For the past two decades, The Cooperator's annual Co-op & Condo Expo has been a destination event for anyone and everyone associated with the tri-state area's co-op and condo building communities. Vendors, service providers, board members, building staff members and residents alike have been coming to the Expo since 1987 to learn about new products and technologies, exchange information, network and improve how their buildings are run.
This year's Expo was no exception—4,000 attendees mobbed the New York Hilton on Wednesday, April 25th to browse in nearly 300 exhibit booths spread over three floors and sit in on any of a half-dozen educational seminars.
"The goal of the Expo is to provide a setting for managing agents and building board members to network with vendors and service providers and to gain information that will ultimately help them run their buildings better," says Yale Robbins, president of Yale Robbins, Inc. and publisher of The Cooperator. "That our event grows larger and diversifies its offerings every year is proof that we're accomplishing what we set out to do."
Back for a repeat performance in 2007 were some favorite features from previous Expos. The ever-popular NuVisions cyber café was in full swing on the top floor of the show near the bustling food court, and the array of industry professionals who generously donated their time to man the free advice tables found themselves very busy, as usual. This year, the attorneys volunteering their time were joined by mortgage lenders, accountants, managing agents and insurance brokers, as well as a building systems expert, all of whom took time from their own busy schedules to field questions from attendees. Those questions ranged from issues of board impropriety to whether now is the time to refinance a co-op's underlying mortgage and everything in between.
Of course, no Expo would be complete without drawings and giveaways—this year, lucky visitors won gift certificates, transit passes, an iPod and the Grand Prize, a month's worth of free maintenance, courtesy of The Cooperator—which was taken home by Mark Froimowitz of the Bronx.