at Roth Distributing

October 18, 2018    MN NKBA Table Top Event held at Wilder Foundation

September 25, 2018      Design Awards Gala held at Town and Country Club






Spaces Magazine  Kitchen and Bath Portfolio Review

“We want your Kitchen and Bath Projects!” The SPACES magazine staff is hosting a portfolio review at All Inc on Tuesday, June 19th starting at 3:30. Editor Amy Nelson is looking forward to meeting you and seeing your work. Project summaries and leave-behinds are encouraged. Selected designs will be published in the October issue of Spaces Magazine. After your review stay for our 10th Annual Magazine Event starting at 4:30 to meet the following experts:

” Bittercube Bitters are created by hand with real botanicals. No pre-made extracts or flavors are used in our slow-crafted products. Learn how to use bitters to create your own unique combinations of hand-crafted cocktails.” We will sample hand-crafted cocktails at the event with the Bittercube Team who are so well known in the Twin Cities.

Date: Thursday, June 19. 2018

Time: 3:30pm Portfolio Review Begins 4:30 Annual Magazine Event

Spaces Magazine Kitchen and Bath Portfolio Review

Location: All Inc.

185 Plato Boulevard

St. Paul, MN 55107



Please join your local MN NKBA Chapter for learning, networking, food and drink.

Ventilation 101

“Understanding the basics of ventilation and how it can impact a successful kitchen project.

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time: 5:30pm Social Gathering              6:00pm CEU Presentation

Ventilation 101

Location: Shady Oak Distributing

616 13th Avenue S

Hopkins, MN 55343

0.1 CEU

Cost: $15 for Members and free for students




Please join your local MN NKBA Chapter for learning, networking, food and drink.

Understand the Importance of Lighting Control Systems  with presentation by Mark Searles of Admit One Home Systems.

“Lighting control has become a standard in construction and existing retrofit solutions. Understand lighting terminology along with the benefits and solutions relating to lighting control. Understand why lighting control systems in homes are important and their value to your client.”

Date: Thursday, April 19. 2018

Time: 5:30pm Social Gathering              6:00pm CEU Presentation

Lighting Control Illuminated 

Location: Select Surfaces

2800 Fairview Avenue North

Roseville, MN 55113

0.1 CEU

Cost: $15 for Members and free for students



Please join your local MN NKBA Chapter for networking , food , drinks and a presentation by Chad Adamek, Moen Incorporated.

Learn the latest in shower design and technology along with how to meet the needs and wants of your clients while specifiying correct components.

“What began as standing under a bucket or relying on Mother Nature for a downpour has evolved into a sophisticated shower. And a challenge for bath designers. With the plethora of available valve, trim, controller and accessory options, how do you specify solutions that meet the needs, wants and budgets of clients—from a basic “spritz and shine” shower to the ultimate home spa experience?”

Date:  Thursday, March 15 2018

Time:    5:30 pm Social Gathering       6:00 pm CEU Presentation

One Hour Shower:   Latest in Shower Design & Technology

Location: Aspire Design Showroom Gallery

845 Berkshire Lane North

Plymouth, MN 55441

0.1 CEU

Cost: $15 for Members, and free for Students

Please click here to register for meeting.


February 15, 2018

Introducing the BOLD Direction of NKBA-MN in 2018 – Social Hour

Join us for a start to a BOLD 2018!  We are excited to kick off a number new directions for our Minnesota State NKBA Chapter! Join us for a social night to meet your Minnesota State 2018 Council Members, find out how YOU can use your skills to get involved and help your local chapter and industry, and network with other industry professionals!

Thu, February 15, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CST

Cambria Gallery on 7th, 625 2nd Avenue South #101, Minneapolis, MN 55402

The event is FREE!  Register here.  



MN NKBA Design Awards Gala 2017

Please join your MN NKBA Chapter for a special evening…

MN NKBA Design Awards Gala

Thursday, September 28th  at 7pm

Paikka Event Center

55o Vandalia Street Suite 165

St. Paul, MN 55114

Join your MN NKBA Chapter for an evening of Hor d’oeuvres, drinks and design awards.

Invites  were mailed out to all. Please RSVP to: Tickets: $50    Free parking on north side of property off Wabash Ave.

                                         MN NKBA Tabletop and CEU Event 2017

Please join your MN NKBA Chapter for a Tabletop Event with Informative CEU’s

 MN NKBA Chapter 2nd Annual Tabletop and CEU Event

 Thursday, October 5, 2017   3:00pm to 8:00pm

An Event of Products, CEU’s, Hors d’oeuvres, Drinks, Door Prizes and Networking!

 Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul 55104

           This is the last chance this year to obtain CEU’s for 2017.   The show floor is free for all!

4:oopm “Art of Water” presented by Mike Smeed from Bongards

5:15pm “ Designing a Successful Sales Process” presented by Lynne Jensen-Nelson, Founder of Conversion–Omics Sales Training

6:30pm “Let’s Talk About the Color of Light” presented by Jeff Dross, Kichler

Single CEU: $25     All 3 CEU’s: $60    

Show floor with great products is free.  Must RSVP to

                     Register online:

                                     (Registration for Attendees and Exhibitors)

  For questions please contact Margaret at or Annette Reagan at


Upcoming meetings:

April 20, 2017. 3:00pm Board Meeting and CEU event at 6:00pm!

When: April 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Terrazzo & Marble Supply,
7145 Sandburg Road,
Golden Valley, MN 55427

TOPIC: Designing for Independence and Dignity – Without Talking About It!

March 16, 2017. canceled

February 17, 2017. 3:00 pm Board Meeting and Networking Event. Where: Glueks in MPLS

January: No meeting held this month to make time for the KBIS in Orlando!

November Fall In To NKBA
When: Wednesday, November 9th
Time: 6:00 check-in
Where: Cambria Minneapolis Showroom
625 2nd Ave S #101,
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Speakers: Mark Grewe, Jackie Berg, Mark Mayer, Jaime Johnson and a surprise speaker you won’t want to miss!
Topic: Fall Membership Drive
This is our Fall Member Drive. If you bring a potential member, you and your guest come free (spouses not included)!
Craft beer tasting stations
Full Bar
Autumnal themed food – pork sliders, something squash or pumpkin, caramel apples
Would you like to donate for the gift bags, grab bags or raffle items at the event? Shirts, caps etc. We will recognize the contributor when awarding the gift. Please connect with me at
Parking will be validated and there will be gift bags.
Cost is $15 per attendee.
Register here at the NKBA Square site.

November CEU Monthly Meeting:
When: Thursday, November 17th
Time: 11:00 check-in, 11:30 presentation; lunch served
Where: Roth Distributing
11300 West 47th Street
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343
Speaker: Mick Frank from Cambria
Topic: “How to sell Value in a Tough Market”

“This presentation will help you build value-added skills to make your company stand out and increase overall sales. Mick will help you understand how to differentiate yourself from your competitor as well as how to create a sales process based on your company’s values resulting in higher margins.”

cost: $25 members, $35 non-members, $15 students CEU
Register for this meeting here at the NKBA Square site

Past Meetings:

Mark your calendars!

The 2016 NKBA Design Awards Gala is Thursday, September 15th!

Enjoy an evening of good food and great design. Bring your spouse; your partner, your friend!  The NKBA welcomes all to the annual Gala! This years event will be held at the Calhoun Beach Club’s Boulevard Room.

New this year: invites will be sent electronically in keeping with the NKBA pledge to be more green.  Look to your inboxes in the coming weeks for your invitation!  More information will also be available soon on the NKBA Minnesota website.

Upcoming NKBA events:
Thursday, October 13th monthly meeting at Cosentino; CEU on tile
Thursday, November 17th monthly meeting at Roth; presentation on effective sales strategies by Mick Frank of Cambria
Thursday, December 15th Annual Holiday Fundraising party at Select Surfaces!

NKBA MN Chapter June Meeting

You’re invited to A Toast to Summer Celebration and SPACES Editorial Portfolio Review!

Local design magazine, SPACES, wants to feature your kitchen and bath projects! The SPACES staff and the NKBA are hosting a portfolio review at All, Inc. on Thursday, June 16th. Editor Amy Nelson is looking forward to meeting you and seeing your work. Project summaries and leave-behinds are encouraged.

After your review, have fun at the free “Toast to Summer Celebration.” Meet Barbara Schmidt of StudioBStyle and Nichola Kosevich of Bittercube Bitters! Barbara Schmidt is a home trend and brand expert and will giving a presentation on recent trends. Nichola Kosevich founded Bittercube Bitters in 2009. Come sample a hand-crafted cocktail and learn how create your own unique creations!

When: Thursday, June 16th
Where: All, Inc.
185 West Plato Boulevard

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55107

RSVP for this free event by June 10th to

Mark your calendars! Upcoming NKBA Events:

Thursday, June 30th Member Fest

Thursday, August 18th monthly meeting “How to Get Published” at Amsum and Ash
Thursday, September 15th NKBA Design Awards Gala

NKBA MN Chapter May Meeting

The Impact and Benefits of Professional Photography

One of the most powerful tools for marketing your work is amazing photography. Great photos can boost business! Come to the May NKBA meeting at the Kohler Signature Store where Kelly Kegans, Executive Editor at MSP Magazine, will discuss the impact and benefits of professional photography. Mingle with several local photographers including Mark Ehlen, Denise Bauer, Karen Melvin, Andrea Rugg, Spacecrafting and Steve Voegli, and gather details on finding the right photographer for your project!

Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: 5:00 check-in and social hour; 6:00 short presentation by Kelly Kegans; 6:30 photography mingle
Kohler Signature Store
7101 France Avenue South
Edina, Minnesota 55435

Cost: $25 for Members, $35 for Nonmembers and $15 for Students
Questions? Contact Sheryl Paisley at

To Register: Click HERE to register at our new Square registration website!

NKBA MN Chapter April Meeting

Sustainable Materials for the Bath

April means Earth Day! Come to the NKBA Minnesota Chapter meeting and refresh your “green” design skills! This month’s CEU will provide an overview of sustainable materials for the bath, including production, performance, maintenance, and frameworks for assessment. The presentation will focus on recycled copper, sustainably made concrete, FSC-Certified bamboo and reclaimed wood.

This program is worth .1 CEU

Date: Thursday, April 21st
Time:  5:00 check-in; 6:00 presentation
Place: Inspiration Design Center, 2200 Highway 13 West, Burnsville, Minnesota 55337
Cost: $25 for Members, $35 for Nonmembers and $15 for Students
Questions? Contact Sheryl Paisley at

To Register: Click HERE to register at our new Square registration website!

March Tabletop Event – “Designing with Technology”

The media is heralding new technologies, apps and brands everyday. Join the Minnesota Chapter of the NKBA as we take a look at how people are “tech-orating” their homes today. We will look at how technology can be seamlessly integrated into today’s designs – focusing on kitchen and bath areas where space is often limited. Additionally, home automation, network and wireless needs, smart phones, tablets and other devices will be discussed. Learn new and unique ways to integrate the latest technology into your designs!

This presentation is worth .1 CEU
Where: Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul
When: Thursday, March 10th 5:00 – approximately 6:00 pm
Presenter: Brian Duggan of Union Place Home Entertainment and Design

Cost: $25.00 for the .1 CEU and event. Event only is FREE to NKBA members, but please register so we can plan accordingly.
Parking: There is plenty of FREE parking at the ramp adjacent to the Wilder building.
Questions? Contact: Debbie Thompson at or Carrie Harrington at
To Register: Click HERE to register at our new Square registration website!

NKBA MN Chapter

February Monthly Meeting 2016

“All About Quartz Countertops” – with Amy Ciani from Ceasarstone

Quartz countertops have developed a reputation over the past several decades as a high-end surface material for kitchens and bathrooms. Join Amy Ciani from Caeserstone for a presentation on how quartz countertops are made, how to specify quartz countertops, fabrication issues to consider, and industry trends.
This presentation is worth .1 CEU

8:00 a.m. check-in
9:00 presentation

When: Thursday, February 18
Where: Mingle Showroom
12955 Highway 55
Plymouth, Minnesota 55441

To Register: Click HERE to register at our new Square registration website!
Questions can be directed to Sheryl Paisley at



NKBA MN Chapter

January Monthly Meeting 2016

Everything you ever wanted to know about copper!

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Location: Ferguson’s New Showroom, Oakdale, MN
Address: 590 Hale Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128
Phone: (651) 779-9393
Time: 8:00 am check-in
8:30/8:45 showroom tours
9:00 presentations begin
To Register: Click HERE to register at our new Square registration website! Please register by Monday, Jan. 25

Please join us a three leading experts, each in a different field will talk about one single subject: copper. Pete Dieser, a manufacturers representative for Native Trails, will educate us about copper sinks and range hoods. Kathryn Inoferio, a Rubble Tile consultant, will tell us about copper tile and metallic. Drew Beninati, a colorist and decorative wall finisher from The Plaster Center, will show us different plaster techniques using copper metallic.

Come learn about and see the different copper products and various copper applications. You will leave with a better understanding of this metal, how it can be used and how to care for it. Discover the beauty of copper and take home new design ideas.

This program is worth .1 CEU
Cost: $25 for Members, $35 for Nonmembers and $15 for Students

Questions? Contact Sheryl Paisley at

To Register: Click HERE to register at our new Square registration website! Please register by Monday, Jan. 25


NKBA December 2015 Monthly Meeting

Thursday, December 17th
NKBA MN Holiday Party

Holiday Event Sponsors

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NKBA November 2015 Monthly Meeting

Thursday, November 19th

Join us!

We all have to sell—sell ourselves, sell our products, sell our ideas…Want to know more about closing the sale? Want to make it happen sooner than later?

Lynne Jensen-Nelson of Conversion-omics will present:

“Effective Communication Strategies to Increase Urgency in the Sales Process”*

Lynne will cover the following topics:

·         Setting Proper Expectations about the Buying Process

·         Principle of Diminishing Intent

·         Third Party Testimonials

·         Open Questioning

·         Need Recognition

·         Overcoming Objections

·         Effective Closing Strategies

Lynne Jensen-Nelson is a nationally recognized sales coach, trainer and speaker.  Her teaching background and mastery of effective communication skills resulted in a meteoric rise through the ranks of sales, management and executive leadership positions in residential new construction.  She has earned numerous awards including Woman of the Year from BPW, NSMC Million Dollar Circle Award, NAHB Platinum Award for Distinguished Sales Leadership, and #1 Sales Team by JD Power and Associates.  As the President of Conversion-omics she helps clients refine their selling approach, develop effective communication strategies, and maximize each and every selling opportunity.

* This program is worth .1 CEU

Date: Thursday, November 19th

Time: 5:00pm Check in and Registration, 6:00pm Program begins

Place: Twisted Elements, IMS, 275, Market Street, Lower Level, Mpls, MN

Cost: $25 for Members, $35 for Nonmembers and $15 for

Please RSVP to Crystal Roob at by

Monday, November 16, 5 pm

Please Join Us!

(.2 CEU credit available this month!)



May Monthly meeting info:

Date:  May 21, 2015

Time:  4-7pm; check-in at 3:45 p.m.

Location:  Sub Zero Wolf Showroom by Roth

11300 West 47th Street, Minnetonka, MN 55343


4pm Seminar

Course description:

The purpose of this course is to make the case that all design features that help a bathroom be friendly to all people and the environment are simply elements of good bathroom design.

Upon completion of this course, the design professional will be able to:

  1. List attributes of a bathroom with total design
  2. Select the features of a bathroom that maximize an elderly or disabled person’s ability to independently live with dignity
  3. Describe the advantages to the residents of a home that has implemented total design in their bathroom
  4. Explain why good bathroom design should encompass the needs of the total of all people

About the Presenter:

Mike Harrigan, LEED® Green Associate, CAPS
Sr. Regional Sales Manager, TOTO
Central Region

5:15 pm Seminar

Course description:

This educational unit has been designed to educate architects, designers, contractors and installers about Luxury Outdoor Kitchens and options for design and layout, for product specification, installation and proper use. By understanding these topics, building professionals will be in a better position to serve their clients and help create upscale outdoor spaces that greatly enhance a home’s functionality, enjoyment and value.

About the Presenter:

Elaine Mahin is the Trade Marketing Representative for Roth- Minnesota region.  She provides product information and specifications to design industry professionals regarding Sub-Zero, Wolf, Asko and Best luxury kitchen appliances. Elaine creates marketing and educational experiences for retail professionals, design professionals and consumers.

Cost:  $25 for Members, $35 for Nonmembers and $15 for Students

RSVP:  Crystal Roob


Please RSVP by Monday, May 18, 2015

Please Join us!
NKBA May Lunch and Learn
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Integrating Appliances into a Kitchen Plan

Warners’ Stellian-Edina Showroom
3533 W 70th St, Edina, MN 55435
(612) 920-0640
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm

About the Presentation:
Whether contemporary or traditionally styled, today’s sophisticated kitchens require careful appliance location detailing. While many kitchen designers do not provide the appliances, product knowledge and planning expertise around these important pieces of equipment is highly valued by today’s consumer.
Therefore, kitchen experts need to be well versed in the details of appliance operation, and be creative when locating them in the plan.
During this presentation, Jenn-Air Brand Experience Manager Jonathan Barfell will share valuable information and insights around how to organize the appliance component of the design.
Location ideas for small special purpose and multitasking pieces as well as the details of specifying complex flush-in-the-cabinetry appliance installations will be highlighted. Thought-provoking creative placement ideas from designers across the country will also be featured.

About the Speaker:
John Buck has been in the appliance industry for over 12 years. Currently he is the Field Brand Trainer for Whirlpool Corporation covering a five state area. John has worked in several other fields including graphic and web design, radio, and retail sales. He holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing Management and was recently awarded the Jenn-Air “Be the Reason” award for his work training sales associates in Dallas, TX.

Cost: $25 Members, $35 Nonmembers, $15 Students

RSVP: on or before May 4, 2015
Crystal Roob

This program is worth .1 CEU

April meeting notices

NKBA MN presents:

April 2015 Lunch and Learn


What:  What is Dekton?—Its amazing qualities and uses.

When:  Thursday, April 2 from 11:30-1:30.

Where:  Gerhards:  The Kitchen and Bath Store

13540 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, Mn  55305



About the Presentation:

In this course, we explore a cutting edge surfacing technology, ultra-compact surfacing.  Gain insight into how this surfacing material possesses the same characteristics of natural stone while providing unmatched color and design flexibility.

About the Presenter: Eric Wills

Eric is from Chicago has been with Cosentino for 7 years.   He is originally from Minnesota and has been back since October.   Eric has years of history in fabrication and stone sourcing.  Eric will be the new local representation for Cosentino. 


This program is worth .1 CEU

Cost:  $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers and $15 for students 

RSVP to Cystal Roob at

Please RSVP before Tuesday, March 31, 2015.




NKBA March 19th Meeting

Thermasol: All about Steam Showers and How to Create your Personal Spa

Concrete Fabrication Demonstration

Join Us!

Hosted by: Pipeline Supply, 620 16th Ave S, Hopkins, MN 55343

(952) 988-5550

Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Time: 5:00pm—Check-in, networking and appetizers

5:30pm—Concrete Fabrication Demonstration—

Who knew? Pipeline Supply makes sinks, countertops, fireplace mantels and more!

6:00pm—Thermasol Presentation

by Steve Rakeiten, Water Design Group

This program is worth .1 CEU

About the program:

All about steam showers and how to create your personal spa. This CEU course is a fast paced introduction to steam, its history, its benefits, and what installation encompasses, culminating with new technologies and accessories that bring a bathroom from a basic functional space to a spa that beckons one to make time to escape into their private retreat. The presentation captures in a visual sampling the endless opportunities today’s client seek from a space that has become a virtual oasis from our present day hectic lives, and demonstrates the immense opportunity for designers to create havens of bliss for their clients.

About the presenter:

Steve Rakieten is a partner/owner of the Water Design Group located in Mpls, MN. He has been in the plumbing industry for 40 years in various capacities and is in his 30th year as a decorative plumbing manufacturer’s representative.  Currently he is Thermasol’ s longest serving, independent rep and has been selling Steamshowers since 1991.

Cost: $25 for Members, $35 for Nonmembers and $15 for Students


Crystal Roob at