The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry. Today, it is revered as an authority on the kitchen and bath industry by a large network of peers, distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, installers, designers, and other industry professionals. As seen on their site, “The NKBA’s certification program emphasizes continuing education and career development and includes designers and professionals in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. The NKBA has become a valuable resource for both professionals and consumers.” To read more about the NKBA follow this link.
Matt Slingerland achieves certification from National Kitchen and Bath Association. So why would someone pursue certifications from the NKBA? Well, a commitment to provide the highest level of client service and satisfaction. Planning and designing a living space, such as a kitchen or bath, requires knowledge of many specific details and an expertly trained eye to focus in on all the right details. Professionals with a passion for the kitchen and bath industry have a respect and loyalty in seeking the proper education to allow their clients to entrust their home to them. With the rise in popularity of television shows and stations such as HGTV and the DIY Network, homeowners are getting a peak into the exciting and enticing environment of home renovation. Problem is- it is just that, a peak and many details are not seen or know by the uneducated television viewer. As such, it is extremely important for clients planning a renovation project to hire qualified educated professionals. At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we are constantly learning and advancing our skills and talents. Matt Slingerland is a great example of commitment and dedication to his career, his team and most of all his clients. Matt has taken courses with the NKBA to obtain his first level of certification, Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer, AKBD.
Like most of our clients who love the television home improvement world, Matt was intrigued as well. In 2007, he began to follow his interests and chase his passion. Matt says, “Due to the popularity of HGTV, Houzz, and the DIY Network, today homeowners are only getting bits and pieces of information which can lead to a false sense of confidence for many homeowners about what is right or wrong. Many clients are completely overwhelmed with information by the time I meet them. I realized that to serve them the best I can, taking courses by the NKBA, and getting certified would make me a better designer, and more helpful to my clients.”
He continues with, “One of the things I really love about kitchen and bath design is there is a so much to learn. I love learning. I think I have 5 different books on my desk right now and another 5 or so on my night stand.” Matt loves learning the home renovation industry, he says, “One of the things that initially drew me to Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, and why I love working here, is the culture that encourages on-going education. The neat thing about the courses I was taking was that I could learn new things, and then turn around and use the new knowledge I received right away with my clients. It is extremely rewarding.”
Matt did not set out to pursue a career in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. He had gone to school for, and was pursuing a different career. He kind of stumbled into this field when a position was offered to him by someone he knew that owned a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. That was it, he was hooked. He fell in love with designing kitchens and baths. The following quote by Matt really sums up his passion well, “It provides me with a great creative outlet. I grew up in a very creative home. My Dad is an incredibly talented musician. I think he plays about 10 different instruments really well, and is great at many different genres of music, although Jazz is his favorite. Growing up I saw how important it was to have a way to exercise your creativity, and have found remodeling to be a perfect way to do that. I find it very rewarding, and a lot of fun.” – Matt Slingerland
To have Matt design your next addition, kitchen or bath project, contact Cipriani Remodeling Solutions at [email protected] or 856.853.8398