Marlene MacDonald Ketchen named to Board of National Bath & Kitchen Buying Group
Founder and President of The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio named to Board of Directors for the Bath & Kitchen Buying Group
In this role, she will assist in working with the national organization, whose membership includes more than 230 kitchen and bath dealers from across the United States, in helping shape its direction and increasing its membership.
BKBG has headquarters in Houston, TX and recently hosted its annual conference in Denver, CO. The organization seeks to help members and vendors improve their efficiency, product selection and pricing through volume purchasing. The Bath and Kitchen Buying Group is the connection between its members and the leading manufacturers and suppliers in the industry.
“Our store has been a member of BKBG for some time and we see real value in the organization,”
The Scituate, MA native and resident of Hull, MA has been in the cabinet business since 2003, when she joined the company that her uncle, Ed MacDonald owned. She purchased the business from her uncle in 2004. Her family can trace its roots in the industry to 1960 when her grandfather, Norman MacDonald, began manufacturing cabinetry under the name MacDonald Kitchens. At one time, all five of Mr. MacDonald’s sons, including Marlene’s father Paul, were involved in the family business.
Prior to working in the cabinetry industry, Ketchen, a graduate of Catholic University in Washington, D.C., worked at the White House during the Clinton Administration, first as an assistant to George Stephanopoulos and then in the press office of the West Wing. During this time, she traveled internationally with the press corps to places including Ireland, England, Germany, Egypt, and Korea. She also worked for the Commerce Department, and with Ethel Kennedy for the RFK Memorial non-profit organization. She is also the former Communications Manager for the Latin American division of AOL.
Originally situated in Hanover, Ketchen relocated her business last year to a showroom in Hingham. Plans call for the expansion of the business to include new showrooms, on the Cape and Boston. The Cabinetry also has film credits on its resume; it was selected several years ago by the television show This Old House to design several rooms for the 25th anniversary project in Carlisle, MA, and one of the episodes for the series was filmed at The Cabinetry showroom.
About The Cabinetry
The Cabinetry provides unique, functional design and beautifully crafted cabinetry for homeowners throughout the South Shore and beyond. The company can trace its roots to 1960 when present owner Marlene Ketchen’s grandfather Norman MacDonald started manufacturing cabinetry under the name MacDonald Kitchens. At one time, all five of Mr. MacDonald’s sons, including Marlene’s father, Paul, were involved in the family business. Marlene MacDonald Ketchen purchased the company in 2003. Previously located in Hanover, The Cabinetry now has its offices/showroom at 190 Old Derby Street, Hingham, MA. In 2004, The Cabinetry was selected by the Emmy-award winning PBS show “This Old House” to design several rooms for its 25th anniversary project in Carlisle, MA; the crew of This Old House” filmed an episode for the series at The Cabinetry showroom. The Cabinetry sees each project through from initial design to completed installation. For additional information, please visit www.thecabinetry.net or call 781-749-6667. Showroom and consultation hours are by appointment.
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