Business Management Seminar Series Set for 2000

by WOHe

Business Management Seminar Series Set for

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

“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

“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.

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