Twice a year, The Cooperator Expo New York brings together not only more than 300 vendors and service providers, but also an impressive array of professionals to share their expertise in a well-curated roster of educational seminars. Panelists are experts in their field - including current board members - and address the issues important to co-op and condo communities, ranging from everyday noise complaints to high-stakes mortgage transactions and new legislation. This year's Spring Expo, returning to the New York Hilton Midtown on Thursday, April 26th, continues our commitment to continuing education and professional enrichment for anyone making decisions on behalf of a co-op, condo, or HOA community. Expo seminars are always popular and frequently attract standing-room-only audiences, so get registered for the expo, and be sure to come early to claim your seat! coopexpo.com
AIR RIGHTS – GENERATING VALUE FOR UNIT OWNERS & BUILDINGS - 9:45am-10:45am, room 1
This seminar will offer an overview of air rights (also known as transferable development rights, or 'TDRs') and explore the specific concerns boards and management must take into account when attempting to monetize their own TDRs.
RISING RATES AND UNDERLYING MORTGAGES - WHAT YOUR CO-OP NEEDS TO KNOW - 10:45am-11:45am, room 2
Presented by: Meridian Capital Group
With changes afoot in Washington and interest rates on the upswing, it's vital for boards to get informed about how the current lending environment may impact their refinancing decisions. This seminar will clue you in on how to manage your co-op's underlying mortgage, keep your community in robust financial health, and make prudent choices about financial products and services in the years to come.
CONSCIOUS, CONNECTED COMMUNICATION - GETTING ONLINE WITH THE INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) - 11:45am-12:45pm, room 1
Presented by: Verizon Enhanced Communities
How can co-op/condo board members and building managers meet the demands of accelerating bandwidth requirements and ensure their buildings remain appealing to current and future residents? Representatives from Verizon will discuss the latest broadband trends involving the Internet of Things (IoT), and how to select the right communications solutions for your community.
LISTEN TO YOUR MANAGER - TOP ISSUES AND BEST PRACTICES YOUR BOARD SHOULD KNOW - 12:45pm-1:45pm, room 2
Presented by: FirstService Residential
The management-board relationship is the bedrock on which every successful condo and co-op community rests. Learn how to optimize that partnership in your own community by finding out what management pros wish all their boards knew. We'll share proven best practices for avoiding liability exposure; litigation and conflicts of interest; resolving quality of life disputes between neighbors; preparing for emergencies; addressing comfort pets in no-pet buildings; and communicating with owners and residents.
LOWER ENERGY BILLS, IMPROVE RESILIENCY, REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT - YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL - 1:45pm-2:45pm, room 1
Presented by: NYSERDA
Combined heat and power (CHP), solar, and batteries are just a few of the many clean energy technologies currently available in NYC’s marketplace. Vendors and developers have sold these technologies for years based on their individual benefits -- but lately we’ve seen that improving your building’s resiliency while reducing its carbon footprint and lowering energy spending can be optimized by integrating two or more of these technologies into hybrid systems. Learn more about how these systems -- combined with technical assistance and financial incentives -- can benefit your multifamily community.
HOT TOPICS FOR CO-OPS AND CONDOS - LEGAL UPDATES ON NEW DISCLOSURE LAWS - 2:45pm-3:45pm, room 2
Presented by: Kagan Lubic Lepper Finkelstein & Gold, LLP
Knowing what your board must disclose, and to whom, is a key element in effectively managing your co-op or condominium. This seminar will provide attendees with the latest legal information on hot-button issues: NYC's new smoking policy disclosure law, as well as guidelines on developing legally sound smoking policies for your building; the state's conflicts of interest disclosure statute; rules regarding disclosure of bedbug issues; new DOB rules about balcony enclosures and greenhouses; and new laws impacting employment practices -- including what your board/management team can and can't ask prospective hires. Stay up to date so your building is in compliance.