So, the 2013 edition of the International Builders Show is barely two hours old and already we've probably got the biggest nuggest of information that the National Association of Home Builders could drop: in 2014, the NAHB and the National Kitchen & Bath Association have entered into an agreement to join the International Builders Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, back here in Las Vegas.
The details, straight from the press release:
The new mega-event will be held Feb. 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas, with each show occupying a separate hall. Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall. One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. Future show dates are Jan 20-22, 2015 and Jan 19-21, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
This is obviously a departure for both the NKBA and KBIS (the 2013 edition of KBIS is upcoming in New Orleans in April), but will appear to continue in the early winter tradition of the Builders' Show. Instead of moving the show around the country, it appears both associations have made a long-term commitment to Las Vegas, but can now leverage the combined audience to attract new exhibitors.
The announcement was made this morning at the opening ceremony, following keynote remarks by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner on the benefits of collaboration. Eisner's address, which combined clips from famous films developed during his time at Disney with notes on management styles, partnerships, resiliency, seemed to resonate with the near-capacity crowd of builders. Eisner encouraged builders to draw strength from the challenging times faced during the recession, advising that wisdom takes root through struggle and failure, then noted failures during his business career and what lessons he drew from those challenges.
Barry Rutenberg, Chairman of NAHB, and NKBA President John K. Morgan took the stage after event announcements, to announce the collocation of next year's shows. Our staff then immediately began the rejiggering of our editorial calendar -- yikes! 2014 is going to be a watershed year!
I'll be back with more from Vegas later today!