New England Condominium’sCondo Expo was a beehive of activity on May 21, as thousands of community association board members, homeowners and industry professionals gathered at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center.
The fifth annual event once again drew visitors from throughout New England, who took advantage of the opportunity to explore new products and services, get free advice from association experts, and participate in educational seminars covering topics from legal concerns to pest control.
“Obviously our goal is to present attendees with information and products that will make running their communities easier and more efficient,” says Yale Robbins, president of Yale Robbins, Inc., Expo producer and publisher of New England Condominium, “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 launched in 2009. “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.” The 2013 Expo included more than 140 exhibitors and attracted more than 1,400 registered attendees.
Visitors stopping by the New England Condominium booth on the trade show floor consistently gave high marks to the quality of the seminars and the breadth of products and services displayed by exhibitors. The trade show encompassed every aspect of community needs, from financial services to fencing and flooring. Energy, environmental and security issues were clearly on the minds of visitors who stopped by to chat with professionals and gather literature on a host of topics. Exhibitors, meanwhile, displayed new technologies, materials, and even a bedbug-sniffing canine as they introduced expo attendees to the myriad products and services available to today’s associations and owners.