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Improving Market Drives Demand for More Exhibit Space at IBS/KBIS

Improving Market Drives Demand for More Exhibit Space at IBS/KBIS

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Gearing up for the return of a healthy home building and remodeling market, manufacturers and suppliers have stepped up plans for exhibit spaces for the new Design and Construction Week, when the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) join forces for a mega-exhibit in Las Vegas Feb. 4-6, 2014.

So far, exhibit sales are up by 16% over last year. More than 60 companies that had left the show during the building downturn have returned, with the result of more than 20,000 square feet of new exhibit space being signed. Meanwhile, nearly 90 other companies have increased the size of their exhibit spaces by a total of more than 30,000 square feet, and exhibit space for KBIS is already 90% sold.

Among those companies returning to the show are such names as Electrolux Home Appliances, Pro Build Holdings, Masterbrand Cabinets, BSH Appliances, Caesarstone USA, Rinnai and Viega. As NAHB noted in a recent press release reporting the expanding exhibitor base, clearly, the co-location of these two great events, together with the steady climb in home building and remodeling projects, is being well received by our industry’s’ manufacturers and suppliers. We hope you're looking forward to the first annual Design and Construction Week as much as we are on Feb. 4-6, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For information on exhibiting, contact Michael Currier (800-368-5242  x8698). spacer

NAHB Says Farewell to Carl A.S. Coan, Jr.

We are sad to report the passing of Carl A.S. Coan, Jr., a lifelong advocate of housing who helped draft the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, and who served as NAHB's vice president of government affairs and legislative counsel in the 1970s.

A graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, Carl served his country as an Army lieutenant before beginning a career with the U.S. government in which he served in such capacities as an attorney for the Federal Housing Administration and Deputy Director of the Redevelopment Division of HUD's Urban Renewal Assistance Administration before becoming Assistant General Counsel for Legislative Policy at HUD in 1967. In that post, he played an integral role in shaping federal housing policy including the landmark Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968.

He left the government to become NAHB's deputy legislative counsel in 1969 and later rose to the head of our government affairs division. In 1977, he entered private law practice, becoming a founding partner at Coan & Lyons and specializing in housing and urban affairs, real estate, legislation and fair housing. He also continued to serve his community in numerous roles, including a three-year stint as vice president of the National Housing Conference where he became a Life Director in 2000.

In recent years, Carl had been working with the Georgetown Law Library to bring together the papers of two generations of the Coan family and their fight to bring to reality the Declaration of National Housing Policy, set out in the Housing Act of 1949, of a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family. His father, Carl Coan, Sr., was a staff director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing for 16 years whose efforts earned him induction into the National Housing Hall of Fame -- so it's not hard to understand where Carl derived his interest in national housing policy. Carl Coan, Jr., passed away on June 15 at his home in Falls Church, Va., at the age of 79, but his legacy of promoting fair and decent housing for all Americans will carry on in the national policies he helped to craft. Click here to view his full obituary.

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