IBS & KBIS 2018

How to Tackle IBS & KBIS Orlando 2018 Like a Pro


The fifth annual Design & Construction Week® (DCW) features the co-location of the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), giving you access to two shows in one! This mega-event will bring together more than 80,000 interior designers designers, builders, general contractors, remodelers, flooring professionals, as well as product specifiers from around the globe.

The IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world, every year attracting 60,000 visitors from 100 countries. IBS brings together more than 1,500 top manufacturers and suppliers from around the globe, showcasing the latest and most in-demand products and services. KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years.

DCW gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the most up-to-date and innovative education and networking opportunities the industry has to offer. All registered IBS attendees have access to the exhibit floors of IBS and KBIS. Review these tips to help you maximize your DCW Orlando visit to IBS & KBIS this January 2018.

Lead Image by Oscar Einzig Photography

KBIS Exhibitor CEU Program

Take advantage of the free education on the show floor provided by KBIS 2018 exhibitors. No registration required, 0.1 CEU available at each session.

Houzz Booth | Cultivating Positive Client Relationships from Start to Finish

Houzz – Booth S5811 = .1 CEU

Presenter: Lindsey Thudin

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 11:00 A.M. & 2:00 P.M.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 11:00 A.M. & 2:00 P.M.

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 11:00 A.M. & 2:00 P.M.

Chief Architect Software Booth

Chief Architect Software – Booth W4953 = .1 CEU
Presenters: Scott Harris, CKD/CBD, Derek Pedersen, AKBD, Jason Troye, AKBD
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 11:00 A.M. – Virtual Reality & 3D for Your Design Business
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 2:00 P.M. – 3D Design Software – How to Get Started
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 11:00 A.M. – Selling the Job using 3D Software Tools
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 2:00 P.M. – Kitchen Remodeling – Designing & 3D Visualization
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 11:00 A.M. – 3D Design for Kitchen Island & Custom Cabinets
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 2:00 P.M. – Bathroom Remodeling – Designing & 3D Visualization

Mark These IBS & KBIS Events on Your Calendar

How Do I Get My Digital Marketing to Drive Leads? (IBS)

Tuesday, January 9 |8:00 – 8:30 AM, Remodelers Central – West Concourse, Level 3, Room W 304 E

Presenter(s): Andy Bergren, Group Two Advertising, Philadelphia, PA

Learn strategies and best practices to drive more leads and sales from your digital marketing efforts.

7 Keys To Sustainable Cash Flow (IBS)

Tuesday, January 9 | 8:30 – 9:30 AM, BSC Hospitality Lounge – West Concourse Level 3, Room W 310

Presenter(s): Scott Stroud, Cash Flow Engineering, Lake Cumberland, KY

Learn the seven key business metrics you need to monitor and control that will help you overcome the hurdles interfering your cash flow.

What’s Cooking in Kitchen Design (IBS)

Tuesday, January 9 | 9:30 – 10:30 AM, OCCC – West Concourse, Level 3, Room W 314 B

Speaker(s): Laura Sullivan, CAPS, CGP, ID.ology Interiors & Design, Asheville, North Carolina | Deboni Sacre, ASID, Liv Design Collective, Inc, Salt Lake City, Utah

Learn from two industry experts who will share tips for kitchen designs your clients will love from fixtures to finishes.

Fire and Ice: Nancy Fire and Vanilla Ice Talk Trends, Taboos, and Talent (KBIS)

Tuesday, January 9 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM, KBISNeXT Stage

Moderator: Nancy Fire, Design Director for HGTV and Vanilla Ice, host of DIY Network’s The Vanilla Ice Project

Nancy Fire, Design Director for HGTV, will share 2018 trends showcased at KBIS and queries Vanilla Ice, pop icon and host of DIY Network’s The Vanilla Ice Project and Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, on his approach to kitchen, bath and outdoor living design challenges. The KBISNext stage audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session with Nancy and Vanilla Ice. A short meet and greet will take place immediately following the discussion.

Designing For Impact (KBIS)

Tuesday, January 9 | 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM, The Impact of Design Pavilion Powered by ASID at South Hall, booth S5657

Speaker(s): Randy Fiser, CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Nick May, Host of The Chaise Lounge Podcast

Join the conversation in the Impact of Design Pavilion with Nick May, host of the widely acclaimed interior design podcast The Chaise Lounge and Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, CEO of ASID as they discuss and explore topics such as evidence-based and human-centric design, well-being, and sustainability and how interior designers can improve the lives of their clients.

Play Nice Together, Kids! Home Automation – Where Design Meets Tech (KBIS)

Tuesday, January 9 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Booth S5238 – Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge (#DMMTalks)

Moderator: Jeanne Khoe Chung – Cozy Stylish Chic

Panelists: Scott Koehler, Principal Dream Kitchen Builders; Ryan Herd, Owner 1 Sound Choice; Patti Johnson, Principal Patti Johnson Interiors

Technology in the home and full home automation is growing exponentially but it takes a great team and a lot of communication and education to make it all work seamlessly, especially when tech needs to work without sacrificing design. So from new and important design considerations to the nuts and bolts of what’s out there and what’s in the walls, this is the panel for anyone that understands the importance of new technologies and their impact on how we live and how we design. Design pros and tech buffs alike share newest trends but also to talk about their challenges and ideas when integrating technology in home design.

Advanced Houzz Tools (IBS)

Tuesday, January 9 | 12:20 – 12:50 PM, Tech Bytes – West Concourse, Level 2, Room W 230

Speaker(s): LIZA Hausman, Houzz, Palo Alto, California

In this hands-on workshop, experts from Houzz will share advanced tips for you to take your profile to the next level. This session will include how to take advantage of the latest Houzz directory algorithm, new collaboration tools including Houzz Sketch, and new features that help you make the most out of your Houzz presence. Following the session, you’re invited to stick around and work personally with Houzz to have your questions answered.


Photo courtesy of Houzz

Pop Goes the Future: Top Trends Bursting onto the K&B Scene (Keynote Presentation at KBIS)

Tuesday, January 9 | 1:30 PM – S210A, OCCC

Speaker(s): Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design

Allen is regarded as one of the interior design industry’s key influencers. She has overseen all design and editorial content for ID, executed the overall vision for the brand and provided strategic perspective and leadership support for the company’s design-related projects and partnerships. In a wide-ranging address, she’ll cover topics of critical interest to the kitchen and bath remodeling industry and key design and business directions likely to have an impact in the year ahead. It’s sure to be a provocative discussion, full of great trend details and insightful information you can use to further your business.

Customer & Contract Best Practices for Greater Profit, Efficiency & Sanity (IBS)

Tuesday, January 9 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM, OCCC – West Concourse, Level 3, Room W 304 A

Speaker(s): Dennis Dixon, Neale Journalism Award 2007, Dixon Ventures, Inc. (Dixon Builders), Flagstaff, Arizona

This session will explore both management techniques and examples of contract/paperwork best practices that allow you to not only better control client expectations, but also the project and others involved.

The Best in Emerging Marketing & Design Trends from The Nationals 2018 (IBS)

Wednesday, January 10 | 8:00 – 8:30 AM, Sales Central – West Concourse, Level 3, Room W 312

Panelist(s): Kerry Mulcrone, MIRM, Kerry and Co., Hudson, WI | Denise Dersin, Professional Builder, Des Plaines, IL | Lisa Parrish, Team PMP, Alta Loma, CA | Anne Ladewig, NAHB National Sales and Marketing Council, Washington, DC

This interactive presentation will highlight the best practices in sales, marketing and design from The NationalsSM, NAHB’s National Sales and Marketing Awards.

The Power of Negotiating with Trade Partners & Suppliers (IBS)

Wednesday, January 10 | 8:30 – 9:30 AM, OCCC – West Concourse, Level 3, Room W 304 A

Speaker(s): Mark Woolley, Master CGP, CGB, Train the Trainer, BuildTec Solutions, LLC, South Jordan, Utah

There’s nothing more important to an interior designer than his/her relationships with trade partners and suppliers. Discover ideas on how to best negotiate with your trade partners and suppliers to ensure you are getting the best deal in price, schedule, quality and warranty.

Q&A with Shark Tank Guru, Daymond John (IBS)

Wednesday, January 10 | 10:45 – 11:15 AM, Production Builder Executive Club – West Concourse, Level 2, W 222

Presenter(s): Daymond John, ABC’s Shark Tank, FUBU, New York City, NY

Come prepared with questions for an intimate Q&A with Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank in the Production Builder Executive Club. In this session, you will gain branding and marketing insights from the founder of a billion-dollar clothing brand and celebrity investor on one of the most popular TV series in the country.

Getting Your Stories Published…Strategies for a Digital Age (KBIS)

Wednesday, January 10 | 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM, The Impact of Design Pavilion Powered by ASID at South Hall, booth S5657

Speaker(s): Christine Abbate, President, Novità PR and Jennifer Quail, Editor in Chief, I+D Magazine

The media landscape is constantly evolving and it is more important than ever to understand the opportunities to further the awareness of good design and the issues that are affecting our industry and world. Hear from a panel of leading design journalists and PR/social media experts who will share strategies and insider tips on getting your projects and stories published in an expanded range of print and digital outlets.

Best of KBIS Award Ceremony (KBIS)

Wednesday, January 10 | 3:15 – 3:30 PM – KBISNeXT Stage

Host: Karman Hotchkiss, Executive Editor, Better Homes & Gardens

Best of KBIS Judging Committee:Molly Switzer (AKBD, principal designer and owner of Molly N. Switzer Designs), Jeremy Parcels (AKBD, designer of Christopher’s Kitchen & Bath), Suzanne Scott (lead designer and owner of Suzanne Kristine Interiors), Austin Pike (principal and lead designer of Showroom Marketing), Craig Couture (designer at Cypress Design Company)

The kitchen and bath industry’s most prestigious awards, the Best of KBIS, recognizes the most innovative new products of the year. Sponsored by Meredith Corporation magazine brands Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, Traditional Home and Dream Kitchens & Baths, the rigorous process of selecting each year’s winners is executed by a board of industry experts. Meet and greet the award winners, judging committee and members of the Meredith Publications staff. Cocktails will be served.

Social Media & Website Blunders: How to Build Online Assets & Avoid Killing Your Business (IBS)

Wednesday, January 10 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM, OCCC – West Concourse, Level 3, Room W 308 C

Speaker(s): Darren Spielman, JD, Kain Spielman, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Learn the proper website terms of service / privacy policies and how to manage your risks and recognize the pitfalls of social media accounts. You will also learn how to use online tools to help build a long-term brand through trademark laws, including selection, registration and enforcement, and how to protect original company content—such as marketing materials and manuals—through copyright laws.

12 Steps to Disaster Recovery (IBS)

Wednesday, January 10 | 4:00 – 4:30 PM, Remodelers Central – West Concourse, Level 3, Room W 304 E

Panelist(s): Robert Criner, CAPS, CGB, CGR, CGP, GMB, GMR, Criner Remodeling, Newport News, VA | Dan Bawden, CAPS, CGR, CGP, GMB, Legal Eagle Contractors Co., Houston, TX | George Moore, Jr., CAPS, CGR, CGP, GMB, GMR, Moore-Built Construction & Restoration, Inc., Elm Grove, LA

Learn 12 steps to help your customers repair and rebuild, work with insurance and government agencies, and get back on their feet after a disaster from a panel of NAHB Remodelers who’ve been both the victim and contractor.

Embracing the Reality of Amazon: How manufacturers, retail showrooms and designers are working together to maintain relevance in the digital age (KBIS)

Thursday, January 11 | 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM, KBISNeXT Stage

Moderator: Jeff Walcott, Marketplace Strategy – Amazon Sales Acceleration

Panelists: Leslie Carothers (CEO, The Kaleidoscope Partnership), Chip Devine (SVP multi channel solutions, Ferguson Enterprises Inc.), Vijaikrishna (VJ) Teenarsipur (vice president, eBusiness, Delta Faucet Company)

It’s a reality that the changing marketplace and habits of consumers (not just millennials) requires a multichannel approach to marketing and selling. Learn how manufacturers, showrooms and retailers are working together to maintain relevance in the digital age. This discussion is relevant to all influencers, manufacturers and showrooms in the design and construction industries.

Best of IBS Awards (IBS)

Thursday, January 11 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM, IBS Live! – South Concourse, Exhibit Hall SA, Booth S218

Grab a drink and honor the Best of IBS 2018 award winners.

Download the Apps

IBS Mobile App

The IBS 2018 app is your guide to everything at the Builders’ Show as well as the NAHB Board Meeting. You can search education, events, meetings, speakers and exhibitors. Receive real-time IBS alerts. Set favorites and add education and events to your phone calendar to plan your personal Builders’ Show schedule and booths to visit. Get directions from where you are to the exhibits you want to see. Download here.


KBIS 2018 Mobile App

Navigate the show like a pro and prepare for your time at the expo and conference. The app enables you to create your daily schedule of exhibitors, seminars and events, search & bookmark exhibitors to visit, create a walking map from booth to booth to navigate the floor efficiently, and more. Download here.

Additionally, download this map for information on where the taxis, rideshare and passenger pickup/drop locations will be at the Orange County Convention Center.

KBIS Mobile App

Social Media Accounts to Follow


Twitter: @IntlBldrsShow

Instagram: @intlbuildersshow

Facebook: The International Builders’ Show (IBS), @BuildersShow


Twitter: @KBIS

Instagram: @KBIS_Official

Facebook: KBIS, @KitchenBathIndustryShow

Snapchat: KBIS

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Photo by @construction2style at the @kohlerco booth at #KBIS2017

Photo by @construction2style at the @kohlerco booth at #KBIS2017

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