For over two decades, The Cooperator’s annual Co-op & Condo Expo has been a perennial save-the-date for anyone and everyone associated with the tri-state area’s co-op and condo building communities. Since 1987, vendors, service providers, board members, building staff members and residents alike have been coming to the Expo to learn about new products and technologies, exchange information, network and improve how their buildings are run.
The 2008 Expo was no exception—nearly 4,000 attendees packed three exhibition floors of the Hilton New York on Tuesday, April 29th to browse in nearly 300 exhibit booths spread over three floors and listen in on a half-dozen educational seminars.
“The Cooperator’s goal in presenting our annual Expo is to provide a gathering place for managing agents, board members, and other professionals to meet with vendors and service providers, network with colleagues in the industry, and gain information and insight to help them do their work,” says Yale Robbins, president of Yale Robbins, Inc. and publisher of The Cooperator. “We make it a point to constantly broaden and diversify our offerings, and the fact that the event grows and evolves each year indicates that we’re succeeding.”
Old Favorites, New Offerings
While the 2008 Expo brought new offerings to the table, there were repeat appearances by annual favorites. On the top floor of the show in Americas Hall II, the always-popular cyber café did brisk business all day, and an array of distinguished industry professionals generously donated their time at two free advice booths, where Expo attendees could get input on their questions about legal issues, building and individual finance, building management, and insurance.
Of course, no Expo would be complete without drawings and giveaways, and the 2008 event was no exception. This year, the door prizes included American Express gift cards, iPods and electronic products, event tickets, and the Grand Prize, a month’s worth of free maintenance, courtesy of The Cooperator—which was won by Patrice M. Kane of Bronxville.