The Cooperator’s 15th annual Co-op and Condo Expo, which took place February 25 at the New York Hilton, provided a unique opportunity for prospective co-op and condo buyers, shareholders and unit owners, real estate brokers, board members, and managers to meet face-to-face with the region’s top professionals in the fields of accounting, mortgage brokerage and lending, exterior maintenance, architectural engineering, interior design, property management, law, insurance, telecommunications and building security.
Over 190 vendors participated to deliver professional advice and product information to more than 3,000 people who attended the one-day event, which is the largest trade show dedicated to the co-op and condo community in the metro New York area.
"This provides a great opportunity to gather under one roof in a single venue where people… can see all the products and services available to the co-op and condo community," explains The Cooperator’s co-advertising director John McHugh.
Sponsored by Yale Robbins Publications LLC, which, in addition to the show, publishes The Cooperator and The Official Directory of Co-op and Condo Services—an annual directory of service professionals, this year’s Expo also featured some timely seminars led by industry leaders that focused on hot-button topics like building access and security, avoiding discriminatory practices in the residential admissions process, and the potential liabilities of lead paint and toxic mold. The seminars, which were held every other hour during the show, generated lively discussion and thoughtful questions from the audience, which numbered in the hundreds. In fact, one panel "Healthy Homes: Eliminating Environmental Hazards," which examined the dangers of lead paint and toxic mold, drew a standing-room only crowd of interested co-op and condo residents, board members, building owners, developers, brokers and other industry professionals.
"The Expo gives my company a chance to interact with other industry professionals and also meet with residents, building managers and contractors, who might need our services in the near future," says Steven Konsuvo, president of Konsuvo, The Hallway Company, a corporate underwriter of the event. "In this way, I can illustrate to prospective clients exactly what we do best."