Deadline Looms for 'Leadership' Awards Contest

Deadline Looms for 'Leadership' Awards Contest

Hackensack, NJ The end of this month is looming as the deadline for nominations to be received for the fourth annual "Industry Leadership Awards Competition" the Kitchen & Bath Design News-sponsored awards program aimed at citing leadership excellence among kitchen and bath dealers, distributors, sales reps, suppliers and others.

Nominations for the 2002 competition will be accepted only through July 31 with judging to take place in August, said Kitchen & Bath Design News publisher Eliot Sefrin.
"Each year, we have recognized winners whose business achievements have served as a benchmark even an inspiration for others," Sefrin said. "We anticipate that this year will be no exception, and that most nominations will warrant serious consideration for this award."

K&BDN's 2002 "Industry Leadership Awards Competition," as in the past three years, is aimed at honoring 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.

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.

Award categories include:

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 will cite excellence in management, sales, marketing and customer support for dealers, remodelers 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 conceive and execute a targeted marketing effort that has combined advertising, promotion and special events, while resulting in sales growth.

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 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 in this category will be recognized for outstanding kitchen and 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 responsiveness to customer needs.

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

Information on the awards competition can be obtained from K&BDN, at (201) 487-7800.