K/BIS Blows Into The Windy City

K/BIS Blows Into The Windy City

A whole slew of exciting new products will be on display at K/BIS 2000

Scheduled to run April 7-9 and April 6-9, respectively, the 19th Annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and concurrent National Kitchen & Bath Conference (NK&BC) will be blowing into Chicago's McCormick Place this month amidst plenty of fanfare.

With a vast array of product displays, demonstrations, educational seminars, interactive roundtable discussions, social activities and special events geared toward kitchen and bath industry professionals and over 600 local and regional suppliers on hand this year's showcase offers resources for every facet of the industry.

Many pertinent and pressing issues will be addressed in a host of planned educational seminars. Additionally, Kitchen & Bath Design News publisher Eliot Sefrin, who will serve as keynote speaker for this year's event, will look at one of the biggest issues facing kitchen and bath dealers today: "The Independent Kitchen & Bath Dealer: Can He Survive, and Flourish, in the New Millennium?"

It's showtime
There will be plenty to see at this year's show, with product categories on display including kitchen and bath cabinetry, solid surfacing materials, laminate, ceramic tile and related countertop materials, whirlpools, tubs and plumbing fixtures, appliances, kitchen and bath sinks and faucets, decorative and functional hardware, kitchen and bath accessories, CAD-CAM software, storage products and interior fittings, lighting products, related building products and more.

K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 
6 p.m., and Sunday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Educational opportunities
Some 35 seminars are planned to offer educational opportunities in a variety of areas ranging from "Global Kitchen Design" and "The Art of Drawing and Rendering" to "49+ Ways to Boost Your Profits to Record Highs" and "Electronic Kitchen Visioneering Project."

Internet workshops for kitchen and bath professionals will also be available, addressing the pressing need for kitchen and bath dealers to get on and stay on top of the technological bandwagon. 

Pre-conference programs and special events scheduled will get the ball rolling early, covering such topics as "Managing for Profit," a seminar that will explore buying and selling strategies, commission and compensation tactics and marketing tactics, and, "KitchenArtSchool," which will offer tips for honing layout and design skills, with sessions offered for both beginner level and advanced level designers. 

Roundtable discussions, too, will be offered for those wishing to network with peers in a more informal setting.
On the following five pages, K&BDN looks at just a small sampling of some of the products and services that will be on display at K/BIS 2000.