Community Matters
Work-Life: Finding the Dividing Line

Work-Life: Finding the Dividing Line

July 26, 2019

The latest episode of Community Matters podcast takes off in a very different direction that previous episodes. In this interview, we chat with Ryan Fleming, Director of the Habitational Group with JGS Insurance, about ways to find that critical balance between work and life. How do you find the dividing line? How do you deal with different personalities and establish a mindset for work vs. life? We'll chat about these questions and more in this episode.

JGS Insurance is a 100 year old independent insurance agency located in Holmdel, NJ, serving multiple industries including community associations. You can find them online at www.jgsinsurance.com.

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Detecting & Preventing Water Infiltration

Detecting & Preventing Water Infiltration

March 28, 2019

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

Our guest in this episode is John M. Hershey, AIA, a LEED Accredited Professional, Licensed Architect, Reserve Specialist, and President of J. Hershey Building Consultants, a consulting, design and construction management firm with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Orlando. He has consulted with clients throughout the United States and has been the project lead on countless design and construction projects. We’ll be talking about the damaging effects of water infiltration and how you can detect and prevent this costly problem in homes and buildings in your condo, cooperative or planned community. For more information on J. Hershey Building Consultants, please visit their website.

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Avoiding Association Liability

Avoiding Association Liability

March 7, 2019

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

In this episode of Community Matters we’ll be discussing the many areas where community associations can be exposed to liability, and how associations can avoid these claims. My guest today is Edward Hoffman, Jr., a Partner and Co-Founder of Barrow|Hoffman, a Community Association Law and Litigation firm with offices in Warminster and Allentown, PA. Mr. Hoffman regularly represents and counsels homeowners associations, condominiums and planned communities on full range of issues including litigation, governing document drafting, amendments and revisions, transition issues, covenant enforcement, assessment violations and collections. He is a member of CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee. For more information on Barrow | Hoffman, please visit their website.

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What’s New in CAI’s National Reserve Study Standards?

What’s New in CAI’s National Reserve Study Standards?

October 1, 2018

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

In this episode of Community Matters we’ll be discussing Reserve Studies – specifically, updates that were adopted in 2017 to CAI’s national Reserve Study Standards. My guest for this episode is Mitch Frumkin, president and founder of Kipcon, Incorporated, an engineering consulting firm that specializes in community associations. A Licensed Professional Engineer in eighteen states, Mitch holds CAI Reserve Specialist designation. He is also a past president of Community Associations Institute and the Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter. For more information on Kipcon, please vist www.kipcon.com.

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Workplace Laws & Community Associations

Workplace Laws & Community Associations

July 31, 2018

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

CAI members – including management companies and community associations that are employers - are subject to numerous state and federal laws that govern the workplace. Compliance with these employment laws is critical to avoiding litigation. We'll be reviwing these laws in this episode with Philip Voluck, owner of the national law firm Kaufman Dolowich and Voluck. For the last 40 years, Phil has represented employers, including community associations, who have been faced with claims of discrimination or wrongful termination by former employees, rejected applicants, and other parties. For more information on the firm, please visit their website.

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Medical Marijuana’s Impact on Community Associations

Medical Marijuana’s Impact on Community Associations

July 13, 2017

In this episode of Community Matters, we're talking pot – that is, the legal kind. Medical Marijuana is becoming legal in more and more states and in some, so is recreational marijuana. Community associations have long dealt with the issue of cigarette and other types of smoking, but does medical marijuana require new ways of thinking for community association managers and elected leaders?

We’ll find out in this podcast, where our guest is Scott Reidenbach, Esquire. Scott is the founding principal of Reidenbach & Associates, a law firm based in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Scott and his firm concentrate in the areas of Condominium and Community Association Law, Construction Litigation, Real Estate and related areas. Contact Scott through his website at www.reidenbachlaw.com.

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