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Kick Off Your Holiday Season with Spirit!

Posted on Friday December 01, 2017

We may not get a winter wonderland in Florida, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to celebrate the holidays in style. Whether you live in a gated community or a high-rise building, it’s easy to infuse your entire community with some holiday spirit! Everyone loves a party, and we’ve got some tips to make planning yours easier. We’ve also collected some guidelines to help manage holiday décor in diverse communities and ways to help make the holidays sweeter for others. When the work is shared, it’s easier for everyone to enjoy a happy holiday season!  

How Can My High-Rise Manage Holiday Package Overload?

Posted on Monday October 23, 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner. Online shopping has become a common way to find the perfect gift while saving time and money, and avoiding having to fight the crowds at the mall, all from the comfort of your couch. The biggest concern people have with online shopping is, of course, wondering, “Will it get there on time? Will it get there safely?” That’s where the front desk staff at your high-rise comes in.

Rebuilding After a Major Storm: What Your Community Needs to Know

Posted on Friday September 22, 2017

As high-rises and community associations in Florida just discovered, you can take all the right precautions and make all the right preparations before a hurricane and still suffer devastating effects of that storm.

How Can My Association Avoid Common Board Member Mistakes?

Posted on Monday September 18, 2017

People who want to be on the board of directors of a community association are well-intentioned and want to help their communities be the best that they can be. But they are still people, and we all make mistakes sometimes. Knowing about some of the most common pitfalls that board members fall into can help your community avoid them.

How to Establish Board Member Succession in Your Community

Posted on Wednesday September 13, 2017

If you’ve run a business, you know that you have to plan for the future while operating in the present. Without a solid succession plan in place, your business isn’t prepared for a change in leadership, regardless of the reason. It’s important to identify people who have leadership potential and train them for the eventuality of being in charge. This is part of corporate strategy for all successful institutions, including your community association. 

Eight Skills that Community Association Board Presidents Should Master

Posted on Tuesday August 15, 2017

Do you want to serve as the president of your community association board? It’s an honor and an important role. Before you make a commitment to being president, you need to understand the broad scope of the job and the tasks that it encompasses. A well-informed president who embraces the world of skills and responsibilities that come with that role is critical to the success of your board and your community. A president who has a lack of interest or enthusiasm can lead a board down the wrong path, to stalemates, ineffectiveness and gridlock, causing untold damage to your community.

Ensuring the Right Dynamics for Your Community Association Board Meetings

Posted on Tuesday August 01, 2017

The greatest strength of your board is the diversity of its membership and their different points of view. Unfortunately, sometimes this can also present the biggest challenge when it comes to running effective, agenda-driven board meetings. Differences of opinion have a way of becoming arguments. And that’s never productive. 

You Need These Leaders on Your Association Board

Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017

Building a great community isn’t an overnight task. A dedicated board of directors, engaged residents and a clear understanding of all roles and responsibilities are just a few critical ingredients for a thriving community. Building a great community isn’t an overnight task. A dedicated board of directors, engaged residents and a clear understanding of all roles and responsibilities are just a few critical ingredients for a thriving community. 

Summer Energy Costs: How Your Association Can Save

Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017

Summer's longer days offer more chances to enjoy Florida’s abundant sunshine, but we also know what they do to the electric bill. When temperatures are in the high 90s, your air conditioning seems to run non-stop! Implementing an energy management program in your community association can help lower costs and protect your operating budget while keeping your common areas comfortable.

Keep Your Florida Community Safe during Summer Vacations

Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017

Living in Florida seems like a vacation all year long! Beautiful weather and lots of sunshine are just a couple of reasons that people want to live here. We may feel like it’s a year-round holiday, but there are still peak vacation times, and, of course, summer is one. Kids are out of school, schedules slow down and every weekend seems a little more special. 

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