10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Airing Out & Breathing Easier - Understanding Your Building's Airflow, Circulation, & Indoor Environment

With hot summer weather bearing down, homeowners and building residents will be keeping windows closed and the AC on - and that raises concerns about air quality and safety. Warmer weather also marks the beginning of allergy season for many, which makes keeping your indoor environment as clean and healthy as possible a priority for boards, managers, and residents alike. This seminar will offer insights into what your community can do to clean, sanitize, and upgrade its ventilation and airflow systems to be healthier and more energy efficient all year-round. Questions about airborne contaminants like allergens, chemicals, odors - and viruses, of course - will be addressed, as well as pre- and post-season equipment maintenance for common areas and individual units.

Sponsored by: O&S Associates, Inc.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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Finding the Money - Reserve Funding During COVID-19

Nearly three-quarters of community associations in the US have underfunded reserves - and that was before the pandemic hit in 2020. Staying current with reserve funding may not be top priority for boards, but if neglected today could cause financial trouble in the future. It is crucial that boards maintain their community's funds adequately. Join our expert panelists for guidance on this important topic, including how to prioritize expenses, allocate funds, increase your reserves, and get buy-in from residents for this very important component of your community's financial health, even during these very challenging times.

Sponsored by: National Cooperative Bank 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

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Community Associations & Technology: How to Navigate the New Normal

Virtual meetings and maintenance requests, online voting and payments, texts and email alerts are just a few of the digital management tools associations have been forced to embrace over the past year or so. Even with the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us, many of these tools are here to stay - and it's to your community's benefit for the board to be comfortable using them. Join us for an overview of new technologies and how they are changing the way associations are run, and in-depth discussion of how technology is allowing management companies to provide better service, boards to operate more effectively, and how to best introduce these changes in your own community.

Sponsored by: Denali Property Management

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Reopening Amenities - Caution, Communication, & Community

The current environment still poses many challenges for community associations - and with spring upon us, now is the perfect time to get some professional input on best practices for reopening your co-op or condo's shared amenities. Join our expert panelists to discuss liability and risks, the importance of having a solid communication plan in place, and tips for maintaining a strong sense of community as we head into warmer months.

Sponsored by: FirstService Residential

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Steps of the Perfect Project: Contract Tips that Protect Your Association & Shift Risk

CAMICB - 1 hour CE credit

Navigating the bidding process for large and small capital projects can often be intimidating, even for seasoned board-management teams. Join us for an in-depth discussion of how it all works, including soliciting bids and RFP specifications, what to look for in legal contracts, as well as the insurance component, including certificates of insurance and indemnification considerations. Even if your association does not have a capital project pending, these same issues arise when contracting for services like snow removal and pool management. Our expert panel will cover these topics and more to help you protect your association and shift risk.

Sponsored by: PeopleFirst Property & Casualty / Stark & Stark

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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Legislative Update - Understanding Impacts on Management, Boards, & Homeowners

Keeping up on new and proposed legislation at the local, state, and federal level is a challenging - and crucial - part of every board and manager's duty. Join this panel of experts to learn more about how current and pending federal and state legislation will affect the management of your community, and how you can be better prepared to govern. Topics to be covered include an update on where we are a year after the Radburn regulations went into effect, their impact on boards and management, and how communities and community leaders are adapting, as well as recently introduced bills to protect associations against covid-related litigation.

Sponsored by: Taylor Management Company, AAMC, AMO

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Your Community's Foundation - Understanding Governing Documents

Many condo, townhome, and co-op owners purchase their homes without really understanding (sometimes without even reading) the foundational documents that govern their community. Even some board members have gaps in their knowledge - and over time, those gaps can lead to confusion, conflict, even litigation. This expert panel will explain everything from the legal documents that establish a condo association or cooperative, to the difference between a bylaw and a house rule. You'll learn which documents residents have a right to access, which ones spell out the powers and obligations of the board, and how documents can - and should - be amended as communities grow and change.

Sponsored by: Associa® Community Management Corporation of New Jersey

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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Get Plugged In – Legal and Design Requirements for EVCSs

With electric vehicles gaining in popularity, more and more HOA residents and homebuyers are adding adequate vehicle charging capacity to their list of must-have amenities. In order to both meet the needs of current owners and the expectations of prospective owners, boards need to get informed about how EVCSs work, what's involved in establishing and maintaining them in their communities, and how getting on board the electric train now will make their building or association that much more attractive. Join this expert panel for a discussion of all this and more - including legal and design requirements that can help jump-start EVCS installation for multifamily communities.

Sponsored by: FWH Associates, P.A. / Hill Wallack LLP

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Responsibility, Liability, & Insurance Coverage in Condos & Co-ops

In the event of damage to a property, managers, board members and residents are often confused about which party is liable. Eric Eggert, Mackoul Risk Solutions Business Development Specialist, will discuss the responsibility of each party in different scenarios and how that is determined, and will explain why owners should have their own insurance policy. In addition, Eric will discuss the coverages that should be maintained by multifamily associations, boards, and residents, as well as the current hard market and why premiums are on the rise.

Sponsored by: Mackoul Risk Solutions

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Resident Engagement in a Post-Covid World - How to Cultivate a Community

Even without stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures in effect, forging connections and a strong sense of community among condo and HOA residents can be a challenge. Determining what kinds of amenities, programming, and perks will appeal to residents (and attract new ones) is key to increasing engagement, community spirit, and ultimately, value. Join this expert panel to discuss what's trending in the realm of multifamily amenities and social offerings - both in-person and virtual - as well as creative ways your board/management team can encourage residents to take a more active interest and get to know their neighbors.

Sponsored by: AVO Now

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Welcome Back - Safely Reopening Your Pool & Fitness Amenities this Summer

At long last, with the vaccine rollout in full swing and COVID infection rates leveling off, more buildings and HOAs across the region are finally able to contemplate reopening beloved amenities like pools, sports courts, fitness centers, and gyms this summer. But with optimism and good news come some big questions; What are the steps for bringing high-value facilities like pools back online after over a year of inactivity? How have maintenance and sanitation protocols changed? Where should boards, managers, and staff members go for up-to-the-minute, reliable, science-based information on safety and hygiene? Come find out from a panel of experts what a smart reopening and maintenance plan should include, and how it can be scaled for your own community size, staff, and budget.

Sponsored by: Heartline Fitness & American Pool