Designer Lisa Adams gave a keynote address during the Closets Conference and the opening night reception was a hit with attendees.
Cabinets & Closets 2016 Continued...
ers program during the show, with certi;cation
tests run on the ;nal day of the Expo. “Your sales
team could leave as Certi;ed Designers. Wouldn’t
that be a great way to standout in your market?”
“Plans have already started for an even more
robust conference program and plant tours in
2017,” said Laurel Didier, Closets publisher.
“We’ll be sending news of the program as it develops in our Cabinets and Closets e-newsletter
each Thursday, and in Closets magazine.”
Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo 2017
will be held April 11-13, 2017, at the Renaissance
Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center,
located in Schaumburg, IL (Chicago). For more
information, visit; www.cabinetsandclosetsexpo.com.
California Vibes: CCCE 2016 Recap
By Christina Relyea
The cold, gray skies of Michigan fell away as we
boarded a 767 headed to sunny California early
morning on March 22nd. We touched down at
LAX about four hours later, land of gorgeous celebrities, packed freeways and perpetual summer.
After an hour in traf;c, we arrived in beautiful
downtown Pasadena and headed straight to the
convention center to set up our display. We met
up with some of the attendees of the conference
portion of the event who were very excited by
the sessions they’d attended. Sam Klaman from
Closet Concepts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin had
this to say:
“As for a takeaway, on my list to go over with
our sales team, I have underlined: details make
the difference. In an industry that is becoming
commodi;ed at big box stores and wholesalers,
I think it’s increasingly important to underline
what sets us apart from the run-of-the-mill.”
The next event on our list was the plant tour of
K&Z Cabinet Company located about an hour
away in Ontario, California. K&Z is a high-tech
company utilizing mostly Stiles Machinery’s
equipment to produce high-end architectural
case goods and millwork. Over 85 employees
produce anywhere from 60 to 80 cabinets daily.
Mike Twyford, VP, lead multiple tours and we
really got an in-depth look at their stream-lined,
automated process. It was a very informative and