We are excited to announce, to our dearest Designhounds, the Delegation Program at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS)!
Our friend the NKBA has many exciting programs lined up for the show that we look forward to every year, starting with the Delegation Program. This program is designed for new-to-North-America brands to introduce themselves to the market. The program helps delegates learn as much as possible from all the resources that KBIS has to offer.
Every client and design project has different desires – and the same can be said for the global markets. The North American design industry has its own set of demands, challenges, and tastes. The Delegation Program is a way for newcomers to get a “lay of the land” before exhibiting themselves. As a VIP experience, delegates get the celebrity treatment (ooh la la). The program sets brands up to exhibit in the International Kiosks and eventually, the International Pavilion spaces. This year we welcome to the program guests from the UK, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, and more!
The Delegation Program Offers:
- Passes to NKBA Design & Industry Awards and Opening Party and The BASH
- Access to invitation-only Global Connect events
- VIP access at the Opening Ceremony and the State of the Association/State of the Industry Events
- Roundtable luncheons to learn about the importance of North American Designers and understand go-to-market Strategies for North America
Some highlights of the program include:
NKBA Global Connect Luncheon: The Importance of the Designer in North America
CEO of M2 Consulting and Designhounds, Veronika Miller, will moderate a discussion on the role of the modern-day North American designer. Panelists include Jeanne K Chung, Global Connect Advisor and principal of Cozy Stylish Chic, and LuAnn Nigara, Author and Podcast Host at A Well Designed Business. They will address the shifts and demands of the North American design industry today, and what consumers are looking for. They will also provide valuable insights highlighting the power of those who “dare to design.”
NKBA State of the Association/State of the Industry event with VIP access
Bill Darcy, Global President and CEO of NKBA|KBIS, will present an annual update to members including details about the state of the kitchen and bath industry and association. Following he will moderate a panel discussion, featuring four experts on economic, housing, and remodeling trends. Featured panelists include Chris Beard of John Burns Research and Consulting, Todd Tomalak of Zonda, Abbe Will of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, and Orphe Divounguy of Zillow Group.
NKBA Global Connect Luncheon: Go-to-Market Strategies for the North American Market
Sherry Qualls, NKBA Global Connect Consultant, will moderate a discussion with Global Connect Advisors. Advisors will include Bill Butler, CEO of Decorative Plumbing Distributors, Sam Rose, Principal of SR19 Consulting, and Jeremy Parcels of Parcels Design. They will take an in-depth look at today’s North American kitchen and bath market demands. The panel will share several sales and distribution models for international brands to consider when entering the market.
The Bash at XS Nightclub in the Encore Hotel
The Bash at the XS Nightclub will be a celebration of the new connections and opportunities fostered at KBIS. Delegates who RSVP will have reserved tickets, as well as a reserved area in the nightclub.
NKBA|KBIS 60th Birthday Party
KBIS will conclude with a party celebrating NKBA/KBIS’s 60th anniversary. The party will raise a glass to years of devotion to the Kitchen and Bath Industry.
We are thrilled to see you at the show this year! We are ready to welcome delegates to KBIS as part of the NKBA Global Connect Program! You can read the full list of Global Connect members coming to KBIS 2024 here.