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NKBA Launches LIVE Virtual Forum; Bringing the Kitchen & Bath Industry Community Closer

Apr 1, 2020

“Brave New Business” Programming – Launches Thursday, April 2 at 2PM (Eastern)

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — (March 31, 2020) — The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the authority on all things kitchen and bath, is launching a new LIVE interactive digital forum called – Brave New Business – designed to connect, share and inform. Created with Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and Kitchen & Bath Business (KBB) magazine, the initiative is grounded by a weekly live video conference, providing information and resources on timely topics associated with the work of all industry professionals.

Hosted on Thursdays at 2pm (Eastern Time), each forum will feature special guest(s) subject matter experts. NKBA CEO, Bill Darcy will host the first event. Guests include NKBA members Kerrie Kelly, creative director of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, Nar Bustamente, principal of Nar Design Group and Chip Wade, owner and lead designer of Wade Works Creative. They will share their experiences, concerns and thoughts about how they are adjusting and where they see the market and their businesses heading in the wake of COVID-19 and beyond.

“It’s a stressful and challenging time. Everything about our daily lives is impacted,” said Darcy. “We want to provide a space for our industry to interact and support each other, as well as arm them with useful information and resources to effectively navigate this new business environment. Community is such an important part of our association and with these forums we can continue to build relationships and be empowered during this time of uncertainty and fear.”

Upcoming topics and special guests include:

(programming subject to change)

Thursday, 4/2

Brave New Business: Forward Thinking

Special Guests: Kerrie Kelly, creative director, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, Chip Wade, owner and lead designer, Wade Works Creative and Nar Bustamente, principal, Nar Design Group

Thursday, 4/9

COVID Impact: What We Know So Far – the impact to housing, remodeling and supply chains 

Special Guest: John Burns, CEO, John Burns Real Estate Consulting

Thursday, 4/16

Weathering the Storm: Navigating the Stimulus Package

Special Guests: David P. Murphy, senior vice president, The Murphy Wealth Management Group and James Jack, the Head of the Business Owners Client Segment for UBS Wealth Management USA

Each live forum will be recorded and posted to the NKBA YouTube Channel and shared across the social platforms of NKBA, KBIS and KBB. A calendar of upcoming topics and special guests can be found on

Need to Know Now

The NKBA is also launching a video program called Need to Know Now as a method to share industry generated best practices and advice in the midst of this new business climate. Content will be shared across the NKBA, KBIS and KBB social platforms. Anyone with content they would like to have considered should email

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 50,000 members in all segments of the kitchen and bath design and remodeling industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, specialty badges, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.