The Cooperator's 18th Annual Co-op & Condo Expo A Day of Information, Networking & Fun

Circle March 16th on your calendars so you don't miss The Cooperator's 18th Annual Co-op & Condo Expo, which will once again pack a full day of information, seminars, vendors, networking, and giveaways into two floors of the New York Hilton at 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas.

For over two decades, the Co-op & Condo Expo has been growing and expanding to bring over 200 diverse vendors and a host of speakers and educators together under one roof for the benefit of anyone and everyone involved in the co-op and condo industry. Whether you're a shareholder in a self-managed co-op in Queens or a property manager on the Upper East Side or in Hoboken, New Jersey, the Expo has something that will pique your interest.

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Attendees at the 2005 Co-op & Condo Expo will have the run of two floors at the New York Hilton and can spend the day visiting a vast array of exhibitors representing everything from law firms to mortgage lenders to window contractors.

As always, The Cooperator has lined up a full roster of hour-long educational seminars throughout the day on the second floor of the exhibit hall. After the doors open at 9 a.m., the first seminar kicks off at 9:30 with "On the Hiring Line: Finding Qualified Personnel For Your Building." The panelists - including James Berg, president of the Realty Advisory Board; Margie Russell, executive director of the New York Association of Realty Managers (NYARM); and Gregory Carlson, executive director of the Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives & Condominiums (FNYHC) - will address the criteria management and boards should use when hiring new building personnel. The hour-long expert panel will cover everything from recruitment to training procedures and discuss how your building can put together a strong team.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the second panel - "It's the Law: Following the Code Changes" - will discuss all the new local laws and changes that affect building contractors, property managers, superintendents and other real estate professionals. It's important for your managing agent, your super, and the outside contractors you hire to be familiar with the latest permutations of the city's complicated building codes and new local laws involving the monitoring of lead paint, noise, and detection of carbon monoxide, among others. To help you stay abreast of the changes, we have assembled a stellar panel that includes Robert Grant, the director of management for Midboro Management; Commissioner Patricia Lancaster of the New York City Department of Buildings; Harold S. Shultz, special counsel to the department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD); and Lucas Ferrara, an attorney with the law firm of Finkelstein Newman LLP. The speakers will offer advice and in-depth information about the measures management, boards, and contractors need to take to comply with local building codes and avoid costly fines and litigation.

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