FAA – Climbing On Up!


Front Row:  Evie Law, Betty Mularz, Michelle Childers, Danielle Bush, Linda Beach, Barbara McNulty Back Row:  Greg Craven, Denise Hull, Brian Bazinet

This year’s Florida Apartment Association’s Educational Conference was held at a new venue, the Orlando Hilton and this location and conference did not disappoint! Apartment Finder was one of five Platinum Sponsors and Team Orange was in full force!

Our Florida Senior Publisher, Linda Beach hosted a Greek Style team dinner at Taverna Opa, to kick off FAA in Orlando. The evening began with a delicious Saganaki, a Vlachotiri Cheese flamed tableside and was topped off with homemade Greek pastries. During our dining experience, we were entertained by a professional belly dancer and joined the Zorba, a traditional line dance circling the restaurant while beverage napkins were tossed in the air like confetti. This was a perfect evening for the Florida team to have fun some fun, re-energize and get ready for the action packed two day FAA Educational Conference.

The theme of this year’s conference was “The Climb” and this year’s lineup of workshops, seminars, and networking events were sure to keep you climbing towards your goals.

Kicking off the conference was keynote speaker, Cary Mullen, 2 time Olympian and World Cup Champion for Downhill Skiing. Cary took us on his adventure towards earning the World Downhill Speed Record and shared with us the strategies of high performers. Cary’s message was both exhilarating and exciting, and even after he finished addressing the audience, the excitement continued as the tradeshow doors opened.

L to R: Danielle Bush, Jacksonville, Joan Copeland, Executive Vice President of Operations for Landmark Residential, Linda Beach Orlando AF Sr. Publisher, and f and Marcia B

The tradeshow floor was a buzz with 154 exhibitors who were fast at work networking, servicing and selling to their customers. You could feel the energy in the air as suppliers and apartment management professionals were getting down to business.

Denise Hull, Publisher West Palm Beach, Brian Bazinet, Publisher Tallahassee & NW Florida and Michelle Roberts

The action packed conference didn’t stop on the tradeshow floor….At the close of the first day, the Poolside Exhibitor Wine Down Cocktail Party began. Guests of Apartment Finder were able to visit us poolside and relax with some wine in our private cabana. Our guests were treated with a visually enhanced orange themed & decorated cabana.

The party continued later that evening with the Annual Big Dog Party hosted by Apartment Finder and four other vendors. Guests unwound & danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Marky Mark.

The second day kicked off with some remarkable workshops and speakers, followed by the final tradeshow exhibit hours, closing Keynote Speaker, David Glickman, and Maintenance Mania. Later that evening, the blockbuster Closing Celebration Dinner was held where the installation of officers and recognition of volunteers were honored. Our very own Brian Bazinet, Publisher of Tallahassee Apartment Finder was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” for the Capital City Apartment Association. Another Finder winner was Yvonne Salvatore, Administrative Manager & Graphic Artist in our East Central Florida market. Yvonne was honored also for “Volunteer of the Year” for Suncoast Apartment Association. We are so proud of our winners!!

Front Row: Evie Law, Betty Mularz, Michelle Childers, Danielle Bush, Linda Beach, Barbara McNulty Back Row: Greg Craven, Denise Hull, Brian Bazinet

This year’s conference was a huge success! We would like to thank all of our clients, friends and industry partners who stopped by our booth and to thank you for your continued support of your Apartment Finder team.