Congratulations to New Association Management Specialists

Congratulations are in order for four Utah community association managers whom have been awarded the Association Management Specialist designation from the Community Associations Institute.  The new designees are:

Scott Fewell, St. George, UT

Sheralyn Hopkinson, Midway, UT

Shaun Simmons, Draper, UT

Lara Valenzuela, Draper, UT

AMS is the second level in the CAI career development track for community association managers.

The AMS designation demonstrates a higher level of commitment to your career and the community association industry. An AMS designation is recommended for managers who want to enhance their career opportunities by increasing their knowledge and expertise.

Links to 2011 Legislation, Service Providers

Here, for the attendees of the seminar who requested access to the bills discussed at today’s seminar, are links to the bills:

Senate Bill 167 — the major bill, referenced as “UCIOA lite,” which significantly amends association governance, collections and insurance.

House Bill 104 — requiring all Utah community associations to register as a prerequisite to lien-based assessment collections.

House Bill 175 — dealing with record keeping and disclosure requirements

Senate Bill 89 — modifies associations’ obligations respecting reserve accounts

Senate Bill 117 — modifies the voting requirements for community associations that want to amend their declarations.

And here, as requested, is a link to the Community Association Institute’s service provider directory.  This list will lead you to members of the Community Associations Institute, which indicates commitment to that professional trade association; you may also wish to find providers that have received professional designations from CAI.  This database allows you to locate community managers who have earned their Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) certification through NBC-CAM; Association Management Specialist (AMS), Large-Scale Manager (LSM), and Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM), through CAI. Also listed are professionals who have earned the Reserve Specialist (RS) and Community Insurance and Risk Management Specialist (CIRMS) designations, members of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), and companies that have earned the Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) designation.

Things Every Board Member Should Know

I had a rewarding evening at the UCCAI Roundtable last night, teaching and discussing a list of things that board members should know.  It was a very engaged and interactive discussion with about 30 participants; mostly HOA and condominium board members: feedback was universally favorable.

For those of you who couldn’t attend; here’s the list of things you should know:

  1. Whether your association is a condominium;
  2. Whether you can fine your residents (and if so, how to fine);
  3. Whether your association is adequately insured;
  4. Whether you, as a board member, are adequately insured by your association;
  5. How assessments should be calculated in your association and how assessments are actually being calculated;
  6. What your association’s governing documents are, and what they say;
  7. That your association’s insurance requirements may change effective as of July 1, 2011;
  8. That your association will need to be registered with the Utah Department of Commerce as of July 1, 2011;
  9. That you need to know about the Fair Housing Laws;
  10. How to hire the right people for your association.

If you don’t know them, you should join UCCAI, and sign up to follow this blog.  If you can’t wait to know them, contact one of the lawyers at Hobbs & Olson

The Essentials of Community Management

I’m in Natick, MA., preparing to teach the CAI course on The Essentials of Community Association Management tomorrow and Friday.  I don’t teach this course as often as some others, but every time that I do teach it, I am impressed as to what a good overview of the industry that it provides.  I’ve taught board members, attorneys and many managers in the course, and I think it provides knowledge at all levels.  If you haven’t taken the course, you should consider it.  It is also available as a home-study course, if you’re not inclined to take the time to learn from one of CAI’s distinguished national faculty members.

Rolf Berger, 1951-2009

The Utah legal community, and particularly the Utah community association law community, lost a very good friend and colleague, Rolf Berger, earlier this week.

Here’s Rolf’s obituary, from the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News:

Rolf Helmut Berger 1951 ~ 2009 Rolf Helmut Berger, 58, passed away at his home on December 28, 2009 surrounded by his family after a bout with cancer.Rolf is survived by his beloved wife, Carla McBride Berger, children David Rolf Berger, Nicholas James Berger (Jessica), Joseph Helmut Berger (Amanda), and Alisa Jane Saba (Bryan). His grandchildren, Alexis, Andrew, Madeline, Avery, and Lily adored their grandfather and were the delight of his life. He is preceded in death by daughter Katherine Johanna and his parents Helmut and Gerda Berger. Rolf was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and worked as an attorney for the law firm of Kirton & McConkie. Rolf served many selflessly, and will be greatly missed. A viewing will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens at 1950 East and 10600 South on Wed., December 30 from 6-8 p.m. Services will be held at the LDS Chapel at 9855 S. 2300 E. on Thurs., Dec. 31 at 12:00 noon, with a viewing one hour prior. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the LDS Church’s Perpetual Education Fund.

Rolf was a great contributor and regular participant in the Utah Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, and contributed significant time and effort to the practice of community association law in Utah.

Rolf will be greatly missed.

Rest in Peace, Rolf.