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Kitchen & Bath Industry Show teams with builders’ event

For the first time, the 2014 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, scheduled for Feb. 4-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will run concurrently with the International Builders Show. Both shows are expected to draw 75,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors from across the U.S. and Canada.

Emphasizing professional development and career advancement, NKBA will offer 100 different programs during the annual KBIS show in February.

“We have a phenomenal new approach with two great shows under one roof. Attendees are going to be able to come take advantage of both shows for the price of one,” says National Kitchen & Bath Association president John Petrie.

Sponsored by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, KBIS will feature more than 100 professional development presentations, including “Voices from the Industry” sessions that will cover design, customer service, business management and sales and marketing topics.

A highlight for Petrie is the return of the show’s “30 Under 30” program.

“The program takes 30 of the industry’s emerging youths and brings them to the show, where they are able then to interact with exhibitors. It really is an exciting program. We’re happy to say we’re bringing that back.

New KBIS president John Petrie.

“We’re also excited about the estimated number of exhibitors. I think we’re going to see lots of new product launches, lots of new innovative ideas that will really push some design trends that the attendees are excited about seeing. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve gone for 27 years, which is to see what the new products are and be able to bring back to my own marketplace to benefit my customers.”

With the economy continuing to improve, Petrie expects the show floor to be a beehive of activity. For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue.

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