K/BIS Creates Chicago Whirlwind

K/BIS Creates Chicago Whirlwind

The 21st annual K/BIS still the industry's front-runner for showcasing the latest and greatest products and services targeted at the kitchen and bath market is expected to draw some 40,000 kitchen and bath industry professionals from the U.S. and Canada, as well as exhibitors and visitors from Europe, Asia and South America. The four-day show and conference will once again boast myriad 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 2002 will take place April 5-7, while the NK&BC will run April 4-7, both at Chicago's McCormick Place.

Noteworthy products
A wide array of kitchen and bath products will again be the focal point of this year's K/BIS, with some 700 regional and national suppliers showcasing their wares across some 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, according to show co-sponsor NKBA.

A vast numer of product categories will be represented, including kitchen and bath cabinetry, solid surfacing, laminate, ceramic tile and related countertop materials, whirlpools, tubs and plumbing fixtures, appliances, kitchen and bath sinks and faucets, flooring, decorative and functional hardware, CAD-CAM software, storage products, kitchen and bath accessories, interior fittings, lighting products, related building products and more. 

K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Educational program 
This year's educational conference has been expanded to include 54 regular seminars, as well as a host of pre-conference programs and sessions addressing a wide selection of topics aimed specifically toward the kitchen and bath professional.
This year, seminars will be divided into nine tracks, but, unlike previous years, the tracks will not be themed. Seminar topics will address a variety of topics of interest to kitchen and bath professionals ranging from interactive design, tips for giving professional presentations, showroom design and home office design to labor shortage solutions, environmental design, general management ideas and suggestions on controlling and closing the sale.

K/BIS will once again be offering its lunchtime roundtable discussions to provide a forum for networking on a smaller scale, with attendees welcome to spend an hour discussing timely issues impacting the kitchen and bath industry. Roundtable discussion topics will include merchandising and customer service ideas, design trends, job scheduling tips and industry partnering techniques, as well as legal issues for dealers and designers, team-building ideas, suggestions for overcoming sales objections and more.

Pre-conference programs
Following are a few of the pre-conference programs and special events scheduled for this year's show:
n The Kitchen and Bath Sales program, to be held on Wednesday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., has been created for kitchen and bath industry professionals both industry veterans and those new to the kitchen and bath arena and will give them an opportunity to learn sales and qualifying techniques.

  • Created for beginning design professionals looking to jump-start their kitchen design career, the KitchenStarter program will introduce designers to basic product knowledge, kitchen planning skills and hand layout. Also discussed will be ideas for avoiding common design errors, kitchen design guidelines and tips for better communication between clients, trade professionals and in-house personnel. This program will take place Wednesday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Created for beginning design professionals with up to six months experience, the BathStarter program will introduce designers to basic product knowledge, bathroom layout skills and basic plumbing systems. Also discussed will be ideas for avoiding common design errors, which could lead to delays, cost overruns and customer dissatisfaction. This program will take place Wednesday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Created for the advanced designer, the KitchenSignature program will analyze the work of recognized designers from a historic and contemporary perspective. This full-day program will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Developed for kitchen and bath professionals with two to eight years' experience, "Kitchen & Bath LightingMade Easy" is a one-day development course that will help designers evaluate kitchen, bathroom and other residential spaces, create lighting plans and gain valuable information about lamping and fixturing advantages and alternatives. Environmental and universal design aspects of lighting plans will also be covered. This program will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.
  • This year, NKBA's Annual Business Luncheon and Industry Keynote will feature David Whitman, Chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corp., who will share insight into the future of the kitchen and bath industry. Attendees will also get an in-depth look into the state of the NKBA and its direction for the future. This program will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

For additional information about the 2002 K/BIS, or to obtain information about future shows and conferences, contact the NKBA, 687 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840; Tel.: (908) 852-0033.

K/BIS 2002: An Opportunity Too Good To Pass Up

CHICAGOFrank Lloyd Wright once said, "Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world." Perhaps it is particularly apropos, then, that the 21st annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show the world's leading forum for the kitchen and bath industry, and a place where "great" and "beautiful" can be well used to describe the host of product offerings, design ideas and educational opportunities on tap will be held in this bustling, geocentric city.

The annual trade show, slated to take place April 5-7 at Chicago's McCormick Place, is an event well worth your time. As the year's single largest gathering of kitchen and bath industry professionals, K/BIS 2002 is the place to be for industry pros, whether you're looking to preview the hottest up-and-coming products and product technology, learn new skills, trade ideas with industry veterans or pick up new business strategies to help get a leg up on the competition. In fact, this event is a must-attend for anyone who wants to see what's hot and what's not in terms of kitchen and bath products, design trends, business strategies and the latest market happenings. 

The industry's premier source for state-of-the-art, innovative new products and services, K/BIS 2002 will once again offer a wealth of exciting products, seminars and networking opportunities not to be found anywhere else.

At the same time, the National Kitchen & Bath Association-sponsored National Kitchen & Bath Conference has been expanded to include more educational seminars than ever before 54 seminars in all as well as a host of pre-conference sessions, full-day programs, roundtables and special events to make this an event not to be missed. The NK&BC will take place at the convention facility and nearby hotels from April 4-7.

This year's show is expected to be a major draw for both exhibitors and product specifiers, with some 700 exhibitors and more than 40,000 attendees expected to be on hand, including kitchen/bath dealers, designers, remodelers, distributors, manufacturers, custom builders, reps and related industry professionals. And, as always, attendees can expect to see a nearly endless array of products from some of the industry's leading manufacturers.

But, K/BIS is about much more than just products. Indeed, this once-a-year event offers an invaluable opportunity for not just seeing, but being part of the industry networking, comparing notes with colleagues, speaking one-on-one with manufacturers' reps, catching up on the latest trends on the horizon. 

To that end, Kitchen & Bath Design News' K/BIS 2002 Show Guide is designed to help readers make the most of the invaluable opportunities that K/BIS provides. This special 16-page pull-out supplement provides an overview of this year's event, including a look at some of the hottest new products to be displayed, brief synopses of educational programs and an exhibitor listing to help attendees maximize their trade floor time making it the perfect tool for both planning your show in advance, and navigating the show once you've arrived in the Windy City.

The staff at K&BDN hopes that this Show Guide will help fulfill its objective of helping readers to prepare for and make the most of their time in Chicago.

Look, learn, listen and take advantage of all the opportunities that this year's K/BIS presents!

Good luck, and have a great show.

Eliot Sefrin
Editorial Director & Publisher