K/BIS 2003 Returns to Sunny Orlando

K/BIS 2003 Returns to Sunny Orlando

The 22nd annual K/BIS still the industry's top showcase for exciting and innovative kitchen and bath products and services is expected to draw more than 50,000 kitchen and bath industry professionals from the U.S. and Canada, as well as exhibitors and visitors from Europe, Asia and South America.

This year's event will once again feature a plethora of product displays and demonstrations, educational seminars, interactive roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, social activities and special events geared specifically for the kitchen and bath industry.

K/BIS 2003 is scheduled to run from April 11 to 13, while the concurrent NK&BC will take place April 10 to 13.

A vast array of kitchen and bath products will once again be on display at this year's K/BIS, with more than 700 regional and national suppliers on tap to showcase their wares across more than 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, according to show co-sponsor the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

An bountiful selection of wares will be exhibited in 80 different kitchen and bath categories and services, NKBA notes. Categories include kitchen and bath cabinetry; solid surfacing, laminate, ceramic tile and related countertop materials; whirlpools, tubs and other plumbing fixtures; appliances; kitchen and bath sinks and faucets; decorative and functional hardware; flooring; kitchen and bath accessories; CAD-CAM software; storage products and interior fittings; lighting products; related building products, and more (see show product coverage, Pages 36J-36P).

K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for Sunday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To highlight NKBA's 40th anniversary, this year's NK&BC program has been expanded. It will feature more than 55 seminars, professional development courses and roundtables on subjects including business development, design, and sales and marketing strategies. A principal highlight for 2003 is the conference's new remodeling track a series of sessions presented by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Meanwhile, lunchtime roundtable discussions will once again make an appearance to provide a platform for networking on a smaller scale, while allowing for discussions about timely issues relating to the kitchen and bath industry.

On Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., NKBA will host 25 luncheon roundtables designed to provide an open forum of discussion about some of the industry's hottest topics, ranging from outdoor kitchens to gender-perspective design. Each roundtable discussion will be hosted by a key industry leader, notes the NKBA. Specialized educational and networking opportunities will also be facilitated by NARI.

The following is just a small sampling of some of the pre-show programs and special events scheduled for this year's show:
n On Thursday, April 10, there will be several all-day sessions (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), mainly dedicated to professional development.
Michael DeLuca, CKD, NKBA University Instructor, will teach a one-day professional development program entitled "Kitchen & Bath Lighting Made Easy," which will help intermediate- to advanced-level designers discover how to increase the value of every space they design, simply by incorporating an effective lighting plan.

Another course, called "KitchenStarter," is for individuals seeking to jump-start their kitchen design career or for those desiring a glimpse at the kitchen design profession. In this crash course, Wayne Ash, CKD, CBD, NKBA University Instructor, will discuss basic product knowledge, kitchen planning skills and hand-drawn layout.

  • Also on Thursday, April 10, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., will be NKBA's Business Meeting and Luncheon. This year's meeting will feature keynote speaker Herbert Kohler, chairman of the board and president of Kohler Co. Kohler will speak about the future of the kitchen and bath industry. Additionally, NKBA president Les Petrie will discuss the NKBA's progress and plans for the future.
  • On April 10, the NKBA Board of Directors' Gala is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year's gala honors the "Finest Professionals in the Kitchen and Bath Industry," recognizing volunteers, members and friends for their continued support and commitment to the association and the industry. The Gala will also cite the 2003 NKBA Design Competition winners, and feature the induction of the newest members of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Hall of Fame.
  • Finally, on Friday, April 11, 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Bill O'Reilly will speak about politics and current events and how they relate to investing in the home. He is the host of the Fox News Channel cable program, The O'Reilly Factor.
    For more information, contact the NKBA, 687 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840; (908) 852-0033; www.nkba.org; or visit www.kbis.com.

K/BIS 2003 Promises to Heat Things Up in Orlando

With record low temperatures and a seemingly endless parade of storms, the past few months were viewed by many as the winter of our discontent. Fortunately, this year's Kitchen/Bath Industry show to be held in sunny Orlando promises plenty to warm up to. From hot new products to sizzling seminars guaranteed to drag even the most winter-worn designer out of hibernation, the 22nd annual K/BIS is an event that's not to be missed.

Slated to take place April 11-13 at the Orange County Convention Center, K/BIS 2003 is expected to draw record numbers of attendees, who can count on fun, sun and a full run of new products, educational sessions and networking opportunities. Long known as the industry's premier source for the most innovative and cutting-edge products and services, the show offers a chance to preview product trends in dozens of categories related to the kitchen and bath.

But, K/BIS is so much more than just a great product showcase. This year's event also features an expanded conference program, including a new remodeling track that's particularly relevant as this sector continues to drive both the kitchen and bath industry and the economy at large (see related story, Page 86).

To help you maximize your show experience, Kitchen & Bath Design News' Show Guide highlights some of the most exciting new products and educational opportunities, and even provides an exhibitor listing to help you navigate the show. Our hope is that as things heat up at K/BIS in Orlando, you'll find plenty of great ideas to fire up your business today, and all year round.
All of us at K&BDN wish you a successful and productive show!