First Annual DPHA Conference Termed a Success

First Annual DPHA Conference Termed a Success

Bethesda, MD Response to the first annual Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association Conference "exceeded all of our expectations" while serving as a kickoff for a series of new programs and membership benefits, officials of the trade association announced.

The first annual conference, conducted recently in Washington, DC, attracted one-third of the members of the DPHA, which was founded last year to serve the decorative plumbing and hardware sector.

The group which had its first formal gathering at last year's Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Chicago represents sources of supply for such products as kitchen, bath and bar sinks, faucets and lavs, cabinet and door hardware, bath fixtures, shower products, lighting and accessories.

"The fact that 33% of the members of a new organization participated in our first annual meeting is testimony to the need for the organization and that the programs DPHA offers, and have in development, are meeting the industry's needs," said DPHA president Jeff Burton, of the San Francisco-based The Bath & Beyond.

"We could not have been more pleased with the outcome," Burton added. "We have assembled an enviable record of accomplishment in less than a year, becoming the largest independent organization of decorative plumbing hardware professionals in the nation.

"We have laid the foundation for a truly dynamic organization."

At its conference, the DPHA unveiled a new multi-faceted training manual for showroom personnel, kitchen/bath specialists, interior designers and others involved in the selection, specification and sale of decorative plumbing and hardware products, said executive v.p. Thomas Cohn.
Also introduced at the conference, Cohn noted, were a program to improve showroom operations, a number of technology benefits including an online product catalogue and an expanded membership category that permits designers, architects, builders and allied professionals to join DPHA.