Voices from the Industry Conference

NKBA’s Voices from the Industry Conference at KBIS presents an invaluable opportunity for professional development and career growth. The conference features 74 sessions in five categories: Grow Your Business, Kitchen & Bath Specialty Training, Design, Management and Customer Service. Many of our favorite speakers return in 2020 with new or updated presentations and we have at least 25 speakers who are new to VFTI this year.

All one-hour sessions offer 0.1 CEU, and many will qualify for other industry CEUs as well.

2019 was the first year we added our Professional Development courses to the VFTI program and in 2020 we will offer 3; one each day during the show. The seminars are two hours each and offer 0.2 CEU credits and 2 Education Hours toward earning or maintaining AKBD, CKBD or CMKBD certification.

If you want a hands-on learning experience, we also offer 5 Interactive Lab sessions.

For questions regarding the conference, please email

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NEW! Professional Development Sessions

Building on the success of the two-hour professional development courses offered at KBIS 2019, NKBA will offer three such sessions next January, one each day of the show, as part of its Voices from the Industry Conference. 

The first of the two-hour special sessions takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 21, under the “Grow your Business” track. Managing Business Growth for Profitability and Sanity: Taking Care of Yourself, Your Business and Your Bottom Line will be taught by Fred Reikowsky, a professional business coach, leadership trainer and speaker, who is licensed with the Professional Business Coaches Alliance. In this course, he will discuss some challenges — personal, emotional, financial and more — of managing a growing business in the kitchen, bath and remodeling industry and how to avoid it spiraling out of control. 

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Doug Walter, AKBD, AIA, architect, writer, researcher and principal of Doug Walter Architects, will teach Kitchen & Bath Lighting “College”: From Theory to Practice, part of the Design track. This intense lighting course will cover changes in illumination, from widespread adoption of LEDs and technological advances in the quantity, quality and efficiency of lighting in a workshop covering the basics to advanced theory, and demonstrate how to apply that theory to K&B design. 

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Victoria Downing, president and chief inspiration officer for Remodeler’s Advantage Inc. and a respected authority in the remodeling industry, will conduct It’s All About Delegation, on the Management track. This course will emphasize the importance of delegating tasks and responsibilities to employees, and how this is a key to growth. 

These three professional development courses are included with VFTI conference passes. Badge test-prep and testing sessions will be held in South Hall and must be purchased separately. 

The Leading Kitchen And Bath Design Event!

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