Business Management Seminar Series Set for 2000

Business Management Seminar Series Set for 2000

Five "Managing for Profit" business management seminars, the all-day program that was so enthusiastically received in 1999, have been announced for 2000, according to the program's co-sponsors, Kitchen & Bath Design News and the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

"Managing for Profit" seminars, which are underwritten in part by leading industry corporations, have been firmly scheduled for the following sites:

  • Chicago (as part of the National Kitchen & Bath Conference), April 6.
  • The metropolitan New York area, in May.
  • The Detroit area, in June.n Atlanta, in September.
  • The Los Angeles area, in October.

Specific dates and locations will be announced by Kitchen & Bath Design News and the NKBA in the near future.

The "Managing for Profit" program, unique to the kitchen and bath industry, made its debut in 1999 with a pair of enthusiastically received sessions in Boston and San Francisco.

Two leading business management educators Stephen Vlachos, CKD, CBD and Hank Darlington have been retained again in 2000 to facilitate the unique, one-day seminar, which is targeted primarily at kitchen and bath dealers, designers and remodelers.

The seminar is aimed at delivering practical, in-depth strategies regarding finances, profit margins, customer service, personnel, administration and other aspects of successful business management at the retail level, all within the context of a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive kitchen and bath industry.

"The insights contained in this program guarantee that attendees will leave at the end of the day head and shoulders above where they were at the start and head and shoulders above their colleagues in the industry," said K&BDN editorial director and publisher Eliot Sefrin.

"This seminar provides an invaluable dialogue among the participants. It's not just the presentation, it's the interaction between attendees that makes a real difference. People openly exchange ideas and experiences, sharing what works for their companies and what doesn't.

"The corporate sponsors and the NKBA should be applauded for their commitment to this type of education," Sefrin added.Corporate sponsors in 1999 included Kohler Co., Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry, DACOR and DeWils Industries.

"The interaction and the idea-sharing process that took place during the seminar really made it interesting," said Boston attendee Gary Szalucka, owner of Creative Cabinetry in Sunapee, NH. "Add to that the diverse group of attendees, and the seminar was a definite hit. I was able to apply methods and ideas that I learned at the seminar just two days after attending the program."

"The session was energizing, and I was pleased to get confirmation that most of the things we are doing are 'on track', " observed Ann Moseley, v.p. of the Ridgefield, CT-based Maldon Kitchens, Inc. "I did, however, come away with a list of 39 things to do to make our company better," she added.

NKBA members can register for the seminar for $100; non-members pay $175; sponsors' customers and guests are admitted on a complimentary basis. "Managing for Profit" also qualifies attendees for ongoing professional development credits (OPD) and continuing educational units (CEU).

Additional information can be obtained from K&BDN at (201) 487-7800 or the NKBA at (800) 843-6522.