New Bylaws Approved by NKBA Directors

by WOHe

New Bylaws Approved by NKBA
Directors

Hackettstown, NJ The National Kitchen & Bath Association has
approved a new set of bylaws that modifies the governance of the
NKBA and is aimed at expanding the scope of the Hackettstown,
NJ-based trade association.

Approval of the new bylaws by the NKBA’s Board of Directors came
late last year, along with a completely revised set of policies and
procedures that implement the new structure created by the bylaw
revisions, according to the NKBA. Among the changes is a
reconfiguration of the board of directors, aimed at providing “more
effective and equitable representation both geographically and by
industry business segments,” NKBA leaders added.

The most significant change, however, is a restructuring of the
association’s membership categories to reflect “the broadened scope
of the NKBA and its position as an ‘industry’ association, rather
than a segmented one,” the NKBA said.

Founded in 1963 as the American Institute of Kitchen Dealers
(AIKD), the NKBA in recent years has increasingly broadened both
its approach and its appeal, in an effort to grow membership beyond
the ranks of dealers.

The new Industry membership categories, which enable previously
excluded companies and individuals from joining the NKBA,
include:

  • Company Membership. This enables any business or person
    actively and directly involved in providing kitchen and/or bathroom
    products and/or services to be eligible for Industry membership.
    Dues for these firms will be based on gross revenue from kitchen
    and/or bath sales according to a revised dues schedule, the NKBA
    said (see 2002 Dues Schedule, above). If the company owns branches,
    each branch must pay dues in order for its employees to receive
    member benefits, and for the branch to be able to display the NKBA
    logo, NKBA added.
     
  • Self-Employed Membership. Self-employed persons who derive
    their primary source of income from sales and/or service to the
    kitchen and/or bath industry are eligible to be Industry members.
    Their dues, similar to those of company members, are based on their
    gross revenue from kitchen and/or bath sales or service.
     
  • Individual Membership. This membership category creates the
    opportunity for employees of both member and non-member companies
    to apply for their own individual voting membership, and to receive
    NKBA membership benefits otherwise unavailable to them, according
    to the NKBA. Individual members will pay a $100 annual fee if their
    company is not an NKBA member, and $50 if their company is a
    member, the association noted. Under the Individual membership
    umbrella, the company these people work for may not be promoted as
    an NKBA member, only the individual, the NKBA pointed out.
     
  • Associate Membership. Under this category of membership, any
    individual, firm or entity which provides auxiliary products or
    services to the kitchen and bath industry would qualify for NKBA
    membership, without voting rights. This category would include
    businesses such as financial institutions, trade and consumer
    publications, insurance companies, students, etc.
     
  • Honorary Membership. This newly added membership category
    recognizes outstanding and long-term service to the kitchen and
    bath industry, or to the NKBA. Nominees for this category who are
    exempt from paying dues and have no voting rights must be approved
    by a two-thirds vote of the NKBA’s Board of Directors, NKBA
    said.

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