HOA Files: CAI-RMC Mountain Conference
Communication, information, education and networking. These are some of the core principles for effective community association leadership. The Community Associations Institute (CAI) is the only national and regional advocacy group for community associations and is a predominant education resource for all HOA leaders and managers. The Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) is once again hosting the Mountain Conference and Trade Show at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa on Oct. 6.Brian Terhark, president of CAI-RMC, reveals that “the conference is designed to provide specific education for mountain managers and community association volunteer leaders.” This year the conference will show-case over 30 mountain exhibitor booths delivering valuable information from website tools to HOA-specific legal issues to advice on damage restoration. The educational presentations are always full of ideas, worthy facts and useful knowledge; you won’t leave empty handed. This year, an interactive role-play will be staged on “good” versus “bad” board meetings. Participant leaders from our communities have volunteered to act out their experiences. We will see who the troublemaker is, who stalls the meeting process, who can achieve consensus, and what tactics are used to ensure a successful meeting. We’ve all been there and struggled to prevail, have we not?Recent changes to the governing laws for community associations (as in CCIOA) encourage annual education seminars for board members, and permit the board to “account for as a common expense, reimbursement of board members for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in attending educational meetings and seminars on responsible governance of unit owners’ associations.” Additionally, CCIOA now requires an association provide, or cause to be provided, annual education opportunities for owners on the general operations of the association and the respective rights and responsibilities.What better opportunity to satisfy your related interests, your immediate concerns, your fiduciary duty and legal obligations, or merely your curiosity. You will network with your industry peers and providers. You will leave with an increased awareness and heightened knowledge on a variety of HOA issues. Start by registering for the event on http://www.hoa-colorado.org. I hope to see you there.Murray Bain is a reserve studies provider and HOA consultant. He can be reached on (970) 485-0829, or at http://www.summithoaservices.com.
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