NKBA, NARI to Partner at K/BIS And in Leg. Initiatives

NKBA, NARI to Partner at K/BIS And in Leg. Initiatives

In conjunction with producing a portion of the program for the National Kitchen & Bath Conference, focusing on topics in remodeling, NARI will also conduct its annual Board of Directors meeting during the four-day trade show and conference, according to the Hackettstown, NJ-based NKBA.

NARI activities will culminate on April 12 with the association's "Evening of Excellence" ceremony, honoring the national winners of the 2003 Contractor of the Year (COTY) Awards, the NKBA said.

Representatives from NKBA and NARI began discussions this spring at NARI's 2002 annual Board of Directors meeting in New Orleans, according to officials of the two trade associations. Subsequent meetings between
the organizations resulted in the agreement, which was announced last month.

"We realize the quality and value of NKBA to many of our members and are proud to be able to come to an agreement that will benefit the industry at large," said NARI president Julius Lowenberg.

"This partnership will provide our members with even more opportunities for professional development," said NKBA president Charles Wheeler, CKD, CBD. "By joining efforts with NARI, we can bring together the resources of two powerful industry associations, which will add immeasurable value to our members."

Beyond the April event, both organizations have also agreed to "capitalize on their strengths and shared interests in the areas of education and legislative advocacy," the trade associations said.

"I'm very pleased to be working with NARI," Wheeler observed. "Our programs and services complement one another, and our members will truly benefit from this partnership."