The Latest Industry Cat Fight - How Relevant is the NKBA?
It's a spicy debate, one that rarely comes up due to its sensitive nature. But relatively recently, the chat groups have come alive on the topic.
And it's not just being talked about on LinkedIn - it's reaching a crescendo in industry groups, forums, twitter and email.
What's the fuss?
It turns out people either love or hate the NKBA. And rarely do they sit in the middle.
In the first camp - the NKBA is:
- A "relevant organization that offers best practices... education...and has lead the way in fighting against licensing laws."
- They exist "for their members" and are not in it to make money.
- They "represent the industry standard on how to conduct business and gain credibility."
This camp argues loudly that the NKBA is incredibly supportive of its members and points out that you get out of it what you put into it. Anyone dissing on the NKBA clearly hasn't invested much of an effort in participating and supporting it.
In the second camp - the NKBA is:
- "An irrelevant, outdated organization...in it to make money."
- They "do nothing to protect their members."
- They have "never been very useful."
- Some dealers have even voiced concerns about the NKBA "allowing the manufacturers to sell direct, and cutting out legitimate dealers," wondering aloud who they represent anymore.
This camp argues loudly that the NKBA hasn't changed much in the last ten years and has lost touch with the reality dealers live in today. They point out that the organization has turned into more of a licensing model where the sole purpose is to extract membership dues from its particpants.
(Your words, not ours).
Let Your Voice Be Heard
We're curious what you think. How relevant is the NKBA? Let us know in the comments and please be sure to mention whether or not you are (or have been) a member of the NKBA.
If the comment section isn’t enough for you, feel free to join the conversation in our CompanionCabinet Software LinkedIn group.