Contact: Kimberlee Berry, Senior Manager of Affiliate Relations at 703/797-0625
LAS VEGAS, NV, June 29, 2011 – Jose Torreblanca earned the title of national champion Thursday, June 23 at the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) annual Maintenance Mania® competition. Torreblanca, a member the Indiana Apartment Association and employee of Van Rooy Properties, was among 20 people who qualified from a pool of nearly 4,000 competitors nationwide to battle in Las Vegas, for this year’s title. Second and third place titles were awarded to Enrique Alarcon of Van Rooy Properties in Indiana and David Berryman of The Kamson Corporation in New Jersey, respectively.
The competition, offered by NAA and presenting sponsor HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, was held during the 2011 NAA Education Conference & Exposition. It consisted of eight maintenance-focused challenges that tested competitors’ maintenance skills and knowledge of the industry as they competed for the national title and $7,000 in grand prizes, courtesy of the presenting and national sponsors. The total prize package for winners and spectators totaled nearly $20,000.
Racing against the clock, these highly skilled maintenance professionals competed to see who was fastest at the Armor Concepts door jamb installation, Kwikset Smartkey key control deadbolt test, Price Pfister faucet repair, GE appliance repair, Kidde smoke and carbon monoxide safety installation, Fluidmaster toilet repair, and Seasons ceiling fan installation. The finale of the event featured a race car competition, sponsored by Philips, where competitors launched model cars that they built — using at least three maintenance products — down a pinewood derby-style track.
“Maintenance professionals are essential to the success and viability of the multifamily housing industry,” said NAA President Doug Culkin, CAE. “NAA is extremely proud to be able to shine a light on such an outstanding group of individuals through the Maintenance Mania® program.”
This year’s national championship in Las Vegas attracted a record audience of more than 600 spectators into the Maintenance Mania arena. “As the presenting sponsor, we are amazed at how this program has grown over the past 5 years, and proud of how it connects maintenance professionals and local apartment associations within the apartment industry,” said Anesa Chaibi, President & CEO HD Supply Facilities Maintenance.
The finals in Las Vegas marked the end of the fifth season of the Maintenance Mania® competition. Qualifying for the competition began in August 2010, taking place at almost 60 events across the country. The 2012 national championship will take place next June in Boston, MA.
About the National Apartment Association
One-third of the homes in America are apartment homes and many of these homes are represented by the National Apartment Association, America's leading advocate for quality rental housing which represents more than 6.1 million apartment homes throughout the United States and Canada. The organization's mission is to serve the interests of multifamily housing owners, managers, developers and suppliers and maintain a high level of professionalism in the multifamily housing industry. For additional information, please visit www.naahq.org or e-mail Kim Berry.
ABOUT MAINTENANCE MANIA
Maintenance Mania® is a national competition where apartment maintenance technicians are able to compete against each other in various skill-based games. The games are focused on frequent maintenance issues, plus one race car building competition. Competitors can participate in events offered by local NAA affiliates to win various local awards. Each game is supported through national sponsors, which include for 2011 Armor Concepts, Fluidmaster, General Electric, Kidde, Kwikset, Philips, Price Pfister, and Seasons. Scorekeeping is sponsored by OpsTechnology.
About HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
HD Supply is a major supporter of the apartment industry at the national, regional and local level. HD Supply Facilities Maintenance (www.hdsupplysolutions.com) is a leading supplier of maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products to owners and managers of multifamily, hospitality, educational and commercial properties; healthcare providers; and municipal and government facilities. HD Supply Facilities Maintenance has 37 distribution centers, a fleet of 600 delivery vehicles and, more than 22,000 items in stock. For additional information about HD Supply, contact Angela Brooks at 770/852-9004 or e-mail at email@example.com.