Balazs Leaves NKBA Post; Spangler Interim CEO

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Balazs Leaves NKBA Post; Spangler Interim

Hackettstown, NJ Cecilia Balazs, who helped lead the National
Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) as its chief executive
officer for the past five years, has announced her resignation from
the association’s top executive post.

The resignation, which was effective October 25, saw Balazs
leave her NKBA position to join Reico Kitchen & Bath, a major
industry distribution firm headquartered in Springfield, VA. Balazs
will manage Reico’s Bethesda, MD branch, the NKBA said.

Larry Spangler, director of marketing, has been tapped to serve
as NKBA’s interim chief executive officer in her place, pending the
result of the association’s job search process.

“We as an organization appreciate Cecilia’s efforts,
determination and solid commitment to NKBA, its goals and
objectives,” said Charles Wheeler, CKD, CBD, NKBA’s 2002 president.
Wheeler added that the association’s “board of directors,
membership and staff wish Cecilia much success in her new

During her five years at the Hackettstown, NJ-based NKBA, Balazs
was responsible for the implementation of the association’s
strategic goals and objectives. In addition, she oversaw an
increase in NKBA membership of more than 40%, and was instrumental
in the growth of the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS), helping to
secure its current status as the world’s largest kitchen and bath

An experienced trade association executive, she also was
instrumental in providing financial stability to the association,
which has been plagued in the past by subpar fiscal management.

Looking to the future, Spangler noted, “We have strong volunteer
leadership and a superior staff team. I’m looking forward with
great enthusiasm to continuing to serve this vibrant professional
association in this interim capacity.”

Spangler has served NKBA for more than four years. He has been
responsible for directing brand positioning, marketing efforts and
the K/BIS and National Kitchen & Bath Conference process.

The not-for-profit NKBA reported some $7.2 million in revenue in
2001 $2.1 million of it coming in the form of membership dues, and
$4.2 million coming in the form of revenue connected to K/BIS.

The NKBA, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary coming up in
2003, grew approximately 6% this year, according to association
leaders. The association has nearly 9,000 members, and represents
some 23,000 individuals, including member

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