Honoring Excellence

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Honoring Excellence

In a world where leadership has taken on an increasingly important
role, excellence takes on a whole new meaning not just as something
we strive for, but as something we seek out to inspire us, give us
hope, and help us to find meaning in all that we do. The design
industry, like so many other industries, offers its own shining
examples of greatness, achievement and leadership and these not
only teach and inspire us individually, but also give the industry
a source of pride, as well as examples to emulate, learn from and
grow from.

Accordingly, Kitchen & Bath Design News is once again
honoring individuals and companies in the kitchen and bath design
industry who are true leaders, with the presentation of its third
annual Industry Leadership Awards. Nearly two dozen industry
players including kitchen and bath dealers, distributors,
“whotailers,” manufacturers, sales reps and others have been named
as recipients of the 2001 Industry Leadership Awards, presented
exclusively by K&BDN. Each of the award winners is being
highlighted in this month’s issue. 

Begun in 1999, the Industry Leadership Awards are the first
kitchen and bath industry honors to focus on leadership excellence
and outstanding industry achievement in eight specific
categories. 

“While the common focal points for most kitchen and bath
industry awards are sales volume and design expertise, the Industry
Leadership Awards program takes a different approach, awarding its
honors on the basis of achievements in business management,
marketing, the use of showrooms, community service and related
activities that are all critical to any company’s success,” offers
Eliot Sefrin, K&BDN’s editorial director and publisher.

“The companies and associates we are paying homage to with the
2001 awards are industry leaders whose achievements have enhanced
their success,” continues Sefrin. “Their ideas are those that can
be admired, studied and emulated to enhance others business
practices.”
The 2001 Industry Leadership Award winners are listed here.


Overall Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath Dealership
honoring independent kitchen and bath dealers for general
excellence in design, management, sales, marketing, customer
service, professionalism and all other aspects of operating a
successful 
dealership.

First Place: Morris Black & Sons, Lehigh Valley, PA
Second Place: Kitchen Distributors of America, 
Itasca, IL


Overall Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath Distribution
or “Whotail” Firm honoring kitchen/bath distributors or
wholesale/retail firms (“whotailers”) for general excellence in
management, sales, marketing, customer service and support for
dealers, remodelers and other product specifiers.

First Place: Reico Kitchen & Bath, Springfield, VA
Second Place: Standard Kitchen Distributors, Grand Rapids, MI
Third Place: Builders Distributing Company, Inc., Midlothian,
VA


Most Innovative Kitchen or Bath Retail Marketing Effort honoring
kitchen/bath dealers, whotailers, multi-branch or other retail
outlets for a targeted marketing effort that successfully combines
advertising, promotion and special events, while resulting in
demonstrable sales growth.

First Place: RSI Kitchen & Bath, St. Louis, MO
Second Place: Reico Kitchen & Bath, Springfield, VA
Third Place: Dartmouth Build-ing Supply, Dartmouth, MA


Most Innovative Retail Business Management Strategy honoring
kitchen/bath dealers or whotailers for successfully implementing a
business management strategy that has resulted in a tangible
improvement in internal operations, personnel relations or
corporate profitability.

First Place: Kitchens by Deane, Stamford, CT
Second Place: Distinctive Kitchens, Concord, NH
Third Place: Z&G Enterprises, dba Cabinet World, 
Aliquippa, PA


Most Innovative Showroom or Use of Displays honoring
kitchen/bath dealers, distributors or whotailers for outstanding
product merchandising, showroom design, use of displays or unique
use of a showroom as a marketing vehicle.

First Place: DJ Mehler Collections, San Francisco, CA
Second Place: Urner’s Inc., Bakersfield, CA
Third Place: Irpinia Kitchens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Independent or Factory Sales Rep of the Year honoring
factory-employed or independent sales or customer service
representatives for successfully representing the interests of
suppliers, while demonstrating superior support and responsiveness
to the needs of their customers.

First Place: Brian J. Clarke/ Gary Bell, The Clarke Connection,
New Hartford, CT
Second Place: John McCarty, Tierney & Associates, Springfield,
IL
Third Place: Marty Klie, Elm Mfg., Denville, NJ


Most Innovative Supplier Support Program honoring manufacturers,
importers or suppliers of kitchen and bath products or services for
implementing a support program that assists dealers or distributors
in sales, product expertise, business management, showrooms and
related areas.

First Place: Cardell Cabinets, San Antonio, TX
Second Place: Merillat Industries, Inc., Adrian, MI
Third Place: Decore-ative Specialties, Elk Grove, CA


Outstanding Industry or Community Service honoring kitchen/bath
industry-related individuals, companies or groups of any kind for
an outstanding contribution to their community or the public at
large, or to contributing to the growth in stature and
professionalism of the industry.
 
First Place: Giorgi Kitchens & Designs, Inc., Wilmington,
DE
Second Place: Kitchens by Deane, Stamford, CT
Third Place: Moen, Inc., North Olmsted, OH

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