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According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, (NKBA), the 47th annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) drew more than 37,000 attendees to Chicago's McCormick Place on April 16-18, 2010 – up 30% from 2009.

Nearly 700 exhibitors showcased the latest products in more than 300,000 square feet of expo space.

The three-day event complemented by a full conference program led by top industry leaders including Sergio Zyman, former chief marketing officer of Coca-Cola who led the opening ceremony, and David Kohler, president & COO of Kohler Co. who provided the State of the Industry Address.

The winners of the 2010 Best of KBIS Competition were selected for their functionality, quality, flexibility, aesthetics, style and innovation; introduced to the market in the past 12 months; and, for the first time, eligible to win in two new categories: Universal Design and Green/Sustainable Products.

The panel of judges included Kimball Derrick, CKD, of Kimball Derrick, LLC; Jamie Gibbs, of Jamie Gibbs Associates; Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd.; Kristin Okeley, CKD, ASID, of Kitchens by Design; Susan Serra, CKD, of Susan Serra Associates; David Stimmel, of Stimmel Consulting Group; and Richard Walters, of Visualize Inc. King Slide and TOTO USA highlighted the competition by winning "Best of Kitchen" and "Best of Bath," respectively.

On Friday, April 16, the NKBA proudly announced the winners of the 2010 NKBA Design Competition following the review of hundreds of entries. More than $100,000 in cash prizes was awarded to designers across the country including James Howard, Tim Scott, Ada Pagona, Ines Hanl, Brian Johnson and John Sylvestre.

"The National Kitchen & Bath Association is pleased to showcase the best kitchens and bathrooms created by NKBA designers over the past year," said Mark Karas, 2010 president of the NKBA. "These spaces are the epitome of expert form and function."

To view the list of 2010 Best of KBIS Competition winners, visit; and to see the full list of winners from the 2010 NKBA Design Competition, visit

KBIS will return next year to the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas on April 26-28, 2011.