More than 1,500 attendees and 220 exhibitors were on hand for the New Jersey Apartment Association's 25th Annual Conference and Expo in Atlantic City, N.J. The premier trade event for the multi-family housing industry featured an Owners Roundtable that examined the state of the industry in New Jersey and nationally. Panelists were (L to R): Ed Pettinella, CEO, Home Properties; Mitch Morgan, president, Morgan Properties; Richard Kurtz, CEO, The Kamson Corporation; Thomas Beaton, senior vice president, The Dolben Company, Inc.; Luanne Acton-Ross, partner/ executive vice president, JMG Realty; and moderator Brent Kohere, regional vice president, Home Properties.

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Release Date: Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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State Legislators also Honored at Multi-Family Housing Industry's Premier Trade Event in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., June 4, 2014 – New Jersey's multi-family housing industry came out in force for two and a half days of learning and developing new business opportunities at the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA)'s 25th Annual Conference and Expo at the Atlantic City Convention Center and the Borgata Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. Over 1,500 property owners, managers, builders, leasing agents and maintenance professionals attended the industry's premier trade show, which featured a full slate of education and certification programs as well as more than 220 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services on the market.

"As multi-family industry providers and constituents, we take pride in our ability to provide luxury, conventional and affordable rental housing to the one in three New Jersey residents who call apartment living home," said William Dailey, president of NJAA. "The goal of this year's conference was to provide industry professionals with as many opportunities as possible to develop the knowledge, skills and relationships necessary to continue to make this substantial contribution to our communities. And it's clear that we were successful."

The conference theme, "Building Community," celebrated the diversity of the multi-family housing industry. The highlight of the opening general session was the Owner's Roundtable panel, which featured industry veterans LuAnne Acton-Ross, partner/ executive vice president, JMG Realty; Thomas Beaton, senior vice president, The Dolben Company, Inc.; Richard Kurtz, chief executive officer, The Kamson Corporation; Mitch Morgan, president, Morgan Properties; and Ed Pettinella, chief executive officer, Home Properties. Brent Kohere, regional vice president of Home Properties, moderated the interactive discussion, which examined the current multi-family housing landscape in New Jersey and nationally, and addressed strategies for successfully managing some of the key issues impacting the industry.

The NJAA also presented its 2014 Legislative Awards, recognizing public officials who have made a difference in the multi-family housing community. Senator Chris Connors (R-Ocean), Ranking Member of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, and Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-Bergen), Vice Chair of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, were named Legislators of the Year. Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III of the N.J. Department of Community Affairs received the NJAA Housing Champion award.

Educational programs were presented by industry professionals and addressed a variety of timely issues – from lease agreements, preventative maintenance and property management to fair housing. Attendees earned Continuing Education Credits, including Real Estate and Legal, for many of the sessions. NJAA also provided opportunities to earn key designations such as CAM, CAMT and NALP.

Speaker presentations were educational as well as entertaining, focusing on the importance of meeting tenant needs and of improving interpersonal skills to achieve greater on-the-job success. Connie Podesta, author, educator, and professional counselor, offered insight into how to communicate, negotiate and mediate more effectively; Doug Chasick, "The Apartment Doctor," discussed techniques for delivering customer service that truly serves today's customers.

The New Jersey Apartment Association is a non-profit trade association representing owners, builders, developers and managers of nearly 190,000 rental homes in New Jersey as well as hundreds of suppliers to the multi-family housing industry. The NJAA is dedicated to providing safe, clean and affordable rental housing to more than one million families throughout the state.


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