Balazs Named CEO of NKBA

Balazs Named CEO of NKBA

Hackettstown, NJ Cecilia Balazs, who has been serving as the chief staff officer of the National Kitchen & Bath Association for more than a year, has been named as CEO of the trade association, the NKBA announced.

The appointment, announced after the association's most recent board of directors meeting, also combines the positions of CEO and chief operating officer (COO) under Balazs as CEO. The NKBA had been functioning with Balazs handling both positions since September of 1998, when former CEO Robert Hirsch resigned. Balazs, an association executive with more than 30 years of experience, had been serving as COO since March of 1998.

"The board feels the organization has been running very effectively under Balazs' leadership during the past 15 months," said NKBA's 1999 president Jeff Burton.

One of Balazs' primary projects over the past year has been assisting the board of directors in developing a strategic plan for the NKBA's future. The implementation phase of that new plan began this month, with the overall plan focusing primarily on membership development and creating benefits for all facets of the kitchen and bath industry. Other elements of the new strategic plan are aimed at chapter growth and development, the building of consumer awareness and efforts to monitor and influence the development of public policy and legislation.