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SHOW DIRECTOR’S NOTE
A Note of Thanks
I want to express my gratitude to the 550 exhibitors that came to Chicago to put on a great KBIS for the more than 16,000 influencers and buyers in attendance. These are some of the people in our industry who drive new ideas, new trends and new growth. And yet sometimes industry members forget that, by exhibiting at KBIS, companies have made a substantial investment in the designers, dealers, architects and builders who regularly promote the most innovative and high-end products in the kitchen and bath marketplace to their clients. I would especially like to thank the 126 companies that have shown at KBIS each and every year since 2008. These have been tough times for our industry, and though plenty of higher-volume channels exist for them, these exhibitors remained steadfast in their commitment to the show and, by extension, the designer and dealer community. Everyone should be thanking them for that commitment. Another thank you to our audience for making the time to attend and thus showing your support for KBIS in Chicago. The show has a history of attracting a very high-quality audience, and 2012 was no exception. Preliminary attendance highlights include:
Jim Scott has more than 35 years of diverse experience as a senior executive and leader, retiring as president of the Plumbing Products Division at Elkay. With a focus on positive change and growth, Scott has helped develop organizations in North and South America, as well as in Asia. Always active, Scott and his wife Ann enjoy a large family with eight energetic grandchildren. He is an avid golfer, skier, chef, reader and photographer. With a lifelong interest in motorcycles, Scott has traveled from Chicago throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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Number of qualified attendees from all registration categories, excluding exhibitors and industry manufacturer attendees, was up 10% over 2011 65% of attendees were managers, VPs, presidents or CEOs Total number of qualified attendees from all categories was up 13% over 2011 82% of those surveyed came to KBIS to see new products and technology 74% cited a desire to keep up to date with changing industry trends Our exhibitors effectively used the Exhibitor Invites product to generate more than 300,000 outbound emails to over 1,200 registrants, of whom 72% were new to KBIS
We will release more details on KBIS 2012 in the coming weeks. Those who were at the show probably visited UNcontained, which was inspired by the fact that there are currently four generations in the marketplace for the first time ever. Across all four, we see a strong desire for authentic products, personal solutions and affordable luxury, as well as a consistent passion for kitchens and baths that form the heart of the home—this is good news. These are demanding consumers, savvy, informed and involved. They have high expectations. As a designer and/or a dealer, you know this. You also know your success depends on being well-prepared, creative and willing to offer cost-effective solutions that meet their wants and needs. We at KBIS also know this. Consequently, starting with UNcontained in 2012, and continuing in 2013 with a greater focus on lifestyles, exhibiting manufacturers will share their insights and products to help the design professional be even more successful. Despite these unique and valuable opportunities, a few people in our industry yearn for the past, the good old days. I do not know about you, but whenever I’ve tried to re-live an exciting experience from the past, the effort seems to fall short. Whether it be a great vacation, a fun party, or simply an interesting conversation, the experiences are impossible to duplicate. There are too many situational factors that come together to make an experience unique. I cannot think of a successful organization that has been able to see the future while looking back. While we certainly learn from our past experiences, the best of us take that learning and play it out in the future in new and exciting ways. Be open to the possibilities. Spend less time looking in the rear view mirror and more time focusing on the present and the future. And slow down. How many times have you walked through a neighborhood where you normally drive? When I do, I see things very differently. I encourage you to take your time at KBIS. The show brings tens of thousands of people together who share a passion for kitchens and baths, great design and new business opportunities. See how many connections and conversations you can have with exhibitors and attendees. You never know what might develop.
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