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New England Management Company CEO Forum
November 29 2017  - November 29 2017
(Residence Inn Marriott, Needham, MA)
Condo Media Board Meeting
December 12 2017  - December 12 2017
Condo Media Board Meeting
January 9 2018  - January 9 2018
ELN - Managers' New Year's Social
January 11 2018  - January 11 2018
(The Living Room)
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Friday, November 24, 2017
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Expo Preview
By: Mark Einhorn, 2017 Co-Chair & Erik Simard, 2017 Co-Chair

It is hard to believe but Fall is here already and our annual conference and expo is just around the corner. The CAI chapter staff, as well as our conference committee, have been working hard all year to bring you what we hope is the best conference ever. We have speakers lined up throughout the day to educate and facilitate discussion on all of today’s hot topics facing community associations and a sold out vendor show ensures that any services or advice that your association is seeking will be on hand and represented. Whether you’re a homeowner, association volunteer or board member, or professional manager, there’s something for everyone at this year’s show. Do not miss this opportunity to connect face-to-face with industry leaders. When it comes to services and advice, experience and dedication to community association matters count! For more information and to register visit

In addition to a wide range of vendors showcasing new and innovative products including solar and green materials, software products, innovative grounds and building maintenance practices, there will also be a variety of service professionals representing leading community association banks, insurance and legal professionals on hand to help you sift through the ever changing landscape facing community associations. Bring your to-do list, questions that need answers, and plans for your community with you as this is the time of year where everyone in the room will be focused on educating and improving communities throughout our New England area.

Thank you to committee members Dave Barrett, Pam Bowman, Pat Brawley, Andy Costa, Mitchell Fox, Bill Gearty, Patrice Green, Howard Himmel, Steve Hornsby, Paul Huijing, John Kadim, Dean Lennon, Amanda Luciano, Mark Rosen, Charlotte Scuderi, Ed Skou, Alix Smullin and Dave Uitti and chapter staff Lucy Bean, Adina Geller, Tom Loughran and Chapter Executive Director Claudette Carini.

We would also like to extend a very special thank you to our event Corporate Co-Sponsors Crowninshield Management Corporation, AMO and Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC whose generous contributions have made this event possible.

See you at the show!

9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Exhibits

10:30 a.m.– noon Top 5 Ways to Reduce Insurance Claims & Costs

Insurance is a necessity but the cost can consume a large portion of an association’s budget. Understand the options available to condominium associations, and find out how rules, procedures and the decisions boards make can present opportunities for real cost savings.

10:30 a.m.– noon Save Time & Money/Mediate, Don’t Litigate TM

Panel members will address common disputes in communities and discuss effective ways to resolve them. Understand what mediation is, discover when it’s appropriate and learn how it can preserve community relationships and the financial interests of the association as well as save time. Examples of litigation gone wrong and mediation gone right will be discussed.

10:30 a.m. - noon Preserving the Value of Your Community

Maintaining community buildings, common areas and amenities can be challenging and capital projects can be complicated and overwhelming for volunteer board members. Find out how your association can timely plan for capital projects through reserve studies, and effectively plan, implement and oversee the project from start to finish. Speakers will review the board’s role and responsibility to ensure project success.

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch with the Exhibitors (box lunches)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tiny Bed Bugs Create Big Problems

Visitors, hoarders and travelers can unknowingly introduce bed bugs to a single unit which can infest other units and even entire buildings. A growing area of concern for condominiums, these tiny pests can create big problems if not proactively addressed and aggressively treated. Understand how these pests most commonly make their way into your community and what steps the board should take before, during and after the first bed bug is discovered.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Associations and the Law

The decisions boards make about the use of marijuana in the community, resident requests for emotional support animals and hiring outside contractors can land them at odds with the law, embroil the community in expensive litigation or find the association on the losing side of a judgement. Experienced condominium attorneys will navigate the legal pitfalls that can befall your community.

1:00 p.m.– 2:30 p.m. Spend a Little, Save a Lot

Maintenance doesn’t always have to be expensive. With the proper care and regular upkeep of common areas, buildings and landscape, communities can save thousands of dollars on costly repairs, premature aging and untimely replacement. Panel members will address best practices and money saving tips to keep your community looking good and on budget well into the future.

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