HACKETTSTOWN, N.J.—Applications are being accepted through August 26 for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) U Professional of the Year contest. Open to both NKBA members and non-members, the contest is designed to recognize the most driven in the kitchen and bath industry.
“The NKBA U Professional of the Year contest embodies the Association’s spirit for professional development across the entire industry, setting a new standard for excellence,” says NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. “This contest embodies the NKBA’s renewed spirit and focus for developing the very best professionals in our industry, and every applicant exemplifies a bigger lesson: Learning never stops. The NKBA U Professional of the Year contest recognizes those who share that belief – both for how it benefits them professionally and how it propels our industry forward as a whole.”
Comprising of three rounds that run from July to January, the Professional of the Year contest can be entered online, with an entrant sharing how they excel in one of the eight NKBA U learning paths and apply the skills day-to-day on the job. Semifinalists will receive a customized NKBA U curriculum and then be asked to submit a short video explaining how the course will advance their career. The videos will be posted to the contest landing page for voting. Popular vote and a panel of NKBA judges will select four finalists. Air, hotel accommodations and a VIP pass to KBIS 2015 in Las Vegas will be provided for the finalists, who will take part in a live presentation on NKBA’s Center Stage to share what they learned from taking NKBA U courses and are implementing the lessons to fuel their success.
In the spirit of NKBA’s focus on continuing education, the winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Almeria, Spain to tour the headquarters and factor of Cosentino, NKBA U Professional of the Year Platinum Sponsor. Runners-up will also receive all-expenses-paid trips for two courtesy of the contest’s Gold Sponsors, including Kohler Co.
More information on the NKBA U Professional of the Year, access to the application and contest overview can be found here.