K&BDN’s Annual Leadership Contest Accepting Entries

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K&BDN’s Annual Leadership Contest Accepting

Hackensack, NJ With just over two months to go before its
deadline for nominations, entries are being accepted for the fifth
annual “Industry Leadership Awards Competition” the Kitchen &
Bath Design News-sponsored awards program aimed at recognizing
excellence among kitchen/bath dealers, distributors, cabinet shops,
sales reps and manufacturers.

Nominations for the annual award competition will be accepted
through July 31, with judging to take place in August, according to
K&BDN Publisher Eliot Sefrin.

K&BDN’s 2003 “Industry Leadership Awards Competition,” as it
has in the past four years, 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.

Among the award categories are:

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,
service, and support for dealers, remodelers and other

3. Most Innovative Kitchen or Bath Retail Marketing Effort.

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 demonstrable sales growth or a business

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,
winners in this category will be recognized for outstanding
kitchen/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

First-, second- and third-place winners will be honored in each
of the eight categories, according to Sefrin. Award recipients will
be profiled in the October issue of K&BDN, and will receive
article reprints and handsome display plaques.

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) 487-1061.

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