New Jersey Apartment Association's Annual Conference and Expo Attracted Over 1,400 Members

The New Jersey Apartment Association’s 23rd Annual Conference and Expo, held for the second year at the Atlantic City Convention Center, drew over 1,400 attendees for a robust program of education, networking and recognition.

In addition to more than 30 total hours of sessions on topics ranging from fair housing to recycling, NJAA recognized two state officials for their work to create legislation to benefit apartment owners and residents.

NJAA president Brent Kohere opened the Conference & Expo by proclaiming Assemblywoman, L. Grace Spencer (D), chairwoman for the Assembly Environment and Waste Management Committee, the NJAA 2012 Housing Champion for her work as a key voice in balancing housing policies.  He also named Senator, Steve Oroho (R) the Legislator of the Year for his work on the Permanent Red Tape Commission as a dedicated outspoken advocate for the housing industry on topics including water sub-metering. The audience also heard from the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Acting Commissioner, Richard E. Constable, III as he presented an update from the DCA.

This year’s conference featured keynote speaker, advisor, author and entertainer, Garrison Wynn on Tues., May 22nd and magician, mentalist and comedian, Jon Stetson on Wed., May 23rd.  Wynn discussed the importance of listening when gaining another’s trust saying that, “The truth about trust is that there are people who don’t trust you despite knowing you for a long time and those who know you for five minutes who trust you.  This is based on your demonstrating competency and compassion.”

Stetson’s presentation hit a lighter note, entertaining the audience the following day with his mentalist skills, reading several audience members’ minds, including NJAA’s executive director, Jean Maddalon, to the delight and awe of the crowd.

Brent Kohere, President of NJAA, commented on this year’s Conference and Expo, “The NJAA conference is a great opportunity for us to recognize our individual and organizational achievements as well as provide the multi-family industry opportunities to learn how to grow our influence in the industry together.”

In addition to the keynote address, the Conference and Expo offered educational sessions for industry members including property owners and managers, leasing agents and maintenance staff with an extensive list of 20 multi-family industry related learning opportunities. Attendees were also invited to explore this year’s expo floor, attend the “After Hours Party” on Tues., May 22nd at Mixx Nightclub at The Borgata, and enjoy networking meals on Tues., May 22nd and Wed., May 23rd