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FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, August 28, 2014 – Volunteer boards and property managers responsible for the operation of condominiums, homeowner’s associations and coops will find their jobs a little easier thanks to a new Smartphone app from the Becker & Poliakoff Community Association Law Practice group.

The new “Pocket Condo, HOA and Coop Guide” is now available for free download on iPhone and Android devices. It can be found in the Apple store for iPhones and iPads by typing in “Condominium, HOA, Cooperative Law,” and in the Google Play store for most Android devices by typing in “Condominium, HOA, Coop Law.”

The app allows residents to search the laws governing their communities using simple key words or browsing the frequently asked questions and answers section with answers provided via video. Board members and managers in condominiums and cooperatives will appreciate the annual meeting calculator, designed to make the strict guidelines for scheduling annual meetings, as set forth by statute, easy to understand and follow.

Other features include the ability to create Board meeting minutes with detailed information about attendance, voting, and agenda items.

“We are committed to providing clients with the technology they need to make their jobs as voluntary board members as productive as possible,” said Ken Direktor, chair of the Community Association Law Practice group at Becker & Poliakoff. “Our app is designed to provide answers to commonly asked questions and help clients gain better access to the information they are seeking.”

The app is available to the public; however, clients of Becker & Poliakoff can also access proprietary information regarding accounts they have in collections through a client log-in portal.

What is an Advisory Board and could your organization benefit from one? Community Association Legislative Lobby (CALL), Florida’s leading community association organization recently announced the formation of an Advisory Board which will provide vision, strategy, and outreach to the organization’s leadership team.

Working day-to-day in the community association industry, the term Board of Directors is commonplace. Community associations and many corporations across the state are governed by an elected Board of Directors who has a fiduciary and legal responsibility to the organizations they serve. In contrast, an Advisory Board does not have any formal legal responsibilities. Rather, an Advisory Board is appointed in order to give advice and support.

What qualities should you look for in an Advisory Board?

  • Industry Experience
  • Mentoring
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Credibility


Industry Experience
Industry experience is an important qualification for a team member of an advisory board. In this case, experience in carrying out the duties of a community association is crucial.

The CALL Advisory Board encompasses an extraordinary number of years as board presidents and management company executives.

  • Roi Danon, President of Danon Management Group, Delray Beach, FL
  • Ed Duch, Legislative Vice President, Gulf Shore Association of Condominiums (GSAC), Naples, FL
  • Jim Hoppensteadt, President and Chief Operating Officer, Pelican Bay Foundation, Naples, FL
  • Pio Ieraci, President, Galt Mile Community Association and Galt Ocean Club Condominium Association, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Ewing Sutherland, President, Gulfside, Inc., Naples, FL

Ken Direktor, Chair of Becker & Poliakoff’s Community Association Practice Group shared initial thoughts through a recent press release. “We look forward to working with this diverse group of individuals who have deep insight into the challenges and opportunities facing common-ownership residential communities in Florida.”

Ideally it is important for a trusted group of advisors to be able to connect with an organization’s leadership on a professional level but personal connections should be considered, as well. Trust is earned over years of working side-by-side on important and mutually beneficial projects. “I have worked with these advisors for many years to shape positive community association legislation,” said attorney, Donna DiMaggio Berger, a shareholder in Becker & Poliakoff’s Community Association Law Group.


Strategic Thinking
Development of new programs and products is important to the success of an organization. A trusted team of advisors can be invaluable in strategic planning for product development and implementation. Ms. Berger went on to share how this group will be able to provide the insight and planning they need. “Their willingness to serve on CALL’s Advisory Board will enable us to gain valuable input on CALL’s legislative agenda as well as to broaden the scope of our outreach and the distribution channels for our many resource materials.”

Access to and representation by trusted decision makers with longstanding ties to the community brings credibility to an organization.

Becker & Poliakoff attorney Yeline Goin, who serves as CALL executive director and lobbyist said, “These advisors will enable us to gain valuable input on CALL’s legislative agenda while providing a local connection between CALL and members of the Florida Legislature.”

Pio Ieraci of the Galt Mile Community Association commented, “I am honored to serve on CALL’s inaugural Advisory Board and, along with my fellow Board Members, am dedicated to spreading CALL’s important mission of outreach, advocacy, and education.”

Click here to read CALL’s press release in its entirety.


Leaders from Community Advocacy Network (CAN) and Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC) held a joint Community Association Legislative Town Hall in Orlando Florida on September 5, 2014. FCAP’s Richard Johns attended and provides the following information.
Senator David Simmons, Senator Geraldine Thompson, Representative Dennis Baxley, Representative Tom Goodson, Representative Victor Torres, and newly elected Representative Jennifer Sullivan met with community association leaders and shared their thoughts on the past year’s legislation that impacted managers’ duties as well as the cost of doing business for community associations. Continue reading

I know that no one wants to think about it, but that dreaded time has come again. It’s time to get to work on the annual Association budget. While the budget process is very straight forward, the emotions it often brings out in owners, board members, and residents are not. The budget process has to balance competing interests, some want the lowest possible increase while some want more services, better amenities, or improved maintenance. All of these have to be balanced with what is required in addition to the resources of the Association and its owners.

A few budget facts you should know: Continue reading

b760ab04-24ab-4744-a91d-6f773c9d7885Managers and Board Members: Registration is now open for The Show: Orlando! Visit our website at www.theshowfl.com to check out the schedule and CEU class offerings and to register!
Service Providers: Booths are still available at The Show: Orlando. Don’t miss your opportunity to network with community association board members and managers. Reserve your booth today.

Over two years ago, when asked the question: “With so many local organizations, why is there a need for a new one?”  FCAP Director Jim McMurry answered: “At the ground level, FCAP is both an educational and advocacy organization. We intend to raise the awareness of the professional nature of our member managers and service providers, while providing extensive education to all levels of the industry.”   
FCAP hasn’t taken their eye off that goal, and we remain an organization committed to education and an advocate for community associations across the state of Florida.  We are very proud of all of our members and extend our gratitude to those that have renewed their memberships and welcome our newest members. Continue reading

Registration is now open for The Show: Orlando. We are pleased to offer multiple opportunities to obtain CEU credits, as well as offering a Board Certification Course. Visit our website at www.theshowfl.com to view the schedule, explore the educational options, and register for The Show!

CEU Classes

The Show: Orlando is pleased to bring you the following CEU classes. All classes are offered free of charge and will be held at The Show: Orlando on September 26, 2014 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Preregistration is not required, but is strongly recommended. Continue reading


Sometimes we need to take a breath and realize how truly blessed we are to live in this country. Recently I was complaining about something rather insignificant…..a little embarrassed about this…having to park too far from the entrance to the store I needed to visit. Megan, my daughter, looked at me and said, “That’s such a first-world problem!” That one simple statement really hit me hard and has stuck with me ever since. Continue reading

Please forgive me for hijacking the FCAP newsletter this week, but I want to give you some important news. Last week we revealed the new FCAP logo and made reference to the changes that are coming soon. I want you to be the first to see them and also want to give you the reasons behind why we are making the changes.

Beginning early next week, all of the websites associated with FCAP – flcaj.com, theshowfl.com, condojobs.com, and fcaponline.net will redirect to our new website FCAPgroup.com.  From there you can easily access the different services that FCAP offers. Although it is not general knowledge (and still has a couple of kinks to work out), the site is live and accessible if you’d like to take a look. Continue reading

Part 2

CondoJobs Director, Lisa Pinder and FCAP Director, Lisa Whitson recently sat down to discuss realistic expectations of the job market for new community association managers in Florida. Here is Part 2 of that series.

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