HACKETTSTOWN, NJ – The National Kitchen & Bath Association announces the election results for the 2011 NKBA Executive Committee, which will be led by 2011 President David Alderman, CMKBD of Chesapeake, Virginia. 2010 Vice President Alan Zielinski, CKD of Niles, Illinois will become President-Elect, while 2010 NKBA Secretary John Morgan of Glyndon, Maryland has been elected Vice President. Mark L. Karas, CMKBD will serve as Immediate Past President.

The NKBA is also proud to announce the two newest members of the Executive Committee. Carolyn Cheetham, CMKBD of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada was elected 2011 Secretary, while John Petrie, CMKBD of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania has been elected Treasurer. See below for more information on each 2011 NKBA Executive Committee member.

President David Alderman, CMKBD; Dave’s Cabinet, Inc. – Chesapeake, VA
David Alderman, CMKBD started Dave’s Cabinet Inc. in Chesapeake, Virginia in 1980. Today, he and his partner fabricate granite countertops and manufacture face frame and frameless cabinets, closet systems, and millwork. An NKBA member since 1984, Alderman served the Virginia State Chapter as President, Chapter Representative, Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Professional Development, and Treasurer. He has also served nationally on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Chapter Leadership and Development Committee, Membership Committee, and Governance Review Task Force. He has received the Certified Kitchen Designer National Merit Award three times.

President-Elect Alan Zielinski, CKD; Better Kitchens, Inc. – Niles, IL
Selected as one of the industry’s Top Leaders by Interior Design Magazine, Alan Zielinski, CKD is the president and CEO of Better Kitchens, Inc., a 50-year-old design firm located outside Chicago. With 25 years of kitchen and bath experience, Zielinski is a talented and creative designer with great technical knowledge. Very active within the NKBA, he has served as a chapter president and as a member of the Board of Directors. Zielinski has been a judge for both the NARI Contractor of the Year Award and the NKBA Design Visions Award. He presents the “Edmund L. Zielinski, CKD Memorial Award” each year for excellence in design to the top kitchen and bath designer.


Vice President John Morgan, Morgan Pinnacle LLC – Glyndon, MD
John Morgan is a 20-year kitchen and bath veteran. A manufacturer’s representative, consultant, trainer, and speaker, he has served on advisory councils of industry manufacturers, as well as Virginia Tech. He authored the popular “Rep’s View” column in Kitchen & Bath Design News for nearly a decade, and currently represents nationally-known cabinet and technology companies through his Baltimore/Washington-based agency, Morgan Pinnacle. For the NKBA, he has chaired the Certification Task Force, Council of Manufacturers’ Representatives, Nominating Committee, and Development Task Force. He also served on the Ad Hoc CAD Design Committee, Ad Hoc Governance Committee, and Board of Directors.

Secretary Carolyn Cheetham, CMKBD; Design Works by Cheetham – Red Deer, AB, Canada
Carolyn Cheetham, CMKBD became a Certified Kitchen Designer in 1995, a Certified Bathroom Designer in 1996, and a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer in 2006. Through her business, Design Works by Cheetham, she uses her skills as an architectural technologist and CMKBD to design complete house plans and renovation projects. Her experience as an NKBA volunteer leader began in 1993 as a chapter officer. Since then, Cheetham has served as a national leader on the Advisory Council of Designers, Board of Chapter Representatives, Board of Directors, Canadian Ad Hoc Membership Parity Committee, International Task Force, and Sustainability Task Force, as well as a judge for two NKBA Design Competitions.

Treasurer John A. Petrie, CMKBD; MH Custom Cabinetry – Mechanicsburg, PA
John A. Petrie, CMKBD has been working in the kitchen and bath industry since 1987, designing custom kitchens, bathrooms, home offices, wine cellars, and home theaters. His early education was in architectural design, but his defining specialty and advanced training have been in kitchens and baths. Petrie is the owner of MH Custom Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and has served the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the NKBA as Treasurer, Vice President of Communications, and President. Petrie has also served the NKBA as a member of the Certification Task Force, Nominating Committee, and Board of Directors, as well as a judge for the 2010 NKBA Design Competition.


Immediate Past President Mark L. Karas, CMKBD; Adams Kitchens, Inc. – Stoneham, MA
With over 30 years of industry experience, Mark L. Karas, CMKBD, is the General Manager of Adams Kitchens, Inc. in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Active in the NKBA for more than 20 years, Karas has served as President, Vice President of Communications, and Vice President of Programs for the Northern New England chapter. Nationally, he has served on the Board of Governors of Dealers and the Ad Hoc CAD Design Committee, as well as chair of the Certification Subcommittee, Professional Development Committee, Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee, and Certification Task Force. Mark is also a member of the NKBA Ambassadors’ Club and teaches at the Boston Architectural College, an NKBA-accredited school.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With nearly 40,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

SOURCE: National Kitchen and Bath Assn.

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