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ARLINGTON, Va. / June 26, 2015 – Tony Infussi earned the title of National Champion Friday, June 26, at the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) 2015 Maintenance Mania® competition. Infussi, a member the Maryland Multi-Housing Association and employee of Continental Realty Corporation, was among 20 finalists who qualified from a pool of thousands nationwide to battle in Las Vegas for this year’s title. Second and third place titles were awarded to Lannon Quintana of Cardinal Group Management, Denver, and Joel Martinez, Lincoln Military Housing, San Diego, respectively. The Apartment Association of Metro Denver won the Spirit Award.
The ninth annual competition, offered by NAA and presenting sponsor HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, was held during the 2015 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 $20,000.
Racing against the clock, these highly skilled maintenance professionals competed to see who was fastest at the A. O. Smith water heater installation, CFG faucet installation, Fluidmaster Duo Flush™ toilet conversion, Frigidaire icemaker installation, Kidde fire and carbon monoxide safety installation, Kwikset key control deadbolt test and Seasons ceiling fan installation. The finale of the event featured a racecar competition, sponsored by Motorola, 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 daily operations and success of the multifamily housing industry,” said NAA President & CEO 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.”
“HD Supply Facilities Maintenance is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Maintenance Mania®,” added Anesa Chaibi, President & CEO of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance. “Every job, and every minute, counts when fulfilling maintenance requests at a multifamily property. In our ninth year with the program, we are thrilled to honor these maintenance professionals who represent the best in the industry.”
The 2016 national championship will take place next June in San Francisco.
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. As a federation of nearly 170 state and local affiliates, NAA is comprised of over 67,000 members representing more than 7.6 million apartment homes throughout the United States and Canada. For more information go to www.naahq.org.