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  • Contains 7 Component(s)

    This course is part of the DCAL (Dedicated Community Association Leader) recognition course series. You may take this course as part of the recognition program, or as an individual course.

    Duration: 3 hours

    What are the benefits of a community association and how are community associations structured? Community associations derive their basic legal authority for their existence, activities and actions from laws and certain legal documents. Learn more about this structure in order to effectively lead your association. 

    This course will explain:

    • What is a community association?
    • The legal documents that enable a community association to govern its member owners
    • The purpose of a community association
    • The board, committee and owner roles and responsibilities

    Scott Rosenlund

    Bartzen Rosenlund Katzen

    Scott A. Rosenlund is a founding member of the Chicago law firm Bartzen Rosenlund Kasten LLC. Scott has represented Illinois community associations since 1997. Scott is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Condominium Subcommittee and the Illinois Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI).

     Scott is a frequent speaker at community association industry seminars and regularly gives presentations for community management firms and other industry professionals regarding community association law. Scott has served as an instructor for accredited continuing legal education courses relating to community association law. Scott has authored numerous articles discussing community association legal issues and has on many occasions been quoted in articles relating to community association law. Scott’s writing and comments have appeared in publications such as Common Interest, Condo Lifestyles, CooperatorNews Chicagoland, The Cooperator New York, The Cooperator New Jersey, The Cooperator South Florida, The Cooperator Western Florida, New England Condominium, ACTHA News, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

     As part of a nationwide team of eleven community association lawyers serving on the CAI College of Community Association Lawyers Governing Principles Task Force, Scott was one of the co-authors of “Guiding Principles for Community Association Governing Documents: A Resource for Lawyers.” Published in 2021, this 25-section book serves as a definitive resource for attorneys in drafting governing documents for both new and existing community associations.

     Scott is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

    Kara Cermak

    Senior VP Learning & Development

    RealManage

    Kara Cermak is part of the RealManage family after selling her company in 2017.  Kara served as the President and is the daughter of the founding owner of Rowell Incorporated, AAMC. Kara graduated from Northern Illinois University with an Operations Management Degree and a minor in English Literature.  She has over 30 years of experience in the industry, managing communities, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of a team. As a leader in the industry, Kara realizes the importance of improving the industry. She obtained the CMCA®, AMS® and PCAM® (the pinnacle of CAI designations).  She served as a Board Member for the Illinois Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) for 8 years and served as President of the Chapter for a year. She became National Faculty for CAI’s Professional Designations Program in 2009 and continues to teach throughout the country. Kara earned the Educator of the Year Award in 2017 and served from 2017 through 2019 on the National CAI Board of Trustees, and the National CAI Community Manager's Council. She is now a member of the Community Manager Success/Support Group (CMSG) for the RealManage family, and teaches, mentors, and supports community managers and board members within RealManage for their personal development. 

    Kara, in concert with other professional women friends, founded celebrating all that is feminine (CATIF) to fund charities that need a means of funding, giving back to women and children in our community. The charity is a 501(c)3 and we have contributed over $200,000 to local organizations, from a grassroots effort of fundraising, over the last 10 years.  

     

    Thank you to our 2022 DCAL material sponsors!

      

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      • Non-member - $35
      • CAI Homeowner Leader Member - Free!
      • CAI Manager Member - $25
      • CAI Business Partner Member - $25
      • Non-Member Homeowner Leader - $35
      • Non-Member Manager - $75
      • Non-Member Business Partner - $75
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  • Contains 8 Product(s)

    Purchase all conference sessions at a discounted rate

    2022 IL Condo-HOA Conference & Expo offers 9 hours of education on the latest community association topics.

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      • Non-member - $375
      • CAI Homeowner Leader Member - $50
      • CAI Manager Member - $125
      • CAI Student Member - $50
      • CAI Management Company Member - $125
      • CAI Business Partner Member - $125
      • CAI Affiliate Business Partner Member - $125
      • Non-Member Homeowner Leader - $125
      • Non-Member Manager - $375
      • Non-Member Management Company - $375
      • Non-Member Business Partner - $375
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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The program will discuss the changes that will occur New Fannie Mae guidelines and what the Associations can expect.

    Duration: 1 HR
    CE Credits: 1 

    In October 2021 Fannie Mae released new guidelines for Condo & co-op project loans.  The requirements apply to buildings with 5 or more units.  The changes will take effect for loans effective January 1, 2022.  The program will discuss the changes that will occur and what the Associations can expect.  We will discuss how the changes will impact reserve requirements and special assessments.

    Anthony Dister

    Wintrust Community Advantage

    Anthony Dister started with Community Advantage in August 2004 and currently serves as a Vice President and is responsible for new business development and portfolio management for our management company and association clients. Mr. Dister brings over 15+ years of experience to Community Advantage.

    Before joining Community Advantage, Mr. Dister was a Personal Banker at a northwest suburban bank for three years. Upon his arrival at Barrington Bank & Trust in 2002, he managed the teller line and then transferred into operations. Mr. Dister transferred to Community Advantage in 2004 where he worked as a Financial Analyst for two years before being promoted to a Commercial Loan Officer, Assistant Vice President and later Vice President.

    Mr. Dister was previously named a Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA) by the National Board of Certification for Community Associations Managers. He joins many CMCAs nationwide who have mastered the fundamental knowledge to manage condominium, cooperative and homeowners associations.

    Education
    University of Phoenix – Bachelor of Science in Finance
    Harper College – Associates Degree
    Wintrust Academy, Credit Training

    Professional Affiliations/Designations
    Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA)
    Community Associations Institute (CAI) Illinois Chapter
    -Board Member and Treasurer, 2015-current
    -Finance Committee Co-Chair 2016-current
    -Committee for Community Development Chair, 2010-2014
    Association of Condominium, Townhouse & Homeowner Association (ACTHA)
    Media/Condo Lifestyles
    -Media Event Planning Committee
    -Institute of Real Estate Management (Friends of IREM)
    Barrington Bank & Trust
    -Community Reinvestment Act Committee Member

    Awards
    2016 Olympus Service Award – Community Associations Institute
    2010 Community Banker of the Year – Barrington Bank & Trust
    2007 Rising Star Award – Community Associations Institute
    2005 Community Banker of the Year – Barrington Bank & Trust

    James Stevens

    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. LLP

    Jamie Stevens advises community associations on a range of issues related to their daily business operations, serving as their general legal advisor. In his work with the leaders of condominium and other common interest communities on governing documents, finances, litigation and transactional issues, Jamie provides them with perspective and broad knowledge in their legal matters. His experience includes: drafting easements, bylaws and declarations; advising on developer turnover matters and assessment collection; interpreting governing documents; and counseling on the variety of contract, dispute, and business concerns they face. In litigation, Jamie represents associations in covenant interpretation and enforcement matters and defends associations against various claims, drawing from broad on-the-ground experience with associations in their life cycles

    Aside from his role as counselor, Jamie relies on his familiarity with the Illinois Condominium Property Act and Common Interest Community Association Act to assist clients in transactional matters such as deconversion sales of entire properties, lending transactions in the community association marketplace, and development of condominium and common interest properties. His experience includes drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements and preparing documentation to establish and develop condominium properties. He also assists with distressed property redevelopment, financing and receivership actions to resolve properties in crisis.

    Community Associations Institute - Illinois Chapter would like to thank the program sponsors for their generous support

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    Additional resources related to the topics discussed in this program

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      • CAI Manager Member - $25
      • CAI Student Member - $25
      • CAI Management Company Member - $25
      • CAI Business Partner Member - $25
      • CAI Affiliate Business Partner Member - $25
      • Non-Member Homeowner Leader - $75
      • Non-Member Manager - $75
      • Non-Member Management Company - $75
      • Non-Member Business Partner - $75
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  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    Attend this live virtual Q&A session about Vaccine and Mask Mandates in your Community Associations. You will hear up to date information as of October 11th 2021.

    Duration: 44 mins

    Live Virtual Q&A session on Vaccine & Mask Mandates in your Community Associations.

    Michael Kreibich

    Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit

    In 2006, Michael Kreibich joined Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit's litigation department, where he advised and guided association clients through the resolution of disputes and issues with unit owners, developers, subcontractors, service providers, and other vendors. During that time, Michael successfully represented numerous clients through all phases of litigation, including mediation, arbitration, and both bench and jury trails.

    In 2011, Michael transitioned into the firm’s Community Association Department where he now advises Common Interest Community Association (condominium, townhome, homeowner, Master) clients on a variety of major and day-to-day issues. He uses his extensive litigation background to assist association clients through the difficult disputes and decisions they inevitably face. Prior to joining Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit, Michael practiced in the area of insurance defense litigation, defending insureds in hundreds of lawsuits and obtaining countless favorable outcomes for his clients. During law school, Michael served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Brigid Mary McGrath in the Law Division, Jury Trials section at the Daley Center in Chicago. During that time, he assisted with the proceedings of several large jury trials  resulting in verdicts of over $10 million each. Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.

    Elizabeth Thompson

    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. LLP

    Elizabeth focuses her practice on counseling community associations both in litigation and on day-to-day operational issues. Elizabeth’s litigation experience includes litigating constitutional claims, administrative review actions, government investigations, and business litigation, such as preliminary and permanent injunctions, declaratory judgments, insurance issues, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and breaches of contract, in state and federal courts throughout the country.

    Elizabeth offers the following services, among others, for community associations:

    *enforcement of association governing documents, including seeking injunctive relief and governing rule violation proceedings from start to finish;

    *amendment of association governing documents, including amendments to condominium declarations to comply with the Illinois Condominium Property Act, amendments transferring limited common elements (such as parking or storage spaces), and substantive rule change amendments (such as prohibiting smoking or limiting rentals);

    *advice on collection of unpaid assessments;

    *review of association contracts, including but not limited to management contracts, elevator maintenance contracts, landscaping contracts, bulk cable and internet contracts, pool maintenance contracts, laundry contracts, parking contracts and construction contracts;

    *review and provide advice regarding financing options for large-scale projects, including review of proposed loan terms and assistance in loan closing and requirements for special assessments;

    *resolution of disputes between homeowners and the association; and

    *assistance with board meetings, membership meetings and board elections.

    Elizabeth also has experience handling complex commercial litigation matters, in administrative, state, and federal courts.  She has also litigated appeals in the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court, and the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, including preparation of appellate briefing and oral argument. 

    Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth clerked for the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. There, she had gained experience researching and drafting opinions on a variety of equity issues, including insurance declaratory judgments, constitutional questions and administrative review cases. 

     

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      • CAI Affiliate Business Partner Member - Free!
      • Non-Member Homeowner Leader - Free!
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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will go over how we are forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes     CE Credits: 1.50 Hours

    This presentation will examine how “business as normal” will be forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to community associations. Meetings and board elections that were once held in person may have virtual components long beyond the end of the pandemic as people become more comfortable in an online world. We will discuss needed rule changes to ensure that Board elections are conducted smoothly and in compliance with the Illinois Condominium Property Act while allowing individuals who so choose to vote without being physically present at the annual meeting. Additionally, as more people continue to work from home even after many offices reopen, we will discuss budgetary implications such increased “usage” of building facilities may have. We will also detail best practices for reopening association amenities as our state moves into looser standards on the number of people that can be present and more residents become fully vaccinated. How can an association best protect itself from liability exposure for reopening pools, gyms, and other amenity areas in response to growing pressure from unit owners while insurance policies have explicitly excluded coverage for infectious diseases. Are signs enough? Or should community associations take a more proactive approach? Finally, this presentation will delve into enforcement issues arising out of the various restrictions that have been required and may continue to be required as a result of the pandemic.

    Elizabeth Thompson

    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. LLP

    Elizabeth focuses her practice on counseling community associations both in litigation and on day-to-day operational issues. Elizabeth’s litigation experience includes litigating constitutional claims, administrative review actions, government investigations, and business litigation, such as preliminary and permanent injunctions, declaratory judgments, insurance issues, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and breaches of contract, in state and federal courts throughout the country.

    Elizabeth offers the following services, among others, for community associations:

    *enforcement of association governing documents, including seeking injunctive relief and governing rule violation proceedings from start to finish;

    *amendment of association governing documents, including amendments to condominium declarations to comply with the Illinois Condominium Property Act, amendments transferring limited common elements (such as parking or storage spaces), and substantive rule change amendments (such as prohibiting smoking or limiting rentals);

    *advice on collection of unpaid assessments;

    *review of association contracts, including but not limited to management contracts, elevator maintenance contracts, landscaping contracts, bulk cable and internet contracts, pool maintenance contracts, laundry contracts, parking contracts and construction contracts;

    *review and provide advice regarding financing options for large-scale projects, including review of proposed loan terms and assistance in loan closing and requirements for special assessments;

    *resolution of disputes between homeowners and the association; and

    *assistance with board meetings, membership meetings and board elections.

    Elizabeth also has experience handling complex commercial litigation matters, in administrative, state, and federal courts.  She has also litigated appeals in the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court, and the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, including preparation of appellate briefing and oral argument. 

    Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth clerked for the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. There, she had gained experience researching and drafting opinions on a variety of equity issues, including insurance declaratory judgments, constitutional questions and administrative review cases. 

     

    David Sugar

    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP

    David Sugar focuses on real estate and corporate matters, especially the representation of condominium associations and common interest community associations in connection with statutory compliance and governance issues, covenant enforcement, capital project loans, litigation and developer disputes. David represents many of Chicago's largest condominium developments, and works with associations from conception through maturity, including guidance for new associations making the transition to unit owner control.

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      • CAI Homeowner Leader Member - $25
      • CAI Manager Member - $25
      • CAI Student Member - $25
      • CAI Management Company Member - $25
      • CAI Business Partner Member - $25
      • CAI Affiliate Business Partner Member - $25
      • Non-Member Homeowner Leader - $75
      • Non-Member Manager - $75
      • Non-Member Management Company - $75
      • Non-Member Business Partner - $75
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  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    How should an HOA identify and truly manage risk?

    Duration: 1 HR 30 MIN

    It may sound odd, but the Surfside collapse was not a matter of insurance. Did you know that collapse is a policy exclusion? Insurance experts have speculated that the carriers involved in the Surfside tragedy paid policy limits to the HOA to avoid negative publicity. If insurance wasn’t the real issue, what was?

    Changes to best practices and insurance regulations will ultimately emerge from the aftermath of this event. But how should an HOA identify and truly manage their risk? You will learn about:

    Insurance Policies--What should you be focusing on to best manage your risk?

    Reserve Studies and Structural Engineering Reports provide different information. Does every association need both?

    What about the Midwest? We don't have oceans or hurricanes to worry about. Aren't events caused by wind, hail or ice damming the same?

    Our expert panel will present live, and answer questions from the live chat. 

    Panelists:
    Nancy Ayers, CPCU, CIC, Alliant Americas

    Kathy Kahl, CIRMS, EBP, Rosenthal Brothers Insurance

    Nancy Ayers

    Alliant Insurance

    Nancy Ayers manages the Residential Risk Management Practice at  Alliant/Mesirow Insurance  She specializes in designing customized programs for building owners and property management companies.  She is a member of the Broker Advisory Council for Affiliated FM/FM Global Insurance and former board member of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers in Washington DC.DC.

    Kathy Kahl

    Rosenthal Brothers Insurance

    Kathy began working in the insurance industry in 1989 while earning her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

    She began her insurance career selling and servicing personal insurance and shortly after college graduation in 1993, became manager of a Personal Lines Department for a downtown Chicago agency where she received her introduction to commercial insurance.  She became especially interested in the area of community association insurance.  She realized that working with property managers, board members, and homeowners was similar to the goals she set for herself in working with her home and auto insurance clients.  Her goals being to create a long term relationship with the client through open communication, education, service, and to earn the position as their trusted insurance advisor.  Working with community associations quickly became the focus of her career and passion.

    Kathy demonstrates her commitment to the advancement of community associations as well as her professional development by being a member of CAI, earning both the CIRMS (Community Insurance and Risk Management Specialist) and Educated Business Partner credentials from CAI, she volunteers on the CAI Magazine, Membership, and Homeowner Leader Education committees and is also a member of ACTHA (Association of Condominium, Townhouse, and Homeowners Associations).  Kathy is also involved with other industry related groups and committees.  

    Community Associations Institute - Illinois Chapter would like to thank the program sponsors for their generous support

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  • Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/01/2021

    Do you want to learn how to send more impactful email messages? Watch Video Email Marketing

    Duration: 1 HR


    Have you ever heard of or used video email marketing? Want to learn more about this method of communicating to your clients? Attend this Business Partner session to learn the benefits and best practices of video email marketing. We will also demonstrate how to use it and provide some platform examples. There will be time for questions and networking at the end.


    David Burke

    Custom Installations

    David Burke is the Executive Account Manager at Custom Installations based out of Lake Forest, IL. David manages creative consultation pertaining to large loss prevention. Operating with an advanced construction management team, performing work on the outer envelope of residential and commercial structures. 

    Prior to his time with Custom, David spent extensive time contributing in Sales, Marketing and IT services with a specialty in improving systems. Automating modern processes while implementing construction efficiencies, allow large scale savings capitalization. He has also worked with the founder of Groupon in collaboration of two startup companies, Innerworkings and Echo Global Logistics where he introduced many Enterprise revenue generating activities, successfully securing lucrative accounts. 

    David is an active member in his community, assisting many to secure a solid connection to religious studies. David gives his large family up-bringing much of the credit for his success in life. As he puts it, “having to negotiate others for breakfast every morning increases your willingness to work hard.” 

    Calvin Cornish

    Nania Energy Advisors

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      • CAI Affiliate Business Partner Member - Free!
      • Non-Member Homeowner Leader - Free!
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  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    A discussion of common questions/issues around association meetings during the pandemic

    Duration: 1 HR 10 MIN

    Many considerations must be made for the open meetings of community associations during the pandemic. This Condo/HOA Q&A will focus on clarifying the legal requirements and proper planning for these meetings, whether in-person or virtual.

    Topics of discussion will include:

    • Difference between Annual Members Meeting and an open Board Meeting
    • Notice of meetings
    • Special considerations for elections/voting/proxies in remote Annual Meetings
    • Planning for meetings
    • Roles and demeanor of individual board members during Board Meetings
    • Purpose and legal requirements of meeting minutes

    Our expert panel will present live, and answer questions from the live chat. 

    Panelists:
    Kerry Bartell, Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit
    Danette Smusz, Foster/Premier
    John Gocke, Westchester Club Homeowners Association

    Kerry Bartell

    Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit

    Kerry Bartell is a principal with the law firm of Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit and has been practicing with the firm for over 16 years. She concentrates her practice in the area of Common Interest Community Association
    (condominium, townhome, homeowner, Master) law.

    Kerry's expertise includes providing guidance on general matters relating to associations, as well as counseling the board of directors for an association on corporate actions, contracts, dispute resolution and other issues relating to the association as a corporation.

    Kerry conducts seminars and webinars on community association law for homeowners, property managers and community associations in the Chicago land area. She is a frequent speaker at industry tradeshows and has written numerous articles featured in publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Common Interest, and Chicagoland Cooperator.

    Kerry is also actively involved with Community Association Institute (CAI), where she served on the Board for six years and as Illinois Chapter President for two years. She currently serves on the Chapter Awards and Nominating Committees.

    Kerry received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

    Danette Smusz

    Foster/Premier

    With more than 26 years’ experience in Property Management, Danette has developed a positive and objective approach to problem solving as well as a friendly and professional demeanor with all clients.

    Prior to joining Foster/Premier, Inc., Danette’s work at a financial institution for six years in Customer Service and Business Development established her dedication to the importance of customer communication and servicing their needs as a priority.

    Her designations are:
     - Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) designated by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAM-ICB)
     - Association Management Specialist (AMS®) designated by the Community Associations Institute (CAI)

    John Gocke

    John Gocke, Townhome Owner- CAI-IL Homeowner - Leader Education Committee

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      • CAI Affiliate Business Partner Member - Free!
      • Non-Member Homeowner Leader - Free!
      • Non-Member Manager - Free!
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    Depending on the severity of the claims, a lawsuit can range from frustrating to catastrophic for your association. This session will focus on ways to protect your community from litigation.

    Duration: 1 HR 58 MIN

    Depending on the severity of the claims, a lawsuit can range from frustrating to catastrophic for your association. This session will focus on ways to protect your community from litigation. 

    Topics of discussion will include:

    • Working with board members who have their own agendas
    • Conducting Community Association business in the Fall of 2020 and beyond
    • Being proactive vs. reactive

    Kathy Heitkemper

    Tressler, LLP

    Kathy is a partner in the HOA/Condominium & Common Interest Community Association Law practice. Her practice includes extensive experience and deep knowledge of all areas of civil litigation, collections, bankruptcy and foreclosures, including a deep knowledge of those laws pertaining to condominiums and common interest community associations. She has expertise in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate transactions (eviction actions; sales and purchases and litigation); drafting/revising/translating corporate documents; extensive knowledge of both creditor and bankruptcy proceedings; and legal representation of not-for-profit and for-profit corporations.

    Cindy Fitts

    CISA Insurance

    Cindy Fitts earned her MBA with a Leadership Concentration andBA in Business Management from Aurora University. She earned her CAI CommunityInsurance & Risk Management Specialist (CIRMS) designation in 2013 and isalso a CAI Educated Business Partner.

    She has been an Account Executive with CISA Insurance since 2002where she provides for the day to day insurance needs of her communityassociations. She is passionate about partnering with and educating communityassociation boards and their managers on insurance and industry lawrequirements to ensure they are protected properly and are functioning ashealthy communities.

    Cindy has been a participating member of CAI since 2002 whereshe started serving on the Membership Directory committee. She has also servedon the Board of Directors, the Program Committee, the Legal Forum/ConferenceEducation Committee, and Legislative Fundraising Committee. She is currently theCo-Chair of the Business Partner Council and Secretary for the IllinoisLegislative Action Committee (ILAC). 

    David Lockhart

    Inside Out Company

    David Lockhart, owner of Inside-Out, founded the company in 1990. There have been many exciting changes over the last 30 years that have been a direct result of his passion, involvement and dedication to the painting and construction industry here in the Chicagoland area. He continues to remain involved in all aspects of the company, including but not limited to: operations, production, sales, estimating, and business development.

    David offers his expertise in conflict resolution and strategic management. He provides solutions to property management companies, property managers, business owners, and commercial building owners that help save money, improve safety, create value, and protect the structures.


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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/01/2021

    Learn how community associations can best prepare to meet the unexpected but necessary financial demands of aging buildings and infrastructure.

    Duration: 1 hour  CE Credits: 1.0 hour

    The internal systems and physical components that community associations rely on for residents' safety and wellbeing is a critical concern for association managers, board members, homeowners, and residents.  Following the tragic collapse of Champlain Tower South in Surfside, Florida, how can community associations best prepare to meet the unexpected but necessary financial demands of aging buildings and infrastructure?  In this program attendees will learn how to gather information, recognize serious structural and system failures, plan to reduce the risk, and manage reserve funding for comprehensive and in-depth restoration. 

    Brian Butler

    FirstService Residential

    Brian Butler is Senior Vice President in Chicago, Illinois for FirstService Residential, North America’s largest professional community association management firm. A CAI member since 2012, Brian oversees a dynamic team of vice presidents, operational leaders, regional directors and community managers, serving hundreds of high-rise communities in downtown Chicago.

    Brian currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter of CAI, where he is a past recipient of the CAI Olympus Award and Rising Star Award. He is a licensed attorney and also serves as the co-chair of the CAI Illinois Legislative Action Committee (ILAC). Brian holds a Community Association Manager license, earned his CMCA and AMS designations, and has attained the industry’s highest professional accreditation, the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation.

    Brian also serves as the Vice President of the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) which is dedicated to preserving, promoting and enhancing the quality of life and community in this highly-visible downtown Chicago neighborhood sitting between the Mag Mile/Michigan Avenue, the Chicago River, and Lake Michigan. 

    Howard Dakoff

    Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

    Howard S. Dakoff is a partner heading the Community Associations Practice Group of Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC.  He concentrates his practice in condominium, real estate, and general corporate law.

     Howard is the co-author of the current chapter on "Condominium Management" for the Condominium Law textbook published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  Howard also regularly publishes articles on a variety of community association topics and lectures extensively at state and national seminars and is an elected member to the College of Community Association Lawyers of the Community Associations Institute.  

    You may recognize Howard’s name as the Condo Adviser columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Sunday Edition.

    Todd Walter

    Reserve Advisors

    Todd Walter, a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Illinois,is the Great Lake Regional Executive Director for Reserve Advisors, which is dedicated toserving community associations throughout the United States.  Mr. Walter has conducted nearly 2,500 ReserveStudies since starting with Reserve Advisors in 1999, primarily in the Chicago andMinneapolis areas.  Mr. Walter severed asthe Vice President of Engineer at Reserve Advisors for numerous years and wasresponsible for building at team of 30+ engineers.  

    Thank you to our Event Sponsor

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      • CAI Student Member - $25
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      • CAI Business Partner Member - $25
      • CAI Affiliate Business Partner Member - $25
      • Non-Member Homeowner Leader - $75
      • Non-Member Manager - $75
      • Non-Member Management Company - $75
      • Non-Member Business Partner - $75
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