HOA Presidents' Club: Time to Join or Start One?
In this week's tip, we build on one Florida HOA president's bright idea: Bringing other HOA presidents together to share ideas. That organization, the Oviedo HOA Presidents Association, now represents about 40 communities and has monthly meetings featuring a sponsor, a speaker, and updates from local politicians, first responders, and others.
Presidents' clubs aren't that commonyet. "I haven't seen a presidents' club," reports Shanne Ho, senior director of property management at Seabreeze Management Co. in Aliso Viejo, Calif., which oversees more than 100 associations. "I have seen where you have a master association with subassociations who've tried to join forces on their maintenance contracts to gain a level of cost efficiency. That's worked and not worked because sometimes people have different expectations when it comes to the appropriate level of service. Still, I think there's something advantageous about a presidents' club. When it becomes collaborative, could it be done in good spirit? Sure."
"I love that idea of calling it a president's club and inviting them to a breakfast meeting," agrees Lori Burger, CPM, CCAM, CAM, senior vice president and director of Eugene Burger Management Corp., a Rohnert Park, Calif.based company that manages about 20,000 condo and HOA units; Burger is also the 2013 secretary/treasurer of the Institute of Real Estate Management, a professional organization of property managers. "That's an opportunity we don't as a company take advantage of, but it's a great way to have better networking among our boards."
They're popping up in Florida. "I've not only heard of the idea of a local association presidents' club, I've attended some meetings, and I've even spoken at some," says Matthew Zifrony, who advises homeowners and condo associations at Tripp Scott, a Ft. Lauderdale law firm, and who's also served as the president of a 3,000home association. "Where I live in Westin, Fla., there's a president's club where all association presidents are invited, and we meet either quarterly or every six months. We discuss issues affecting our communities to see if we can pool resources."
Zifrony says sometimes management companies organize such groups. "I've seen when management companies are trying to make inroads in an area, they'll host presidents' meetings," he explains. "It'll be under the auspices of, 'We want to get everybody together to help you out,' but they'll also have their promotional material displayed. That way their name gets out, and if presidentsareunhappy with their manager, they have a resource to turn to."
You can walk away with concrete benefits by organizing or joining a local HOA president's club. Learn more in our new article, Should You Form a Local HOA Presidents' Club?