Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2013

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Industry Update { Noteworthy developments impacting the kitchen and bath market } KBIS, Builders��� Show Announce Co-Location Las Vegas ��� The National Association of Home Builders and the National Kitchen & Bath Association have announced an agreement to co-locate the International Builders��� Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas beginning in February 2014 (see related Editorial, Page 7). The two events will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously at the Las Vegas Convention Center through 2016, creating ���Design and Construction Week,��� a major gathering focused on new ideas, products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes, show organizers said. ���This new format allows exhibitors to reach a full range of design and construction professionals who buy, specify and influence the products that go into American homes,��� said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg. ���For attendees, it means access to two expansive trade show qoors and hundreds of additional suppliers to meet.��� ���Two shows, two associations and one place to see and connect with every aspect of residential construction and remodeling,��� said John Morgan, NKBA 2013 president. ���We couldn���t be more excited to deliver this special event for the industry.��� The new mega-event will be held Feb. 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas, with each show occupying a separate hall, according to show o���cials, who added that one pass will provide access to both exhibit qoors. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. Future show dates are Jan. 20-22, 2015 and Jan. 19-21, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Design and Construction Week 2014 is expected to NKBA Inducts 2013 Executive Committee The National Kitchen & Bath Association executive committee members took the oath of o���ce at the February, 2013 meeting of the NKBA Baltimore Washington chapter. The event celebrated the inauguration of 2013 President John Morgan. Top photo (l. to r.): Alan Zelinski, CKD, pastpresident; Denise Dick, CMKBD, secretary; Debra Robinson, CMKBD, treasurer; Carolyn Cheetham, CMKBD, v.p., and John Petrie, CMKBD, president-elect. Bottom photo: Alan Zelinski, CKD, outgoing NKBA president (left), administers the oath of o���ce to John Morgan, the 2013 NKBA president. KBDN-SEN Seminars To Kick O��� in May Melville, NY ��� Kitchen & Bath Design News will kick o��� its 2013 educational partnership with the SEN Design Group on May 8, with the prst of four full-day sales seminars scheduled to take place in Atlanta. The seminar series, titled ���Systemizing Your Sales Approach for Maximum Propt,��� will be led by SEN v.p./education Tom Blau. Created specipcally for showroom owners, managers and sales designers, the day-long programs will focus on how kitchen and bath dealers can improve closing percentages, sales volume and gross margins by implementing a selling system keyed to today���s market. ���From educating attendees on the single, most important reason why a customer will buy from them to furnishing a complete methodology, this is by far one of the best seminars we���ve co-produced to date,��� said Ken Peterson, CKD, president of SEN Design Group. ���Gaining greater market share is critical to prospering in the ���new economy,��� and this program provides kitchen/ bath professionals the strategies and tools to accomplish just that.��� The seminar series is scheduled for Atlanta (May 8); Seattle on July 17; Boston on Oct. 16, and Orlando on Nov. 6. Sponsors include Silestone by Cosentino, Daltile, Enkeboll Designs and Hafele America Co. Additional sponsors are expected to be announced in the near future. Information is available by contacting the SEN Design Group at (800) 991-1711. 12 | Kitchen & Bath Design News March 2013 draw more than 75,000 specifiers, builders, dealers and suppliers and 2,000 exhibiting brands, based on recent trends for both shows, show o���cials said. ���Co -locating IBS and KBIS will enable kitchen and bath professionals to benept through a greater understanding and familiarity with related products, such as windows, doors, qooring, and mechanical systems, all of which are critical to overall consumer satisfaction with project outcomes,��� Morgan pointed out. In 2015, Design and Construction Week will expand further with the addition of SURFACES and StonExpo/ Marmomacc Americas, to be held Jan. 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Conven tion Center in Las Vegas. SURFACES is sponsored by the World Floor Covering Association and is the largest qoor-covering industry event in North America for retailers, distributors, installers, designers and home builders. StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas is the only show in North America solely focused on the natural stone industry and is sponsored by the Marble Institute of America and the Natural Stone Council. ISFA, IWF Form Partnership Atlanta ��� The International Surface Fabricators Association and the International Woodworking Fair, LLC have announced the formation of a partnership geared toward increasing the focus on the countertop industry for the 2014 IWF trade show. According to both parties, the partnership includes an agreement in which ISFA will work with IWF to develop a countertop educational track for the show, as well as a ���Countertop Pavilion��� that will be co-sponsored by the Orem, UT-based ISFA. The educational track will include six educational sessions geared toward the countertop industry, as well as continuing the fullday Countertop Symposium that ISFA has put on for the past two IWF expos, IWF organizers said. ���With so many laminate and solid surface fabricators already attending the IWF, it makes sense to expand upon that and open the show up to fabricators of all countertop materials,��� said Rick Hannigan, IWF 2014 chairman. ���The new educational track will include sessions geared toward laminate, solid surface, quartz surfacing, natural stone, concrete and other countertop materials.��� The new Countertop Pavilion is designed to bring new suppliers of materials, tooling, machinery, equipment and other products and services together into one area of the show for the convenience of those in the countertop industry, IWF and ISFA o���cials said. As part of the new focus, ISFA associate members who have not previously exhibited at the show will be a���orded an exhibitor discount if they exhibit in the pavilion, and all ISFA members will get discount admission to the show. ISFA will also have its 2014 Annual Member Meeting at IWF and will also host a networking event for those in the surfacing industry. ���We have worked closely with IWF for the past two shows, and expanding upon our established relationship will provide additional benefits for our membership and for the entire surfacing industry,��� said Mike Langenderfer, ISFA president. ���Educational and networking events are a big part of what ISFA o���ers, and solidifying IWF as an outlet for increasing those programs is another opportunity to bring together the industry and improve the quality of the products fabricators o���er.��� IWF 2014 will be held Aug. 20-23, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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