November 14-16, 2018
Rosen Shingle Creek
Orlando, FL
Add to Calendar 11/14/2018 05:00 AM 11/16/2018 05:00 AM America/New_York 2018 NMHC OPTECH Conference & Exposition Orlando, FL

Online registration is closed. Please visit the NMHC Registration Desk starting at 9:30 am Wednesday, November 14 to register onsite.

Open to NMHC members and non-members alike, NMHC's OPTECH Conference & Exposition is the premier destination for what’s next in multifamily.  This conference brings together more than 1,700 apartment executives and technology partners, all in one place, providing a forum for senior practice leaders to collaborate on strategic action, incubate new ideas and elevate the industry across all areas of business operations and technology.

Forward-Thinking Content

OPTECH features more than 150+ participating speakers and more than 40 sessions focused on emerging trends for property operations, marketing, technology, sustainability and telecommunications. The sessions provide a unique insight on critical topics, silo-breaking panels and inspirational discussions with the brightest minds across the multifamily industry. 

Exclusive Networking

Connect with the industry's top minds by engaging in NMHC's exclusive networking opportunities with forward thinkers from emerging startups to executives from the nation's leading multifamily companies.

Interactive Exposition

OPTECH's Expo features a trade show floor that brings together over 100 of the industry’s top solution providers, all in one place. Ranging from promising startups to industry leaders, don't miss the opportunity to explore the Expo and connect with the right partners to grow your business, and solve your most vexing challenges. 

Registration savings end October 18, 2018!

Keynote Speaker

Josh Linkner Entrepreneur, Hyper-Growth CEO, Author & Venture Capitalist

Keynote Speaker

Melissa Schilling New York University Professor, Author & Leading Innovation Expert

Keynote Speaker

Laura Vanderkam Time Management & Productivity Expert & Author

View the detailed preliminary agenda.

Preliminary Agenda At-A-Glance

Wednesday, November 14

9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Registration/Social Lounge/Charging Station

9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Be Well Lounge

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Real Estate Technology Alliance Inaugural Annual Meeting
(Open to all registered attendees)

2:00 – 3:45 p.m.

OPTECH Openers

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.


4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Opening General Session

Speaker: Melissa Schilling, New York University Professor, Innovation Scholar & Author of Quirky

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception in the Expo

5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Marketplace Stage Sessions in the Expo



Thursday, November 15

7:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Registration/Social Lounge/Charging Station

7:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Be Well Lounge

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

New! Power Up - Morning Wellness Walk

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Social

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Briefings

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Expo Open

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

New! Meetup in the Expo - New to OPTECH?

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Networking Coffee Break in the Expo

10:45 – 11:25 a.m.

Marketplace Stage Sessions in the Expo

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

General Session: Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Laura Vanderkam, Time Management and Productivity Expert & Author of Off the Clock

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch in the Expo

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

New! Meetup in the Expo - Women in Tech and Marketing

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

New! Meetup in the Expo - Entrepreneurs Club

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.


4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

General Session: Disrupt Yourself: How Companies are Creating Strategies For Future Success

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception in the Expo



Friday, November 16

7:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Registration/Social Lounge/Charging Station

7:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Be Well Lounge

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Social

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

New! Power Up - Morning Wellness Yoga

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Briefings

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Peer Roundtables (Open to ODM* attendees only)

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions 

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Closing Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Josh Linkner, Entrepreneur, Hyper-Growth CEO, Venture Capitalist & Author of Hacking Innovation

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Closing Lunch Social with Supplier Showcase

*ODM = owners, developers and managers

Note: Agenda is subject to change.

Conference Registration

NMHC’s OPTECH Conference & Exposition is open to NMHC members and non-members. Conference attendance fees or waivers do not include hotel room charges.

The registration policy is as follows:

  • NMHC Executive Committee Members: receive three (3) complimentary registrations and may register additional representatives for a fee of $600 each, until October 17, and $800 thereafter

  • NMHC Board of Directors Members: receive one (1) complimentary registration and may register additional representatives for a fee of $600 each, until October 17, and $800 thereafter

  • NMHC Advisory Committee Members: may register representatives for a fee of $600 each, until October 17, and $800 thereafter 

  • 40th Anniversary Sponsors ($150,000): receive six (6) additional complimentary registrations

  • 2018 Chairman's Circle Sponsors ($50,000 or more): receive four (4) additional complimentary registrations

  • 2018 Friends of the Council ($25,000 to $49,999): receive two (2) additional complimentary registrations

  • 2018 OPTECH Conference Sponsors ($5,000 to $24,999): receive one (1) additional complimentary registration

  • Non-Members: may register representatives for a fee of $1,200 each, until October 17, and $1,400 thereafter

  • Exhibitors: receive three (3) full conference badges with each paid 10' x 10' booth


Member registration is contingent upon dues being current. NMHC reserves the right to close meeting registration should interest exceed availability.

Please note: Registrations and changes received after November 7 (including on-site registrations) may not be reflected on the NMHC attendee lists in the conference app.

NMHC's Policies on "Suitcasing", "Outboarding" and “Off Show Floor Exhibitor Entertaining”

In order to protect our valued exhibitors and the investment they have made to participate in the 2018 NMHC OPTECH Conference & Exposition, show rules strictly prohibit solicitation by attendees or non-attendees (NMHC members and non-members alike) who transact business at the exposition or in the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel and do NOT have exhibit booths. Please click here to download and read the full policy.

Meeting Cancellation Policy

Meeting cancellations must be sent in writing to NMHC. Written requests for meeting cancellation refunds received prior to ten (10) business days before the start of the meeting are entitled to a full refund, minus a processing fee of $250. No meeting cancellation refunds will be granted within ten (10) business days prior to meeting commencement.


Please contact NMHC’s Membership Department at 202/974-2300 or for information regarding registration.

Hotel Reservations

Rosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Fl 32819

Room reservations should be made directly with the Rosen Shingle Creek online or by calling 866/996-6338 and ask for the National Multifamily Housing Council rate. NMHC has set aside a block of rooms for meeting attendees. Please make your reservation before Friday, October 19. The group room rates start at $229 single/double occupancy per night. Please note: Rosen Shingle Creek requires that all reservations be guaranteed with a valid credit card. Please be advised that five (5) days prior to your arrival, an authorization equivalent to one room night and tax will be processed on your credit card. Room cancellations are required by 4:00 p.m. at least five (5) days prior to arrival in order to avoid a charge of one room night and tax. 

We are close to selling out our block, if you have an issue making a reservation, please call Rosen Shingle Creek’s reservation department at 866-996-6338 to be placed on NMHC’s waitlist. As an alternative, there are rooms available at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando International Drive I Drive 360. You can book a reservation by calling their main line at 407/345-8250. There are also rooms available at the Courtyard by Marriott Orlando South/John Young Parkway. You can contact the hotel at 407/351-2661.

We anticipate selling out our entire room block at the group rate at the Rosen Shingle Creek. If your plans change and you need to cancel your reservation there more than five days prior to arrival, please contact Sarita de la Torre directly at before canceling with the hotel so she may reassign your room to another NMHC member on the hotel's wait list, if needed. Please note, sleeping room sub-blocks are prohibited. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Don't get lured in. In the past, sleeping room wholesalers have contacted exhibitors/attendees offering great deals on hotels for the NMHC OPTECH Conference & Exposition. While it is not illegal for a travel firm or booking agent to solicit potential customers, it can be difficult to determine the legitimacy of offers from these organizations. Those who opt for alternatives to the NMHC negotiated rates may find themselves at risk. NMHC reminds its attendees/exhibitors that we have no affiliation with any of these room brokers.

Ground Transportation
Rosen Shingle Creek is approximately 12 miles from Orlando International Airport. For those of you arriving by air, you have the following alternatives for ground transportation:

  • A taxi from Orlando International Airport will cost approximately $24-26 each way and will take approximately 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • An alternative to taxi service is Mears Transportation Group, a transportation company that offers shared ride shuttle service, which may make multiple stops, as well as luxury car service. The cost for the shared ride shuttle service is $21 each way or $33 roundtrip.  For more information or to make a reservation, call 855/463-2776 or visit the Mears website.
  • For attendees driving and parking at the hotel, self-parking is $18/day and valet parking is $26/day plus tax. Rates are subject to change.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

The Expo is sold out, including kiosks! To be added to the wait list, please complete and submit the OPTECH Exhibit Interest Form. If space becomes available, we will contact you in the order the form is received. 

General Exhibit Information
Year after year the trade show floor is voted one of OPTECH’s main attractions. With an emphasis on cutting edge technology and innovative operational strategies, the trade show is the place to be to see leaders in the multifamily industry! Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your company’s latest products and services at this conference. 

Expo Hours:
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Reception: 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Thursday, November 15, 2018 
Expo Open: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM*
    Coffee Break: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Lunch: 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
    Reception: 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Friday, November 16, 2018
Supplier Showcase at Closing Lunch Social (for selected suppliers): 12:15 - 1:30 PM**

* Parallels with sessions. View the OPTECH agenda for the full conference agenda.

** Participation opportunities in the Supplier Showcase are limited. More information can be found in the Exhibit Request Form.

Note: Agenda is subject to change. Exhibit booths must be staffed during the official exhibit hall hours listed above. The exhibit hall is closed all other times not listed above. Exhibitors may not stay in their booth during non-exhibit hours.

Exhibitor Information 
Click on the link above to view exhibit space pricing and more information. 

Expo Floor Plan
Click on the link above to view the current exhibitor floor plan. 

Companies in Attendance in 2017
Click on the link above to view the companies and exhibitors in attendance in 2017.

Start-ups Center
Do you have a start-up company you want to promote? 

Start-Ups Center is designed to feature new companies and their products/services to over 1,700 senior level conference registrants. Companies meeting the criteria below may showcase their products/services in this dedicated space. Spaces are limited.

Company Qualification Criteria:

  • Must be a new company with a solution/service/product being offered to the apartment industry 
  • May not be a spin-off from a parent company
  • Has been in operation for 3 years or less 
  • Must have at least one customer 
  • Has a product or service that focuses on the use of technology to solve a problem within the apartment industry
  • Must be a first-time NMHC OPTECH Exhibitor
  • May only rent space in the Start-Ups Center for one year

Cost (Member/Non-Member): $2500 per kiosk (one kiosk maximum per company) and include the package below. (Note for reference: Standard 10' x 10' booths start at $5,000 and above and do not include this package of items listed below)

Important Notice:
Exhibitors must be cautious of companies engaging in phishing attempts and unauthorized solicitations for anything including, but not limited to, hotel rooms, AV equipment rental, meeting attendee/membership contact lists, etc. Solicitation from firms claiming to have such amenities are illegal and fraudulent. NMHC reminds its attendees/exhibitors that we have no affiliation with any of these firms. NMHC will alert exhibitors if we hire a company to act on our behalf. Please contact us with any questions or if you receive any such communication from a company soliciting you.

Please contact Melissa Rowan at for more information on exhibiting.

Sponsorship Opportunities for 2018 NMHC OPTECH are no longer available. Please contact Melissa Rowan at if you have any questions. 

Thank you to our NMHC OPTECH Conference & Expo Sponsors!
Capital One Multifamily Finance
Cox Communications
First Advantage
Greystar Real Estate Partners
MRI Software
RealPage, Inc.
RKW Residential
Spectrum Community Solutions
Zillow Group                  

Media Sponsor:

Click here to view all 2018 NMHC 40th Anniversary, Chairman's Circle, and Friends of the Council Sponsors

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