2002 ‘Leadership’ Competition Open to Entries

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2002 ‘Leadership’ Competition Open to

Hackensack, NJ A call for nominations has been issued for the
fourth annual “Industry Leadership Awards Competition” the Kitchen
& Bath Design News-sponsored awards program aimed at citing
leadership excellence among kitchen/ bath dealers, distributors,
cabinet shops, sales reps and manufacturers.

K&BDN’s 2002 “Industry Leadership Awards Competition,” as in
the past, will honor industry professionals for outstanding
achievements in eight categories that focus on skills in business
management, marketing, use of showrooms, industry/community
service, and related areas, K&BDN publisher Eliot Sefrin

“The aim of our Industry Leadership Awards Competition is to
honor the individuals and companies that epitomize what leadership
is all about,” Sefrin observed.

“Each year we try to look beyond sales figures and design skills
the two most common areas involved in industry competitions and
recognize the companies and people that other industries can view
as role models, benchmark against, and even look to as a source of
inspiration,” Sefrin added.

Among the competition’s 2002 award categories are the

1. General Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath
Open to independent kitchen and bath dealers, this award will honor
overall excellence in design, management, sales, marketing,
customer service, professionalism and other key aspects of
operating a successful dealership.

2. General Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath
Distribution or “Whotail” Firm.
Open to kitchen/bath product distributors or “whotailers,” this
award will cite excellence in management, sales, marketing,
customer service, and support for dealers, remodelers and other

3. Most Innovative Kitchen or Bath Retail Marketing
Open to dealers, designers, remodelers, cabinet shops,
“whotailers,” multi-branch and other kitchen/bath retailers,
nominated companies will be judged on the basis of their ability to
conceive and execute a targeted marketing effort that has
successfully combined advertising, promotion and special events,
while resulting in sales growth or a business turnaround.

4. Most Innovative Business Management Strategy.
Open to dealers, designers, remodelers, cabinet shops,
“whotailers,” multi-branch and other kitchen/bath retailers, this
award will honor a company’s or individual’s ability to conceive
and implement a business management strategy that has resulted in a
tangible improvement in internal operations, personnel relations,
or corporate profitability.

5. Most Innovative Showroom or Use of Displays.
Open to dealers, designers, remodelers, cabinet shops,
“whotailers,” multi-branch and other kitchen/bath retailers, this
category will recognize those who show outstanding kitchen and bath
product merchandising, showroom design, use of displays or use of a
showroom as a marketing vehicle.

6. Independent or Factory Sales Rep of the Year.
Open to either factory-employed or independent sales
representatives, this category is aimed at honoring individuals for
successfully representing the interests of kitchen and bath product
suppliers, while demonstrating outstanding support and
responsiveness to the needs of customers.

7. Most Innovative Supplier Support Program.
Open to manufacturers, importers or suppliers of kitchen and bath
products, this award 
will honor companies for successfully conceiving and executing a
support program that assists dealers or distributors in sales,
product expertise, business management, showroom management and
related areas.

8. Kitchen & Bath Industry and/or Community Service.
Open to any kitchen/bath industry-related individual, company or
group, this award will cite winners for organizing or participating
in an outstanding contribution to their community or the

Nominations for the 2002 competition will be accepted through
July 31, with judging to take place in August, Sefrin said. First-,
second- and third-place winners will be honored in each category.
Award recipients will be profiled in the October issue of
K&BDN, and will receive article reprints and handsome display

Complete details on the awards competition including rules,
qualifications and nomination forms can be obtained by contacting
K&BDN, 2 University Plaza, Suite 310, Hackensack, NJ 07601;
telephone: (201) 487-7800; fax: (201) 

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