NKBA offers appliance course

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. and SAN JOSE, Calif. and DIAMOND BAR, Calif. --(November 18, 2008) - The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has developed a new Advanced Appliance Course to debut at the 2009 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS®), which will take place from April 30 to May 3, 2009 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The NKBA is pleased to announce the Retail Observer as the course’s official trade publication sponsor and Dacor, Inc. as the first corporate sponsor of the course.

The Advanced Appliance Course is for the seasoned professional with at least two years of industry experience. This course uncovers the expanded role of the designer with the consumer. Students will gain a more in-depth understanding of cooking and ventilation principles and applications, as well as refrigeration and cleaning technology that affect design and consumer satisfaction. Worldwide standards and the ‘green’ movement’s affect on technology will also be discussed. The course covers installation ramifications with cabinetry and design, installation examples, and Energy Star and LEED standards.

“We are proud to be part of the NKBA’s efforts to help educate and advance the knowledge base of the kitchen and bath industry” said Eliana Barriga, Publisher of the Retail Observer. “It has been the mission of our magazine for 39 years now to keep designers, dealers, and anyone else involved in the sale of appliances up to date on current trends and products in this sector of the industry.”

“We are excited to be a part of the NKBA Advanced Appliance Courses, which provide kitchen design professionals with an advantage that will help them service their clients more effectively,” said Steve Joseph, Vice President of Marketing at Dacor. “The course is designed to provide industry professionals at all levels with an in-depth understanding of the difference the details make when it comes to kitchen appliances.”

Other sponsorship opportunities are available for the course, and partners will be able to include their products in the development of the program, in addition to receiving national coverage and the opportunity to host the class at their showrooms or training facilities. Not only will this provide industry members with access to a company’s product throughout the presentation, but by hosting a class, students will also be immersed in those products.

The course will run approximately seven to ten times at various facilities throughout the United States. Plans for web-based seminars and chapter programs will be posted on the NKBA’s website at NKBA.org at a later date.

For information on sponsorship opportunities in the Advanced Appliance Course, contact NKBA Business Development at sponsorship@nkba.org or 800-THE-NKBA (843-6522), x3362.