HACKETTSTOWN, NJ -- 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,” which is designed to connect, share and inform. Created with industry partners at the 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 2 p.m. (EST), each forum will feature special guest(s) subject matter experts. 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,” Darcy said. “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, 4/9

  • Q & A with Market Expert, John Burns
    Special Guest: John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting


Thursday, 4/16

  • Weathering the Storm: Navigating the Stimulus Package
    Special Guests: David P. Murphy, senior vice president of The Murphy Wealth Management Group, and James Jack, 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 NKBA.org.


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 info@nkba.org.