Since its launch in 1987, The Cooperator's annual Co-op & Condo Expo has become a fixture on the business calendar of vendors, service providers, board members, building staff members and residents all over the tri-state area. Each year, they all converge under one roof to learn about new products and technologies, exchange information, network and improve how their buildings and businesses are run.
The 2011 Expo was no exception—over 3,000 attendees packed the Hilton New York on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, to visit some 300 exhibit booths spread over three floors and take in this year's lineup of informative educational seminars.
According to Yale Robbins, president of Yale Robbins, Inc., producer of the Expo and publisher of The Cooperator, producing the Expo is more than just organizing a trade show. “Obviously our goal is to present attendees with information and products that will make running their buildings easier and more efficient, but we also put a great deal of thought into the bigger picture, anticipating trends and trying to broaden and build on our offerings from one year to the next.”
Henry Robbins, executive vice president and director of sales for Yale Robbins, Inc., agrees, adding that despite the sluggishness of the economy overall, attendance and interest in the Expo—both from vendors and attendees—has grown each year since the show was launched nearly a quarter-century ago. “It's really our exhibitors and our attendees who make this show what it is,” says Robbins. “Their enthusiasm and interest is contagious—the fact that the event grows and draws more people each year is proof of that.”
Education, Advice & More
Along with the exhibitor booths, one of The Cooperator’s annual Expo mainstays is the day’s lineup of educational seminars. For this year’s Expo, a half-dozen different topics were presented by an array of experts from every corner of the industry.