K/BIS 2003 Returns to Sunny Orlando

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K/BIS 2003 Returns to Sunny Orlando


ORLANDOet against a backdrop of sun and fun, the Kitchen/Bath
Industry Show (K/BIS) and National Kitchen & Bath Conference
(NK&BC) is returning to the Orange County Convention Center
here in Orlando. This year’s event will offer industry
professionals a break from the ordinary and a smorgasbord of
products and seminars so exciting, they rival anything found at
Disney World.

The 22nd annual K/BIS still the industry’s top showcase for
exciting and innovative kitchen and bath products and services is
expected to draw more than 50,000 kitchen and bath industry
professionals from the U.S. and Canada, as well as exhibitors and
visitors from Europe, Asia and South America.

This year’s event will once again feature a plethora of product
displays and demonstrations, educational seminars, interactive
roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, social activities
and special events geared specifically for the kitchen and bath
industry.

K/BIS 2003 is scheduled to run from April 11 to 13, while the
concurrent NK&BC will take place April 10 to 13.

PRODUCTS OF NOTE
A vast array of kitchen and bath products will once again be on
display at this year’s K/BIS, with more than 700 regional and
national suppliers on tap to showcase their wares across more than
400,000 square feet of exhibit space, according to show co-sponsor
the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

An bountiful selection of wares will be exhibited in 80
different kitchen and bath categories and services, NKBA notes.
Categories include kitchen and bath cabinetry; solid surfacing,
laminate, ceramic tile and related countertop materials;
whirlpools, tubs and other 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 more (see show product coverage, Pages 36J-36P).

K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April
11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for Sunday, April 13, from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
To highlight NKBA’s 40th anniversary, this year’s NK&BC program
has been expanded. It will feature more than 55 seminars,
professional development courses and roundtables on subjects
including business development, design, and sales and marketing
strategies. A principal highlight for 2003 is the conference’s new
remodeling track a series of sessions presented by the National
Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Meanwhile, lunchtime roundtable discussions will once again make
an appearance to provide a platform for networking on a smaller
scale, while allowing for discussions about timely issues relating
to the kitchen and bath industry.

On Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 from 12:00 noon to
1:00 p.m., NKBA will host 25 luncheon roundtables designed to
provide an open forum of discussion about some of the industry’s
hottest topics, ranging from outdoor kitchens to gender-perspective
design. Each roundtable discussion will be hosted by a key industry
leader, notes the NKBA. Specialized educational and networking
opportunities will also be facilitated by NARI.

PRE-SHOW SESSIONS, EVENTS
The following is just a small sampling of some of the pre-show
programs and special events scheduled for this year’s show:
n On Thursday, April 10, there will be several all-day sessions (8
a.m. to 5 p.m.), mainly dedicated to professional
development.
Michael DeLuca, CKD, NKBA University Instructor, will teach a
one-day professional development program entitled “Kitchen &
Bath Lighting Made Easy,” which will help intermediate- to
advanced-level designers discover how to increase the value of
every space they design, simply by incorporating an effective
lighting plan.

Another course, called “KitchenStarter,” is for individuals
seeking to jump-start their kitchen design career or for those
desiring a glimpse at the kitchen design profession. In this crash
course, Wayne Ash, CKD, CBD, NKBA University Instructor, will
discuss basic product knowledge, kitchen planning skills and
hand-drawn layout.

  • Also on Thursday, April 10, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., will be
    NKBA’s Business Meeting and Luncheon. This year’s meeting will
    feature keynote speaker Herbert Kohler, chairman of the board and
    president of Kohler Co. Kohler will speak about the future of the
    kitchen and bath industry. Additionally, NKBA president Les Petrie
    will discuss the NKBA’s progress and plans for the future.
     
  • On April 10, the NKBA Board of Directors’ Gala is scheduled to
    take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year’s gala honors the
    “Finest Professionals in the Kitchen and Bath Industry,”
    recognizing volunteers, members and friends for their continued
    support and commitment to the association and the industry. The
    Gala will also cite the 2003 NKBA Design Competition winners, and
    feature the induction of the newest members of the Kitchen and Bath
    Industry Hall of Fame.
     
  • Finally, on Friday, April 11, 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Bill
    O’Reilly will speak about politics and current events and how they
    relate to investing in the home. He is the host of the Fox News
    Channel cable program, The O’Reilly Factor.
    For more information, contact the NKBA, 687 Willow Grove St.,
    Hackettstown, NJ 07840; (908) 852-0033; www.nkba.org; or visit
    www.kbis.com.

K/BIS 2003 Promises to Heat Things Up in
Orlando

With record low temperatures and a seemingly endless parade of
storms, the past few months were viewed by many as the winter of
our discontent. Fortunately, this year’s Kitchen/Bath Industry show
to be held in sunny Orlando promises plenty to warm up to. From hot
new products to sizzling seminars guaranteed to drag even the most
winter-worn designer out of hibernation, the 22nd annual K/BIS is
an event that’s not to be missed.

Slated to take place April 11-13 at the Orange County Convention
Center, K/BIS 2003 is expected to draw record numbers of attendees,
who can count on fun, sun and a full run of new products,
educational sessions and networking opportunities. Long known as
the industry’s premier source for the most innovative and
cutting-edge products and services, the show offers a chance to
preview product trends in dozens of categories related to the
kitchen and bath.

But, K/BIS is so much more than just a great product showcase.
This year’s event also features an expanded conference program,
including a new remodeling track that’s particularly relevant as
this sector continues to drive both the kitchen and bath industry
and the economy at large (see related story, Page 86).

To help you maximize your show experience, Kitchen & Bath
Design News’ Show Guide highlights some of the most exciting new
products and educational opportunities, and even provides an
exhibitor listing to help you navigate the show. Our hope is that
as things heat up at K/BIS in Orlando, you’ll find plenty of great
ideas to fire up your business today, and all year round.
All of us at K&BDN wish you a successful and productive
show!

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