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SAN DIEGO, June 21, 2013 – Justin Heenan earned the title of National Champion Thursday, June 20, at the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) annual Maintenance Mania® competition. Heenan, a member the Apartment Association of Greater Wichita and employee of Key Management, was among 20 finalists who qualified from a pool of nearly 4,000 competitors nationwide to battle in San Diego for this year’s title. Second and third place titles were awarded to Jason Frotten of Horizon Realty Management in Florida and Brian Niehaus of Van Rooy Properties in (state), respectively.
The competition, offered by NAA and presenting sponsor HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, was held during the 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition. It consisted of eight maintenance-focused challenges that tested competitors’ 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 $24,000.
Racing against the clock, these highly skilled maintenance professionals competed to see who was fastest at the Philips Advance lamp and ballast retrofit, Kwikset Smartkey key control deadbolt test, CFG faucet repair, Frigidare appliance repair, Kidde carbon monoxide and safety installation, Fluidmaster toilet repair, and Champion blinds installation. The finale of the event featured a racecar competition, sponsored by Motorola and Niagara Conservation, where competitors launched hand-built model cars— each 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 San Diego attracted hundreds of spectators into the Maintenance Mania arena. “As the presenting sponsor, we are thrilled with how this program has grown over the past six years, and proud of how it connects maintenance professionals and local apartment associations within the apartment industry,” said Anesa Chaibi, president & CEO of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance.
The finals in San Diego marked the end of the sixth season of the Maintenance Mania® competition. Qualifying for the competition began in August 2012, taking place at 65 events across the country. The 2014 national championship will take place next June in Denver.
About Maintenance Mania
Maintenance Mania® is a national competition where apartment maintenance technicians compete against each other in various skill-based games. The games are focused on frequent maintenance issues, plus one racecar-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 for 2013 includes CFG, Champion, Fluidmaster, Frigidare, Kidde, Kwikset, Motorola & Niagara Conservation and Philips Advance. Scorekeeping is sponsored by RealPage.