As the trees start greening and the last dregs of winter ice and slush melt away, it's once more time to turn our collective attention to The Cooperator's annual Co-op & Condo Expo—to be held this year on Wednesday, April 25th on three floors of the Hilton New York.
A History of Helping
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Expo, and the event is setting up to be the biggest and best-attended show to date. For an idea of how the Expo has grown over the years, consider this: back in 1987, the show featured only 12 booths - this year, there will be more than 260 exhibitors. At the first Expo, four short seminars were offered—this year, attendees will be able to take their pick of six. Attendance itself has grown exponentially as well—more than 2,000 people have pre-registered for this year's event, and more than double that number are expected to attend; 20 years ago, it was just a few dozen.
The Expo has grown geographically as well—this year, booths, seminars, and demonstrations will span three floors of the Hilton hotel at 1335 Avenue of the Americas—the corner of 53rd Street, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.
"The Expo has consistently grown to meet the co-op and condo markets' needs," says Henry Robbins, executive vice president of Yale Robbins Inc., The Cooperator's parent company and producer of the Expo. "This year, we are seeing an increase in technology-based exhibitors, such as security technology and telecommunications service providers. Last year, more banks joined us. But whether it's asbestos abatement or window replacement, banks or technology systems, we will continue to showcase new products and services and bring valuable resources to the people who run co-ops and condominiums."
More than Before
The hallmark of The Cooperator's Co-op & Condo Expo has always been the brisk exchange of ideas and information between co-op and condo board members, association members and vendors and service providers from across diverse industries and disciplines.