The National Kitchen & Bath Association asked me to share an invitation to KBIS with professionals in the cabinet making industry.
NKBA stages the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS for short) in Chicago April 24-26, 2012.
Dear CMA Members,
I’d like to invite you to attend the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show from April 24 – 26 in Chicago. As the industry event of the year, there are numerous opportunities for learning and inspiration, and I would like to urge you to inform your members of the lineup of exciting speakers that are in store for attendees. Your members can receive a complimentary show floor pass by registering at KBIS.com with code ASSOC.
To give a sense of the caliber of information that can be obtained, I’d like to tell you about just a few opportunities for learning. Opening Keynote presenter, Candice Olson will talk about her signature style and how she turned that into a successful brand of home décor products.
David Lupberger, remodeling contractor and coach, will address the topic of effective communication as a remodeler. Former NASA Astronaut Colonel Mike Mullane is coming to KBIS to explain how to incorporate quantifiable teamwork and outcome-driven leadership into every project. Business expert and author Sam Silverstein will drive home the message of accountability in his No More Excuses presentation.
Karl Champley will give a design overview of how to tap into the unused spaces. Branding expert Sally Hogshead will explain how to fascinate, engage and influence the consumer market, and Michael Werner, president and CEO of Globe Union Group, Inc. will take a look at the new economic terrain of the industry in the State of the Industry Address.
Bill Darcy, CEO NKBA
To register, visit www.KBIS.com
The Cabinet Makers Association is planning to bring together CMA members, NKBA officials and KBIS show management to explore the possibilities of working together. And we invite you to participate. As you may know, this show is the nation’s largest industry gathering of kitchen and bath industry professionals, and boasts not only hundreds of exhibitors in nearly every facet of the kitchen and bath industry, but a huge educational conference for those seeking and maintaining NKBA certifications.
We’re looking for CMA members and their colleagues who are willing to observe the crowd, the exhibitors, the educational sessions and everything KBIS and are willing to brain storm with us on how we can use this venue to our greatest advantage.
We know that the three largest groups of attendees at this show are kitchen and bath designers, home builders and remodeling contractors. For many CMA members, those three types of clients are among their best (or only) clients.
In exchange for your service, we have arranged complimentary admission to the show floor. We'll put together a plan to share insights and experiences, plus a dutch treat dinner for those who attend. Other special discounts may be available to CMA Task Force members.
So, let us know if you’re interested in attending this event as a CMA Task Force member. It’s always more fun to go to a show when you know others who will be there. Contact the CMA office for details and we’ll talk.
Dave Grulke is executive director of The Cabinet Makers Association, Milwaukee, WI. Incorporated in 1998 by a group of custom cabinet makers who thought the industry needed a group for small- to mid-size shops to network and help each other grow profitably, the CMA has grown to include hundreds of cabinet shops, millworkers and furniture makers and suppliers. Contact Dave at email@example.com
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