Educational Program Expanded at 2006 PA Show

King of Prussia, PA — The Kitchen & Bath Design & Remodeling Expo, set for October in King of Prussia, PA, has expanded its educational program to encompass 20 seminars and workshops, including two special all-morning sessions, show organizers announced.

Cygnus Expositions, a division of Kitchen & Bath Design News’ parent company, Cygnus Business Media, said that the conference, which will take place Oct. 17-19, 2006, at the Valley Forge Convention Center, will feature cutting-edge seminars designed to address issues faced by today’s kitchen and bath professionals. All seminars will offer continuing education (CEU) credits for eligible members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

“Our expanded 2006 seminar program will give show and conference attendees access to some of the most knowledgeable and articulate educators in the kitchen and bath industry,” said Eliot Sefrin, editorial director and publisher of KBDN, which is producing the conference program.

“Attendees will come away with practical, in-depth, profit-oriented insights that they can apply to their business immediately,” Sefrin added.

The conference program, according to Sefrin, is organized around three distinct tracks: Kitchen, Bath & Showroom Design; Sales & Marketing, and Business Management. The two special all morning-sessions are included in the conference registration for no additional charge, Cygnus Expositions said.

The two half-day seminars will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. until noon. Tuesday’s seminar, entitled “Job Installation & Project Management,” will be presented by Robert Oxley and Bill Wolle from the International Solid Surface Fabricators Association (ISSFA). This special all-morning program will spotlight the 16 critical steps to perfecting installations, as based on the best practices of more than 750 successful designers, dealers and contractors. Attendees will learn how to turn installations from painful to profitable, and how to create satisfied customers every time.

On Wednesday, “Universal Kitchen and Baths: How to Create and Market Them” will be presented by well-known design authority and KBDN columnist Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, and Tracy Lux, CSP, SHMS, nationally recognized boomer housing sales and marketing expert. This in-depth, interactive program will address the latest key products, consumer needs, and universal design concepts, and go on to tackle the art of selling the benefits of these spaces.

“In today’s world where ‘aging’ is a dirty word, designers need not only to incorporate universal design, but also to be able to sell their expertise and the benefits,” said Peterson, principal of Mary Jo Peterson, Inc. “Tracy and I look forward to the chance to work with the participants in our seminar on both issues.”

Complementing the conference program, the Kitchen & Bath Design & Remodeling Expo’s exhibit hall will showcase a variety of kitchen and bath products, including cabinets and vanities, appliances, surfacing materials, bath accessories, and faucets and fixtures. Exhibiting companies range from international manufacturers to regional distributors.

The Kitchen & Bath Design & Remodeling Expo, now in its third year, is sponsored by Kitchen & Bath Design News. In addition, the Expo and KBDN are working with sister trade magazines Qualified Remodeler and Residential Design & Build to further develop the event.

The Kitchen & Bath Design & Remodeling Expo is aimed at kitchen and bath dealers, designers, remodelers, architects, distributors and other professionals involved in home remodeling from around the Northeast region, seeking the latest training, products, services and solutions.

Information about attending or exhibiting at this year’s event can be obtained by visiting www.kbdrexpo.com, or by calling (800) 827-8009.

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