First SEN-KBDN Seminar Exceeds Expectations

CHARLOTTE, NC — The first in a series of seminars aimed at boosting the business management skills of kitchen and bath dealers drew nearly 75 attendees here in mid-February, and was termed a success by sponsors and organizers.

The all-day program, titled “Managing for Maximum Profit,” was produced under the terms of an exclusive educational alliance between KBDN and the SEN Design Group. It was the first of three seminars scheduled for 2006 meant to provide kitchen and bath dealers with successful business management, financial and merchandising strategies, and improve the financial performance of kitchen and bath retail firms.

The seminar was co-sponsored by Task Lighting, Holiday Kitchens and Whirlpool Corp./KitchenAid. It was followed by a reception at the Charlotte showroom of DCI Home Resource, hosted by Carol Lindell.

“This program provided valuable insights and much-needed food for thought for attendees,” said KBDN editorial director and publisher Eliot Sefrin. “Sound business management skills are the key to business and personal success for kitchen and bath dealers.

“I’m pleased that the attendees unanimously felt they received real value from the program,” added Ken Peterson, CKD, president of the Chapel Hill, NC-based SEN Design Group. “One woman, who traveled all the way from Chicago, went out of her way to tell me how thrilled she was with the quality of the information she received. She apparently, in the past, had been unsuccessful in finding such hard data from other industry sources.”

The next seminar in the series, aimed at the New York metropolitan area, is scheduled for Friday, June 9, at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport, in Elizabeth, NJ. The seminar will be followed by a reception at the Belleville, NJ showroom of Modern Millwork, hosted by Andy Colannino, CKD.

The final 2006 seminar is set for Friday, Nov. 3, at a location to be announced in San Francisco. It will be followed by a reception at Gilman Screens & Kitchens, in Burlingame, CA. The host will be Larry Lowenthal.

Each session is led by Peterson and Tom Blau, v.p./education for SEN. Topics include factors in maximizing business owner income and profit; management tools that preserve pre-planned gross margins, and ways to create reliable financial statements, guaranteeing an appropriate return on investment.

More information can be obtained by contacting the SEN Design Group, at (800) 991-1711. Information about becoming a corporate sponsor can be obtained by contacting the New Jersey office of KBDN, at (201) 487-7800.