Trade Show, Conference Readied for Baltimore

Trade Show, Conference Readied for Baltimore

Baltimore, MD The ninth annual Kitchen & Bath Design Expo, sponsored by Kitchen & Bath Design News and several industry partners, is set for kickoff late next month at the Baltimore Convention Center, located here.

The Sept. 29-Oct. 2 event, expected to attract some 5,000 kitchen and bath dealers, designers, remodelers and related industry professionals, will serve as the East Coast's premier showcase for the latest in kitchen and bath products and services.

The trade show and conference is being co-sponsored by Kitchen & Bath Design News and the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, as well as by K&BDN's sister magazines, Qualified Remodeler and Wood Digest.

One highlight of the show is an expanded and upgraded educational conference highlighted by more than 40 individual programs, including seminars, show-floor workshops and all-day pre-show conferences.

"It's no exaggeration to say that what has been the best educational program in the kitchen and bath industry will be even better in 1999," observed K&BDN editorial director and publisher Eliot Sefrin, who serves as conference chairman.

"Our conference program has gotten high grades from past attendees for being highly targeted at the educational needs of today's kitchen and bath dealers and designers, professional remodelers, cabinet shop owners and other leading specifiers," Sefrin said. "And our programs are taught by the leading instructors and educators in the industry. They provide practical, nuts-and-bolts ideas that attendees can take home and translate immediately into additional profit for their business," added Sefrin.

The show's 90-minute seminars, according to Sefrin, have been devised around six distinct tracks: kitchen and bath design; business management; sales and marketing; cabinet shops (co-sponsored by Wood Digest); technology; and a special track for professional residential remodelers (co-sponsored by Qualified Remodeler).

Both the remodelers' track and the technology track are new to this year's show, Sefrin said.
In addition, a series of special, in-depth, three-hour "focus workshops" will address key topics including lighting, installation, finance and design and a series of show-floor workshops will provide attendees with tips on solid surface fabrication.

There will also be a trio of all-day programs prior to the trade show with topics to cover kitchen design, showroom design and management and business development, Sefrin added.

Additional information on the Kitchen & Bath Design Expo's educational program or information about exhibiting can be obtained by contacting the trade show division of Kitchen & Bath Design News' parent company, Cygnus Publishing, at (516) 845-2700, extension 243.