FirstService Residential Hosts Condominium and Homeowner Association Management Educational Best Practice Roundtable in Pennsylvania
The interactive three hour session was attended by board members from numerous condominium and homeowner association communities in southeast Pennsylvania and several FirstService Residential executives and community managers. Board members represented communities currently managed by FirstService Residential as well as properties currently managed by other firms, or self-managed. The informative session was moderated by Robert Teeling, FirstService Residential Mid-Atlantic Senior Vice President of Condominium and Homeowner Associations.
The session was held at the Desmond hotel and the agenda was developed based on feedback from attendees. Topics included how to handle additional costs of snow removal and other weather related expenses, ways to cure community apathy, voting via email to obtain a quorum, and board member training specific to their roles. The curing community apathy topic generated a significant number of ideas from board member participants and FirstService Residential associates drawing upon a long history of providing lifestyle and amenity services to communities of all types.
"It was useful to have a discussion on how to properly leverage a Reserve Study,” said Robert Stewart, Member at Large from Knoll’s of Birmingham. “The roundtable was interesting and it was extremely helpful to hear how other associations handle things."
“We are excited to see that our Mid Atlantic area COA/HOA roundtables are successfully creating a powerful forum where volunteer Board Members from COA/HOAs throughout the area can gain knowledge through a process of collaboration with their counterparts in the neighborhood," said Robert Teeling, FirstService Residential Mid-Atlantic Senior Vice President of Condominium and Homeowner Associations. He further noted that, "It is inspiring to experience the energy, excitement, and enthusiasm of the Board Members. The resulting dialogue and the open sharing of best practices demonstrate the value our roundtables offer to participating Board Members.”
The FirstService Residential educational best practice sharing roundtable series has been successfully held across the region including Philadelphia, New Jersey’s Hudson and Bergen Counties, Baltimore, Arlington, and Charlotte. Upcoming scheduled events include additional sessions in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, New Jersey, Maryland, the DC Metropolitan area, Charlotte, North Carolina and a new session in Charleston, South Carolina. The roundtable events feature all community association management types including condominium and homeowner associations, high rises, active adult, lifestyle and large scale communities.
About FirstService Residential
FirstService Residential is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector, one of the largest markets in the world. As the largest residential property manager in North America, FirstService Residential oversees more than 6,500 residential and commercial associations including 1.5 million residential units and over 50 million square feet of commercial space across 21 U.S. states and three provinces in Canada. The company has more than 12,000 employees driving local market expertise and managing in excess of $6 billion in annual budgets. For more information, visit www.fsresidential.com.