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ARLINGTON, Va.—The 2013 National Apartment Association (NAA) Education Conference & Exposition welcomed more than 6,600 attendees to the San Diego Convention Center June 19-22—a record-breaking year for the premier event in rental housing.
Industry leaders from 48 states and representatives from eight foreign countries connected during an inspiring and innovative conference that offered more than 40 breakout sessions across 12 tracks, as well as world-renowned speakers, including Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, graffiti artist Erik Wahl, and Life is good® co-founder Bert Jacobs.
Other highlights included the NAA Education Institute Military Career Fair, which included 25 participating apartment companies and over 200 military veterans, spouses and transitioning members of the Navy and Marines who were interested in a career in the apartment industry. One job offer was made onsite and employers confirmed great interest in follow-up interviews with 50 candidates who attended the job fair.
The NAA Exposition featured a record-breaking 380+ exhibiting companies occupying over 870 booths and covered four football fields with diverse products and services for the multifamily industry. Three lucky trade show attendees also took home a total of $20,000 in cash prizes, among other giveaways.
“The 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition brought together apartment developers, builders, owners, property fee managers, onsite personnel and supplier partners who are working together to move innovation forward,” said NAA President and CEO Doug Culkin, CAE. “Our event provides apartment leaders with opportunities to showcase our industry’s promise to offer real solutions to the most pressing challenges.”
The event’s Diamond Sponsors were Appliance Warehouse, AT&T Connected Communities, AZUMA Leasing, Coinmach, HD Supply, RealPage, Time Warner Cable, and Yardi. The Platinum Sponsors were Apartment Finder, Apartment Guide, CORT, Criterion Brock, For Rent Media Solutions and Rent.com. The Gold Sponsors were Mac-Gray~The Laundry Room Experts and Wilmar. The Silver Sponsors were American Utility Management (AUM), CFG/Moen, CoreLogic SafeRent, Lowe’s Companies, PPG, The Home Depot and ResidentCheck.
The 2014 NAA Education Conference & Exposition will be held June 18-21 in Denver.
About NAA: The National Apartment Association (NAA) is America’s leading advocate for quality rental housing. NAA’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 to better serve the rental housing needs of the public.
NAA is a federation of 170 state and local affiliates, comprised of more than 63,000 multifamily housing companies representing more than 6.7 million apartment homes throughout the United States and Canada. Members in good standing of any affiliated association are automatically considered members of NAA and entitled to NAA benefits.