August Minnesota Chapter Newsletter 
August 2016 news and event information
From our President

We have some exciting opportunities open on the board and in our committees for members that are interested in helping for 2 hours a month or more. If you have a little free time and want to get involved we would love to talk with you -

2 - 4 hours per month is the time commitment for committee members and options include -

* Programs: set up and/or clean up of our events and CEUs programs (1 event or 1 event per month commitment)

* Membership: work with members to keep their account information updated and promote benefits

* Communications: share local and national news/events by posting on one of our social media platforms, sharing member projects, and/or creating newsletters

* Industry Partners: network with companies and people in the industry to grow relationships

If a leadership role is more your style, consider leading a committee. Current positions include Programs and Communications. These positions offer a ton of rewards but also require more volunteer time and a commitment to success.

Learn about these opportunities and more by contacting me today.  

NKBA Leadership Summit
Jackie Berg President, MN Chapter of NKBA 612-423-9942 or
  Upcoming Events 
    Carrie Harrington, AKBD VP Programs
 Debbie Thompson, AKBD Program Chair

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!

Please call or email at any time! Carrie Harrington ( and Debbie Thompson (  THANK YOU!



As Memberfest has come and gone I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on the event and the work involved to inform  you all of it.

The NKBA Member Directory contains emails and phone numbers that my team used to get the event information out to the Members.  What we found is that much of the information was inaccurate and incomplete, so many did not receive the invites.  I cannot stress enough that you, the member, need to update your information to ensure you continue to receive information from the association.

To insure you are up to date on the current events and membership benefits go to: which will take you directly to the “Edit Profile” page.

Enjoy the summer and remember to invite your peers to join the NKBA so they too can benefit from the association.

            M ark C. Grewe VP Membership
            Director of Sales-West
            Brown Wood Inc./Designs of Distinction

Join the Mingle Team!  

Kitchen & Bath Designer and Sales Associate 

If you are a customer-driven individual, focused on quality, and committed to excellence in all aspects of your work, we encourage you to check out our career opportunities at For more information on opportunities at Mingle

   For more information on opportunities at Mingle, contact us at          
Thank you for your membership and participation. Volunteers make it happen!  
  Lauren Altschuler
VP Communications
Account Executive Mpls.St.Paul Magazine