The Cooperator's 25th Annual Co-op & Condo Expo A Networking, Learning and Information Milestone

The Cooperator's Co-op & Condo Expo celebrated its 25th anniversary show in fine style with hundreds of exhibitors and educational opportunities for co-op and condo boards and residents throughout the tri-state area. Since 1987, the Expo is a fixture on the business calendar of vendors, service providers, board members, building staff and residents.

The 2012 Expo was no exception nearly 3,000 attendees packed the Hilton New York on April 17th to visit some 300 exhibit booths and take in this year's lineup of informative educational seminars.

“Obviously our goal is to present attendees with information and products that will make running their buildings easier and more efficient,” says Yale Robbins, president of Yale Robbins, Inc., Expo producer and publisher of The Cooperator, “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., added that despite a sluggish economy, overall attendance and interest in the Expo—both from vendors and attendees—has grown each year since the show was launched 25 years 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.”

Learning Curve

Besides exhibits, one of The Cooperator’s annual Expo mainstays is the day’s seminar lineup. The seminars kicked off with The Daylight Savings Company's “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: How You Can Profit from New York City Regulations.” The panelists—Frank Lauricella, Adam Boese and Ken Camilleri of The Daylight Savings Company and Max Joel of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)—told how New York City local laws and regulations play a role in achieving energy and maintenance savings. Energy audits, benchmarking and oil-gas conversion efforts in line with New York City’s series of green initiatives were addressed.