Attendees packed the aisles of the Hilton New York exhibit hall as The Cooperator presented its 26th annual Co-op and Condo Expo, providing networking, information 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 2013 Expo was no exception as nearly 3,000 attendees filled three floors of the hotel on April 16th 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 first produced. “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.”
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: An Update on How You Can Profit from NYC Local Laws 84 & 87.” The panelists—Frank Lauricella and Adam Boese of The Daylight Savings Company and Donna Hope from the New York City Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability spoke about 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.