Final Call Issued for K&BDN Contest

Final Call Issued for K&BDN Contest

Hackensack, NJ The third and final call for nominations for the 2004 "Industry Leadership Awards Competition" has been issued by Kitchen & Bath Design News, sponsor of the awards program aimed at recognizing leadership excellence among kitchen/bath industry pros.

Nominations for entries in the 2004 competition will be accepted until July 30, announced K&BDN publisher Eliot Sefrin.
K&BDN's sixth annual "Industry Leadership Awards Competition," as it has for the past five years, will honor outstanding achievements in eight categories. The categories focus on skills in business management, marketing, the use of showrooms, industry/community service, and related areas.

Among the competition's award categories are:

1. Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath Dealership.
Open to independent kitchen and bath dealers, this award will honor excellence in design, management, sales, marketing, customer service, professionalism and other key aspects of operating a successful dealership.

2. General Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath Distribution or 'Whotail' Firm.
Open to kitchen/bath product distributors or "whotailers," this award cites excellence in management, sales, marketing, customer service and support for dealers and other specifiers.

3. Most Innovative Kitchen or Bath Retail Marketing Effort.
Open to dealers, designers, remodelers, cabinet shops, "whotailers," multi-branch and other kitchen/bath retailers, nominated companies will be judged on the basis of their ability to execute a targeted marketing effort that has successfully combined advertising, promotion and special events, while resulting in demonstrable sales growth or a business turnaround.

4. Most Innovative Business Management Strategy.
Open to dealers, designers, remodelers, cabinet shops, "whotailers," multi-branch and other kitchen/bath retailers, this award will honor a company's or individual's ability to conceive and implement a business management strategy that has resulted in a tangible improvement in internal operations, personnel relations or corporate profitability.

5. Most Innovative Showroom or Use of Displays.
Open to dealers, designers, remodelers, cabinet shops, "whotailers," multi-branch and other kitchen/bath retailers, winners will be recognized for outstanding kitchen/bath product merchandising, showroom design, use of displays or use of a showroom as a marketing vehicle.

6. Independent or Factory Sales Rep of the Year.
Open to either factory-employed or independent sales representatives, this category is aimed at honoring individuals for successfully representing the interests of kitchen and bath product suppliers, while demonstrating support and responsiveness to the needs of customers.

7. Most Innovative Supplier Support Program.
Open to manufacturers, importers or suppliers of kitchen and bath products, this award will honor companies for successfully conceiving and executing a support program that assists dealers or distributors in sales, product expertise, business management, showroom management and related areas.

8. Kitchen & Bath Industry and/or Community Service.
Open to any kitchen/bath industry-related individual, company or group, this award will cite winners for organizing or participating in an outstanding contribution to their community or the industry.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be honored in each category. Award recipients will be profiled in the October issue of K&BDN, and will receive article reprints and display plaques.

Details can be obtained from K&BDN, 2 University Plaza, Suite 310, Hackensack, NJ 07601; telephone: (201) 487-7800; fax: (201) 487-1061.