KBB - March 2014 - (Page 8)

SHOW DIRECTOR'S NOTE KBIS Comeback Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2015 January 20-22,2015 Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas www.kbis.com 2014 show feedback signifies an industry resurgence Since returning from KBIS, I have had number of conversations with our readers about their experiences at Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas. While the stories are all unique, one thing that is not is just how passionately everyone has described their time at KBIS. There were, of course, a number of comments on specific products that were launched, brands that were present and sessions attended, but almost universally everyone has mentioned the renewed energy in and around the show floor. So what was so different this year versus years past? Of course, the economy is improving, and there was a significant presence from top brands both old and new, but I think it goes well beyond that. What I believe was different was that for the first time in a number of years, the entire kitchen and bath industry was represented. Everyone from designers to architects, remodelers to cabinet shops, dealers to channel partners and, of course, builders were all present. Even more impressive was the infusion of youth into the event, which no doubt brought additional energy to the show floor, as many of these emerging entrepreneurs and young executives have never before been to KBIS. These observations have taken me back to a story I shared with you in the October 2013 issue of K+BB. You might recall I had mentioned how my old friend and colleague, Jim Scott, would routinely ask people to describe their first experience at KBIS. I later went on to describe in great detail my first KBIS in 2008. While that experience has played a significant role in my time working on KBIS, I can honestly say that the energy and excitement I witnessed last month in Las Vegas was unparalleled in my 15 years working in the tradeshow business. In 2008, I saw people walking through a maze of elaborate exhibits window shopping. In 2014, I saw people looking at elaborate displays as they have in the past (the booths this year were absolutely incredible), but the difference was that attendees this year were looking to specify products for future projects and programs. I think we would all agree that this is a good sign for our industry. I hope that if you attended KBIS, you found it to be a worthwhile experience. For those of you who did attend, you should have received a survey asking for your feedback. I hope you will take a few minutes and tell us how we did. We, along with our partners at NKBA, value your comments and will use them to improve the show. So please let us know what you think. I would also encourage you to stay active in the conversation year-round on all of our social media platforms. n Brian Pagel Vice President, Kitchen and Bath Group brian.pagel@emeraldexpo.com 1145 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 355 Alpharetta, GA 30009 Ph: (800) 241-9034 SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT Joe Randall joe.randall@emeraldexpo.com VP KITCHEN AND BATH GROUP Brian Pagel (770) 291-5438 brian.pagel@emeraldexpo.com SALES MANAGER April Hayslip (770) 291-5434 april.hayslip@emeraldexpo.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Maria Hill (770) 291-5419 maria.hill@emeraldexpo.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Diana Gallagher (770) 291-5436 diana.gallagher@emeraldexpo.com MARKETING MANAGER Rebecca Corbett (770) 291-5459 rebecca.corbett@emeraldexpo.com OPERATIONS MANAGER Lane Vento, CMP (770) 291-5538 lane.vento@emeraldexpo.com President John A. Petrie, CMKBD President-Elect Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD Vice President Ric Coggins Treasurer Denise M. Dick, CMKBD Secretary Debra H. Robinson Immediate Past President John K. Morgan Chief Executive Officer Bill Darcy Senior Director of Finance Stephen Graziano General Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs Edward S. Nagorsky Director of Business Development and Member Relations: Suzie Williford Director of Learning Nancy Barnes 8 + K BB March 2014 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbis.com http://www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - March 2014

KBB - March 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Industry Viewpoint
Dealer Dish
Universal Design
Solutions
Trends
KBIS 2014 and Design & Construction Week
Products
Design
Ocean Oasis
Coastal kitchen acquires more space and customization
There and Back
Last Word

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