KBIS 2012 to Offer New Online Courses, Job Fair
April 12, 2012 - 8:51am
The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show will debut a new networking event for architects and designers as well as a full schedule of educational seminars.
Jeff Dross of Kichler Lighting will present multiple workshops on light layering
Jeff Dross of Kichler Lighting will present multiple workshops on light layering during the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago, April 24-26.

In addition to showcasing the latest kitchen and bath products, this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will also host a wide range of educational seminars and a job fair when it hits Chicago’s McCormick Place April 24-26.

For the first time this year, the National Kitchen and Bath Assn. (NKBA) will offer KBIS Professional Development courses online as well as in person. A total of three courses, including one from Lutron Electronics on “Managing and Maximizing the Effects of Lighting,” will be offered live online as well as on demand using NKBA’s virtual classroom.

Another new event this year is the Arch+Design Job Market, a career fair and networking opportunity for designers and architects to meet with top firms and manufacturers. The event is free to attendees and exhibitors, and will take place April 25 from 1 to 4 p.m.

KBIS also has a stellar line-up of educational seminars, covering topics including sustainable design, aging in place and lighting. Here are a few highlights:


Universal Design  for You and Your Business
1-3 p.m.
Designers Diana Schrage and Mary Jo Peterson will talk about designing for people of different generations and abilities. This seminar will also be repeated from 4 to 6 p.m. Sponsored by Kohler Co.

Managing and Maximizing the Effects of Lighting
4-6 p.m.
Staci Quirk from seminar sponsor Lutron Electronics will lead this interactive session on how to incorporate the right lighting techniques, sources and controls into kitchen and bath designs. This seminar will also be offered online, both live and on demand. Register on the NKBA website by April 19. 

Devices, Apps – Technology for the Growth of Your Business
4-6 p.m.
Ken Jones from the University of Houston’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship will provide hands-on training on the latest apps to help you work more efficiently and increase sales.


Opening Keynote
8:30-9:45 a.m., MCC Room S100
HGTV designer Candice Olson will talk about her signature style and the importance of creating a personal brand. 

Light Layering – Three Steps to Great Lighting
10:30-11 a.m., Center Stage (Booth #2131)
Jeff Dross, Kichler Lighting's  Corporate Director of Education and Industry Trends, will demonstrate the three easy steps to proper light layering and how they can be implemented. This seminar will also be repeated in Kichler’s booth (#231) Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. 

What the Google, Twitter, Facebook?
12:30-1 p.m., Center Stage (Booth #2131)
Social media strategist Terry Babij will present a high level look at social media options for kitchen and bath professionals, designers and manufacturers.


Universal Design Options
10:30-11:30 a.m., Booth #1249
A panel of experts will discuss the term “universal design” and how to talk about it with clients.

Beyond the Blog – KBIS 2012 Design Blogger Panel
11 a.m.-12 p.m., Multimedia Lounge (Booth #1585)
A panel of design bloggers will discuss a range of topics, including top KBIS trends, the rise of Pinterest and how to mix social media with marketing to extend your brand. Panelists include Leslie Claggett (KBCulture.com), Veronika Miller (Modenus.com), Susan Serra (The Kitchen Designer), Caitlin Grogan (Kitchens.com and iBaths.com) and Brandon Smith (D.coop blog).

State of the Industry Address
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., MCC Room S100
Michael E. Werner, President and CEO of Globe Union Group Inc., will discuss the evolution of the kitchen and bath industry, and how technology is changing how the industry operates.

New Shading Innovations to Enhance Your Business
12:30-1 p.m., Center Stage (Booth #2131)
Lutron Electronics’ Global Vice President David Weinstein will talk about how adding automated shades to a design can add a new level of comfort for the client.

Arch+Design Job Market
1-4 p.m., Room 502
New to KBIS this year, the Arch+Design Job Market is a job fair and networking event with representatives from architecture and design firms as well as manufacturers. This event is free to attend or exhibit. If your company is hiring and would like to participate, contact Ted Eshleman at [email protected].


Kitchen Lighting Design: Using LED Technology
10:30-11 a.m., Center Stage (Booth #2131)
Greg Kay, founder of Edge Lighting and Pure Lighting, will help attendees develop the tools to critically evaluate and select quality LED lighting products and apply them in residential kitchen applications.

For a full seminar schedule, refer to the KBIS website

While at KBIS, don't forget to pick up a copy of the April issue of Residential Lighting in the Professional Remodeler booth, #3853. And for a sneak peek at some of the lighting products that will be on display at the show, check out our KBIS 2012 Preview slideshow. 


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