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FEB 2019

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" THIS WILL BE my fourth visit [to KBIS/ IBS]. I look forward to seeing all the new prod- ucts and latest design trends. I also enjoy meet- ing other professionals, attending social events and grabbing a quick pic with celebrities. I have learned a lot from my three pre- vious visits, including how to eat for free by planning visits to booths when they are offering food and beverages, how to dress appropriately for long days on your feet and varying building temps, how to locate and visit your top vendors and how to locate and see celebrities. No matter how much planning I do ahead of time, however, I seem to leave wanting to see and do more." Kimberly Kerl, owner Kustom Home Design Greer, SC " I WILL BE attending KBIS as a first-time attendee. I'm looking forward to seeing as much as possible, especially new technologies in the kitchen and bath field. I'm hoping to get to some of the workshops/meetings to network and learn from my peers. I'm plan- ning on [packing] comfortable clothes and shoes over stuffy clothes, and lots of caffeine and water to make it through the week!" Justina Auer, project designer Bennett Contracting Albany, NY " " I AM 100% attending KBIS this February! Being a past NKBA 30 Under 30, I always look forward to meeting the new award winners and watching the new class give their presentations. The 30 Under 30 Reception held right before The Bash is always so much fun because we get to catch up with all of the recipients since 2013. It's like a family reunion. I am anxious to see all of the new products so that I can report back to my clients. For first-time attendees, I suggest wearing comfortable shoes, and not to bring a heavy purse. I also suggest not scheduling too much into one day so that you can actually see as much as you can on the show floor. Attend Voices of the Industry if you can. Make as many connections as you can because you will meet so many new friends. My best sugges- tion is to just have fun and enjoy yourself !" Ebony Stephenson, CEO/designer Designs by Ebony Newport News, VA " YES, MY WIFE and I will be attending KBIS this year. We took the last few years off while it was in Florida. I plan on visiting many of the companies [whose products I purchase] through local vendors to see what new and innovative products they are working on or now offering. I also enjoy visiting the new companies and seeing all the new products that they are offering to stay on the cutting edge of our business. [My] survival tip would to be to keep fo- cused on what your plan is and who you want to see as all of the vendors want to talk with you and get your attention. Pretty soon it will be the end of the day and you are only halfway through the exhibits." Dave Gillem, owner Laguna Builders Sloughhouse, CA " I'M LOOKING FORWARD to seeing new items. My survival tip: If you are a general contractor or design/build company, then allow one day for each 'hall.' Since there are three halls, allow three days to see it all. That will give you time to go back each day for follow ups with those companies that interested you." Elana Riedel, president The Cabinet Lady Inc. Jurupa Valley, CA " I FOCUS ON cabinet trends, such as cabinet finishes, that are on display at the show. Cabinet accessories are also a main focus, as they add critical functionality to our designs. I like to see new countertop materials and styles and also see the trends from quartz and porcelain suppliers. Appliances are also critical, although we don't sell them. Having knowledge about new appliances and appliance trends is important in guiding our clients. Strategies and survival tips: Wear com- fortable, supportive shoes! You will be on your feet quite a bit. For women, bring a small, light purse or fanny pack. Don't weigh yourself down. Take as little information as possible. The booths will scan your badge to send you information after the show. Bring healthy snacks with you – the food there isn't great. Meet up with friends! It's much more fun if you're not there alone." Nancy Jacobson, president Kitchen Design Partners Northbrook, IL " I WOULDN'T MISS it! A perfect chance to bone up on the newest products and trends be fore anyone else, months before they even show up in the magazines, often. I also look forward to reconnecting with NKBA friends from around the country. My best advice is to plan ahead; study the floorplans of exhibitors and make an itinerary for each day by aisle of 'must-sees'. You'll be distracted by booths you hadn't even planned on during your walks, so allow enough time to see everything, first in the KBIS part of the floor, but then the IBS floor. And don't miss the new exhibitors and activities over in the South Hall! I'd say conservatively that it will take you AT LEAST two full days to walk the entire floor. Which leads to my most import- ant tip: Wear your most comfortable shoes. Forget fashion and save your feet and back!" Doug Walter, owner Doug Walter Architects Denver, CO " WHILE I ALWAYS look for new and in- novative products, KBIS gives me an opportuni- ty to meet face to face with my supplier partners and learn about new items in the product lines that I offer to my clients. At the same time, KBIS allows me to see many of the friends that I've made over my many years of involvement in NKBA. I've attended every KBIS since 1980." Stu Dettelbach, CKBD, president SD Kitchens Baltimore, MD " AS IS TRUE with all [shows, KBIS] can b e overwhelming. My advice is to have an idea ab out questions you have had on recent projects so you can focus on getting answers. Perhaps consider post-occupancy studies from your recent clients to get their questions, ideas, wishes…The myriad products, finishes, appliances and all else that attaches to this grand event can be daunting. If you don't focus, you will get easily side-tracked and miss an excellent opportunity to get various opin- ions/solutions to your questions. The technol- ogy of design – a good deal focused on kitch- ens (the hub of the household) – is advancing at lightning speed. Take care to learn without advocating, and obtain a good understanding about the features, trends, helpful advances, costs, availability, service, etc.…Only then can you be a responsible advocate for what's out there on the market. Wear comfortable shoes." Patti Hoech, owner/licensed interior designer Patrician Design Albuquerque, NM Designers & Dealers Talk KBIS/IBS WHAT DO YOU THINK? Email your feedback, contact information and the subject, 'Market Pulse' with your message to Janice@SOLAbrands.com Are you attending KBIS/IBS this year? If so, what are you most looking forward to seeing? What strategies do you have for getting the most out of the show? Do you have any 'survival tips' for first-time attendees? 10 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 MARKET PULSE READERS' OPINIONS ON INDUSTRY-RELATED ISSUES

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