First Annual DPHA Conference Termed a Success

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First Annual DPHA Conference Termed a

Bethesda, MD Response to the first annual
Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association Conference “exceeded
all of our expectations” while serving as a kickoff for a series of
new programs and membership benefits, officials of the trade
association announced.

The first annual conference, conducted recently in
Washington, DC, attracted one-third of the members of the DPHA,
which was founded last year to serve the decorative plumbing and
hardware sector.

The group which had its first formal gathering at
last year’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Chicago represents
sources of supply for such products as kitchen, bath and bar sinks,
faucets and lavs, cabinet and door hardware, bath fixtures, shower
products, lighting and accessories.

“The fact that 33% of the members of a new
organization participated in our first annual meeting is testimony
to the need for the organization and that the programs DPHA offers,
and have in development, are meeting the industry’s needs,” said
DPHA president Jeff Burton, of the San Francisco-based The Bath
& Beyond.

“We could not have been more pleased with the
outcome,” Burton added. “We have assembled an enviable record of
accomplishment in less than a year, becoming the largest
independent organization of decorative plumbing hardware
professionals in the nation.

“We have laid the foundation for a truly dynamic

At its conference, the DPHA unveiled a new
multi-faceted training manual for showroom personnel, kitchen/bath
specialists, interior designers and others involved in the
selection, specification and sale of decorative plumbing and
hardware products, said executive v.p. Thomas Cohn.
Also introduced at the conference, Cohn noted, were a program to
improve showroom operations, a number of technology benefits
including an online product catalogue and an expanded membership
category that permits designers, architects, builders and allied
professionals to join DPHA.


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