Kitchen & Bath Design News

JAN 2019

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KBDN Seminar Series On Tap Again for 2019 EVANSTON, IL — Kitchen & Bath Design News will once again present an exclusive series of in-depth, day-long seminars throughout 2019 in key metro markets across the U.S., KBDN Publisher Paul DeGrandis announced. Now in its 16th year, KBDN's seminar series will con- tinue its 2018 theme: "Inspiring Clients: The Very Latest Design, Product and Marketing Trends." 2019 seminars are tentatively scheduled for the following months and metro markets: • April, Atlanta • May, Boston • June, Denver • September, Minneapolis • October, Chicago • November, Washington, DC Aimed at kitchen and bath design professionals seeking to sharpen their design and product trend knowledge, the six-city seminar series will offer winning combinations of concepts, colors, textures, lighting and more to best fit the needs of today's most discerning clients. In addition, attendees will also be exposed to deeper explorations of emerging marketing technolo- gies – from making the most of websites to exploring new ways to create video to fully utilizing social media/ online design platforms. The design and product trends segments will once again be presented by Richard Anuszkiewicz, an award-winning designer. Also returning to the seminar series will be KBDN business and technology columnist Eric Schimelpfenig, whose portion of the program will focus on how best to make the most of the latest mar- keting tools, particularly involving video, social media and website content. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn CEU credits from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Association of the Remod- eling Industry (NARI). Precise dates, hotel locations and information about attendance and corporate sponsorships will be announced shortly, or can be obtained by visiting www.KBDNseminars.com or contacting Publisher Paul DeGrandis at Paul@SOLAbrands.com. NKBA Launches Global Connect HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — The National Kitchen & Bath Association has unveiled NKBA Global Connect – an ongoing international initiative to connect kitchen and bath design industry pro- fessionals around the world. The NKBA Global Connect mission is to expand visibility of the NKBA and the Association's premier trade show event – the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) – internationally with design professionals, brands, influencers and other industry constituents, as well as facilitating discussion on conducting business and participating in events in the U.S. The initiative comprises a number of activations, each with a specific goal, outreach and criteria, yet all designed to deliver on the NKBA's mission. The activations are: • NKBA Global Connect Liaison Program: Designed to open a dialogue between international design communities (brands, specifiers and showrooms), the NKBA will connect international KBIS visitors and exhibitors with support services, educational opportunities and consulting firms in the areas of marketing, regulations, distribution and sales in North America. NKBA members will benefit from exposure, inspiration and relationships made worldwide. A network of editorial liaisons (editors at large) will scout their markets, reporting on the best and newest products and projects, sharing through NKBA partnership and primary channels. • NKBA Global Connect Meet-Ups and Summits: Multiple events – more intimate get-togethers (Meet-Ups) as well as more formal thought-leadership presentations (Summits) – are sched - uled throughout Europe for 2019 and beyond with a focus on sharing NKBA/KBIS information abroad. Additionally, international manufacturers and artisans will be invited to participate in a series of "speed dating" presentations called Design Bites, giving them the opportunity to present to North American and in-country media and influencers. During these events, the NKBA will make formal invitations to local designers and media to join the NKBA at KBIS and other NKBA industry events. • NKBA Global Connect KBIS Activations: 2019 and Beyond: A number of activations at KBIS 2019 geared specifically to international brands support an NKBA/KBIS global presence. The 2019 edition will introduce an NKBA Global Meet-Up (at KBIS) bringing international designers, brands and showrooms together with North American NKBA members to meet potential buyers and distributor partners. These introductions are designed to engender continuing dialogue in both directions, deepening the NKBA Global Connect Liaison Program connections. Supported by talks and programs on and off the KBIS show floor – addressing the opportunities, challenges and realities of our global economy – the association is demonstrat- ing a strategic commitment to grow international conversation and support for all industry partners as they seek to gain traction in North America. The multi-pronged NKBA Global Connect initiative is just a part of the ongoing strategy to encourage the growth of the kitchen and bath industry beyond geographical borders and into a global economic force. For more information about the NKBA Global Connect, contact Silvia Lattoz, manager of Government Relations, at slattoz@nkba.org. Sales Pro, KBDN Columnist & Industry Speaker Ralph Palmer Dies at 79 CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — Ralph Palmer, who left a mark on the kitchen and bath industry as a businessman, sales profession- al, educator and Kitchen & Bath Design News columnist, died in November at his home here. He was 79. Born into a farming family in Gilman, IA, Palmer's athletic talent took him to the Univer- sity of Iowa, where he played baseball for a year before mov- ing to Cedar Rapids, marrying his wife, the former Linda Andrews, and graduating from Coe College. In 1968, he began a 47-year career with Ar-Jay Building Prod- ucts, later known as The Ar-Jay Center, a major building products/ home improvement retailer acquired in 2015 by the Newport News, VA-based wholesale giant Ferguson Enterprises. It is currently part of a nationwide chain of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Galleries. Throughout his career, Palmer touched the lives of kitchen and bath dealers, designers, remodelers and other trade profession- als through his motivational speeches and seminar programs on business management and sales training. His column, "Closing the Sale," was a staple for two decades in KBDN (see related Editor's Note, Page 7). Palmer was also involved in myriad fraternal organizations, trade associations and charitable endeavors – most notably Camp Cou- rageous, a Monticello, IA camp for children with special needs, and El Kahir Shrine in Hiawatha, IA. He is survived by his wife, Linda, three children (daughters Cindy Taylor and Rebecca Keenan, and son Jeff Palmer) and four grand- children. Memorial contributions in his honor can be made Camp Cou- rageous in Monticello, IA or the El Kahir Shrine Endowment fund in Hiawatha, IA. — ELIOT SEFRIN Anuszkiewicz Schimelpfenig 14 Kitchen & Bath Design News • January 2019 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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