Celebrating Another Successful KBIS in Vegas!
Greetings from the Las Vegas Convention Center! It’s the final day of KBIS 2016, and this year has been another huge success, with over 500 leading kitchen and bath brands, numerous networking sessions, and increased learning opportunities.
KBIS 2016 kicked off in style with the Design Competition and Industry Awards on Monday, Jan. 18, as industry trendsetters were honored at the Marquee Night Club, followed by drinks, dancing, food and fun!
Tuesday, Jan. 19 began with a bang at the Opening Ceremonies, featuring the comedy of Jay Leno and the percussion stylings of Rhythm Extreme. With over 90 Voices from the Industry (VFTI) sessions and a newly-introduced remodeling track, attendees were treated to power-packed presentations and chances to earn CEU credits.
Tech expert Shelly Palmer shared smart kitchen insights during the State of the Industry on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The evening concluded with the NKBA-sponsored party THE BASH at Vegas’ hottest hangout, XS Nightclub. Throughout the week, Center Stage and KBISNeXT™ sessions allowed attendees to expand their knowledge with a great line-up of thought-provoking programs. .
Don’t miss out on today’s events, including additional VFTI sessions, prize drawings at the NKBA Booth #N2163
and the dynamic duo of Daryl Hall & John Oates at the IBS Spike Concert
presented by GEICO!
A big thank you to all attendees, sponsors and exhibitors for contributing to the KBIS 2016 experience! We look forward to seeing you again next year at KBIS 2017 in Orlando, Jan., 10 -12!
2016 State of the Association Highlights
NKBA CEO Bill Darcy unveiled a new brand, new research and a reinvented NKBA during his annual State of the Association address yesterday at KBIS in Las Vegas.
"It is a new era in helping the diversity of our membership excel in delivering exceptional living spaces to our customers," Darcy told nearly 400 members in attendance.
The most memorable moment of the 10-minute address was the unveiling of the new NKBA visual branding.
"Having set a course to become a high-performance trade association for today’s kitchen and bath industry, we have created a family of visual identities that brings together the key brands of NKBA, including KBIS and NKBA University.
Darcy also unveiled the first available size of the industry data, reporting that the $31 billion kitchen and bath residential remodeling market will include 1.8 million kitchen remodels and more than 2.5 million bathroom remodels in 2016. Homeowners will hire professionals for just over half of those projects.
In addition to remodeling, our industry will also contribute 1.2 million kitchens and 2.8 million bathrooms as part of new single-family and multi-family construction.
Darcy noted that additional research would be forthcoming in 2016, including efforts to gather intelligence into consumer buying behaviors for kitchens and baths.
"NKBA is the industry’s most trusted resource for information and education, provided through unmatched platforms for collaboration and inspiration," Darcy said.
"We deliver world class learning opportunities, professional development and certification. Along with timely and relevant research and data. All of which helps our members stand out by delivering better services, better products and a better customer experience that creates demand for more beautifully designed and well-functioning kitchens and bathrooms."
Darcy also announced that NKBA has partnered with Shelly Palmer, the 2016 State of the Industry speaker, as the association's first Tech Advisor. He introduced the names of seven members who will serve as K+B Insiders throughout 2016, representing NKBA to the media who are seeking design trends and insights. Learn more about these outstanding professionals here.
While recognizing KBIS for its designation as the fastest growing trade show in North America, Darcy noted that collaborating with NAHB to create Design and Construction Week was a big achievement for NKBA.
"What other kinds of big things can we do together?" Darcy asked the audience, calling for more volunteerism and service. Darcy noted that it is easier to volunteer at the national level in the new association structure.
"The big things we can accomplish as part of our mission are endless," Darcy said. "All we need is you!"
Member Spotlight: Lori Carroll
From the moment you meet Lori Carroll in person, you quickly realize just how approachable she is. Lori’s amazing vision and signature look are well-known. Her down-to-earth, straightforward attitude toward interior design is why she remains one of Tucson’s most sought after designers. Along with a boundless energy and love of design, anything is possible when you work with Lori Carroll.
As a graduate of the University of Arizona, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design, Lori has always loved the casual lifestyle the desert southwest has to offer. But Lori’s unique sense of style goes way beyond any Southwestern stereotypes. Her refined yet livable interiors are an artistic blend of sophistication and comfort. Looking through Lori’s extensive portfolio is further proof that great design is available to anyone.
Lori continues to make waves throughout the design industry. Her accreditations include being a NCIDQ certified professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) in addition to being a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). From printed publications, industry flyers, or even across the web, you can usually find a glimpse of Lori Carroll somewhere! Her insight and entrepreneurial spirit brought her success. The talent and enthusiasm she has shown over the past 30 years has never diminished. Now, at the pinnacle of her career, her versatility and outstanding reputation draws architects, builders and an astute clientele, all who trust Lori to bring excellence to their projects, both inside and out.
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