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Mike Huckabee Headlines NKBA Conference at Kitchen Bath Industry Show 2009

NKBA Conference at 2009 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) features educational sessions led by industry icons. In Atlanta, starting May 1 with keynote speaker Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and 2009 Republican presidential candidate.

March 17, 2009 - PRLog -- ATLANTA, GA --- Inspiring life lessons, business strategies and the challenging economy will headline this year’s engaging NKBA Conference Program at the 2009 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS).  The three-day, must-attend conference will feature innovative and educational sessions and discussions led by industry icons and celebrities, starting with an opening ceremony, May 1 at 8:00 AM with Keynote Speaker Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and 2009 Republican presidential candidate.  

“The Conference Program speakers are highly successful designers and business leaders who have made names for themselves in their respective industries,” said Bill Darcy Senior Manager of Marketing, National Kitchen & Bath Association. “Attendees will be able to take the insight and advice offered in the presentations back home to hone their craft, and develop strategies to strengthen their own businesses.”

K/BIS hosts the largest collection of kitchen and bath products, courses and conference sessions and promises to offer the latest in product advancements, trends and insights to help attendees meet the needs of the marketplace.  K/BIS will take place from April 30 to May 3 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  Industry professionals are urged to attend. Registration is now available at www.kbis.com.

The conference will also feature celebrity appearances by Paul DiMeo of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, who’ll discuss Making a Difference May 1 at 3:30 PM, attesting to the volunteer spirit of the hundreds of individuals who gave their time to help neighbors in need.  

On May 3, at 10:30 AM attendees can join Designed to Sell’s John Gidding, who’ll offer his thoughts on Designing to Sell on a Budget: What Designs Homeowners are Looking for in Order to Sell  in a Challenging Real Estate Market.

Program highlights also include the NKBA Center Stage. On Friday, May 1, Center Stage will feature Food Network personality and expert Aida, Mollenkamp as she presents her Best Kitchen Secrets at 4:00 PM.  On Sunday, May 3, David Lupberger will be on stage Identifying and Qualifying Your Bet Customers at 11:30 AM.

On Friday, May 1 at 11:30 AM is the NKBA Design Competition Awards. The internationally-acclaimed competition showcases the finest kitchen and bath projects of the past year.  While the event is by invitation only, attendees are welcome to view the photo gallery of the finalists at the NKBA booth throughout the show.

Professional Development Courses

As one of the main voices in the kitchen and bath industry for more than 40 years, the NKBA has worked hard to meet the needs of the professionals representing the industry. The Association’s professional development courses are specifically tailored to those needs. Through these courses, attendees have the ability to learn everything from design musts to sales techniques.  There are 3-day, 8-hour, 6-hour and 4-hour courses. A few highlights include:

Experience Green, Wednesday, April 29, 8:00 AM
Instructor Robert Blakeman will discuss the question, “why is green here to stay?” and the challenges and opportunities that follow while designing sustainable kitchens and baths.  The course will cover components of green design as they relate to designing and constructing sustainable kitchens and bathrooms: water conservation, energy conservation, material conservation, and indoor air quality.

Combining Landscape and Kitchen Design Principles for Winning Outdoor Kitchens,
Wednesday, April 29, 8:00 AM
Outdoor kitchens represent one of the few remaining growth areas of consumer capital spending.   Join Mary Jo Peterson to learn how to capitalize on your kitchen design expertise while successfully working with landscape design professionals to deliver beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces.

Advanced Appliance Workshop, Thursday, April 30, 8:00 AM
The Advanced Appliance course is for the seasoned professional with at least two years of experience.  Learn the trends of equipment that drive design and technology’s pace in our global market and a more in-depth understanding of cooking and ventilation principles and applications as well as refrigeration and clearing technology that affects design and consumer satisfaction.

For updates and to download the complete conference program, go to www.KBIS.com

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS®). With over 40,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit the NKBA Press Room at NKBA.org/Press or call 800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

About Nielsen Business Media
Nielsen Business Media produces more than 50 conferences and trade shows annually for professionals in fields ranging from construction and design to jewelry and retail merchandising, reaching thousands of industry leaders each year in collaborative environments designed to inspire, inform and entertain. Nielsen Business Media is owned by The Nielsen Company, formerly known as VNU Group B.V., a global information and media company with leading market positions and recognized brands in marketing information (ACNielsen), media information (Nielsen Media Research), business publications (Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek) and trade shows. The privately held company is active in more than 100 countries, with headquarters in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and New York, USA. For more information, please visit www.nielsen.com.

About Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB)
K+BB magazine, published by the Nielsen Company, reaches 50,000 interior designers, architects, kitchen design specialists, custom builders and remodelers each month. This monthly magazine blends exclusive features on cutting-edge business developments, installations and industry personalities with solid market research. K+BB was the first magazine to recognize and serve this industry, and continues to provide progressive and insightful coverage of the industry's products, trends, and services, with a sophisticated visual style befitting a design-oriented readership. For more information, please visit www.kbbonline.com.

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS®).

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