Honoring Excellence

Honoring Excellence

Accordingly, Kitchen & Bath Design News is once again honoring individuals and companies in the kitchen and bath design industry who are true leaders, with the presentation of its third annual Industry Leadership Awards. Nearly two dozen industry players including kitchen and bath dealers, distributors, "whotailers," manufacturers, sales reps and others have been named as recipients of the 2001 Industry Leadership Awards, presented exclusively by K&BDN. Each of the award winners is being highlighted in this month's issue. 

Begun in 1999, the Industry Leadership Awards are the first kitchen and bath industry honors to focus on leadership excellence and outstanding industry achievement in eight specific categories. 

"While the common focal points for most kitchen and bath industry awards are sales volume and design expertise, the Industry Leadership Awards program takes a different approach, awarding its honors on the basis of achievements in business management, marketing, the use of showrooms, community service and related activities that are all critical to any company's success," offers Eliot Sefrin, K&BDN's editorial director and publisher.

"The companies and associates we are paying homage to with the 2001 awards are industry leaders whose achievements have enhanced their success," continues Sefrin. "Their ideas are those that can be admired, studied and emulated to enhance others business practices."
The 2001 Industry Leadership Award winners are listed here.

Overall Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath Dealership honoring independent kitchen and bath dealers for general excellence in design, management, sales, marketing, customer service, professionalism and all other aspects of operating a successful 

First Place: Morris Black & Sons, Lehigh Valley, PA
Second Place: Kitchen Distributors of America, 
Itasca, IL

Overall Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath Distribution or "Whotail" Firm honoring kitchen/bath distributors or wholesale/retail firms ("whotailers") for general excellence in management, sales, marketing, customer service and support for dealers, remodelers and other product specifiers.

First Place: Reico Kitchen & Bath, Springfield, VA
Second Place: Standard Kitchen Distributors, Grand Rapids, MI
Third Place: Builders Distributing Company, Inc., Midlothian, VA

Most Innovative Kitchen or Bath Retail Marketing Effort honoring kitchen/bath dealers, whotailers, multi-branch or other retail outlets for a targeted marketing effort that successfully combines advertising, promotion and special events, while resulting in demonstrable sales growth.

First Place: RSI Kitchen & Bath, St. Louis, MO
Second Place: Reico Kitchen & Bath, Springfield, VA
Third Place: Dartmouth Build-ing Supply, Dartmouth, MA

Most Innovative Retail Business Management Strategy honoring kitchen/bath dealers or whotailers for successfully implementing a business management strategy that has resulted in a tangible improvement in internal operations, personnel relations or corporate profitability.

First Place: Kitchens by Deane, Stamford, CT
Second Place: Distinctive Kitchens, Concord, NH
Third Place: Z&G Enterprises, dba Cabinet World, 
Aliquippa, PA

Most Innovative Showroom or Use of Displays honoring kitchen/bath dealers, distributors or whotailers for outstanding product merchandising, showroom design, use of displays or unique use of a showroom as a marketing vehicle.

First Place: DJ Mehler Collections, San Francisco, CA
Second Place: Urner's Inc., Bakersfield, CA
Third Place: Irpinia Kitchens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Independent or Factory Sales Rep of the Year honoring factory-employed or independent sales or customer service representatives for successfully representing the interests of suppliers, while demonstrating superior support and responsiveness to the needs of their customers.

First Place: Brian J. Clarke/ Gary Bell, The Clarke Connection, New Hartford, CT
Second Place: John McCarty, Tierney & Associates, Springfield, IL
Third Place: Marty Klie, Elm Mfg., Denville, NJ

Most Innovative Supplier Support Program honoring manufacturers, importers or suppliers of kitchen and bath products or services for implementing a support program that assists dealers or distributors in sales, product expertise, business management, showrooms and related areas.

First Place: Cardell Cabinets, San Antonio, TX
Second Place: Merillat Industries, Inc., Adrian, MI
Third Place: Decore-ative Specialties, Elk Grove, CA

Outstanding Industry or Community Service honoring kitchen/bath industry-related individuals, companies or groups of any kind for an outstanding contribution to their community or the public at large, or to contributing to the growth in stature and professionalism of the industry.
First Place: Giorgi Kitchens & Designs, Inc., Wilmington, DE
Second Place: Kitchens by Deane, Stamford, CT
Third Place: Moen, Inc., North Olmsted, OH