HOA meetings can be a success

Community Associations Institute Annual Condo/HOA Conference & Expo

On March 14, the CAI is holding its annual conference in Plantsville, Conn. The theme this year is Planning for a Healthy Community.

This expo is an easy drive away for any homeowners association member in New England and provides an excellent opportunity for association members to network with each other, share best practices, and prepare for any changes that 2015 will bring.

In addition to the benefits that come from speaking with colleagues, the expo will hold several educational sessions throughout the day. The first will teach you how to communicate bad news to residents. Is your building aging and in need of some maintenance? Did you discover a construction flaw? This session will teach you how to talk about it.

The second will teach you how to plan and manage maintenance projects. The third will discuss managing budgets and communicating effectively with residents. The fourth discussing long-term planning, such as deciding whether to fix or replace a piece of your property. It also will bring up insurance questions that will help you determine if you’re adequately covered.

The final session will match small groups with a condo association expert of their choice, where the groups can bring up questions and brainstorm new ways to approach difficult problems. This session is followed by a Q&A with a panel of insurance and legal experts.

No one likes working on the weekends, but spending a Saturday with colleagues and experts will help you make 2015 the best year yet for your association.

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