Deadline Looming for K&BDN 'Leaders' Contest

Deadline Looming for K&BDN 'Leaders' Contest

Hackensack, NJ Next month marks the deadline for nominations for the fifth annual "Industry Leadership Awards Competition" the Kitchen & Bath Design News-sponsored awards program aimed at recognizing excellence among kitchen/bath dealers, distributors, cabinet shops, sales reps and manufacturers.

Nominations for the annual award competition will be accepted through July 31, with judging to take place the following month, according to K&BDN publisher Eliot Sefrin.

K&BDN's 2003 "Industry Leadership Awards Competition," as it has in the past four 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.

Among the 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 and customer service.

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 conceive and execute a targeted marketing effort that has resulted in demonstrable sales growth or a business turnaround.

4. Most Innovative 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 corporate profitability.

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

6. Independent/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 customer support.

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 of the Industry Leadership Awards Competition will be honored in each of the eight categories, according to Sefrin. 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 can be obtained by contacting K&BDN, 2 University Plaza, Suite 310, Hackensack, NJ 07601; telephone: (201) 487-7800; fax: (201) 487-1061.