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So welcome to my first column of "Trade Talk", my first where I discuss topics pertinent to my several (thousand) close personal friends in the design, construction, and architectural fields. This is for anyone working in this field and homeowners are welcome to peek in. There are no hefty trade secrets here, but there might be a tidbit or two for those interested. So, welcome, and here goes:   For our first talk: Show mergers Well, more like show co-habitation. So the buzz all over Twitter a few days ago was the announcement that the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show co-locating in Las Vegas beginning in 2014. And I quote from the press release: The new mega-event will be held Feb. 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas, with each show occupying a separate hall. Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall. One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. Future show dates are Jan 20-22, 2015 and Jan 19-21, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. ..."Two shows, two associations and one place to see and connect with every aspect of residential construction and remodeling," said John Morgan, NKBA 2013 president and president of Morgan Pinnacle, a manufacturer's representative for cabinetry and technology brands. "We couldn't be more excited to deliver this special event for the industry."   IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world with 50,000 attendees expected at the 2013 show. Builders, remodelers, developers, architects and other industry professionals from more than 100 countries attend to see the latest products and services from nearly 1,000 exhibitors in more than 200 construction categories, attend dozens of cutting-edge education sessions, visit show homes featuring the latest trends and innovations and network with peers. Now in its 69th year, IBS is organized, produced and managed exclusively by NAHB.   Held annually for the last 49 years, KBIS is the largest event in North America focused on the kitchen and bath segment, attracting more than 700 exhibitors. The 2013 show, to be held in New Orleans, April 19-21, is expected to attract more than 20,000 buyers and specifiers from more than 50 countries, as well as 300 members of the media. Attendees include dealers, designers, architects, remodelers, wholesalers and custom builders. KBIS is owned by NKBA, sponsored by K+BB magazine and produced by Nielsen Expositions."   More good news down the road: In 2015, Design and Construction Week will expand further with the addition of SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, Jan. 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. SURFACES is sponsored by the World Floor Covering Association and is the largest floor-covering industry event in North America for retailers, distributors, installers, designers and home builders. StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas is the only show in North America solely focused on the natural stone industry and is sponsored by the Marble Institute of America and the Natural Stone Council. Both events are produced by Hanley Wood. Shuttle buses will run between the convention centers to allow approximately 25,000 additional attendees to tour all three exhibits. Why is this good? 5 reasons: Attendance suffers with so many shows. For small business owners, it's costly in both time and money to go to these shows. Traditionally, attendee allowances have been limited to one or two. More booths, materials, and products? Better value for that same small/mid-size business owner to not only save and attend this show, but to take his or her employees along. No more separation of trades. For decades, attendees have been separated into groups: contractor only shows, design only, tile only, plumbing only. One of the best things about social media has been the breakdown of that barrier. This is a stellar opportunity to learn from fellow attendees while passing your own insights along. That can only help ourselves and our homeowners. Our needs have changed. Before there was internet, there wasn't much in the way of seeing the latest products unless you went to a show. Now we have the specs, design, details at our fingertips. Yes, I go to see new products, but I'm also looking for interaction and stimulation. I'm not looking for the tried-and-true; I'm looking for you to excit me about your product. Businesses have changed and merged. 20 years ago, I looked for cabinets and counters only. Now I work with so much more than that: tile, appliances, flooring, wall materials, new grouts, sheetrock,trim, windows, doors. I couldn't get that from one show in North America...until now.   Here's the kicker: My designer mother has been a member of the NKBA since 1982. She attends the shows very rarely and shrugs her shoulders when I ask if she wants to attend. When she heard this news, she perked right up. "I'd go to that!" she said. I wouldn't be surprised if many others feel the same way. What do you think? Will this make you book for sure for 2014 or will you hold out until 2015?
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