The 24th annual New York Cooperator’s Co-op & Condo Expo is coming—the 2011 event will showcase some 300 exhibitors from across the tri-state area when the day-long trade show returns to the Hilton New York in Manhattan on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Admission is free for the entire day—including a full slate of educational seminars and one-on-one professional advice brought to you by The Cooperator and Yale Robbins, Inc.
Reserve Fund Winner
For the second consecutive year, the Expo will feature a raffle drawing for $3,500, with the prize money going to the winning building’s reserve fund. The 2010 winner, Nicholas Papageorge, recently received the award during The Cooperator’s Exhibitor ROI Boot Camp, a recent day-long workshop focused on helping vendors maximize their participation in the 2011 Co-op & Condo Expo. The exhibitor training session was taught by Jefferson Davis, owner of the trade show consulting firm Competitive Edge. During the day, Davis walked vendors through the best ways to improve their return on investment in the show. During the workshop, Papageorge was part of a panel discussion that also featured Cooper Square Management’s Jonathan Klein and Impact Real Estate Management’s Greg Cohen. The panelists fielded questions from the audience about the benefits and experience of attending a trade show. The Exhibitor ROI Boot Camp is only one of many resources—many of them free—available to vendors for the 2011 Expo. For more information about the trade show, visit www.coopexpo.comor call 212-683-5700.
Papageorge, the vice president of Sherry Plaza, an 80-unit co-op located in Briarwood, New York in Queens, says the raffle win has made quite a difference for his building community.
“Like everyone in the entire industry, you never have enough money,” says Papageorge. “You have these small little jobs that you never do because you allocate the money to the larger jobs, and the little ones never get done. Since we were never counting on this money to begin with—it’s not in our budget, we didn’t budget it in—it gave us the opportunity to clean up all these smaller projects that we wanted to do but couldn’t.”
Papageorge says that his building plans to use some of the money to spruce up the lobby of the high-rise, which was built in the 1960s. “We just finished redoing our lobby, and we did all the common areas across the entire building,” he continues. “We changed all the lighting and put new carpeting down on every floor. We painted. And we’re in the process of doing our elevator.”