‘Leadership’ Competition Open For ’04 Entries

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‘Leadership’ Competition Open For ’04

Hackensack, NJ A call for nominations has been
issued for the sixth annual “Industry Leadership Awards
Competition” the Kitchen & Bath Design News-sponsored awards
program aimed at recognizing leadership excellence among
kitchen/bath dealers, distributors, cabinet shops, sales reps and

K&BDN’s 2004 “Industry Leadership Awards
Competition,” as it has in the past five 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, according
to K&BDN editorial director and publisher Eliot Sefrin.

“Our annual ‘Industry Leadership Awards
Competition’ has allowed us to identify and honor the people and
companies that epitomize what innovation, vision, industry
contributions and leadership is all about,” said Sefrin.

Among the competition’s award categories are:

1. General Excellence in Operating a
Kitchen & Bath Dealership.

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 cites excellence in management, sales, marketing, customer
service, and support for dealers and other specifiers.

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
execute a targeted marketing effort that has successfully combined
advertising, promotion and special events, while resulting in
demonstrable sales growth or a business turnaround.

4. Most Innovative Business Management

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

Open to dealers, designers, remodelers, cabinet shops,
“whotailers,” multi-branch and other kitchen/bath retailers,
winners 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

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

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

Nominations for the 2004 competition will be
accepted through July 30, with judging to take place in August,
Sefrin said. First-, second- and third-place winners will be
honored in each category. Award recipients will be profiled in the
October issue of K&BDN, and will receive article reprints and
handsome display plaques.

Details on the competition including rules,
qualifications and nomination forms can be obtained by contacting
K&BDN, Two University Plaza, Suite 310, Hackensack, NJ 07601;
telephone: (201) 487-7800; fax: (201) 487-1061.

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