The Cooperator Expo Chicagoland returned to the Navy Pier Convention Center on November 15, 2016, bringing more than 2,000 people to meet and learn from the nearly 300 exhibitors lining the aisles, manning the free advice booths, and leading educational seminars. It was a full day of product and service demos, giveaways, and targeted networking opportunities.
A One-Stop Shop
The all-in-one-day event at the pier was one of two such shows sponsored and organized by The Cooperator (for info on both the fall and spring Expos, visit www.ilexpo.com), and brought together an impressive cross-section of Chicagoland’s building and property managers, association board members and residents, service providers, vendors, and real estate professionals of all stripes.
Board member Diana Dorman appreciated the density of information; “I really like that I could talk to several vendors of a particular product or service. I learn something new from every vendor I talk to.”
According to Henry Robbins, executive VP and sales director for Yale Robbins, Inc., the parent company of The Chicagoland Cooperator, it’s the ability to find just about any service a multifamily building or homeowners association might need, all within a few yards of each other, that makes the Expo such an attractive event. “People are busy,” says Robbins, “they want to be able to walk the aisles and find everything they need in one place.”
Board member Becky F. of Chicago says that as a relatively new board member, the Expo represented a treasure-trove of useful information on everything from law and legislation to greener energy. “I just became a homeowner a couple of years ago, and a board member last year, so I feel like I’m starting from scratch with a lot of this stuff. It was so great to be able to just get a sense of what’s out there in terms of resources, make some connections with professionals, and sit in on the seminars, which were really informative.”