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Governor Declares Kitchen and Bath Day

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell declared Jan. 22 “Kitchen and Bath Day,” and on Saturday night, The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) celebrated at the Jefferson Hotel. They toasted the induction of Virginia manufacturer David Alderman as their 2011 national president, as well.

NKBA national president David Alderman (left) and NKBA vice president John Morgan, on Saturday night at the Jefferson Hotel.The Virginia State Chapter of NKBA hosted the gala event, and I was lucky enough to attend, along with about 150 others. There was great food, dancing and plenty of networking.

I had the chance to visit with David Alderman, who brought his family, his best friend from high school — even his Sunday-school teacher to the party. Alderman started his business, Dave’s Cabinet Inc., in Chesapeake, Va., in 1980. The company makes custom moldings, millwork, spiral stairways and countertops. We chatted about industry trends and his passion for his work.

“There’s nothing like the feeling of bringing a customer’s dreams to reality." he said. "They’ll come to me with a basic hand drawing of a kitchen or bath, and they’re usually embarrassed by the lack of detail and design. Soon enough, there comes that ‘aha’ moment when all gets built and realized."

NKBA members from as far away as Las Vegas, California and Canada attended, as did many professionals from the group's Richmond chapter. Click here to see a list of Richmond industry professionals currently serving on the chapter board.

Gov. McDonnell’s “Kitchen & Bath Day” recognizes the thousands who work in the kitchen and bath industry, and Alderman reminded me that when you take into account all the designers, woodworkers, plumbers, electricians and craftsman involved in kitchen and bath design, it’s the fourth largest industry in the state.


 

This article originally appeared in Richmond Magazine 1/27/11