For anyone who was worried that they would have to travel all the way to Orlando to celebrate Mardi Gras one more time, the PM-EXPO might be just the place for you. On Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, CAMS, community association volunteers, and anyone involved in the HOA industry is invited to learn, taste great foods, and get free 1-on-1 advice from experts with other professionals in the industry.
With the economic slowdown of the past several years, many community associations have become unwitting landlords their own neighborhood. This has brought up many difficult situations, and has led to more questions than most volunteer boards, and even some professional managers are equipped to answer. Fortunately, the PM-EXPO is hosting some unique seminars that might be of help.
•ASK THE MULTIHOUSING EXPERTS, Minimize Liability and Costs, Maximize Revenue - Kevin Fabrikant, Esq; Jeff Chew, The Related Group; Adam Marcus Hendry, Tzadik Properties.
•LANDLORD TENANT LAW REVIEW, clarifies confusing aspects of Fair Housing & Eviction law - Kevin Fabrikant, Esq, Foreman Friedman
Another issue that has come about in some foreclosed properties is mold. It is amazing how quickly a small leak can turn into a major mold problem if left unchecked. If you have questions about mold issues, the PM-EXPO has you covered.
•WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOLD, Mike Jatoft, Dry-Concepts - 1 CEU (OPP) - identify and eliminate toxic mold.
Of course, if you have taken on the monumental task of serving on your board, it is important to know what is really going on in the industry, and what your rights and responsibilities are as a board member. The PM-EXPO takes care of this issue as well.
•BOARD MEMBER CERTIFICATION - Eric Glazer, Glazer & Assoc., 4 CEU (ELE) - including brief discussions of the two HOA bills before the legislature that Eric helped prepare and effects of Florida 3rd DCA ruling.
In the past, this column has dealt with the problems involved in collecting monthly maintenance fees. We live in a community, after all, and part of that community spirit is having everyone pay their fair share. Unfortunately, not all residents see it that way. That is why many associations have chosen to employ a collections agency of some sort to try and get at least some of the money that is rightfully owed to them. If you have questions about this important, issue, you should definitely register for the PM-EXPO.
•COLLECTIONS - Mitch Drimmer, AFS, 1 CEU - empower you community to collect what is owed. Learn how the recent decision of Florida 3rd DCA ruling affects every association.
Two of the most important allies an association can have are a good attorney, and an honest insurance agent. Though those terms have sometimes been seen as an example of an oxymoron, they do actually exist, and the PM-EXPO proves it!
•LEGAL UPDATE - 2 CEU (LU) - Laura Manning- Hudson, Esq, Siegfried, Rivera
•INSURANCE FOR ASSOCIATIONS, Michael Bottcher, Plastridge Insurance - 1 CEU (IFM) - pricing & budgeting, common coverage mistakes, trends.
Everyone lives off of some kind of street, and in our modern society, odds are better than average that the street is paved. Some people think that once a road is paved over, it never has to be worked on ever again. In a perfect world, this may be true. However, we all know that this world is far from perfect, and that the continuous flow of traffic, even on a relatively lightly traveled road, can cause major wear and tear. But what do you do to keep the road up? Find out at the PM-EXPO, of course.
•ASPHALT 101, Martin Applebaum, Driveway Maintenance - 1 CEU (OPP)
Though the PM-EXPO offers a wide variety of courses and lectures, there are bound to be a few other questions that you have about issues that may pop up in your association. If this is the case, you might just want to ask the experts their opinions.
•ASK THE CONDO/HOA PROS - Legal, Management and CPA experts all in one panel to answer questions - Jeff Rembaum, Esq, Kaye, Bender Rembaum; Donna Seidenberg, CPA; Barry Scarr, Scarr Insurance & 3 Mgmt co.'s - GRS, Associa & Continental.
Why a Mardi Gras theme, you might ask. Because there’s no reason that education and networking cannot be fun! The West Palm Beach HOA examiner hopes to see all of my readers at the event next Wednesday at the South Florida Fairgrounds. When I’m not walking the floor or attending classes, I’ll probably be easy to find…at the chocolate fountain!
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