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NKBA Ontario teams up with The Pinball Clemons Foundation

NKBA Ontario teams up with The Pinball Clemons Foundation

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NKBA Ontario teams up with The Pinball Clemons Foundation

The National Kitchen and Bath Association of Ontario and The Pinball Clemons Foundation are looking to make a difference to marginalized youth. The kitchen and bath industry faces a shortage of trades, so it is looking for volunteers in hopes of helping marginalized youth get off the streets. Thousands of kitchen and bath industry jobs go unfilled each month, yet many marginalized youths aren’t even aware that these lucrative and fulfilling career opportunities exist. That’s where the National Kitchen and Bath Association of Ontario and The Pinball Clemons Foundation come in. “Let’s build bridges, not walls,” says Michael Pinball Clemons, Founder of The Pinball Clemons Foundation.

Michael Pinball Clemons
Michael Pinball Clemons

NKBA Ontario is the first kitchen and bath association to embark on this very important endeavor to change marginalized youth’s lives – getting them from margins to mainstream.

About NKBA Ontario Chapter

The National Kitchen & Bath Association Ontario/Canada Chapter is a non-profit association that was established in 1977 to promotes professionalism in the kitchen and bath industry. It is our vision that everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces, to help make this happen we offer a creation of marketplaces, networks, affiliations and certifications courses that raise the level of professionalism by inspiring, leading and empowering each member in our community.

About The Pinball Clemons Foundation

The Pinball Clemons Foundation’s vision is to bring youth from the margins to the mainstream, through the power of education. It provides marginalized youth with educational resources and options to integrate into the mainstream of society. With the implementation of a customized mentorship program and financial support, we are removing the barriers that often hinder success. The ultimate goal is not a diploma or degree – we want to see youth successfully enter the workforce, sustainably employed in careers they desire.

If you are interested in joining the committee and/or mentoring, please contact Lucy Traetto at lucy.traetto@blum.com


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2020 International Builders' Show: The Building Industry's Biggest Event

2020 International Builders’ Show – the building industry’s biggest event

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2020 International Builders’ Show – the building industry’s biggest event

Registration is open for the 2020 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), the largest annual home renovation and residential construction show in the world. The show, owned and operated by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers special registration discounts for international delegations.

IBS will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 21 to 23, where it will again co-locate with the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) for the seventh annual Design & Construction Week (DCW). The two shows are expected to host more than 2,000 exhibiting brands spanning more than one million net sq. ft. of exhibit space, for the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

“It’s our goal for the NAHB International Builders’ Show to be the event of the year for our members and industry professionals,” says NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde, a homebuilder and developer from Torrington, Conn. “Nowhere else will you find top-level education sessions, a variety of networking opportunities, special events and an exhibit hall full of innovative products all in one place. This is truly an event you can’t miss.”

Attendees with a full conference registration will have access to more than 150 education sessions led by renowned experts on a wide range of industry topics. New this year, Master Workshops, previously known as Master Sessions, will be held on Monday, Jan. 20, the day before the show officially kicks off as part of pre-show education and will be open to all registered show attendees for an additional fee.

IBS will again feature six Centrals that offer specific areas of focus within the building industry with their own schedule of events. A variety of activities are available inside the Centrals including workshops, networking events, roundtable discussions and guided product tours of the exhibit hall. The High-Performance Building Zone will feature real-world construction demonstrations, and IBS Live will host presentations focused on what’s next in homebuilding. Additionally, the IBS show floor will feature the CEDIA Pavilion, a space showcasing exhibitors which specialize in technology solutions for the home.

The 2020 show will kick off on the morning of Jan. 21 with an Opening Ceremonies event featuring basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. That evening, OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace will host the Official IBS House Party. Other events throughout the week include the Young Pro Party Wednesday night at On The Record at Park MGM, followed by the IBS Closing Concert Thursday night with a performance by award-winning rock band, the Doobie Brothers.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour NAHB’s official IBS show homes, The New American Home (TNAH) and The New American Remodel (TNAR). The homes are designed to showcase innovative building technologies, emerging design trends and the latest building products. The showcase products in the homes are provided by members of the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council.

Groups of five or more international IBS registrants can take advantage of exclusive registration discounts and special show benefits when starting a delegation. Delegates receive complimentary expo pass registrations for their group, as well as discounts on 1-day education and full registrations. For a full list of offerings, visit: buildersshow.com/delegation.

The NAHB International Builders’ Show is not open to the general public. Renovation professionals and their affiliates are invited to register by visiting the show’s website at buildersshow.com.

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