Jorge Blanco Repeats as Maintenance Mania National Champion
ARLINGTON, VA – Kettler Management’s Jorge Blanco successfully defended his title on Friday, June 23 during the 2017 National Apartment Association (NAA) Maintenance Mania® National Championship in Atlanta. Blanco, a member of the Apartments and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA), was among 20 finalists who advanced from a pool of thousands of competitors. Mike Shaffer, The Westover Companies, Newark, Del., and Anthony Alfaro, Gene B. Glick Company, Indianapolis, finished second and third respectively. AOBA took home the Spirit Award title.
The 11th annual National Championship, hosted by NAA and presenting sponsor HD Supply, took place during the 2017 NAA Education Conference & Exposition. Eight maintenance-focused challenges tested competitors’ skills and knowledge as they competed for the national title and nearly $20,000 in prizes courtesy of the presenting and national sponsors.
Skill competitions included:
- AO Smith Water Heater Installation
- CFG Faucet Repair
- Fluidmaster Toilet Repair
- Frigidaire Icemaker Installation
- Kidde Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety Installation
- Kwikset Key Control Deadbolt Test
- Seasons Ceiling Fan Assembly
The final event featured cars built using items used by maintenance techs that were then raced down a pinewood derby-style track.
“Maintenance professionals are the unsung heroes of our industry,” said NAA President & CEO Robert Pinnegar, CAE. “These are the people who keep apartment buildings running. Maintenance Mania gives our industry an opportunity to recognize the professionals who play such an important role in our industry.”
“It is always an honor to be a part of Maintenance Mania,” said Lawson Brown, RVP Sales, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance. “This year’s competition in our hometown of Atlanta was an incredible showcase of our industry’s dedicated maintenance professionals. Congratulations to all who competed and to our 2017 champion, Jorge Blanco.”
The 2018 National Championship will be held during next year’s Education Conference in San Diego.
National Apartment Association (NAA), America’s leading voice for the apartment housing industry, provides its members with the best range of strategic, educational, operational, networking and advocacy resources they need to learn, to lead and to succeed. As a federation of nearly 160 state and local affiliates, NAA encompasses over 73,000 members representing nearly 9 million apartment homes throughout the United States and Canada. NAA’s purpose is to enable every single one of its members to fulfill his or her professional goals with great competence, speed and the highest standards of ethics. NAA is A Trusted Partner, A Valued Connector, A Powerful Advocate, and A Marketing Leader to serve areas in the apartment housing industry. NAA thanks its strategic partners The Home Depot, RealPage Inc., and Yardi. To learn more, visit www.naahq.org.