Balazs Leaves NKBA Post; Spangler Interim CEO

Balazs Leaves NKBA Post; Spangler Interim CEO

The resignation, which was effective October 25, saw Balazs leave her NKBA position to join Reico Kitchen & Bath, a major industry distribution firm headquartered in Springfield, VA. Balazs will manage Reico's Bethesda, MD branch, the NKBA said.

Larry Spangler, director of marketing, has been tapped to serve as NKBA's interim chief executive officer in her place, pending the result of the association's job search process.

"We as an organization appreciate Cecilia's efforts, determination and solid commitment to NKBA, its goals and objectives," said Charles Wheeler, CKD, CBD, NKBA's 2002 president. Wheeler added that the association's "board of directors, membership and staff wish Cecilia much success in her new endeavors."

During her five years at the Hackettstown, NJ-based NKBA, Balazs was responsible for the implementation of the association's strategic goals and objectives. In addition, she oversaw an increase in NKBA membership of more than 40%, and was instrumental in the growth of the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS), helping to secure its current status as the world's largest kitchen and bath event.

An experienced trade association executive, she also was instrumental in providing financial stability to the association, which has been plagued in the past by subpar fiscal management.

Looking to the future, Spangler noted, "We have strong volunteer leadership and a superior staff team. I'm looking forward with great enthusiasm to continuing to serve this vibrant professional association in this interim capacity."

Spangler has served NKBA for more than four years. He has been responsible for directing brand positioning, marketing efforts and the K/BIS and National Kitchen & Bath Conference process.

The not-for-profit NKBA reported some $7.2 million in revenue in 2001 $2.1 million of it coming in the form of membership dues, and $4.2 million coming in the form of revenue connected to K/BIS.

The NKBA, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary coming up in 2003, grew approximately 6% this year, according to association leaders. The association has nearly 9,000 members, and represents some 23,000 individuals, including member employees.