The holidays are behind us, and the long haul toward spring is underway. Along with the usual springtime showers and flowers, of course, comes The Cooperator’s annual Co-op & Condo Expo. The Expo is quietly taking shape as this spring’s must-attend event for the tri-state area’s property managers, board members, and unit owners.
Returning to the Hilton New York in Manhattan on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the free event, now in its 25th year, will showcase hundreds of exhibitors from throughout the region, along with free advice booths and a full slate of educational seminars.
As anyone involved in the day-to-day administration of a co-op or condo will attest, in this day and age, communication and good information are the foundation stones of a thriving, successful community. The brutal economics of the last few years have driven that point home, and the best boards and building managers know that in order to stay prosperous—or even just solvent—in today's new landscape requires a strong set of specialized skills. The Cooperator's Co-op & Condo Expo offers attendees the opportunity to hone those skills, in one day and under one roof, with a full slate of unique educational programming.
Exhibitors, from attorneys to roofers to managers and financial professionals, have already secured their spaces for this year’s Co-op & Condo Expo. Along with the trade show, the event will also feature timely educational seminars and free advice booths designed to help co-op and condo board members, owners and managers keep their building communities running smoothly.
Can Your Community Use a
Little Extra Cash?
Of course, in addition to useful information and advice, you could be a big winner in helping your co-op or condo association survive in these tough economic times.
The 2012 event once again will feature the very popular Expo Reserve Fund drawing. One lucky board member will win a cool $3,500 for their building or association’s reserve fund, courtesy of The Cooperator, the sponsor of the Expo itself.
The big winner in 2011 was Jordan Roberts, a board member at Sixty Sutton Corp., a cooperative building located in Midtown East. “It was like hitting the lotto, it was a pleasant surprise,” Roberts says. He says the funds will be used for capital improvement projects in the co-op and investing in long-term aspects of the building.
If you want to help your building community, remember to mark your calendars for the upcoming Co-op & Condo Expo. And, just by attending you could be the 2012 winner. The winner of the Reserve Fund prize will be drawn at random after Expo registration has closed, and a check for the winnings will be made payable to the winner’s board, care of their management company. Only board members qualify to enter the drawing, and attendance at the Expo is required for eligibility. For complete details on how to enter the Reserve Fund drawing, visit the Expo website, www.coopexpo.com.
Educational Seminars Throughout the Day
Every year, the Expo's full schedule of seminars attracts hundreds of attendees throughout the day. These always-popular hour-long panel presentations cover topics ranging from energy conservation to legal issues, board operations to effective property management, and the ins and outs of telecommunications. Seminar presenters include professionals from all corners of the industry, including attorneys, lending representatives, tax preparers, managers, consultants, and more.
The complete lineup of seminars for 2012—to be announced shortly—will present essential and cutting-edge information for anyone involved in running or managing a co-op or condo building. Expo seminars nearly always attract standing-room-only audiences, so be sure to arrive early and claim a spot in the audience!
Free Advice Booths & More
Exhibitor booths and a full schedule of seminars may be the big draws to the Expo, but that's hardly the whole picture. In addition to networking and education opportunities, the show's popular free advice booths will be returning as well. If you have questions about your association’s finances, policies, or day-to-day management, you can stop by one of the booths for answers from leading legal, management, maintenance and financial professionals. And of course, no trade show would be complete without giveaways and raffles. Throughout the day, random drawings will be held for a host of valuable door prizes.
Roberts says attending last year’s expo was very informative. “The important thing was speaking to all the vendors and seeing how their product will benefit your co-op. These people are the specialists and if you chat with a person for a few minutes, you can get some information from them that you didn’t have when you walked into the building,” he says.
So stay tuned to The Cooperator for updates and new additions to the Expo’s exhibitor and seminar roster, and be sure to visit us at the Hilton New York on April 17th! For more information on who is exhibiting at the show, to sign up as an exhibitor, or to register for this one-of-a-kind event, go to www.coopexpo.com.