K/BIS Creates Chicago Whirlwind

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K/BIS Creates Chicago Whirlwind

Following a successful jaunt under the sunny skies of Orlando last
year, the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and concurrent National
Kitchen & Bath Conference (NK&BC) have returned to Chicago,
setting the stage for a windfall of exciting and innovative new
products and expanded seminar coverage.

The 21st annual K/BIS still the industry’s front-runner for
showcasing the latest and greatest products and services targeted
at the kitchen and bath market is expected to draw some 40,000
kitchen and bath industry professionals from the U.S. and Canada,
as well as exhibitors and visitors from Europe, Asia and South
America. The four-day show and conference will once again boast
myriad 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 2002 will take place April 5-7, while the NK&BC will run
April 4-7, both at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Noteworthy products
A wide array of kitchen and bath products will again be the focal
point of this year’s K/BIS, with some 700 regional and national
suppliers showcasing their wares across some 400,000 square feet of
exhibit space, according to show co-sponsor NKBA.

A vast numer of product categories will be represented,
including kitchen and bath cabinetry, solid surfacing, laminate,
ceramic tile and related countertop materials, whirlpools, tubs and
plumbing fixtures, appliances, kitchen and bath sinks and faucets,
flooring, decorative and functional hardware, CAD-CAM software,
storage products, kitchen and bath accessories, interior fittings,
lighting products, related building products and more. 

K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April
5 and 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 7, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Educational program 
This year’s educational conference has been expanded to include 54
regular seminars, as well as a host of pre-conference programs and
sessions addressing a wide selection of topics aimed specifically
toward the kitchen and bath professional.
This year, seminars will be divided into nine tracks, but, unlike
previous years, the tracks will not be themed. Seminar topics will
address a variety of topics of interest to kitchen and bath
professionals ranging from interactive design, tips for giving
professional presentations, showroom design and home office design
to labor shortage solutions, environmental design, general
management ideas and suggestions on controlling and closing the

K/BIS will once again be offering its lunchtime roundtable
discussions to provide a forum for networking on a smaller scale,
with attendees welcome to spend an hour discussing timely issues
impacting the kitchen and bath industry. Roundtable discussion
topics will include merchandising and customer service ideas,
design trends, job scheduling tips and industry partnering
techniques, as well as legal issues for dealers and designers,
team-building ideas, suggestions for overcoming sales objections
and more.

Pre-conference programs
Following are a few of the pre-conference programs and special
events scheduled for this year’s show:
n The Kitchen and Bath Sales program, to be held on Wednesday,
April 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., has been created for kitchen and
bath industry professionals both industry veterans and those new to
the kitchen and bath arena and will give them an opportunity to
learn sales and qualifying techniques.

  • Created for beginning design professionals looking to
    jump-start their kitchen design career, the KitchenStarter program
    will introduce designers to basic product knowledge, kitchen
    planning skills and hand layout. Also discussed will be ideas for
    avoiding common design errors, kitchen design guidelines and tips
    for better communication between clients, trade professionals and
    in-house personnel. This program will take place Wednesday, April
    3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Created for beginning design professionals with up to six
    months experience, the BathStarter program will introduce designers
    to basic product knowledge, bathroom layout skills and basic
    plumbing systems. Also discussed will be ideas for avoiding common
    design errors, which could lead to delays, cost overruns and
    customer dissatisfaction. This program will take place Wednesday,
    April 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Created for the advanced designer, the KitchenSignature program
    will analyze the work of recognized designers from a historic and
    contemporary perspective. This full-day program will take place on
    Thursday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Developed for kitchen and bath professionals with two to eight
    years’ experience, “Kitchen & Bath LightingMade Easy” is a
    one-day development course that will help designers evaluate
    kitchen, bathroom and other residential spaces, create lighting
    plans and gain valuable information about lamping and fixturing
    advantages and alternatives. Environmental and universal design
    aspects of lighting plans will also be covered. This program will
    take place on Thursday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.
  • This year, NKBA’s Annual Business Luncheon and Industry Keynote
    will feature David Whitman, Chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corp.,
    who will share insight into the future of the kitchen and bath
    industry. Attendees will also get an in-depth look into the state
    of the NKBA and its direction for the future. This program will
    take place on Thursday, April 4, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

For additional information about the 2002 K/BIS, or to obtain
information about future shows and conferences, contact the NKBA,
687 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840; Tel.: (908)

K/BIS 2002: An Opportunity Too Good To Pass Up

CHICAGOFrank Lloyd Wright once said, “Eventually, I think
Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.”
Perhaps it is particularly apropos, then, that the 21st annual
Kitchen/Bath Industry Show the world’s leading forum for the
kitchen and bath industry, and a place where “great” and
“beautiful” can be well used to describe the host of product
offerings, design ideas and educational opportunities on tap will
be held in this bustling, geocentric city.

The annual trade show, slated to take place April 5-7 at
Chicago’s McCormick Place, is an event well worth your time. As the
year’s single largest gathering of kitchen and bath industry
professionals, K/BIS 2002 is the place to be for industry pros,
whether you’re looking to preview the hottest up-and-coming
products and product technology, learn new skills, trade ideas with
industry veterans or pick up new business strategies to help get a
leg up on the competition. In fact, this event is a must-attend for
anyone who wants to see what’s hot and what’s not in terms of
kitchen and bath products, design trends, business strategies and
the latest market happenings. 

The industry’s premier source for state-of-the-art, innovative
new products and services, K/BIS 2002 will once again offer a
wealth of exciting products, seminars and networking opportunities
not to be found anywhere else.

At the same time, the National Kitchen & Bath
Association-sponsored National Kitchen & Bath Conference has
been expanded to include more educational seminars than ever before
54 seminars in all as well as a host of pre-conference sessions,
full-day programs, roundtables and special events to make this an
event not to be missed. The NK&BC will take place at the
convention facility and nearby hotels from April 4-7.

This year’s show is expected to be a major draw for both
exhibitors and product specifiers, with some 700 exhibitors and
more than 40,000 attendees expected to be on hand, including
kitchen/bath dealers, designers, remodelers, distributors,
manufacturers, custom builders, reps and related industry
professionals. And, as always, attendees can expect to see a nearly
endless array of products from some of the industry’s leading

But, K/BIS is about much more than just products. Indeed, this
once-a-year event offers an invaluable opportunity for not just
seeing, but being part of the industry networking, comparing notes
with colleagues, speaking one-on-one with manufacturers’ reps,
catching up on the latest trends on the horizon. 

To that end, Kitchen & Bath Design News’ K/BIS 2002 Show
Guide is designed to help readers make the most of the invaluable
opportunities that K/BIS provides. This special 16-page pull-out
supplement provides an overview of this year’s event, including a
look at some of the hottest new products to be displayed, brief
synopses of educational programs and an exhibitor listing to help
attendees maximize their trade floor time making it the perfect
tool for both planning your show in advance, and navigating the
show once you’ve arrived in the Windy City.

The staff at K&BDN hopes that this Show Guide will help
fulfill its objective of helping readers to prepare for and make
the most of their time in Chicago.

Look, learn, listen and take advantage of all the opportunities
that this year’s K/BIS presents!

Good luck, and have a great show.

Eliot Sefrin
Editorial Director & Publisher

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