K/BIS 2001: Fun and Sun in Orlando

by WOHe

ORLANDO – The city of Orlando traditionally offers visitors a wide
array of choices: golfing or suntanning, visiting Walt Disney World
or Sea World. But, for kitchen and bath professionals attending
K/BIS 2001, their choices will revolve around the slew of new and
exciting products on display.

Scheduled to run April 27-29 and April 26-29, respectively, the
20th Annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and concurrent National
Kitchen & Bath Conference (NK&BC) is returning to Orlando’s
Orange County Convention Center after a stop in Chicago last
year.

With a growing number of product displays, demonstrations,
educational seminars, interactive roundtable discussions, social
activities and special events geared toward kitchen and bath
industry professionals and some 625 regional and national suppliers
exhibiting their wares on the trade floor this year’s show offers
resources for every niche in the industry.

In addition, many pertinent industry-related issues will be
addressed during the planned educational seminars,
hosted
by renowned kitchen and bath industry experts and educators.

It’s showtime
Brightening up the convention center will be a vast array of
products in a variety of product categories geared specifically for
kitchen and bath professionals. Product categories on display this
year will include solid surfacing, laminate, ceramic tile and
related countertop materials, kitchen and bath cabinetry,
whirlpools, tubs and plumbing fixtures, appliances, kitchen and
bath sinks and faucets, decorative and functional hardware,
flooring, kitchen and bath accessories, CAD-CAM software, storage
products and interior fittings, lighting products, related building
products and much more.

K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April
27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday April 29, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m.

Education forum
Some 35 seminars will offer educational opportunities in a variety
of areas ranging from “Building Codes” and “What To Keep in Mind
When Designing Around Today’s Wired Client” to “Interactive Design
Process” and “The Well-Balanced Kitchen.”

Internet workshops for the kitchen and bath professional will
also be available, focusing on the increasingly vital need for
kitchen and bath dealers to stay on top of technological
issues.

Kicking off K/BIS are pre-conference programs and special
events, covering such topics as “Kitchen and Bath Signature,” a
seminar that will analyze the work of master designers from both a
historic and contemporary perspective, and, “Kitchen and Bath
Sales,” which will offer an opportunity for industry veterans and
newcomers to develop sales techniques and qualify potential
customers using the DiSC method.

Roundtable discussions once again will be offered for kitchen
and bath professionals who wish to network with peers in a more
informal setting. Roundtable discussion topics will include design
trends, job scheduling tips, team building ideas, suggestions for
overcoming sales objections, and more.

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