Jorge Blanco Crowned NAA Maintenance Mania National Champion
Jorge Blanco earned the title of National Champion Friday, June 17, at the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) 2016 Maintenance Mania® competition, finishing with a time of 1 minute, 11.618 seconds. Blanco, a member of the Apartment & Office Builders Association (AOBA) and employee of Kettler Management, was among 20 finalists who qualified from a pool of thousands nationwide to battle in San Francisco for this year’s title. Second and third place titles were awarded to last year’s champion, Tony Infussi, of Continental Realty Corporation, Maryland Multi-Housing Association (1 minute, 15.747 seconds), and Greg Quercetti, Westover Companies , Delaware Apartment Association (1 minute, 17.383 seconds), respectively. The Arizona Multihousing Association won the Spirit Award.
"I knew that I had to have a perfect run and it happened,” said Blanco, competing in his fourth national championship. “Everything pretty much went right, I didn't drop anything.”
Blanco said the championship—and event as a whole—means everything to him.
“There are no words to describe what Maintenance Mania means to the technicians,” he said. “That's why you get at least 4,000 competitors every year. They all want to be here but it's only the chosen few and now I'm the chosen one! My three kids at home are waiting for me and I'm coming home and I'm bringing home the trophy.”
The 10th annual competition, offered by NAA and presenting sponsor HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, was held during the 2016 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 nearly $6,400 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 repair, Fluidmaster toilet repair, 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, 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 Steve Margolius, Chief Operating Officer, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance. “Every job, and every minute, counts when fulfilling maintenance requests at a multifamily property. In our 10th year with the program, we are thrilled to honor these maintenance professionals who represent the best in the industry.”
The 2017 National Championship will take place next June in Atlanta.
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