Voices from the Industry

Now Accepting Proposals for KBIS 2021 in Orlando, FL!

We’re Shaking Up VFTI!

You Know Your Stuff — and the Industry Wants to Hear It! Check Out Voices From The Industry 2.0

Calling all industry experts: We’d love for you to share your knowledge!

The NKBA is enhancing its Voices From The Industry conference with VFTI 2.0. We’re seeking kitchen and bath experts to share their experience and know-how at the next Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Feb. 9-11, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.

VFTI 2.0 for KBIS 2021 is currently accepting submissions for: 

  • 1-hour Presentations: Mainly lecture format, presentation/class, Q&A at end of session.
  • 1.5-hour Workshops: Interactive experience, activities, Q&A during session.

We’re looking for new content, advanced topics and ideas, but speakers who have had success at previous shows are most certainly welcome, too. It’s terrific exposure for your brand and your business, and a great opportunity to get your brand in front of highly qualified industry leaders and students — the leaders of tomorrow!

The conference will feature 60+ sessions on industry-relevant topics. Presentation delivery methods may include PowerPoint, video clips, product demos, lectures and workshops.

Session Approach

  • Case StudiesDelivering research conducted on specific situations of relevance to our industry, showing a relationship between two or more independent factors.
  • Informational: Knowledge presented by an industry expert.
  • Innovation/Trend: Breakthrough approaches and solutions within the kitchen and bath industry.
  • Research: Any other form of study that leads to new findings in the field.
  • Interactive: Engage attendees with a hands-on learning experience. For example, you might want your attendees to work with building materials, colors, samples, or experience something completely new and innovative.

VFTI 2.0 represents an opportunity to share your expertise on topics of interest to the industry, catering to a wide array of professionals, from designers, architects, craftspeople and remodelers to manufacturers, retailers, sales reps, educators and business executives. Being a VFTI speaker builds your industry credibility and provides invaluable exposure for you, your company and brand to an engaged audience — and it’s also a great way to give back to the industry at large.

Submissions will be accepted between April 1 and June 1; please refer to the session requirements and submission guidelines below. All applicants selected to present will be notified by June 30, 2020, and will be scheduled to speak at KBIS 2021.

1. CONFERENCE POLICIES:

  • Individuals submitting a proposal must be currently employed within the kitchen and bath industry, or a student pursuing education to further their career in the kitchen and bath industry.
  • Individuals may submit a maximum of two proposals with different topics.
  • Professional audio or video recording of sessions is not permitted.
  • VFTI conference speakers will receive a complimentary VIP registration package to KBIS, including a show floor pass, VFTI Full Conference pass, entry to the Opening Keynote, a ticket to the Design Competition Awards & Opening Party and a Bash ticket, all valued at over $400. You may have a co-presenter, however, only one complimentary pass package will be issued. The co-presenter must be listed on your submission form for their name to be listed as a speaker.
  • Individuals submitting a proposal must be currently employed within the kitchen and bath industry, or a student pursuing education to further their career in the kitchen and bath industry.
  • Individuals may submit a maximum of two proposals with different topics.
  • Professional audio or video recording of sessions is not permitted.
  • VFTI conference speakers will receive a complimentary VIP registration package which includes a show floor pass, VFTI Full Conference pass, entry to the Opening Keynote, a pass to the Design Competition Awards & Opening Party and a Bash ticket, all valued at over $400. You may have a co-presenter, however, only one complimentary pass package will be issued. The co-presenter must be listed on your submission form for their name to be listed as a speaker.
  • Voices from the Industry conference speakers will not receive reimbursement for travel expenses or any additional compensation.
  • Distribution of materials:
    • The speaker may not actively promote the sale of any such items during the presentation. NO SALE OF ACTUAL BOOKS, DVDS OR AUDIO TAPES SHALL BE PERMITTED BY SPEAKERS AT THE SITE.
    • Please be assured that you are most welcome to mention your name, bio, website, social handles, etc. As part of the presentation. Additionally, you are more than welcome to have literature (flyers, brochures, handouts, cards, etc.) in the back of the room for attendees to take.
    • Promoting brand specific products or the sale of products is prohibited.

2. SELECTION CRITERIA

The NKBA will evaluate all proposals on key elements including:

  • Content relevance
  • Practical applications
  • Delivery methods
  • Variety of speakers

No more than two submissions will be selected from employees from the same company.

3. CONTENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Proposals will only be accepted through the online submission form.
  • Please review the requirements carefully and refer to the Submission Planning Worksheet to assist you with your proposal.
    • All sessions must be for informational purposes only.
    • All submissions must fall under one of these topic areas:
      • Grow Your Business
      • Kitchen & Bath Specialty Training
      • Design
      • Management
      • Customer Service
      • Building & Remodeling
    • All submission topics must include a title, description, presentation goals and delivery methods. NKBA reserves the right to edit the title and description for length and content.
    • Choose the target audience(s) from the provided list.
    • The presentation must total 60, or 90 minutes; please allow time for Q & A.
    • A strong proposal will indicate how the attendee will be able to apply your presentation goals back on the job.

4. CEU CREDIT

  • If your session is chosen, it will be automatically approved for .1 or .15 NKBA CEU credit. Approval applies to KBIS 2021 only. It cannot be transferred to another venue or presentation date.
  • As a presenter, if you hold an NKBA Certification, you will earn .3 CEU credits per session.
  • You must make every effort to meet the NKBA standards for a CEU-worthy session; you must provide at least two to three learning objectives, and the session must total 60 minutes or 90 minutes.
  • Please remember to allow for 10 to 15 minutes of Q&A time.
  • Discover the advantage of having CEU credit assigned to your session.

Please email all questions and inquiries to VFTI@nkba.org.

Click here to submit a proposal now!