NKBA Cuts Ties With CKBER

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has announced that it is no longer providing financial or administrative support to the Center for Kitchen and Bath Education and Research, widely known as CKBER.

The decision, effective Jan. 1, 2006, was announced last month by officials of the Hackettstown, NJ-based NKBA. Organized under the guidance of the NKBA, the Center for Kitchen and Bath Education and Research, and its Board, have been operating as an independent organization since July of 2005.

As a result, the NKBA’s Board of Directors “felt that outside of supporting CKBER as a valued industry partner and educational resource for the betterment of our industry, continued financial and administrative support was no longer appropriate given CKBER’s current status,” said Michael Kelly, CEO of the NKBA.

“The National Kitchen & Bath Association wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the Board of Directors of CKBER and the entire CKBER foundation for their dedication and efforts on behalf of the kitchen and bath industry,” the NKBA added.