Conference Breakout Sessions


June 16 & 17, 2021 at Valley Forge Casino


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2021 Annual Conference Breakout Education Sessions

This year's conference offers six (6) one hour education breakout sessions. Attend the sessions of your choice during the live event. Some sessions will also be offered virtually. Check the schedule for which sessions will be made available to virtual attendees. Each one hour session is worth 1 continuing education credit. Managers who attend on site can earn up to 3 continuing education credits (breakouts plus the keynote session), plus up to 2 additional credits for participating in the virtual sessions on June 22, which is included in your on-site registration. Managers attending just the virtual sessions can earn up to 2 credits.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Bonus Micro Session 8:15 AM to 8:45 AM (NEW!)

Responsible Re-opening: What’s the state of Covid restrictions in my state?
Presented by Jonathan Katz, Esq., Hill Wallack & Josephine Lee, Esq., Clemons Richter & Reiss
This session will only be offered during the in-person event.

The Covid-19 landscape is rapidly changing. Governors in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware are rescinding virus mitigation orders and the CDC guidance on mask mandates has also rapidly evolved. How does all of this impact community associations’ decisions on whether or not to open the pool or the clubhouse or other indoor and outdoor facilities? This 30 minute micro session will cover the current state of restrictions and include an open Q&A to answer all your questions. 

Breakout Educational Sessions I (pick one) 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Session 1: The Do's & Don'ts of Social Media
Presented by Ed Hoffman,  Esq., CCAL, Hoffman Law LLC
This session will only be offered during the in-person event.

Attend this seminar to learn how properly control your Association’s online profiles and communications and discuss situations in which social media exposes an association to potential liability, and other issues, including the impact of COVID-19.

Session 2: Board Member Boot Camp:  Breaking Point: Examining Aging Infrastructures in Community Associations
Presented by: Bob Travis, CIRMS, Risk Management Matters; Steve Lang, The Falcon Group; Bruce Holberg, President, Society Hill Towers 
This session will only be offered during the in-person event.

Homebuyers and homeowners usually understand your association’s fees and assessments. They most likely understand why they need to contribute to funding reserves for wear and tear. They also accept that insurance is necessary for unknown perils. But are they ready when you reveal a major problem with your community’s hidden infrastructure and are they prepared for what could be an overwhelming cost of repair or replacement? 
Key takeaways:
  • Avoid maintenance by band-aid
  • Identify potential infrastructure surprises and prepare your owners for higher expenses, reserve contributions and special assessments
  • Learn how ongoing education of homeowners can help avoid an aging infrastructure surprise

Session 3: Budget Security for Your Community Trees: Is It Possible?
Presented by: Rick Close, Davey Tree 

The management and maintenance of a community's large number of trees usually takes a 'back-seat' to other landscape components such as the annual lawn mowing, mulching of beds, and flower plantings.  What can occur is that the tree population is essentially ignored until the trees have grown to a large size and they become nuisances to residents, or even worse, a severe storm comes along resulting in serious tree and property damage.  Unfortunately with many managed communities, the trees are then frequently dealt with on a strictly reactionary basis.  The community’s annual budget then takes an unplanned ‘hit’ forcing the Board and property managers to draw funds from other areas of the budget to cover these unplanned-for costs. But – there is a better way - a way of consistently maintaining your trees within a defendable,  intelligently created annual budget based on facts.  This is achieved through a professionally done tree inventory and tree  management plan.

Breakout Educational Sessions II (pick one) 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Session 1: Board Member Boot Camp: The Future of Electronic Voting & Virtual Meetings
Presented by: Terry Kessler, Esq., Hill Wallack; & Stefan Richter, Esq., CCAL, Clemons Richter & Reiss

As a result of COVID-19, associations have been forced to operate by written and electronic means. But in the absence of state legislative changes that permit the continued practice of electronic voting and meetings once the State of Emergency is rescinded, how can your association update your documents to insure that when the pandemic ends, the positive aspects of virtual meetings can remain? Whether its electronic voting, virtual board meetings, virtual annual meetings, or any other virtual community event, there are steps that need to be followed so the meeting format is correct and legally binding. This session will explore the authority of associations to conduct electronic voting, as well as the amendments or resolutions necessary to prevent procedural challenges. This presentation will also look at what Roberts Rules of Order has to say about these changes. RRO is the de facto standard for how meeting should be run, and there is an entire section related to electronic meetings.

Session 2: Recently Adopted Rules for FHA Certification May Help Your Condo Association
Presented by: David Dahan, Esq., Hyland Levin & Shapiro

FHA now has rules that provide greater flexibility to secure certification or re-certification.  Learn about the procedure in general and changes that affect secondary residences, owner-occupancy rates and how long a certification lasts - all of which benefit condominiums.  These are just a few examples.  This is an event you will regret missing if you want stay current on the FHA approval process and help your condominium associations!

Session 3: An Association to Die For: Responding to and Rebounding from a Traumatic Event in Your Community Association
Presented by: Robyn Colajezzi & Mike McGrory, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks

This session is designed to aid managers, owners, business partners and individuals in general. The first portion is part discussion and part hands on which will discuss how to turn a traumatic injury around with simple life saving measures.  The second portion will discuss how to handle the post-traumatic clean up.  When to call in professionals, why it's expensive, why it's necessary and the measures taken to ensure everyone's safety.  

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