DPHA Conference Set for September

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DPHA Conference Set for September

Bethesda, MD The Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association
(DPHA), the recently formed industry-related trade association,
will conduct its first Annual Conference in September, the
organization announced.

The DPHA, headquartered here, scheduled its 2002 conference for
Sept. 20-22, at the Capital Hilton, 16th and K Streets, NW, based
in Washington, DC.

“The First Annual Conference represents a continuation of the
coming of age of decorative plumbing and hardware as a separate and
distinct entity,” said association president Jeff Burton, of Bath
and Beyond, in San Francisco.

DPHA, established in January 2002, has since become the largest
organization of decorative plumbing and hardware in the nation. The
mission of the association which represents decorative plumbing and
hardware showrooms, manufacturers and manufacturer representatives
is to increase professionalism and assist in the development of
stronger partnerships between showrooms, manufacturer’s
representatives and manufacturers/ importers of decorative plumbing
and hardware.

The conference program will focus on DPHA’s goal “of offering
senior executive level education to improve business
profitability.”
The keynote address at the conference will be delivered by Don
Schmincke, of Saga Worldwide, Inc. and Johns Hopkins
University.

“[Don] will relate insights on the challenges managers face
worldwide and discuss ways to cope with them in an increasingly
competitive world where markets and profits are constantly
threatened,” the DPHA said.

DPHA’s Conference also includes a business practices roundtable,
consisting of a panel of principals from major decorative plumbing
and hardware showrooms. A variety of operational issues, ranging
from handling returns and technology integration to compensation
systems and staff training, will be discussed.

Other programs and a general membership meeting will also
highlight the three-day event, the organization noted. Additional
information can be obtained from the Decorative Plumbing &
Hardware Association, at (888) 411-8477.

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