Friday, July 26, 2019

Time is Running Out - The 2019 DPHA Award Nominations Deadline is This Coming Wednesday, July 31

In case you haven't been paying attention, the final day for submitting award nominations is this coming Wednesday, July 31.

Everyone wants to be appreciated and recognized for their contributions, but few of us take the time to say thank you to our exceptional peers for what they do for our companies, our organization and our industry. We want to keep changing this trend by encouraging you to submit applications and nominations to the 2019 DPHA Awards program. The deadline to submit applications and nominations is this coming Wednesday, July 31, for the following honors:

  • DPHA Showroom of the Year - 2018 winner was Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply in Detroit, MI
  • DPHA Showroom Professional of the Year - 2018 winner was Phil Hotarek of Lutz Bath and Kitchen
  • DPHA Manufacturing Professional of the Year - 2018 winner was Barbara Kratus of Infinity Drain
  • DPHA Representative Agency Professional of the Year - 2018 winner was Noel Garcia Sr. of Decorative Sales Associates
  • DPHA Rep Agency of the Year - 2018 winner was D'Antoni Sales Group
  • DPHA Manufacturer Customer Service Department of the Year - 2018 winner was Americh Corporation
  • DPHA Products of the Year (POTY) -
  • Plumbing Product, Fixtures (sinks, tubs, toilets) - 2018 winner was Zitta's Materia Shower Enclosure
  • Plumbing Product, Water Delivery (faucets, showerheads and valves) - 2018 winner was SIGMA's Sigma Flo
  • Furniture - 2018 winner was Stone Forest's Elemental Collection
  • Hardware - 2018 winner was Colonial Bronze's Empire Collection
  • Accessories - 2018 winner was Infinity Drain's Compact Floor Drain Body
  • Dealers' Choice Award - 2018 winner was California Faucets' Morro Bay Single-Hole Faucet

Now is your chance to recognize peers for their outstanding contributions to the industry and Association by clicking on www.dpha.net and logging into the members-portal side of the web site. Just click on the "Awards Program" menu and scroll down the page to the link for the online award nominations. For those who prefer the traditional route, you can also download form-fillable PDFs of the different award nominations by clicking on the appropriate links. Or if you would simply like us to send the application forms to you and you are a member of the Association, send an email to rebekah@dpha.net with your request.

For the Product of the Year awards (POTYs), DPHA has again assembled an independent panel of distinguished industry editors, designers and professionals for judging the five different products of the year. Those judges are:

  1. Mary Jo Peterson, Mary Jo Peterson Design
  2. Alissa Ponchione, Assistant Editor Hospitality Design 
  3. Eliot Sefrin, Editor Emeritus of KBDN 
  4. Alena Capra, Alena Capra Designs
  5. Molly Switzer, Molly Switzer Designs

The Awards Committee added the Dealer's Choice Award a few years ago that provides another opportunity for manufacturers and representatives to promote their products as award-worthy in front of the staffs of every DPHA dealer. The Dealer's Choice Award works as follows:

  • Every product submitted for the 2019 Product of the Year (POTYs) will be eligible to win the Dealer's Choice Award.
  • Voting will take place immediately following the annual conference and will be open for approximately six weeks. 
  • All dealer showroom staff members who have a DPHA login will be eligible to vote. One vote per person. 
  • The winner will be announced during the opening session of the 2020 Conference.

Manufacturers - when was the last time you were handed a golden opportunity to have your new products analyzed and critiqued by leading journalists of publications that are read and respected by your clients and prospects? DPHA is providing you this opportunity. Be sure to take advantage of it.

DPHA Members' Blog - July 26, 2019

Each week DPHA publishes a new post to our Members' Blog. This blog is available to DPHA members only. As a DPHA member you may use this content as your own in any of your marketing efforts, including your website, emails, newsletters and more. Use images of spaces you've designed to accompany content and insert your market territory, showroom name and contact information as applicable.

What's Trending In The World of Decorative Plumbing

The ISH Trade Fair, held every other year in Frankfurt, Germany, is the world’s largest exhibition of plumbing products. At the last ISH Fair, there were almost 5,000 manufacturers from 96 countries that attracted nearly 200,000 attendees  They experienced new, cool and cutting-edge products that will soon be available to you and your neighbors in (name of service territory) to help you create spaces that will "wow" your family and friends, and provide a great sense of personal satisfaction. Here are several of the prevalent trends that were front-and-center at ISH.

Click here to read more.

This is Your Last Chance to Let DPHA Help Pay for Your Child's or Grandchild's College Education Next Year!

As we have been reminding you over the summer, DPHA has a way to help the children or grandchildren of a member with the cost of college or university. We know that with so much going on in everyone's lives right now, many people have been "putting off until tomorrow" the completion of their Scholarship Fund applications. Well, tomorrow is here! DPHA's Council of Fellows is currently accepting applications for its 2019 Council of Fellows' Memorial Scholarship Honoring Fred Silverstein, but please remember, all applications must be received by Wednesday, July 31st, 2019. Click here to download the application.

The DPHA Council of Fellows established its Memorial Scholarship in 2008 with two primary goals. The first was to honor the memory of an industry leader and the second was to provide grants to the children and grandchildren of any employee working at a DPHA dealer, manufacturer, representative agency or professional organization.

Application Requirements: 

  • Applicant must be a citizen of a North American country.
  • Applicant must be the child or grandchild of anyone who works at a DPHA member firm.
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate currently enrolled in a college, university or accredited trade school.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a high school transcript, and if in college or trade school, a college or trade school transcript as well.
  • Applicant must submit a double-spaced typed essay on "Why I Should Be Considered for the DPHA Scholarship." This essay should not exceed 1,200 words.
  • Applications must also include the applicant's photo, which will be used for promotional purposes only after the winners have been decided.
  • To be considered for the award during a given year, applications must be received at the DPHA office by the close of business July 31, 2019.

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicant must fulfill all application requirements and complete the DPHA Scholarship Application Form.
  • Essays will be judged on content, writing skills and adherence to accepted grammatical standards.
  • Applicants must be well-rounded students, involved in extracurricular and civic activities and sports.
  • The DPHA Council of Fellows reserves the right to interview Scholarship finalists prior to selecting a recipient.

If you have any other questions about the application process, feel free to contact Jim Babbitt at 224-999-0434 or via email at jbabbitt@dpha.net.

Only a Few Spots Remain - Join These 2019 Conference Sponsors and Make a Big Splash in Seattle with a Conference Sponsorship

Conference registration hasn't even started yet (it begins on August 2nd), but we would like to thank those companies who have already signed up to be sponsors at the 2019 DPHA Annual Conference and Product Showcase (as of Monday, July 22):
  • Saturday Night Banquet Sponsor - Mountain Plumbing Products
  • Ice Luge Sponsors
  • Hamat USA
  • ICERA
  • Saturday Awards Luncheon - California Faucets
  • Lanyard Sponsor - Berenson & R Christensen Hardware
  • Key Card Sponsor - AXOR/hansgrohe
  • Saturday Morning Bloody Mary Sponsor - Julien Home Refinements
  • Saturday Morning Mimosa Sponsor - Barber Wilson/Sterlingham
  • Council of Fellows' Food & Wine Tour -
  • Baci by Remcraft
  • Barber Wilson/Sterlingham
  • Salmon Fishing Tour - Amerec
  • Friday Charging Station Sponsor - AD Decorative Brands
  • Conference Giveaway Sponsors -
  • Infinity Drain
  • Keuco
  • LIXIL Brands
  • Friday Coffee Bar Sponsor - Thermasol
  • Saturday Coffee Bar Sponsor - Thermasol
  • Breakfast Sponsors -
  • Accurate Lock & Hardware
  • Hastings Tile & Bath
  • Friday Night Bar Sponsors -
  • Frank Allart & Company
  • Kartners Bathroom Accessories
  • Lenova

Want to join this distinguished list? DPHA offers a menu of conference sponsorship opportunities available to showrooms, manufacturers and representatives. Each level of sponsorship provides different marketing benefits. However, the most significant benefit that you receive for serving as a DPHA conference sponsor is the statement you make to the industry. Your sponsorship tells the industry that you believe in DPHA's mission and programs. You are not only talking the talk, you are walking the walk to enhance professionalism and improve quality in the decorative plumbing and hardware industry. These sponsorships are still available:

SATURDAY CHARGING STATION SPONSOR ($2,000)
  • Recognition as Saturday charging station sponsor at the charging booth
  • Recognition as charging station sponsor in the meeting Newsleak
  • Premier signage at the conference
  • Ability to show PowerPoint during the conference registration along with the other conference sponsors

BREAKFAST SPONSOR ($1,500, three sponsorships still available)
  • Recognition as breakfast sponsor at breakfast
  • Exclusive opportunity to show products on PowerPoint played during the breakfast
  • Recognition as banquet sponsor in the meeting Newsleak
  • Premier signage at the breakfast
  • Ability to show PowerPoint during breakfast

SATURDAY NIGHT BAR SPONSOR ($1,500, all three sponsorships still available)
  • Recognition as a bar sponsor at banquet
  • Recognition as a bar sponsor in the meeting Newsleak
  • Premier signage at the bar
  • Ability to show PowerPoint during the conference registration along with the other conference sponsors

If you are interested in taking a conference sponsorship, email Rebekah Covay at rebekah@dpha.net or click here to download a copy of the DPHA 2019 Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Registration Form.

Council of Fellows' Spotlight: Jamie Gregg

DPHA created the Council of Fellows to recognize career accomplishments. In keeping with DPHA’s tradition of innovation and defying convention, election to DPHA’s Council of Fellows is not simply an honor. It also is a call to continue to serve our organization and industry. The Council of Fellows does not have an agenda or mandate. The Council is expected to undertake projects that it deems important and vital to the continued success of our industry. As DPHA has matured, the organization continues to look to the Council of Fellows as a strategic think tank.

This week we feature Jamie Gregg...

Jamie Gregg's commitment to the decorative plumbing and hardware industry has been unwavering. In fact, he and his company Colonial Bronze stand apart. For nearly 90 years, Colonial Bronze has been serving the decorative plumbing and hardware industry and stands as the last remaining manufacturer of high-end DPH product in the United States. The company evolved from its humble roots in the Bronx, NY, to a state-of-the-art, environmentally compliant manufacturing facility located in Torrington, CT.

Jamie is one of the founding members of DPHA. He attended the organizing meeting in December 2001 and served on the first Board of Directors. In 2004, Jamie became DPHA's second president. Jamie's contributions and accomplishments in the DPH industry also are reflected by the company's commitment to establish effective partnerships with showrooms. Jamie believes that effective partnerships between the three principal parties in the supply chain — manufacturers, reps and showrooms — must achieve a symbiotic balance in order to succeed. Symbiotic balance demands that every partner benefits meaningfully and significantly. Jamie's approach, commitment, support of the channel and his dedication to advancing the professionalism of the DPH industry made his election to the DPHA Council of Fellows logical and more than deserving.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Welcome to Our New Members - 2nd Quarter of 2019

DPHA extends a warm welcome to those new faces who joined our family during the second quarter of 2019 (and brace yourself, it's a happily long list):
 
Dealers:

Able Kitchen & Bath Showplace for Able Distributing
3009 Zuehlke Drive
Appleton, WI 54911
920-830-2378
Amy Parker
amy.parker@hajoca.com

Bath & Kitchen Showplace/Inland Pipe & Supply
102 South Front Street
Yakima, WA 98901
509-453-0701
Kristie Cannon
kristie.cannon@hajoca.com

Cowan Supply
3032 Bankers Industrial Drive, Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30360
404-351-6351
Abigail Patterson
abigail.patterson@hajoca.com

Dahl Avon Kitchen & Bath
910 Nottingham Road, Suite 11
P.O. Box 916
Avon, CO 81620-0916
970-949-9101
Cynthia Vickers
cynthia.vickers@dahlplumbing.com

Dahl Decor
2105 E 11th Street, Suite 100
Loveland, CO 80537
970-203-9203
Stephani Raabe
steph@dahlplumbing.com

Dahl Kitchen & Bath Studio - Albuquerque
1500 Candelaria Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
505-999-1786
Lisa Maxwell
lisa.maxwell@dahlplumbing.com

Dahl - Montrose
1133 North Townsend Avenue
Montrose, CO 81401
970-249-5342
Jill Vincent
jill.vincent@dahlplumbing.com

FACETS of San Antonio
5919 W. Campus Drive, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78247
210-270-3100
Caryn Musick
caryn.musick@facetshome.com

FACETS of St. Tammany
2101 N Highway 190
Covington, LA 70433
985-966-9271
Ryan Arnold
ryan.arnold@tammanysupply.com

FACETS Showroom of Denton
1226 Duncan Street
Denton, TX 76205
940-382-2860
Ryan Tune
ryan.tune@mooresupply.com

Gloucester Plumbing Supply & bath designs etc.
520 S Broadway
Gloucester, NJ 08030
856-456-1700
Lori Kenney
lorraine.kenney@hajoca.com

Gorman Kitchen & Bath Gallery (Naples)
3989 Prospect Avenue
Naples, FL 34104
239-643-2929
Jason Middleton
jason.middleton@hajoca.com

Gorman's Gallery Kitchen & Bath Studio
5355 McIntosh Road, Suite B
Sarasota, FL 34233
941-927-8511
Dreama Wren
dreama.wren@hajoca.com

Hajoca in Hendersonville
1027 Spartanburg Highway
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-697-8279
Andrew Weymouth
andy.weymouth@hajoca.com

Hajoca Kitchen & Bath Design Center (Salt Lake City)
2205 W 400 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
801-486-7261
Audrie Stowers
audrie.stowers@hajoca.com

Hughes Kitchen & Bath (Fort Collins)
1903 E Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-493-0982
Brooke Leach
brooke.leach@hajoca.com

Hughes Kitchen & Bath Collection (Fort Meyers)
2920 Ford Street
Fort Meyers, FL 33916
239-334-2205
Pamela Schaffner
pamela.schaffner@hughessupply.com

Keenan Supply (Lake Havasu City)
1900 N Kiowa Boulevard
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
928-855-3097
Dawn Taylor
dtaylor@hajoca.com

Kohler Signature Store by Hajoca (King of Prussia)
140 Allendale Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
484-584-0098
Darren Trautman
darren.trautman@hajoca.com

Modern Supply
525 Lovell Road
Knoxville, TN 37932
865-966-4567
Deborah Johnson
debbiej@modernsupply.com

Peabody Supply Methuen Bath Showcase
476 Lowell Steet
Methuen, MA 01844
978-682-2290
Joshua Huffines
josh.huffines@hajoca.com

Solutions Bath & Kitchen Gallery
5380 Vivian Street
Arvada, CO 80002
303-432-4281
Scott Younggreen
s.younggreen@martzsupply.com

The Bath & Kitchen Showplace (Gainesville)
2409 E Highway 82
Gainesville, TX 76240
940-665-5521
G.W. Yandle
gw.yandle@hajoca.com

The Bath & Kitchen Showplace (Houston)
1551-G Campbell Road
Houston, TX 77055
832-519-9906
Adam Jacko
adam.jacko@mooresupply.com

The Bath & Kitchen Showplace (Nacogdoches)
120 Bremond Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
936-564-8331
Alan Christian
alan.christian@mooresupply.com

The Bath & Kitchen Showplace - San Marcos
2061 Clovis Barker Road, Building 3
San Marcos, TX 78666
512-396-4111
Leslie Evans
leslie.evans@mooresupply.com

The Kitchen & Bath Showroom of Lancaster
1418 Fruitville Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-299-3611
Molly McKendry White
molly.white@hajoca.com

The Moore Supply Showroom (Texarkana)
1805 W 7th Street
Texarkana, TX 75501
903-792-2737
Kelly Ann Myers
kellyann.myers@morresupply.com

The Plumbing Warehouse (Alexandria)
3030 Baldwin Avenue
Alexandria, LA 71301
318-290-3198
Mike Manifold
mike.manifold@hajoca.com

The Plumbing Warehouse (Little Rock)
923 S Fillmore
Little Rock, AR 72204
501-664-4183
Cody Francis
cody.francis@tpwmail.com

The Plumbing Warehouse (Monroe)
1501 Cypress Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
318-325-1744
Mike Manifold
mike.manifold@hajoca.com

The Plumbing Warehouse (Natchez)
107 Passbach Street
Natchez, MS 39120
601-446-7331
Mike Manifold
mike.manifold@hajoca.com

Ultra Design Center
590 Quivas Street
Denver, CO 80204
303-571-5611
Tanya Roesener
tanya@ultradesigncenter.com

Weinstein Supply Showroom (Collingswood)
816 Heddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
856-833-1576
Darren Trautman
darren.trautman@hajoca.com

Weinstein Supply Showroom (West Chester)
904 Old Fern Hill Road
West Chester, PA 19380
610-344-0327
Chris Mulder
chris.mulder@hajoca.com


Manufacturers:

QTOO
Hans Hartvig Seedorffs Straude 16
Aarhus, Denmark 8000
004538112020
Peter Jensen
peter@qtoo.dk

Waterstone Faucets
41180 Raintree Court
Murrieta, CA 92562
888-304-0660
Jodi Vallejos
jvallejos@waterstoneco.com


Professional Members:

ACCPC/Priority Payments
60 Goldens Bridge Road
Katonah, NY 10536
914-232-7700
Rich Giaccio
richgiaccio@gmail.com


Representatives:

DeLux
2275 Huntington Drive, Suite 245
San Marino, CA 91108
323-313-2373
Joseph Yatsko
joseph@deluxdsm.com

If you know of a dealer, manufacturer, professional member, representative and/or trade associate company who you believe should be a DPHA member, please forward their name and contact information to rebekah@dpha.net.

DPHA Members' Blog - July 19, 2019

Each week DPHA publishes a new post to our Members' Blog. This blog is available to DPHA members only. As a DPHA member you may use this content as your own in any of your marketing efforts, including your website, emails, newsletters and more. Use images of spaces you've designed to accompany content and insert your market territory, showroom name and contact information as applicable.

Making Smaller Bathrooms Appear Larger

Not every home in (name of service territory) can accommodate a double shower, freestanding soaker tub, dual vanities, an abundance of cabinet and storage space and so on.  When space is at a premium, specifying different components in the bath, color options and light selection can help make smaller baths appear bigger. Here are several suggestions: 

 

I'll Eat and Drink to That: A Winning Combination, Peer Recognition and the Seattle Food & Wine Tour

The Awards Committee has an offer you could refuse, but won't want to. The Committee wants to take you on a food and wine tour at the 2019 Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington. Sponsored by Baci by Remcraft and Barber Wilsons/Sterlingham, the walking tour groups will depart the Hyatt Regency Seattle on Wednesday, November 6th at 3 and 3:30 p.m. and will return sometime around 6 and 6:30 p.m.

This 3-hour tasting extravaganza will visit unique and off-the-beaten path local restaurants. From appetizers to desserts, you'll taste your way through Seattle with your professional tour host. Come hungry and be ready for fun!

16 of the 32 available spots will be awarded to those who submit 2019 nominations for the Showroom, Manufacturing and Representative Professionals of the Year and for Customer Service Department, Rep Agency and Showroom of the Year. For each nomination that someone submits for a peer in any of these six distinguished categories, the nominator will receive a raffle ticket for one of the no-cost 16 spots to be part of the Seattle food and wine tour. The remaining 16 spots are available for purchase at $125 per seat (with all proceeds going to the Council of Fellows' Scholarship Fund). For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Rebekah Covay at 630-854-3911 or via email at rebekah@dpha.net.
 
Taking a tour of downtown Seattle is great, but recognizing someone who gives unselfishly of themselves to advance their industry - priceless! If you have ever won an award or have been recognized by your peers, you know how wonderful that is. How many peers can you think of that truly deserve to have a similar peer-recognition experience? Spend a few minutes and give them the recognition they are due. Visit the members only side of the DPHA web site to access the awards criteria and nomination process, or email Rebekay Covay for further information.

Council of Fellows' Spotlight: Hank Darlington

DPHA created the Council of Fellows to recognize career accomplishments. In keeping with DPHA’s tradition of innovation and defying convention, election to DPHA’s Council of Fellows is not simply an honor. It also is a call to continue to serve our organization and industry. The Council of Fellows does not have an agenda or mandate. The Council is expected to undertake projects that it deems important and vital to the continued success of our industry. As DPHA has matured, the organization continues to look to the Council of Fellows as a strategic think tank.

This week we feature Hank Darlington...

Hank Darlington, along with the late Charles Goldberg, were the first two decorative plumbing and hardware dealers to have served on the NKBA Board of Directors. Through their efforts, decorative plumbing and hardware became a distinctly recognized discipline. In recognizing Darlington at the 2005 DPHA Annual Meeting, DPHA President Bill Fiddler claimed, "Hank helped put the bath in kitchen and bath."

Darlington, along with his wife Carol, built the Plummery in Sacramento and Oakland into one of the nation's great showroom operations. After selling the business, Darlington continues to give back to his industry by consulting with numerous showrooms and manufacturers, sharing his wisdom, business acumen and experience. He is the author of The Complete Business Management Guide for Kitchen & Bath Professionals, Human Resource Management, The Complete Business Management Guide and Kitchen & Bath Business Management.

Darlington still writes bi-monthly columns for Supply House Times. He also is the creator and presenter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association's Business Owner Symposium. He has served in the NKBA National Executive Committee, as a member of the NKBA Board of Directors and a former chairman of the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Council.

Let DPHA Help Pay for Your Child's or Grandchild's College Education

The DPHA Council of Fellows established its Memorial Scholarship in 2008 with two primary goals. The first was to honor the memory of an industry leader and the second was to provide grants to the children and grandchildren of any employee working at a DPHA dealer, manufacturer, representative agency or professional organization.

We know that with so much going on in everyone's lives right now many people forget DPHA has a way to help the children or grandchildren of a member with the cost of college or university. But now that graduations are over and before the summer gets going "full speed ahead" and your attention may be diverted, remember that DPHA's Council of Fellows is currently accepting applications for its 2019 Council of Fellows' Memorial Scholarship Honoring Fred Silverstein. Applications must be received by July 31st, 2019. Click here to download the application.

Application Requirements: 

  • Applicant must be a citizen of a North American country.
  • Applicant must be the child or grandchild of anyone who works at a DPHA member firm.
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate currently enrolled in a college, university or accredited trade school.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a high school transcript, and if in college or trade school, a college or trade school transcript as well.
  • Applicant must submit a double-spaced typed essay on "Why I Should Be Considered for the DPHA Scholarship." This essay should not exceed 1,200 words.
  • Applications must also include the applicant's photo, which will be used for promotional purposes only after the winners have been decided.
  • To be considered for the award during a given year, applications must be received at the DPHA office by the close of business July 31, 2019.

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicant must fulfill all application requirements and complete the DPHA Scholarship Application Form.
  • Essays will be judged on content, writing skills and adherence to accepted grammatical standards.
  • Applicants must be well-rounded students, involved in extracurricular and civic activities and sports.
  • The DPHA Council of Fellows reserves the right to interview Scholarship finalists prior to selecting a recipient.

If you have any other questions about the application process, feel free to contact Jim Babbitt at 224-999-0434 or via email at jbabbitt@dpha.net.