'Leadership' Competition Open For '04 Entries

'Leadership' Competition Open For '04 Entries

Hackensack, NJ A call for nominations has been issued for the sixth annual "Industry Leadership Awards Competition" the Kitchen & Bath Design News-sponsored awards program aimed at recognizing leadership excellence among kitchen/bath dealers, distributors, cabinet shops, sales reps and manufacturers.

K&BDN's 2004 "Industry Leadership Awards Competition," as it has in the past five years, will honor industry professionals for outstanding achievements in eight categories that focus on skills in business management, marketing, use of showrooms, industry/community service, and related areas, according to K&BDN editorial director and publisher Eliot Sefrin.

"Our annual 'Industry Leadership Awards Competition' has allowed us to identify and honor the people and companies that epitomize what innovation, vision, industry contributions and leadership is all about," said Sefrin.

Among the competition's award categories are:

1. General Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath Dealership.
Open to independent kitchen and bath dealers, this award will honor overall 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 outstanding 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.

Nominations for the 2004 competition will be accepted through July 30, with judging to take place in August, Sefrin said. 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 handsome display plaques.

Details on the competition including rules, qualifications and nomination forms can be obtained by contacting K&BDN, Two University Plaza, Suite 310, Hackensack, NJ 07601; telephone: (201) 487-7800; fax: (201) 487-1061.