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Doors Open for Attendee Check-in/Registration
10:00am - 3:30pm: Exhibit Hall Open/Food Court
Hundreds of exhibitors will be featured offering all types of condominium services. If you get hungry, don't fret. Our conveniently located in-house food court offers a wide array of tasty snacks and light meals to keep you energized as you take in the Expo.
10:30am - 4:30pm: Educational Seminars
Industry professionals will present in-depth seminars designed to give attendees a wealth of insider information.
11:00am - 2:00pm: Free Advice Booths
Experienced professionals in fields ranging from law to finance to association maintenance will be on-hand throughout the show with advice and answers for both board members and property managers.


10:30am - 11:30am: Keeping the Peace - Conflict Management Tips for Boards & Property Managers
Presented by: CooperatorNews Chicagoland
Room 1

Conflict management skills are part of every good manager and board member’s toolkit - especially in this era of social media and heightened cultural tensions. Between defusing hostility at meetings, coping with the impact of platforms like Nextdoor and Yelp, or understanding what constitutes ‘harassment’ and how to deal with it, community administrators have a lot to deal with. This expert panel will discuss practical methods for maintaining order and decorum at meetings, ‘talking down’ emotional situations, and the limits of boards’ and managers’ legal obligation to intervene in an array of conflict situations.
11:30am - 12:30pm: GreenScaping - New, Eco-Friendly Landscaping Methods & Materials to Improve Your Curb Appeal
Sponsored by: Pezza Landscaping
Room 2
Mike Pezza, Owner, Pezza Landscaping

Everybody wants lush, green grass and vibrant, healthy plants and flowers on their building or HOA's grounds - but residents and boards today are equally concerned about issues of water use, soil erosion, invasive pests, and other environmental impacts from engineered landscapes, as well as the rising cost of grounds maintenance. This expert panel will explore the latest in sustainable, more eco-friendly materials and methods for keeping your association's green spaces looking their best, and offer tips on everything from choosing what to plant to when to schedule maintenance visits.
12:30pm-2:00pm: Low-slope Roof System and Installation- Current Standards
Sponsored by: Klein & Hoffman
Room 1 (1.5 hr cmca credits)
Jason Wilen, AIA, CDT, RRO, Associate Principal at Klein & Hoffman
Violet Rose Spiewak, RA, Associate III

As your building ages, maintaining a roof eventually becomes too costly or bothersome and roof replacement is considered. As a property manager or owner, understanding current standards per typical building codes and manufacturer requirements for reroofing projects puts you in a better position to negotiate with contractors and to manage you consultants and professionals. This presentation provides an overview of key considerations to achieve successful roof system replacement projects that produce roofs that perform over the long-term.
2:00pm-3:00pm: Masonry Restoration - Tips for Avoiding Costly Pitfalls & Mitigating Improper Work
Sponsored by: BAC Pointers, Cleaners & Caulkers
Room 2
Moderator: Jeff Diqui, Technical Director, International Masonry Institute
Rachel Will, Associate Principal and Executive Director of Knowledge Sharing, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Tom Vacala, Vice President of Operations, Restore Masonry, LLC
Brad Grove, Owner/President, Grove Masonry Maintenance, Inc.

The scope and cost of maintaining masonry - let alone undertaking a comprehensive repair and restoration project - can be extremely daunting for building owners and boards. Unfamiliarity with materials and methods, lack of prior experience with masonry contractors, and project management are just a few of the reasons why. This panel of industry experts includes both consultants and contractors, and will help demystify the process so building decision-makers can better assess whether a proposed solution will solve their issues, and have confidence that they’re working with qualified, credible masonry professionals toward a successful outcome.
3:00m-4:00pm: I'm On Your Side - Making the Most of the Board-Manager Relationship
Presented by: Chicagoland Cooperator
Room 1

The relationship between a building or association's board and their property manager sets the tone for the entire community. Transparency, clearly-defined expectations, and accountability are hallmarks of a healthy, functional board-management partnership; but establishing and maintaining that relationship takes work, and commitment on both sides. This panel of management and legal pros will offer insight into how you can optimize your own board-management relationship to improve not just your community's administrative health, but also resident morale, board engagement, and even property values.