Finally, the big day has arrived: it's The Cooperator's 23rd annual Co-op & Condo Expo. Yale Robbins, Inc. and The Cooperator welcome you again to the Hilton New York for the biggest, most all-inclusive trade show of the year. Since it's founding nearly a quarter-century ago, The Expo has grown by leaps and bounds and distinguished itself as the premier event of its type in the region. Board members, managing agents, and residents from thousands of buildings across the city make the Expo a must-see event on their annual calendar.
In addition to the thousands of attendees, hundreds of vendors and service providers are also converged at the Hilton – not merely to gain exposure, but to share their advice and years of expertise. This year, there will be nearly 300 exhibitors offering assistance and expert advice in the areas of building management, maintenance, insurance, security, energy and countless other services that help address the diverse, evolving needs of the co-op and condo community.
The More You Know...
Education and information exchange is a cornerstone of the Expo, and 2010 is no exception. This year, show-goers will also be able to choose from among an exciting roster of seminars exploring an array of timely topics.
From 10-11 a.m., Mark and Roberta Simon of Brooklyn Carpet Exchange join with TV personality and designer Cathy Hobbs to present “Renewing Lobbies & Corridors to Maximize Sales.” A well-appointed lobby or corridor creates "curb appeal" for any co-op or condo, particularly in a competitive buyer's market. These lobby renewal and design experts will tell you how you can spruce up your tired common areas to boost appeal and value.
From 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Christopher Levendos, Andrew Perdek, and Elizabeth Southard of Verizon will explore “The Future is Now: Technology Solutions and Emerging Apps for Co-ops & Condos.” This seminar will focus on enabling technologies to help co-ops and condos run more efficiently. Attendees will learn how to manage their digital lifestyles more easily with applications seamlessly integrated through their favorite virtual or mobile device, and hear about deployment of FiOS services in their buildings.
From 12:30-1:30 p.m., Attorneys David J. Byrne, Esq. and Stephen M. Lasser, Esq. of the law firm of Stark & Stark will offer “Improving and Safeguarding Buildings & Communities: Drafting Policies, Enforcing Rules & Resolving Conflicts.” The panel will discuss successful, innovative-but-proven strategies for rule creation and enforcement, and alternative dispute resolution will be debated as well.
From 1:45-2:45 p.m., Orest Tomaselli of National Condo Advisors, LLC will discuss the consulting and condominium project approval services that they provide to builders, developers, investors and HOA management. Rounding off the day from 3:00-4:00 p.m., Steven Geller of Meridian Capital Group, LLC will present "Underlying Co-op Financing in 2010" exploring the various multifamily loan products available for the cooperative and condo marketplace in today’s challenging lending landscape. This conversation will help attendees learn about all the options available today, and how best to find the perfect solution to your co-op or condominium mortgage needs. Seminars run around an hour in length, and frequently draw standing-room-only crowds, so come in and claim a seat early.
In addition to the educational seminars, the 2010 Expo brings back the always-popular free advice booths, where building administrators and civilians alike can bring their burning questions to an industry professional for guidance and advice. Whether you're a manager with a particularly sticky staffing situation in one of your buildings, or a shareholder who's butting heads with your board, the advice booths are an opportunity to pick the brain of a seasoned professional – off the clock and free of charge. While attorneys represent the majority of advice contributors, a schedule roster is posted in the Advice Booth area listing the other professionals who will be on hand at different points during the day, all day long.
While You're Here...
There are plenty of other exciting activities to partake in at the Co-op & Condo Expo. The grand prize this year is the Reserve Fund prize giveaway, courtesy of The Cooperator and Yale Robbins, Inc. One attendee will win a $3,500 contribution to their building's reserve fund. The winner will be drawn at random after registration has closed, and a check for the winnings will be made payable to the winner’s building care of their management company. Only board members qualify to enter the reserve fund drawing, and attendance at the Expo is required for eligibility. For complete details on how to enter the reserve fund drawing, go online at www.coopexpo.com.
Guests needing nourishment, access to e-mail, or just a comfortable place to sit down and look over the array of information they've accumulated from the plethora of vendors are cordially invited to drop by the Expo's conveniently-located food court and cyber-cafe.
The annual Co-op & Condo Expo is really more than just a trade show. It's a venue where all members of the residential real estate community – board members to boiler repairmen, attorneys to apartment owners – can meet, interact, and network across their various industries and disciplines, all under one roof.
For more information on who is exhibiting at the show or to register for this one-of-a-kind event online, please visit our website at www.coopexpo.com.