Hackettstown, NJ — Eliot Sefrin, longtime editorial director and publisher of Kitchen & Bath Design News, has been nominated to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s “Hall of Fame,” and will be inducted during ceremonies prior to this year’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) in Chicago.
Sefrin will be among a trio of nominees inducted into the Hall of Fame at the President’s Gala, a black tie event scheduled for April 10, the evening before the kickoff of the three-day K/BIS at McCormick Place.
Other 2008 Hall of Fame nominees include industry veteran Ken Rohl, of Rohl LLC, and longtime industry educator David Newton, CKD, CBD.
“Being inducted into the NKBA’s Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor, and one that I’m most grateful to be receiving,” Sefrin said. “It’s gratifying to know that my work over the years with KBDN has left a positive and lasting mark on the industry, and that the magazine has helped the industry remain informed and vibrant.
“The honor, however, has only been made possible because of the contributions of our many talented editorial, sales, production and graphic arts staff members, as well as our longtime support team of columnists, contributors and people behind the scenes.”
Sefrin is the founding editor of KBDN, which celebrated its 25th year of publishing, and NKBA membership, in 2007. He was given the dual title of editorial director and publisher in 1994, and has also served as group publisher for KBDN’s parent company, Cygnus Business Media, with oversight responsibilities for KBDN’s sister magazines Qualified Remodeler, Residential Design/Build and Surface Fabrication.
During KBDN’s 25 years of publishing, the magazine has helped shape, define and educate a maturing kitchen and bath industry marked by growth, new forms of competition, an increased fashion emphasis and fast-paced change. In the process, the magazine has helped raise the awareness, professionalism and profitability of its 55,000+ monthly readers.
KBDN has also reported regularly on the activities of NKBA, supporting the association’s growth and assisting in industry recognition through both its editorial coverage and programs such as an annual scholarship initiative for students at NKBA-Endorsed Colleges.
In partnership with NKBA, the magazine has also co-produced the highly successful “Designing for Profit,” “Profitable Showroom Design” and “Pathways to Profit” seminar programs, aimed at delivering live education to kitchen and bath professionals in key metropolitan markets. In addition, a special March supplement to the magazine, Specification Smarts, promotes the contents of NKBA’s innovative and comprehensive “Professional Resource Library” of nine textbooks.
Sefrin has also served as a speaker at NKBA chapter meetings, as well as a three-year member of the association’s Hall of Fame committee.