On Saturday, March 19, Wilgus Associates Inc. will hold a Community Association Expo at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wilgus began planning the event more than six months ago, when they came to the conclusion that many communities had difficulties finding reliable service providers.
“We would go and meet with community associations and found that it was difficult for them to go out and find vendors to provide the various services that they needed,” explained Tim Hill, senior property manager and vice president of Wilgus Associates. “They didn’t know who was good or who was reliable. It was kind of hit or miss.
“So we thought that we would bring in the companies that we knew were reliable and would serve the communities well,” Hill noted, “and bring them all to one place, so a homeowner could come through and virtually speak to someone in every field that they could possibly need for any service that they would need for their community.”
More than 17 vendors will have tables at the expo, where they will be available to answer questions, as well as explaining their services. Hill said that Wilgus chose to make the vendor spaces “invitation only” to ensure the highest quality of service providers.
“That’s so we could ensure that it was the very best of the best vendors and people that we would want to be associated with. So we invited people we have done business with for many years, that we know, that we’re comfortable to refer,” he said. “So we’ve got several in each category of the very best in the area.”
Wilgus itself will have representatives from their property management, pool management and maintenance, and insurance divisions available to speak with attendees.
The event is free and open to the public. Hill said they hope to draw boards of directors, committee members, homeowners’ association members and homeowners who are interested in finding services.
“Anyone that is active in their community that needs any kind of service or would like to know how other communities do things, they can come and meet vendors or attend any of the free seminars,” he said.
Aside from the service providers’ tables, there will be a number of free seminars throughout the day.
“These seminars are generally something that would be quite expensive to attend — we’ve made them all free,” said Hill. “They’re all being put on by professionals in their field, and I think people are going to be educated,” he said. “We’ve got solar energy, which is a big thing right now. We have seminars throughout the event, advising them about legal issues, what they have to do about accounting, financials.”
As an added bonus, WGMD’s Dan Gaffney will be broadcasting live from the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We’re just really thrilled that he’ll be at the show,” Hill said. “The vendors will have an opportunity to talk about their services, and we’ll be live through most of the show on his broadcast, so people can come out and see him. I know he always draws a big crowd.”
Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase on-site, provided by a local church. Attendees may also take advantage of show specials that will be provided by some vendors.
Hill noted that Wilgus has already received positive feedback on the planned expo from those in the community.
“We’ve had a tremendous response, a number of calls, people wanting to know more about it. So it has been very, very well received, because I don’t believe there has ever been an event of this size and this scope on community management in the area.”
Hill said he hopes that people will attend the event and find useful information that will help both themselves and their community.
“We’d be thrilled to have people come out. No charge to get in, no charge for the seminars, and they can feel free to roam around and talk to any of the vendors,” said Hill. “We’re hoping to get a lot of people out to the event, both from communities who have management and communities that manage themselves, and that people involved in their communities will find contractors and businesses that can help them better manage their communities.”
For more information, call (302) 539-7511, ext. 2, or visit www.Delawarepropertyservices.com online. The Rehoboth Beach Convention Center is located at 229 Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.