Building industry marketing adviser Bill Rossiter - who steered Armstrong Cabinets through a rebranding effort - will keynote Cabinets & Closets Expo at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, April 16, at the Renaissance Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL. Rossiter operates Interrupt, a Toledo branding, marketing consulting and advertising agency.

Interrupt has deeper experience and knowledge than any other agency in the building materials and home improvement industries.

"Our expertise is deeply understanding the channels in which our clients go to market and in helping to drive their key audiences into action," Rossiter says. Register for CCCE Now!He will share case studies of branding and marketing successes in the remodeling and building industries.

On Wednesday, April 15, Houzz sales and marketing guru Lindsey Thudin keynotes Cabinets & Closets Expo 2015, with, "How to Close a Deal on Houzz." Thudin speaks 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 15, at the Renaissance Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL. 

Rossiter and Thudin's presentations are part of the professional development opportunities at Cabinets & Closets 2015 that begin with a full-day conference prior to the show opening. Also located at the Renaissance Conference & Expo Center near Chicago, in Schaumburg, IL, the conference packs real “star power” in its roster of presenters.

Conference registrans can choose Closets Sessions, Business of Design, or Custom Cabinets tracks. Each begins with a rock-and-roll kick-off speaker. Regardless of which track they sign up for, registrants can mix and match at will to attend sessions in other tracks. (Open a PDF version of this article with including a timetable of conference sessions.)


The full-day Business of Design track leads off with a presentation on NKBA’s cabinet design trends study, with designer Brigitte Fabi of Drury Designs. An exciting presentation on 3D design visualization moderated by Denise Butchko is followed by’s Lindsey Thudin on closet and consumer design trends distilled from Houzz data. (Thudin also opens Closets Expo in a keynote address, “How to Close a Sale on”)

A “Power of Design” session will include award-winning furniture designer Martin Goebel, cabinet hardware designer Pamela Anderson, and Brian K. Ellison of BKE Design. Ellison, who is a contestant on the SpikeTV Framework reality design show, will appear again at the awards event on the show floor on April 15.


Closets Sessions include eight seminars, opening with a presentation by Skip LaBella, president of Closet America, known for its dynamic product development, aggressive sales and marketing strategy, and state-of-the-art manufacturing platform. Other closet sessions include a look at the rapidly growing garage segment, a review of in-house versus outsourced production, and closet design technology.A session on luxury closets will include a presentation by Patrick Borg, president of Neff Custom Cabinetry of Chicago, as well as designs by Steve Abruzzo of  Abruzzo Kitchens, Wood-Mode Cabinet's leading distributor.

The Association of Closet & Storage Professionals will moderate these sessions. (See more details on the accompanying chart.) It concludes with a plant tour of nearby closet manufacturer Plus Closets, sponsored by Felder and Plus Closets. All conference registrants are welcome to attend, but RSVPs are required.

CUSTOM CABINETS Conference Track

The Custom Cabinets sessions, developed in partnership with the Cabinet Makers Association, carry the theme of practical measures to grow business profitability. “Five Steps to Growing a Bigger and More Profitable Cabinetry Business,” the lead session says it all. Also on tap is a double session devoted to the perennially popular “Art of Pricing Profitably.”David ​Buchsbaum, owRegister for CCCE Now!ner of Beacon Cabinets - Atlanta Closet & Storage Solutions, is the perfect presenter for closets and cabinet business owners.


Following the April 14 conferences is the 2015 Cabinets & Closets Expo, running April 15 and 16.

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