K/BIS Hits Big in Vegas

It’s common knowledge that the house carries an edge in Las Vegas, but this month the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) creates its own “house advantage” when the show returns to display a host of new and exciting kitchen and bath products.

In fact, the 26th annual K/BIS – owned by the Hackettstown, NJ-based National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) – is expected to draw more than 60,000 national and international industry professionals to the nearly 1.5 million square feet of designated exhibit space at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Indeed, the show will feature an array of product displays and demonstrations, as well as a mix of NKBA professional development courses, conference sessions and ample networking opportunities.

Once again, Kitchen & Bath Design News’ Web site, KitchenBathDesign.com, will be there every step of the way, providing information on the latest show news, products and trends, live from the show floor.

The Live Events section will have all of the latest headlines from the show, while the Kitchen & Bath Confidential blog will feature sights and sounds of the show, with podcasts offering daily highlights. The Product Gallery will bring to life the myriad products on display and the Project Spotlight section will feature the 2007 NKBA Design Competition Winners, while At-K/BIS and Post-K/BIS eNewsletters will feature wrap-ups of the show. And visit Kitchen & Bath Design News at Booth C8322 to pick up a 4/07 Pre-K/BIS issue containing the KBDN Pre-K/BIS Guide and pick up a 5/07 At-K/BIS issue.

This year, K/BIS will run from May 8 through May 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, while the concurrent educational seminars and keynote events will take place May 7 through May 10.

Glitz and Glamour

Some 1,100 regional and national suppliers will be in attendance to display their product innovations across the vast exhibition space at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Product categories featured at the show include: appliances; kitchen and bath cabinetry; solid surfacing; laminate; ceramic tile and related countertop materials; whirlpools; tubs and other plumbing fixtures; kitchen and bath sinks and faucets; decorative and functional hardware; flooring; kitchen and bath accessories; CAD-CAM software; storage products and interior fittings; lighting products; related building products, and much more (For product coverage, click here ).

K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for May 8 and May 9 from 9: 00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (South Hall Expo), and 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (North and Central Hall Expos); May 10 from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. (South Hall Expo) and 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 PM (North and Central Halls Expos).

Courses and Keynotes

K/BIS will also feature a variety of industry conference sessions covering design, technology and leadership issues.
Some of the sessions featured during this year’s conference include The Hummer and Mini: Navigating the Contradictions of the New Trend Landscape; Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time, A Focus on Kitchen & Baths; and Sweet Dreams & Rude Awakenings: Lighting Details for Kitchens and Baths.

Half-day, full-day and three-day professional development courses will also be offered to industry professionals, beginning on May 5.

Other course topics include “Job Installation and Project Management,” “Selling with Personality” and “Successful Selling,” among others.

The opening keynote, by Dr. John Maxwell, will discuss how to develop leaders of excellence and integrity by providing the finest resources and training for personal and professional growth.

The closing keynote, by Jeff Taylor – former CEO and founder of monster.com – will show design professionals how to combine innovative vision and strategic action to achieve their long-term business goals.

Other Events & Meetings

A wide array of meetings, social activities and special events tailored to kitchen and bath professionals will be offered as well.

These include:

  • The NKBA Board of Directors’ Gala and Cocktail Reception – the annual K/BIS exhibit floor kickoff – will be
    held at the Venetian Resort Casino, and will host the live announcement of the 2007 NKBA Design Competition “Pinnacle Award” winner, as well as the 2007 Hall of Fame inductees.
  • NKBA/Meredith Corporation’s Design Idea Center will focus on “Everyday Getaways,” and the calming atmospheres that create the feeling of getting away without leaving home.
  • The NKBA Industry Trends Marketplace will showcase trend-setting product lines and special new features that are driving the kitchen and bath marketplace, including innovations in kitchen and bath technology, green design and outdoor living.
  • The NKBA Roundtable event offers networking and dialogue opportunities among kitchen and bath industry professionals. These forums will cover a variety of topics, such as: “Going Green: Taking the First Step,” “Outdoor Entertainment/Kitchens” and “Getting the Most Advertising for Your Dollar,” among others.