Article for Publication in Association Newsletters: CAI's Annual Conference & Expo

Feb 22, 2016

 

CAI's Annual Conference & Expo will take place on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The article / text below can be used by management companies to assist CAI in promoting the event to community associations and your help in doing so is greatly appreciated. Management companies can feel free to copy and paste the following text for publication in your company newsletter or in the newsletters that may be published by community associations you manage between now and the Annual Conference & Expo on April 14, 2016.  There are also graphic files at the end of this post that you can also publish with the text.

Suggested Title: Learn & Network at Community Associations Institute's FREE Annual Conference & Expo  

Take Flight with CAI! Community Associations Institute (CAI) invites you to attend the 2016 Annual Conference & Expo on Thursday, April 14, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Attendees will benefit from 5 breakout education sessions, 2 chat rooms including a special Ask the Experts Chat Room for Community Association Volunteer Leaders, an exhibit hall with 151 booths including landscapers, attorneys, banks, engineers, energy companies, asphalt and pavement maintenance, roofers, painters and contractors of all kinds, networking opportunities with homeowners and managers who face the same situations as you do in your community association and a fun After Party at the iconic Hard Rock Café! Registration for the event opens at 8:30 AM on April 14th. The conference ends at 3:30 PM and the after party will follow from 3:30 to 6:30 PM.

Why Should You Attend?

This action packed day is one you won’t want to miss as an elected association volunteer leader. The networking ability alone with people who have the same issues, questions and challenges that you face in your condo or HOA on a daily basis makes the entire day worth it. Attendance is free for all community association leaders and includes all education sessions, entrance to the exhibit hall, a hot buffet lunch and admission to the After Party.

Thanks to the strong support of CAI’s sponsors and exhibitors, attendance at the Annual Conference & Expo continues to be free for elected association leaders, CAI members and non-members alike

Educational Sessions

One of the most beneficial aspects of the Annual Conference & Expo is the educational programs featuring session speakers who are experts in their fields. Attendees can choose from the following sessions dealing with timely and important topics:

Morning Sessions – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Session 1: Avoiding Bankruptcy’s Pitfalls
Nona Ostrove, Esq. • Law Offices of Nona Ostrove,  LLC

This program will provide a basic understanding of the bankruptcy process and explain what to do when a unit owner has filed for bankruptcy, explain Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, whether you can still collect the balance due, tow the unit owner’s car, and other important issues. 

Session 2: Loss Control and Claims Management
Stephen Smith, Jr., CIC, CIRMS & Lisa Albert • Smith Insurance Associates, Inc.

Common property losses, including fires, slip and falls, and water damage, frequently occur in community associations. This session will discuss how to control risk and claims management when a loss occurs. 

Session 3: Technology Doctor: Critical Care for Your Company’s Computers
Steve Gothard • Page Per Page

If your company went to the Technology Doctor, would you pass your check-up? This presentation will look at the state of where we are today and provide a clear vision of where we need to go. While this session is geared to exhibitors and management companies, feel free to attend if your organization or personal business may benefit.

Afternoon Sessions – 2:30 to 3:30 PM

Session 1: Drone On: Dealing with Drones in the Community Association
Steven L. Sugarman, Esq., CCAL • Steven L. Sugarman & Associates

Both commercial and recreational use of drones present serious issues and consequences for condominium and homeowner associations. In this interactive program, we will identify these evolving issues confronting community associations and evaluate creative solutions in order to deal effectively with drones.

Session 2: Buried Alive: Handling Hoarders
Scott MacNair, Esq. & Josephine Lee, Esq. • Clemons Richter & Reiss, PC

Hoarding is becoming an increasing problem for community associations. Attorneys Scott MacNair and Josephine Lee will explore the issue of hoarding and discuss what managers and boards can do to deal with hoarders within your community.

For more detail about these education programs and the speakers, visit the CAI Annual Conference & Expo page at www.cai-padelval.org/conference/attend.

Don’t Miss the Exhibitors

The exhibit hall features 151 exhibit booths — ranging from attorneys and accountants to painters and power washers, from engineers and elevator maintenance companies to roofing contractors and restoration services—if there is a product or service that your community association or condominium needs, you can be sure to find them at the CAI Expo. Nowhere else can you find so many industry specialists in the same room. The exhibit hall will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and a hot lunch will be served in the hall from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Mystery Booth Cash Prize and Door Prizes

Be sure to visit all of the participants in this year’s Mystery Booth contest for your chance to win cash prizes! CAI will be announcing winners at 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, and 2:15 p.m. Many exhibitors will also be giving out fantastic door prizes! You must be present to win.

Unwind at the After Party

After a full day of networking, learning and visiting with exhibitors, unwind at the After Party at the iconic Hard Rock Café, located steps from the exhibit hall floor. The After Party features a cash bar, but look for drink tickets from the After Party Sponsors!

Getting There

Planning to attend? If you’re driving, leave early! There is no way to predict traffic conditions, accidents, etc. Travel on area highways at rush hour, in the AM and PM, is always a challenge. The earlier you leave, the better.  CAI has arranged for discounted parking, but be sure to park in the correct garage! Discount Parking is ONLY AVAILABLE at the Parkway Corporation garage at 12th and Filbert Streets, above Maggiano's Restaurant. Bring your parking ticket with you to attendee registration and ask for a parking discount coupon to save 20% off posted rates. For 12 hours of parking, the discount rate will be approximately $23.

But, for a more convenient and relaxed method of arrival, consider taking the train! Taking the train to the convention center is the best decision you can make. SEPTA's regional rail lines will drop you off literally inside the convention center complex at Jefferson Station. From there, take three escalators up and you'll find yourself right outside the exhibit hall. You'll avoid traffic, congestion and Center City parking fees. Plus, parking at SEPTA train stations is $1 per day on weekdays. Coming from South Jersey? Consider taking PATCO which drops you off four blocks from the convention center.

CAI has made it easy to plan your route to the convention center if you decide to take the train. Visit the Annual Conference & Expo page (www.cai-padelval.org/conference/attend) for a link to schedules, fares and other tips on taking the train to the conference.

Attendance at the conference is free, but please pre-register. To register for the conference, visit www.cai-padelval.org/conference/attend or call CAI at 877-608-9777. We look forward to seeing you there!

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