Come join us aboard the Lexington for a cruise around Boston Harbor!

Membership fees will be waived for new members.

Food, raffles & networking plus the announcement of the winners for our Design Competition!

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5:15 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Where: Rowes Wharf 40 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA


Come join us aboard the Lexington for a cruise around Boston Harbor! Membership application fees will be waived for new members - so please bring anyone who may be interested! A member that brings a guest, who becomes a new member on the cruise, will receive a Visa Gift Card.

Winners of the 2017 NKBA-NNE Design Competition will be announced!!!

Food, raffles & networking! Charles Riverboat Company’s authentic two-level paddlewheel boat has a large, open-air upper deck for taking in beautiful views of Boston Harbor as well as a canopy deck and lower-level salon.

Cruise departs from 40 Rowes Wharf at 5:30pm sharp!

Dinner will be provided along with a Cash Bar

$70 Members / Non Members/ Students

*We regret we are unable to offer refunds on registrations.


Platinum Sponsor: Divine Stoneworks

Divine Stoneworks is a countertop fabricator located in Ashland, MA. With a robotic fabrication facility, a best in class showroom that you HAVE to see in person, and our indoor storage facility, you don’t need to look any further for the countertop fabricator you deserve. We have many tools for you and your clients to use on our website, including our stone database where we have all the quartz brands and many popular natural stones in one place,  edge profile gallery, & our blog. To see what we’re all about, check out our “Why Us” page and watch a brief video that talks about us in addition to a virtual tour of our showroom.  Be sure to like us on Facebook as well! See you on the cruise!

Banner Sponsor: Cosentino


GOLD - $500
  • Sponsor will have logo on invitation. (Please email logo in .jpg format)
  • Sponsor may submit 150 word summary and logo in jpeg format for the our facebook page and website.
SILVER - $250
  • Sponsor will have one hour of a signature drink named by vendor and featured at bar. (Drink cost not included.)


For parking we recommend the garage at 1 International Place, across the greenway from Rowes Wharf. The website for the parking garage is https://bostonparking.spplus.com/Boston-1-International-Place-Parking.html.
 There is a coupon guests can print out to reduce the parking charge.

Hope to see you on board!!!


Contact Rick Lopes, VP of Membership National Kitchen and Bath Association Northern New England Chapter


May Meeting: Clarke Milford, MA NKBA: Northern New England Chapter

May Meeting at Clarke in Milford

Please join us at Clarke in Milford, MA for a panel discussion with the recipients of the NKBA 30 Under 30 Awards. The NNE Chapter has had seven members in the past few years honored with this distinction. We will hear about their paths to success in a discourse moderated by Susan Brisk followed by some questions from the audience.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT


Board Meeting 3:00

Registration 5:00
Hors d'oeuvres and Networking 5:00-6:00
Program 6:00
Dinner 7:00


Clarke Showroom 393 Fortune Boulevard Milford, MA 01757

Cost: Members $25, Students $15, Non-members $35. (Late Registration after May 1 - $35.)


Sabrina O'Meara National Kitchen and Bath Association Northern New England Chapter nkba.nne@gmail.com

30 Under 30 Panel:

Nathan J. Reynolds, CAPS

As the owner and principal designer of Insperiors, LLC – a Rhode Island based full-service residential interior design firm, Nathan J. Reynolds is passionate about all things design. Nathan incorporates his keen sense of timeless design principles and being selective with product trends—two important traits that set him apart. Nathan’s goal with every client is to help them Get Inspired—and have fun when designing their dream space. For the past seven years, he has created numerous residential designs and remodel projects, specializing in kitchens and baths throughout New England in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Upon graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts in 2010, Nathan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. Nathan earned the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in February 2013. Nathan J. Reynolds is a 2016 recipient of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s NKBA 30 UNDER 30 award, which recognizes design professionals in the United States and Canada as outstanding professionals in the industry under the age of 30. Nathan particularly enjoys the DESIGN + BUILD process of working with clients on remodeling projects—from defining the scope and finalizing the budget, to identifying the fun and exciting decisions and guiding material selections prior to the installation phase. In 2012, he was awarded GOLD for the Residential Kitchen design category between $100,001.00 - $150,000.00 at the Contractor of the Year (CotY) 2012 Awards, Eastern Massachusetts Region by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). He won “Best of Houzz” in the Design Category consecutively in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. Nathan has been featured and published on Houzz.com in several design articles; “Bathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?” in March 2014 and again in “The Top 10 Houzz Articles of 2014” and “15 Design Tips to Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom” both in January 2015. Nathan is an active member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s, Northern New England Chapter and is currently on the board as the Vice-President of Academic Relations. Nathan spoke as part of the Voices From The Industry, VFTI series at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, KBIS 2017 in Orlando, Florida where he presented on social media in the kitchen and bath industry: “10 Things to do Weekly to Increase Your Social Following.” Most recently, Nathan was featured in January 2017 on HGTV.com in their article “15 Stylish Home Bars Squeezed Into Small Spaces” for two wet-bars he designed. Nathan is currently working towards his AKBD and CLIPP certification’s in 2017.

Austin Pike

Austin studied architecture at the University of Miami. To date, he has helped more than 80 clients multiply sales and increase profits with breakthrough growth strategies backed by multi-channel marketing initiatives. His company, ShowroomMarketing.com, serves kitchen, bath, and home remodeling brands and showrooms.
 Using highly analytical and disciplined approaches, Austin knows how to mine, monetize and maximize hidden insights to shape strategy and increase operational efficiency for showrooms. He brings innovative solutions to the table through his cross-cultural perspectives and his breadth of technical and creative expertise.

Craig J. Couture

Cypress Design Co. / East Providence, RI

After receiving his bachelor of fine arts in interior design from Cazenovia College in 2011, Craig began his career at Cypress Design Co. Now with five years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry, he confidently offers a “function followed by esthetics” design approach, while demonstrating extensive product knowledge an excellent customer service. Couture handles all aspects of the kitchen and bathroom remodeling process, including site measures, one-on-one client meetings, material selections, pricing, permit-ready plans, and order placement. Believing that educating the customer in all aspects of the design and remodeling process is the most important, he is always looking to grow his knowledge base of new products and design trends. He goes above and beyond to ensure his clients are living in the space they dreamed of. Due to this work ethic and approach he was awarded as one of the 2017 NKBA 30 Under 30 recipients. Designing is his passion, whether it is in the kitchen and bath industry or other aspects of life. Having a minor in studio art has given him a unique design sensibility and allows him to branch off into other areas of the design field. In 2011, he designed a custom nine-foot chandelier for a winery located in Rock Stream, NY.

Jessica Petrino

Jessica is a senior appliance sales associate at Yale Appliance and Lighting. Prior to entering the kitchen and bath industry, she attended Brandeis University where she received a bachelors degree in economics, philosophy, international relations, and legal studies. She was the first in her industry to develop a network of clients through writing educational appliance comparisons on the Yale appliance and lighting blog. Today her blogs are shared by trade professionals and homeowners worldwide. In 2015 she became a NKBA 30 under 30. Shortly after, she was selected to be a recipient of Clarke client leads. In 2016, Jessica sold over $1MM in Sub Zero and Wolf appliances alone. Outside of the showroom, Jessica loves to ski, golf, and is planning to pursue a masters in business management through the Harvard University extension program.

Kristin Whalen

Kristin Whalen has been designing kitchens and baths professionally for over seven years, and still loves every minute of it. Kristin is a 2009 graduate of Bay Path University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Residential & Commercial Interior Design. Along the way, it became clear to her that her strongest interest was the in the design of kitchen spaces. Shortly after graduation, she began working for her local Home Depot as a kitchen & bath designer. She quickly rose to the top as the lead designer for the store and one of the highest sales associates in the district. She won multiple awards through the company in addition to becoming a recipient of the NKBA’s ’30 Under 30’ program for 2014. After winning this award, she was offered a spot to be a guest blogger on the home improvement website: Improvement for one year. One of her most admired entries was on bathroom technology. These blogs were able to keep her on top of all current trends and products which she could directly relate to her clients. Client satisfaction is something she prides herself on, which showed when winning ‘Best of Houzz’ for service in both 2015 and 2016. Today, Kristin designs for a local showroom: Kitchens By Herzenberg. She continues to produce innovative designs using quality products to transform her clients’ spaces. In addition, she is the company’s 20/20 trainer and social media guru. A true New Englander, you can always find Kristin drinking Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. She also loves to travel during her spare time.

Ed McDonald

Ed McDonald has been successfully running his business, McDonald Contracting, since he was 22 years old. With a passion for construction, design and leadership, he has grown his company from a one-man endeavor to a team of 14. His entrepreneurial skills have allowed him to hire industry professionals, oversee complex projects and most importantly, exceed his client’s expectations for their home renovations and additions. In 2017, Ed launched a new business entity, McDonald Electric LLC: A full service electrical contracting company that handles everything from wiring new homes and installing new light fixtures to building out commercial spaces.

 Leanne M. Richard

Leanne is an active member in the Kitchen and bath industry and was an NKBA 2015 30 Under 30 recipient. "I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, was a designer. I never played teacher, or doctor, or nurse. I was that child who was making her kid sister Barbie houses out of cardboard boxes, and talking to myself like I was the star designer on HGTV." This passion and creativity lead me into a BFA in Architecture from Umass Amherst that launched me into the career path I always knew I'd end up with. I am currently one of the lead designers at the Auburn Ma, Floors & Kitchens Today, one of 5 New England locations. I am part of a team that is consistently growing and evolving with the design industry and catering to not only Kitchen and Bath design but floor coverings as well. Being a central Massachusetts based kitchen designer, my greatest pleasure is working towards and seeing the various trends and styles come to life. I will give my professional opinion but always encourage clients to not "play it safe" when it comes to creating the space of their dreams. I strongly believe that my clients deserve the outcome they were hoping for and help to guide them into the correct approach to do so. Because, at the end of the day, it is their house to call home.

RESCHEDULED NKBA-NNE March Meeting at The Tile Shop in Natick!

The March 14th Meeting at The Tile Shop has been rescheduled due to the storm to Tuesday, March 21st.

We will be hosted by The Tile Shop in Natick and will feature a presentation in the showroom. Come learn about "Trends in Tile" and mix and mingle with your fellow Chapter Members! Presented by manager, Brian Sorensen and will cover Kitchen Backsplash, Tile Flooring, and Bathroom Tile Trends. SCHEDULE:
  • 3-5 Board Meeting (All welcome)
  • 5:30-6:30 Networking and Refreshments Complimentary Beer, Wine and Salads & Sandwiches from Panera Bread.
  • 6:45 Presentation 
Cost: $25 Members, $35 Non Members, $15 Students.  

The Tile Shop

1290 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760


January Chapter Meeting at ProSource in Canton!

new-logoPlease join us as we kick-off 2017 with a meeting many of our members should find beneficial. We will be hosted by Pro Source of New England in Canton, MA, the largest Trade-Only wholesale supplier for Residential and Commercial Products.
We will have the opportunity to hear from two of Pro Source's trade Partners, Andrea Fontaine, District Manager at Cambria, supplier of quartz countertop material, and Mirage Hardwood Floor Specialist, Mike Perella. Both 40 minute presentations should yield .1 CEU.
Enjoy the Kitchen and Bath Vignettes and Trade Partner Displays during our Networking Hour, with a drink (soft or beer/wine) and appetizer. Heavy apps will be served throughout the evening, and coffee and dessert will cap off the night.
We hope to see you there!
When: Tuesday January 17, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: ProSource 956 Turnpike Street Canton, MA 02021
ProSource is the largest floor covering dealer in North America. As a member or a client "Your free myProSource account" provides everything you need - in one convenient place - to turn your home improvement vision into reality. Whether you are updating a little or doing a full-scale remodel, you've come to the right place. Browse stunning spaces created by ProSource trade professional members. Get inspiring trends, product information, and project advice from experts. Stay on budget with wholesale prices on more than 40,000 products. And, perhaps most importantly, connect with your dedicated ProSource account manager to make it all happen. Find top quality products at wholesale prices. Partner with ProSource, the largest trade-only wholesale supplier for home improvement & commercial projects.
Cost: Early Registration - Before 1/10: $25 Members, $35 Non Members, $15 Students. After 1/10 all registrations $35

November Chapter Meeting @ RI Kitchen & Bath

Please join us Tuesday November 15th at RI Kitchen & Bath. Networking begins at 5:30 and there will be an informal presentation by photographer Elaine Fredrick at 6:15 discussing staging and photographing kitchen and bath projects.  Immediately following will be a presentation on social media by Shannon Giordano of Serendipty Social Media.
  • 3-5 Board Meeting (all are welcome)
  • 5:30-6pm Networking
  • 6-6:15pm Announcements
  • 6:15-7:15pm Program
  • 7:15pm Dinner
Members:$35 Non-Members/Door Registrations: $45 Students: $25
Please bring a canned food item to donate the RI Food Bank Holiday Drive. Thank you!
RI Kitchen & Bath 139 Jefferson Blvd Warwick, RI 02888
About Our Presenters:
Elaine specializes in architectural and interior photography, particularly for use on designers' websites and portfolios.  Based in Rhode Island, she works on projects throughout southeastern New England.
She holds certificates in both Interior Design and Digital Photography from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  She studied architectural and interior design photography at New England School of Photography in Boston.
Elaine is a member of the NKBA, International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).
9c3dd1c3-37be-41e5-a792-8305e28654dcShannon Dalton Giordano, is a client-focused digital media marketing entrepreneur with over fifteen years' experience developing end-to-end programs designed to build online presence. With Serendipity Social Media, Inc. she advises clients on how to get the best return on investment from social media marketing. Active in the Fertility, Health and Wellness Community, she is also spent a number of years as the Director of Marketing for Fertility Planit, the online community for women and men desiring to build a family through fertility treatment, adoption and other resources, and is a board member of the non-profit organization Fertility Within Reach. Prior to her current enterprise, Shannon was Director of Product Development for a suite of multi-million dollar products at Fidelity Investments Portfolio Advisory Services in Smithfield, RI. She also worked in the field of international development in West Bank/Gaza, Bosnia, Russia and Bangladesh after receiving her Master's degree in International Development from The American University in Washington, DC in 1995. Shannon currently proudly serves on the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association Board of Directors. Go women’s colleges! Active in community and church organizations, Shannon lives in Massachusetts with her husband Stephen, twin 12 year old sons and a dog named Scout.
Register Now!
We look forward to seeing you!
Chris Fournier
VP Programs - NKBA Northern New England Chapter

River Boat Cruise & Membership Drive

vessels-lexington-1Thursday October 13th – NKBA NNE Charles River Boat Cruise & Membership Event  5:15-8pm 

Come join us aboard the Lexington for a cruise around Boston Harbor! 

Membership application fees will be waived for new members - so please bring anyone who may be interested! Additionally anyone who signs up will receive one free future dinner meeting. 

Food, raffles & networking! Charles Riverboat Company’s authentic two-level paddlewheel boat has a large, open-air upper deck for taking in beautiful views of Boston Harbor as well as a canopy deck and lower-level salon. 

We will also be announcing the winners of our 2016 NKBA NNE Design Competition!

Cruise departs from 40 Rowes Wharf at 5:30pm sharp! Cash bar and buffet dinner.

$65 Non Members/$55 Members/$25 Students

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Save the Date & Call for Sponsors – 2016 River Boat Cruise & Membership Drive

vessels-lexington-1ABOUT THE EVENT:

Thursday October 13 – NKBA NNE Charles River Boat Cruise & Membership Event  5:15-8pm 

Come join us aboard the Lexington for a cruise around Boston Harbor! Membership application fees will be waived for new members - so please bring anyone who may be interested! Additionally anyone who signs up will receive one free future dinner meeting. 

Food, raffles & networking! Charles Riverboat Company’s authentic two-level paddlewheel boat has a large, open-air upper deck for taking in beautiful views of Boston Harbor as well as a canopy deck and lower-level salon.

Cruise departs from 40 Rowes Wharf at 5:30pm sharp!  Dinner will be provided along with a Cash Bar

$65 Non Members/$55 Members/$25 Students


PLATINUM - $1000

  • Sponsor will receive a table on cruise to display products or services, literature, etc., and two tickets.
  • Sponsor representative will be introduced at the meeting and will be given 5 minutes to speak about their products.      
  • Sponsor may submit 150 word summary and logo in jpeg format for the newsletter and website.      
  • Sponsor may provide signage and easel at meeting registration desk.
  • Sponsor will have logo on invitation. (Please email logo in .jpg format)      
GOLD - $500
  • Sponsor will have logo on invitation. (Please email logo in .jpg format) 
  • Sponsor may submit 150 word summary and logo in jpeg format for the newsletter and website.
SILVER - $250
  • Sponsor will have one hour of a signature drink named by vendor and featured at bar. (Drink cost not included.) 

September Chapter Meeting


September Meeting: Sustainable Design for Kitchen & Bath  

Join us on Tuesday September 13th at the The Ultimate Bath Store in Westborough for an evening of networking and education. Our CEU for the evening, presented by Beth Doehner of Kohler, will focus on Sustainable Design for the Kitchen & Bath.   Presentation Overview: We’re all connected. Healthier homes mean healthier people, communities and planet. In this course you will learn how to design healthy and sustainable baths & kitchens, select sustainable residentialproducts, be able to integrate water conservation plumbing products for LEED credits into residential designs and communicate to clients the importance of sustainable buildings. This course was developed for all designers and architects; specifically for those who specify plumbing products. Learning Objectives  After this course you will be able to:
  • Look to naturally existing systems for residential sustainable design solutions
  • Create healthy, sustainable bath and kitchen environments for new or remodel projects
  • Make product decisions based on attribute and product life cycle assessment
  • Select plumbing products that conserve water and meet the guidelines for LEED credit
  • Incorporate the 7 principals of universal design into residential environments
Cost: Members $25, Students $15, Non-members & at the door $35. Board Meeting 3-5pm (optional). Networking begins at 5:30.  Meeting Sponsored by Kohler & The Ultimate Bath.
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NKBA NNE Golf Tournament & June Dinner Meeting


Second Annual NKBA NNE Spring Golf Classic

It's back! Please join us for the 2016 NKBA NNE Spring Golf Classic. To be held Wednesday, June 15 at Sandy Burr Country Club, followed by awards and a Dinner Meeting with speaker Vicki Suitor presenting "Be the One They Want" (.1 CEU). The tournament will be scramble format with prizes for: First, Second and Third Places, Closest To The Pin (for Men & Women) and Long Drive (for Men & Women). Don't play golf but still want to join in the fun? Join us for the Dinner Meeting only!  SCHEDULE:
  • Registration 11:00am - 12:00 Noon
  • Lunch 12: 00 Noon - 12:45pm
  • Golf 1:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Cocktails & Apps 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Meeting 6:30pm
  • Speaker 6:45PM - 7:45pm
  • Dinner 7:45PM
  • Golf - Lunch - Dinner Meeting - Members $160. Non Members $175
  • Golf Foursome - Lunch - Dinner Meeting - Members $600. Non Members $650
  • Dinner Meeting Only - Members  $45. Non Members $50 

Be The One They Want

Turn Leads into sales and become the preferred contractor EVERY time!

profilephoto-vickiWhen someone says they didn’t hire you because of price it’s probably not the real reason. Truth is, it has way more to do with perceived value and trust.   In a study by “Rain Selling Strategies”, they found that building trust is one of 6 key drivers of client loyalty and one of the top 10 things sales winners do.  There’s no doubt that contractors work in a competitive industry, so how do you stand out from the competition, increase perceived value, build trust, AND make a profit?

If you want to be the “contractor-of-choice,” you need a clear strategy for controlling your sales process, controlling your relationship with clients, and ultimately, controlling your bottom line.  How? Vicki Suiter will show you! As a business consultant and coach Vicki has spent over two decades helping contractors to be both competitive and profitable. In this talk she'll share her strategies, skills and secrets.

In this interactive and engaging talk you will…

  • Learn the simple steps that will allow you to control the sales process.
  • Get clear on how to gain your prospect’s interest and trust from the very start.
  • Find out the secrets to becoming the preferred contractor – even in a highly competitive environment.
  • Know how to clearly communicate your value and turn your customers into raving fans.
  • Find out how to bring value AND make the profits you desire
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2016 Design Contest Now Open!: Enter for your chance to be recognized as one of the best!

The Northern New England NKBA's Annual Design Contest is now open!  With 13 categories including new construction as well as remodeled kitchens and bathrooms AND one "Best in Show" Judge's choice award, this is your chance to gain industry recognition as being one of the best! The deadline for entries is June 30, 2016 and the project must have been completed in the calendar year 2015. Please review the attached forms: Photographer's Release, Client Release as well as the Official Rules & Regulations. There will be an award's ceremony on September 13, 2016 to announce the winners. Please contact Susan Brisk with questions at: 508-259-2086 or susanbrisk@euro-plusdesign.com   Contest 2016 Rules-and-Regulations-NNE-NKBA-2 Contest 2016-Client-Release-Form-2 Contest 2016-Photograhers-Release-