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KBISNeXT Stage Announces Line-up

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KBISNeXT Stage Announces Line-up

Posted on 27 September 2019 by cradmin

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), has announced the lineup planned for the NKBA presents KBISNeXT™ Stage. A cornerstone of the KBISNeXT Experience and one of the show’s most popular destinations, the KBISNeXT™ Stage delves into provocative industry topics and brings a whole new energy to the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, throughout the three-day show, January 21-23, 2020. More than 15 programs, including four awards events, 50+ industry-leading voices and personalities, and topics ranging from health and wellness and resilient design to business development make up the 2020 roster.

The KBISNeXT™ Stage is free to all registrants. Following is a preview of the sessions scheduled for the 2020 KBISNeXT Stage:

Panel Discussions and Presentations

Death to Neutrals? Fearless Design and Bold Business
Color is back and brighter than ever. Learn from designers who aren’t afraid of mixing it up to make a BIG impact! Think big to stand out. Tap into fearlessness to find your niche, develop your personal design aesthetic and grow your brand.

DesignBites
Ten of the most innovative kitchen and bath brands take the stage for a rapid-fire introduction of their newest product launches. Plus, where are they now? Host Kelli Ellis celebrates the 5th anniversary of DesignBites with a look back at some of the program’s most successful participants.

The Dawn of a Decade
Five things you need to know about the next phase of living at home. We’ll be diving into the future of design, technology, wellness, AI and how they intersect to impact our lives and businesses.

The Design Connection 101 — Behind the wall
We’re changing the conversation between designers and home-technology integrators. Here’s what you need to know to plug in and leverage relationships with the supporting industries to grow your piece of the project pie.

A Conversation with Matthew Quinn
Join Chelsie Butler, executive editor of KBB Magazine, and KBB’s “Person of the Year,” Matthew Quinn, principal of Design Galleria and the Matthew Quinn Collection, as they dish about design and his newest projects, programs and partners.

Power in Partnerships — Building Relationships Between Brands and Designers
The KBISNeXT Stage is jumping into matchmaking! We’ll discuss partnerships between brands and designers. Learn how each side can benefit, as well as what to be cautious of when looking to build impactful relationships.

Zero Waste Kitchens: Upcycle and Recycle
Why toss perfectly good appliances, cabinetry, countertops, faucets and lighting fixtures? Keeping these out of landfills is one of the core goals of responsible building, according to the US Green Building Council. So what do you need to know to extend the life of a former project? Learn from the designers who are breathing a second life into gently used kitchens.

The Fine Print
It takes more than a watermark to protect your business, your ingenuity, your style and your profits. Safeguard your work and agreements with tight contracts. Learn how to successfully market your work online and avoid the theft of your intellectual property.

Be the Boss, Build your Brand
Strengthen your skills as a leader in your organization. We’ll share new strategies to help you get the most from your team, nurture an entrepreneurial environment and retain top talent. Potential new clients have many options when selecting whom to trust. To increase your project win rate, you need to know how to set yourself apart in a saturated market. We’ve assembled a high-powered panel of pros who are doing it right.

Avenues to New Revenue: A Road Map to Improving Your Bottom Line
Tap into new revenue sources and learn from successful designers who have launched retail initiatives using online, social and brick-and-mortar methods.

How to Win at Wellness
We’ve curated the top five projects that highlight purpose-driven design. Learn how the masters have tapped into the tech, wellness, and Living In Place markets to drive business growth. Avoid toxic design mistakes, because a truly healthy home starts from the ground up.

Resilient Design: Good Design Saves Lives
From severe weather, wildfires and flooding, resilient design has become a hot topic in design and construction. What steps can we take to mitigate the risk of living in disaster-prone areas?

NKBA Designer Finds
These savvy design pros have scoured the KBIS show floor and are bringing their top finds to the stage! Come see and hear what they discovered.

The Evolution of Social — Social Leaders Group
It’s 2020. Social media should be an important part of your marketing strategy, but getting it right is more complicated than ever. We’ll explore the new rules for content, search, tagging, voice and platform best practices.

Awards and Recognition’s

The winner goes to….the much-anticipated Best of KBIS Awards and Best of KBIS Booth Awards are back once again to honor the game-changing brands and products of the kitchen and bath industry. Also, back after a successful debut in 2019, the 30s Choice Awards makes its return. These NKBA movers and shakers will present awards for the products that inspired them most at the show. New for 2020 is the NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycled Kitchen Awards. The NKBA and KBIS will celebrate the brands and designers who partner to keep gently used kitchens part of the design formula.

Also new for 2020, Houzz is the title sponsor for the KBISNeXT™ Stage.

You may also be interested in this article about the new Design + Tech Connection.

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Antolini Introduces Cristallo Rosa Wow

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Antolini Introduces Cristallo Rosa Wow

Posted on 26 September 2019 by cradmin

Antolini has introduced a new Exclusive Stone: Cristallo Rosa Wow. With the pale pink hues, this Quartzite is magnificent and like nothing else on the planet. It resembles a floral, spring essence, as well as the pink beaches of the Bahamas and an aerial view of the pink salt lakes around the globe. Cristallo Rosa Wow will allow any viewer’s mind to continually wander with its bountiful evocations that this incredible creation by Mother Nature exudes.

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Granite Chip and Crack Repair

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Granite Chip and Crack Repair

Posted on 25 September 2019 by cradmin

This new video from the GraniteShorts vlog on Youtube details one method of repairing chips and cracks in granite countertops. What do you think? Do you use another method that works better?

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Regent Stone Products Introduces Nitro One Shot Adhesives

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Regent Stone Products Introduces Nitro One Shot Adhesives

Posted on 24 September 2019 by cradmin

Regent Stone Products recently introduced its newest offering in adhesives – Nitro One Shot.

According to the company Nitro One Shot Adhesives provide the perfect solution to seaming and simple, accurate color matching fabrication uses. It is semi-dripless (not too thick, not too thin) and allows for production of tighter joints with less waste. NitroOneShot.com provides a fully cross-referenced guide for color matching.

  • More UV stability than the competition
  • Stronger adhesion to stone, quartz, porcelain, marble and solid surfaces
  • More color matches with fewer cartridges
  • Convenient sku to sku trifold color match chart
  • Rodding and Clip adhesive use same tip and gun
  • Increased shelf life
  • Short lead times on colors
  • Ability to drop ship single tubes
  • Next Day Air eligible
  • Dekton approval in process

There are 200 colors available with 38 of the fastest moving, most requested skus stocked. Nitro One Shot adhesives are GreenGuard Certified, and qualify for LEED projects.

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NTCA Offers Member Benefit Program

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NTCA Offers Member Benefit Program

Posted on 23 September 2019 by cradmin

Several months ago, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) rolled out two new services for members–a payroll provider service (Netchex) and a 401K program through TransAmerica, a leading financial institution and nationally recognized retirement plan service provider.

Now, NTCA is also offering members a new program to explore health care plan options for individuals, families or larger groups. The program also offers supplemental insurance packages to support basic health care services, to supplement current deductibles and co-insurance costs.

In addition to health care options and supplemental care, this program offers access to extensive dental insurance plans and vision options for employers, employees, and family members. There are great savings for life insurance plans also offered to NTCA members for their consideration.

The program is only available to NTCA members who can access the program through a dedicated website using their username and password. As a NTCA member, employees are allowed access to this pricing as well. There are three options available when it comes to offering these benefits to employees and their family members.

  1. You can apply for group rates or purchase plans for employees if you wish to offer these benefits as part of their compensation package.
  2. You can provide employees with financial support to offset their costs in purchasing these plans
  3. You can create good will by introducing all of these discount options to your employees and giving them access to purchase their own insurance and plans because they are your employee.

These discounts can also be offered to subcontractors who do work for you as an incentive for them to stay with your company as a first option. You would have to provide them access to the site by allowing them to use your user name and password.

NTCA has already announced this program through a webinar, and will be airing additional informational sessions over the next several months.

You may also be interested in this article about Design + Tech Connection.

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Data Breaches Among Top Concerns for SMBs

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Data Breaches Among Top Concerns for SMBs

Posted on 19 September 2019 by CRadmin2

According to Tirena Dingeldein, blog author for popular software-vendor directory Capterra, data security has emerged as a main concern for small to medium sized businesses. For small businesses, even a single breach can be crippling. However, there are steps you can take to stave off these threats, keeping your data and your business safe and secure.

According to research conducted by Capterra in 2018, 71 percent of SMBs now use data security technologies, and data security is in the top three priorities for technology spending in the next two years.

Some business owners believe that they do not possess enough data to justify purchasing security software, and some believe that their data simply isn’t important enough to be targeted by criminals. The fact remains that even large companies can lose substantial amounts of business and revenue because of a data breach. Some of these large companies barely survive. Just think of how much damage a data breach can do to a small business.

The fact of the matter is that nearly 60 percent of SMBs fail within six months of a data breach after losing tons of money each month along the path to ruin. In addition, tech criminals see small businesses as easy targets, and an investigations report by Verizon backs this claim by finding that small businesses make up 75 percent of data breaches.

IBM calculates the cost of a data breach by record. For each record compromised, it costs a business approximately $148. This cost represents what an SMB will have to spend in the recovery process. Kaspersky Labs has also conducted a cost analysis, and this software company estimates that a single data breach incident will cost $120,000.

The following three steps are crucial in mitigating the risk of a security breach:

  1. Purchase and implement data security software – This usually takes three forms: network security software to scan and monitor intrusions and vulnerabilities, data loss prevention software to help a business manage sensitive data and computer security software to provide file access control.
  2. Purchase data breach liability insurance – In the event of a data breach, insurance can be invaluable in covering all the associated costs. Insurance can help pay for a variety of losses, including lawsuits and brand cleanup, and it can be reasonably priced for SMBs.
  3. Create a response and recovery plan – If the unthinkable occurs, and hackers get through your data security software, it can help immensely to have a plan of action already prepared.

For more information on protecting your SMB from a data security breach, please see the original article on the Capterra blog.

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Wilsonart Introduces LUJO Collection

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Wilsonart Introduces LUJO Collection

Posted on 18 September 2019 by cradmin

Wilsonart has introduced The LUJO™ Collection, coordinated HPL, TFL and Edgeband designs with authentic-looking wood finishes that invoke the presence of real wood construction. With dynamic textures that bring the tactile qualities of the natural world to indoor spaces, this forest-inspired collection is the essence of accessible luxury. Available in the new Ridgewood, a three-dimensional deep woodgrain finish, and Gloss Line finish. The LUJO Collection of wood designs implies the high level of workmanship associated with cabinetry and casegoods built by skilled craftspeople.

The LUJO Collection is available in a best-matched compilation of 13 designs in High Pressure Laminate (HPL), Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) and Edgeband. The authentic look of the new ultra-premium Ridgewood Texture features an overall matte finish with ridged dimensional features creating a linear woodgrain effect. The LUJO Collection’s Ridgewood Texture includes six new wood looks and one existing design: Randolph Forest, Dering Forest, White River Forest, Avondale Ash, Friston Ash, Valley Forge Elm and White Cypress.

The LUJO Collection also includes six existing designs in Wilsonart’s premium Gloss Line finish. The Gloss Line finish features a linear woodgrain texture with varied widths of narrow grain structures in an alternating mix of matte and gloss surface areas. Designs featuring Gloss Line Finish include: Phantom Charcoal, Phantom Ecru, Portico Teak, Veranda Teak, High Line and NeoWalnut.

You may also be interested in this article about ATI Decorative Laminates’ Frosted Fusion Collection.

 

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NKBA & Emerald Expositions Announce New Conference

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NKBA & Emerald Expositions Announce New Conference

Posted on 17 September 2019 by cradmin

Emerald Expositions and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced plans to co-produce a new conference, Design + Tech Connection. This new conference will be geared to design and construction professionals and home technology integrators. The conference, powered by the NKBA and Emerald-owned CE Pro and KBB, will bring the brightest and most provocative minds from design, construction and technology together to inspire collaboration and partnerships between brands, specifiers and installers.

“Residential consumers continue to demand more complex, seamless design integration in their homes,” said Bill Darcy, CEO, NKBA. “Our NKBA 2018 and 2019 Kitchen and Bath Tech Awareness & Usage market research studies confirm consumer desire and willingness to adopt better, faster and more complex whole-home integration systems. They are looking for trusted professionals from the design, construction and tech integration spheres to work closely together, for harmonious design and installation of these systems.”

Conference Programming
The conference is being developed with an eye toward educating the interior design, kitchen and bath design and building communities about the speed at which the tech field is evolving and how to smartly design residential spaces with authority and confidence. Julie Jacobsen, founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home technology industry; Chelsie Butler, executive editor of KBB (Kitchen & Bath Business), the official publication of the NKBA and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, and other industry experts will lead conversations, panel discussions and presentations on the Internet of Things (IoT), home automation, security, wellness-related technology, principles of good design integration and how to create a smart business partnership to deliver beautiful and functional residential spaces.

Location and Registration
Design + Tech Connection will take place on Dec. 11, 2019, at Convene, 117 West 46th St., New York. This fresh meeting and event space will host a full day of programming beginning at 8:30 am and will close with a cocktail and networking event. Registration opens Oct. 15. Space is limited. For more information visit www.designtechconnection.com.

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LPI Honors Its Longest-tenured Employees

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LPI Honors Its Longest-tenured Employees

Posted on 16 September 2019 by cradmin

(from left to right): Matt Flake, Jim Hoffmann, Lisa Voice, John Nelson, Erik Louis, Dan Louis, Tom Esposito, JT Hoffmann, Mike Garcia, Brian Stoiber, Joellyn Novaski and Tammy Rehbock

As LPI continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the company is recognizing individuals who have been a part of the team for more than 10 years. These team members, along with multiple generations of families, have helped LPI become the success it is today.

  • Erik Louis (executive vice president, engineering and operations) – 19 years
  • Brian Stoiber (director, information technology) – 19 years
  • Jim Hoffmann (sales manager) – 19 years
  • Tammy Rehbock (director, human resources/office manager) – 18 years
  • Joellyn Novaski (purchasing manager) – 17 years
  • Matt Flake (production manager) – 15 years
  • Mike Garcia (production) – 14 years
  • Lisa Voice (inside sales support) – 12 years
  • John Nelson (technical support) – 12 years
  • JT Hoffmann (regional sales manager) – 11 years
  • Tom Esposito (production) – 10 years

“Just as important as wanting to develop products to make difficult jobs easier for people, I wanted to provide jobs for blue collar Americans and their families,” said Dan Louis, CEO and owner of LPI. “A good portion of my team has been with me for several years and I appreciate all their hard work towards making this company successful and a great place to work at every day.”

Since its inception in 1994 by Dan Louis, LPI has sold more than 6,000 laser measuring systems throughout the world, including the LT-55 and LT-2D3D Laser Templator, that have helped thousands of companies increase productivity.

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ATI Decorative Laminates Introduces Frosted Fusion Collection

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ATI Decorative Laminates Introduces Frosted Fusion Collection

Posted on 13 September 2019 by cradmin

Abstract Frosted Flower

ATI Decorative Laminates’ Frosted Fusion Collection offers more than 20 exclusive designs combined with a variety of transparent substrates to create the look of frosted glass.

Frosted Fusion designs range from nature-inspired motifs like Abstract Flower Frosted and Pine Cones Frosted to minimalist patterns like Zoom Frosted and the intricate, woven design of Jacquard Frosted. Much like other collections featured in the ever-expanding Fusion Idea Library, many Frosted design expansions are planned for the future. Frosted Fusion also offers custom capabilities. From transforming other existing Idea Library items into Frosted designs to branding and developing custom art – the possibilities are endless.

The Fusion clear substrates are easy-to-install and available in 4- by 8- ft. size, in various thicknesses. These substrates include Acrylic and Polycarbonate. When combined with these substrates, the Frosted Fusion Collection is perfect for divider panels, semi-private panels, wall panels, retail displays, inserts, and more.

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