Professional of the Year

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ – January 25, 2016

NKBA University, a leader in continuing education and professional development for professionals in the design, building/remodeling and architecture industries, announces that Chicago-based designer, Danielle Burger, AKBD, won the NKBA U Professional of the Year title. The four-month contest culminated live at KBIS 2016, where Burger and three other Finalists took to the NKBA Center Stage before a panel of judges and full audience of KBIS attendees to share the importance of professional development, and how NKBA University has contributed to their growth and success.

“Throughout the contest and in the Finals at KBIS, Danielle has demonstrated how NKBA University’s Focus on the Customer Learning Path fueled her growth, and how continuing education has not only shaped her career goals but helped her to fulfill her clients’ dreams as well,” says 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 Danielle and the commitment that she, our finalists’ and NKBA U embody.”

In the spirit of continuing education, the following prizes have been awarded:

  • Grand Prize Winner Danielle Burger, AKBD, Kitchen Vitality Design, Clarendon Hills, IL, received an all-expenses-paid trip for two from Platinum Sponsor Kohler Co. to tour its global headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Kohler, Wis. and a $500 gift card.
  • Each of the remaining finalists, Alena Capra, CKD, CBD, Alena Capra Designs, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Patricia Davis Brown, CKD, CBD, ASID, NCIDQ, Patricia Davis Brown Designs, LLC, Vero Beach, FL; and Matt Plaskoff, Plaskoff Construction, One Week Bath, Van Nuys, CA, received one all-expenses-paid trip to visit the headquarters and manufacturing facilities of one of the contest’s Gold Sponsors, Franke, Rev-A-Shelf and DuPont.

“While I had the passion and perseverance to start my own business two years ago, I lacked direction,” Burger says. “Continuing my education through NKBA University and applying what I had learned in real life situations enabled me to take my business to the next level. I am currently pursuing my CKD and CBD through NKBA and am honored to be named the 2016 NKBA U Professional of the Year.”


NKBA winner

2016 PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR – Danielle Burger

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About NKBA University
NKBA University (NKBA U), part of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, is a leader in continuing education and professional development for the kitchen and bath industry. NKBA U provides an innovative approach through eight different competency areas created for industry professionals, from novices to veterans, looking to further develop their design and business skills. Each path provides an individualized, step-by-step approach through innovative, virtual instructor-led training and on-demand webinars available 24/7—all led online by seasoned industry veterans.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With nearly 60,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since the association’s founding in 1963. 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. For more information, visit the NKBA Press Room or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

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