HOA management is a team effort. Neighbors come together and step into leadership roles to improve the community for everyone’s benefit.
But your team doesn’t have to be limited to your neighborhood, town, state, or region. People all over the country have extensive experience when it comes to homeowners association management.
If you’re facing a thorny problem, it’s safe to say others have faced it as well.
If you’re looking for fresh and fun ideas to promote goodwill in your community, there’s a good chance they’ve been tried and tested around the county.
We live in an era of maximum communication, so calls, emails, Zoom meetings, and social media posts are more than capable of connecting you with people who are well-versed in homeowners association management.
However, there’s something to be said about meeting with people face-to-face. That opportunity will be available May 17-20 in Dallas during the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Community Association Institute.
CAI is the umbrella organization of community associations. CAI has more than 63 chapters around the world. The organization is dedicated to providing information, education, and resources to volunteers who step up to take leadership roles in their neighborhoods.
Anyone who owns property in a neighborhood or a condo is eligible to attend the 2023 CAI Annual Conference and Exposition. It will provide opportunities for Property Managers to get together in formal and informal settings to learn about:
- industry trends
- new technology
- best practices
- changing laws
- professional development
Community association innovators, influencers, and industry leaders will present education sessions and inspiring keynote addresses.
Companies will be on hand to demonstrate new products. As of late March, all of the vendor booths for the event have sold out, so be sure to bring a notebook because you’ll probably want to take notes about new possibilities for homeowners association management.
The event will also present plenty of opportunities to network with like-minded people during:
- happy hours
- roundtable discussions
- an awards ceremony
Over the years, thousands of people have attended CAI’s conferences for the chance to foster new relationships and gain insights and expertise. Some CAI members attend every year and look forward to swapping stories with their peers.
Opportunities to learn
If you attend CAI’s Annual Conference & Exhibition in May you’ll find all sorts of tricks and tools designed to make homeowners association management easier.
If you can’t make the meeting, CAI offers a variety of other events to inform and educate:
- High-Rise Managers Workshop, July 17-19, 2023, Charlotte, North Carolina
- CEO-MC Retreat, Sept. 20-23, 2023, Hollywood, Florida
- Large-Scale Managers Workshop, Oct. 4-7, 2023, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Community Association Law Seminar, Feb. 14-17, 2024, Las Vegas
And just as homeowners associations and residents are adapting to the digital world, CAI’s Learning Center offers online courses, live virtual courses, and webinars. In-person classes are also available. CAI’s Learning Center tackles a range of topics:
- insurance and risk management
- conflict management
- mental health
- aging infrastructure
- reserve funds
CAI also offers classes for people working to achieve professional credentials and meet state licensing requirements. Training programs are available for leaders of homeowners associations, community managers, and business partners.
When things are going well in the neighborhood, there’s no reason for volunteer board members to be stressed. But there are times when issues crop up and answers aren’t always easy to find.
That’s when it’s good to remember that you and your fellow board members aren’t alone. If you’re experiencing an issue, there’s a solid chance someone else has dealt with it in the past.
CAI’s mission is to encourage effective leadership by helping its members learn, achieve, and excel. The Learning Center was designed to help educate volunteers, so they understand how to better serve their communities.
The 2023 CAI Annual Conference & Exhibition in Dallas is another way to increase your knowledge and skills when it comes to homeowners association management. Expect May 17-20 to be full of opportunities to learn and grow.
Networking with other homeowners association management volunteers might be the greatest benefit of the conference. You’ll get the chance to meet with people who aren’t shy about saying, “I love my HOA.”
As you spend time with peers from around the nation, you’ll be reminded that HOAs weren’t created to collect dues and enforce rules. They were created to build idyllic and enjoyable communities where everyone agrees to work together for a common cause.
In addition to teaching you new things, the conference might also remind you of why you stepped up to a leadership role in the first place. Representatives from PayHOA will not be in attendance this year, but we highly recommend you attend. You’ll be glad you did.