NKBA Names 2022 Board of Directors

NKBA Names 2022 Board of Directors

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — The National Kitchen & Bath Association has named its 2022 NKBA Board of Directors, the trade association announced.

The newly elected NKBA Board Chair is Basil E. Larkin, v.p./sales at Hestan Commercial Corp. Larkin succeeds Michael Mahan, senior v.p./Home and Distribution, North America, Schneider Electric.

Randy Warner, v.p./sales for Signature Kitchen Suite and LG Builder, has been elected Vice Chair. Returning board member, Kristen Elder, v.p. of Residential Builder & Showrooms, Ferguson Enterprises, will assume the position of NKBA Board Secretary/Treasurer.

Mahan and Allison Lowrie, chief marketing officer for Vacasa, and a former NKBA Board Chair, have completed their four-year terms and will depart the board at the close of 2021, the Hackettstown, NJ-based NKBA said.

New 2022 board members and filling the two vacancies left by Mahan and Lowrie, are Ken Roberts, president of Delta Faucet Company, and Ken Williams, president of Caesarstone North America. Both have been elected to serve four-year terms, the NKBA said.

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Construction Job Openings Surge to Record High

Construction Job Openings Surge to Record High

WASHINGTON, DC — The labor market continues to tighten for the housing industry, according to newly released government figures and analysis by the National Association of Home Builders.

The Washington, DC-based NAHB announced this week that the count of open construction jobs rose to 410,000 unfilled positions in October, the highest measure in the 20+-year history of date from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The housing market remains underbuilt and requires additional labor, lots lumber and building materials to add inventory, the NAHB said.

Looking ahead, the construction job openings rate is likely to see “increased upward pressure as both the residential and nonresidential construction sectors trend higher, the trade association observed.

“Attracting skilled labor will remain a key objective for construction firms in the coming quarters and will become more challenging as the labor market strengthens and the unemployment rate declines,” the NAHB added.

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