K/BIS 2001: Fun and Sun in Orlando

ORLANDO - The city of Orlando traditionally offers visitors a wide array of choices: golfing or suntanning, visiting Walt Disney World or Sea World. But, for kitchen and bath professionals attending K/BIS 2001, their choices will revolve around the slew of new and exciting products on display.

Scheduled to run April 27-29 and April 26-29, respectively, the 20th Annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and concurrent National Kitchen & Bath Conference (NK&BC) is returning to Orlando's Orange County Convention Center after a stop in Chicago last year.

With a growing number of product displays, demonstrations, educational seminars, interactive roundtable discussions, social activities and special events geared toward kitchen and bath industry professionals and some 625 regional and national suppliers exhibiting their wares on the trade floor this year's show offers resources for every niche in the industry.

In addition, many pertinent industry-related issues will be addressed during the planned educational seminars, hosted
by renowned kitchen and bath industry experts and educators.

It's showtime
Brightening up the convention center will be a vast array of products in a variety of product categories geared specifically for kitchen and bath professionals. Product categories on display this year will include solid surfacing, laminate, ceramic tile and related countertop materials, kitchen and bath cabinetry, whirlpools, tubs and plumbing fixtures, appliances, kitchen and bath sinks and faucets, decorative and functional hardware, flooring, kitchen and bath accessories, CAD-CAM software, storage products and interior fittings, lighting products, related building products and much more.

K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Education forum
Some 35 seminars will offer educational opportunities in a variety of areas ranging from "Building Codes" and "What To Keep in Mind When Designing Around Today's Wired Client" to "Interactive Design Process" and "The Well-Balanced Kitchen."

Internet workshops for the kitchen and bath professional will also be available, focusing on the increasingly vital need for kitchen and bath dealers to stay on top of technological issues.

Kicking off K/BIS are pre-conference programs and special events, covering such topics as "Kitchen and Bath Signature," a seminar that will analyze the work of master designers from both a historic and contemporary perspective, and, "Kitchen and Bath Sales," which will offer an opportunity for industry veterans and newcomers to develop sales techniques and qualify potential customers using the DiSC method.

Roundtable discussions once again will be offered for kitchen and bath professionals who wish to network with peers in a more informal setting. Roundtable discussion topics will include design trends, job scheduling tips, team building ideas, suggestions for overcoming sales objections, and more.