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KBIS 2013 Sets the Stage for Learning and Leadership

February 28, 2013

This year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), taking place in New Orleans on April 19-21, will offer extensive opportunities for leadership and learning through new course offerings, programs and conference sessions.

"KBIS 2013 will not only throw open a bustling show floor of product innovation and the latest industry trends, but will also bring to stage the most inspiring lineup of keynote, conference and featured speakers," said Nancy Barnes, director of learning at the NKBA. "This year's conference program will significantly enhance learning opportunities—from the opening session's keynote address, to the prominent industry speakers and the nearly 70 conference sessions—there is surely something for everyone."

The show begins with the keynote address, "The Thank You Economy," by Gary Vaynerchuk, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, as well as a self-trained wine and social media expert. The session will illustrate how authenticity, originality, honesty and good intent—powered by the Internet and social media—are competitive advantages for small business.

KBIS 2013 will introduce four eminent featured speakers: Gail Warrior, founder and CEO of Warrior Group, discussing the challenges she encountered as a female CEO; David Bromstad, original winner of HGTV Design Star and host and designer of HGTV Color Splash, lending insight into current trends and how they impact design; Tammy Erickson, CEO of Tammy Erickson Associates, a firm dedicated to helping clients build intelligent organizations, presenting on "The Influence of the Generations on the Kitchen and Bath Market,” and David Lingafelter, president of Moen Incorporated, who will provide an overview of the home-improvement marketplace with a focus on today's empowered and evolving consumer.

This year’s show will also introduce a brand new conference series, "Voices from the Industry," featuring up to 70 conference speakers representing all industry segments and every level of professional. In addition, a set of nine new courses spanning a range of industry-relevant subjects will be offered, including "Integrating Universal Design in the Kitchen," "Google AdWords—An Introduction to Search Marketing," "Improve Your Sales Performance With Consultative Selling," "Recruiting and Hiring for Success," and "Seeing as We Age: Lighting and Aging in Place."

For more information or to register, click here.
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