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Best Multifamily Trade Shows to Attend in 2016

Posted by Amanda Maclin on Mar 11, 2016 10:41:31 AM


Numerous trade shows happen each year in the multifamily industry, and for good reason. Trade shows allow an opportunity to network with those in your industry, develop possible new business partnerships, and often provide a great education on the current trends in the industry. But with hundreds of national and regional shows taking place, it can be hard deciding which ones to choose. Fortunately for you, LeaseLabs’ has highlighted the best multifamily trade shows to attend this year.

1. Texas Apartment Association (TAA) Education Conference and Lone Star Expo (April 13-16, 2016 | Houston, TX)

The Texas Apartment Association holds one of the largest regional trade shows, including the largest group of management company executives in the US. Because of this, attendees are equipped to learn more about the regional and national growth of the industry from nationally recognized industry experts. Keeping up your education will help you respond to the rapid changes and growth of the multifamily apartment industry.

Not to mention, this year’s keynote speaker is boxing legend, Sugar Ray Leonard. “Our members will take away so much from listening to Sugar Ray’s story,” shares TAA President Elect Dave Marcinkowski, “His passion, persistence, preparation, and dedication to everything he does will be both educational and inspiring.”

2. Apartment Internet Marketing Conference (May 1-4 | Huntington Beach, CA)

The Apartment Internet Marketing Conference, better known as AIM, boasts a lineup of more than 80 speakers, presenters, workshop leaders, and career coaches from the industry. This conference stands out from other events because it specifically focuses on cutting-edge marketing techniques, like new mobile platforms to benefit the industry and other technologies to improve the resident leasing experience. This year’s AIM is sure to provide an extremely educational experience for those looking to gain further education and insight into helpful digital marketing strategies. Additionally, attendance is limited to executives who own and operate multifamily communities, so you’ll get to network specifically with other marketing executives.

3. National Apartment Association Education Conference and Exposition (June 15-18 | San Francisco, CA)

The National Apartment Association (NAA) Education Conference and Exposition is the largest gathering of apartment housing industry professionals, bringing together more than 9,200 attendees. This annual event consistently hosts big-name keynote speakers, including this year’s spotlights on Co-founder of Netflix, Marc Randolph, and former executive of Google, Jonathan Perelman. NAA offers multiple other educational sessions ranging from the latest trends to multifamily solutions and industry tips. The exposition portion also sparks a lot of excitement, bringing in over 450 different companies and agencies from around the country.

This year’s NAA Conference being held in beautiful San Francisco for the first time! Hosting the conference in a bustling and innovative city like San Francisco is sure to ignite inspiring ideas.

4. National Multifamily Housing Council OpTech Conference and Exposition (November 14-16 | Dallas, TX)

The NMHC OpTech Conference is a premier event to stay informed on up-and-coming operations and technology trends in the multifamily industry. It hosts endless educational sessions that cover critical topics, leadership panels, and inspirational discussions. This provides a great networking environment to collaborate with other multifamily professionals to elevate the industry. The exposition, focused on fostering dynamic partnerships, showcases a variety of companies from promising start-ups to industry leaders.

Last year’s OpTech Conference in San Diego discussed the theme of “disruption”, and how companies can adapt to meet changes in the technology landscape. The event also created buzz around its Launch Pad Competition, encouraging innovation from multifamily start-ups.

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Amanda Maclin

National Business Development Executive


Topics: Trade Shows, Multifamily