Mark your calendars! The date for The Chicagoland Cooperator’s second annual Chicagoland Condo, HOA, & Co-op Expo, is fast approaching. This year’s event will be held from on Wednesday, November 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Navy Pier Convention Center in Chicago. (check www.chicagocondoexpo.com for more information!)
The Chicagoland Expo is the largest expo in the state entirely dedicated to connecting condo, HOA, and co-op managers, board members, and residents with the professionals and service providers their communities need on a regular basis. Between nearly 300 exhibitors, countless product demos, free advice booths, and full roster of educational seminars, it’s literally a one-stop, custom-built marketplace for vendors, products and ideas.
“The express purpose of the Chicago Expo is to help attendees make useful, productive connections, gain valuable information, and network with their peers,” says company president Yale Robbins. So if you’re a decision-maker for a condo, homeowners association, or co-op community—or even if you just call one home—and you have a pressing legal issue or an important project waiting in the wings, you owe it to yourself and your community to drop by the Expo and experience what it has to offer. It would take months to meet with the same number of vendors and professionals a typical Expo attendee will interact with in one afternoon on the show floor.
An Opportunity for Education
Hands-down, one of the biggest reasons for board members, managers, and owners to visit the show is the Chicago Expo’s full slate of free educational seminars. Custom-built to help anyone involved—or even just interested—in the administration of a residential building or homeowners association, the 2012 seminar panels will provide in-depth discussion of the legal, administrative, management, and financial concerns pertinent to the region's HOA managers, board members, and residents.
This year, management, legal, and accounting pros from Caruso Management Group will present “The Truth and Nothing But the Truth—Insider Secrets from an Attorney, Accountant and a Property Manager,” where experts will discuss frequently-asked legal, financial, and administrative questions and outline the roles and responsibilities of boards and their hired professionals. National Condo Advisors/Strategic Inspections will offer “Everything You Need to Know About FHA, VA & Fannie Mae Approval for Your Condo,” covering the newest loan requirements for condo communities. Associa Management will present “The Top 5 Things Managers Wish Boards Knew,” delving into what an association needs in order to cultivate a productive, efficient board/management partnership. DRF Trusted Property Solutions/Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program rounds out the roster with an in-depth discussion of energy efficiency issues, and how boards and residents can make their buildings greener and more cost-effective. And that's not all—even more speakers are being added as the show draws closer! All presentations are free for all attendees, and conclude with a Q&A segment to allow audience members to get direct feedback from panelists. Expo seminars always attract standing-room-only crowds, so make sure to arrive early to claim a spot in the audience.
In addition to networking and education opportunities, the Chicagoland Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo will feature free advice booths staffed by professionals from a broad array of industries, waiting to answer any and all HOA- and building-related questions face-to-face. If you have questions about your association’s finances, policies, or day-to-day management, you can stop by one of the booths for answers from leading legal, management, maintenance and financial professionals. How’s that for instant gratification?
It Doesn't Stop There
And if all that isn’t enough, the Expo will also feature dozens of raffles and giveaways throughout the day—including the Grand Prize Reserve Fund giveaway, courtesy of The Chicagoland Cooperatorand Yale Robbins Publications LLC. One attendee at the show will be drawn at random to win a $2,500 contribution to their building or association's reserve fund. The winner will be drawn after registration has closed, and a check for the winnings will be made payable to the winner’s association, 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, visit the Expo website, www.chicagocondoexpo.com.
So stay tuned to The Chicagoland Cooperator for updates and new additions to the Expo’s exhibitor and seminar roster, and be sure to visit us at the Navy Pier Convention Center on November 14th. For more information on who is exhibiting at the show, to sign up as an exhibitor, or to register for this exciting event, go to www.chicagocondoexpo.com.