2002 'Leadership' Competition Open to Entries

2002 'Leadership' Competition Open to Entries

Hackensack, NJ A call for nominations has been issued for the fourth annual "Industry Leadership Awards Competition" the Kitchen & Bath Design News-sponsored awards program aimed at citing leadership excellence among kitchen/ bath dealers, distributors, cabinet shops, sales reps and manufacturers.

K&BDN's 2002 "Industry Leadership Awards Competition," as in the past, 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, K&BDN publisher Eliot Sefrin announced.

"The aim of our Industry Leadership Awards Competition is to honor the individuals and companies that epitomize what leadership is all about," Sefrin observed.

"Each year we try to look beyond sales figures and design skills the two most common areas involved in industry competitions and recognize the companies and people that other industries can view as role models, benchmark against, and even look to as a source of inspiration," Sefrin added.

Among the competition's 2002 award categories are the following:

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, customer service, and 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 successfully combined advertising, promotion and special events, while resulting in sales growth or a business turnaround.

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, personnel relations, 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, this category will recognize those who show 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 support and responsiveness to the needs of customers.

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.

Nominations for the 2002 competition will be accepted through July 31, with judging to take place in August, Sefrin said. 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 handsome display plaques.

Complete details on the awards competition including rules, qualifications and nomination forms can be obtained by contacting K&BDN, 2 University Plaza, Suite 310, Hackensack, NJ 07601; telephone: (201) 487-7800; fax: (201)