LAS VEGAS, Nev. — At KBIS 2015 in front of a panel of industry judges and KBIS attendees, four finalists competing for the title of NKBA U Professional of the Year shared the importance of professional development and how NKBA University has contributed to their growth and success. Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD, of Portland, Oregon-based Rhonda Knoche Design was named the first-ever NKBA U Professional of the Year.
“Throughout the contest and in the Finals, Rhonda demonstrated how NKBA U has fueled her growth, and how continuing education shapes her career trajectory as she works toward her professional goals,” said National Kitchen & Bath Association Director of Learning Nancy Barnes. “Continuing education is deeply woven into the fabric of NKBA and this contest. We’re thrilled to celebrate Rhonda and the commitment that she, our runners-up and NKBA U embody.”
In the spirit of continuing education, the following prizes have been awarded:
“I made a promise to myself that I would always keep learning,” Knoche said. “I credit NKBA and NKBA U’s continuing education courses to much of my success, and I am so thrilled to receive the honor of being named the first NKBA U Professional of the Year. It validates a lesson important for all industry professionals: Constant learning is key for constant growth and continued success.”
NKBA Professional of the Year Runners-up
The NKBA U Professional of the Year Contest comprised three rounds and began in July; applicants submitted essays online that shared how they excel in one of the eight NKBA U learning paths and how these skills come to life day-to-day on the job.
Finalists received a customized NKBA U curriculum and submitted a short video explaining how the courses will advance their career; the videos were then posted to the contest landing page for public voting.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association is a not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. With nearly 60,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since the association’s founding in 1963.