NKBA members from all over the United States gathered in Orlando this January for KBIS 2017. Board members arrived early for all-day training on Monday, which began with a series of addresses from the National Board announcing many exciting developments for the new year, including a dramatically revamped website to better serve its members. Awards were bestowed and Manhattan Chapter members captured three: Best Chapter Program for "Design Unleashed" produced by VP Professional Development Dave Burcher (pictured left) and former VP Programs Chris Prince; Best Chapter Officer-Chapter Rep for VP Programs Dawn DeLuca (pictured below); and an Ambassador Club Award to VP Membership Toni Sabatino.
The "Magic of Design" Opening Party at Epcot capped off Monday evening, featuring more industry awards followed by a festive and well-attended reception.
The next three days were packed events and activities, including the Keynote speech by legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, visits to the New American Home, and of course walking a show packed with exciting and interactive displays from a multitude of manufacturers. Seminars throughout the day offered the opportunity to get off one's feet and brush up on marketing, social media, and business management skills. KBIS 2017 wrapped up its many networking opportunities with The Bash at Mango's Tropical Cafe, where members danced and mingled in the (finally) warm Orlando night.