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CAI to Convene

9/6/2002  -  Alexandria, VA

Discover the elements of leadership at Community Associations Institute's (CAI) Community Leadership Forum to be held in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida from October 24-26 at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The Community Forum will breathe new life into community association professionals' careers and ignite a renewed passion for leadership. Attendees will learn to weather storms in both professional and private life and chart a course to success at this year's fall conference.


The conference will open Thursday with "Leadership, Disney Style" teaching key leadership strategies by representatives from the Disney Institute and will continue with "I Think, Therefore I Lead" by Stephen Harvill during Friday morning’s general session. This multi-media, interactive program will take guests on a journey through the art of thinking and its application to making critical leadership decisions.

"The Community Leadership Forum will be a great opportunity for community managers, leaders and other professionals to come together to discuss the challenges facing today’s and future communities," said Erin Fuller, CAE, CAI's Vice President of Education. "CAI has made a strong effort to bring in advanced-level programs to help community leaders strengthen their skills and learn from the best in the field."

Other topics to be addressed include community leadership, professional ethics in community management, political and management issues facing large-scale communities, and community financial issues. CAI will also run five Professional Management Development Program (PMDP) courses, including "The Essentials of Community Association Management," "Risk Management," "Manager and the Law," and "Contemporary Issues in Community Association Management–Community Security." CAI members will also be able to play in a golf tournament at Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, to benefit CAI's Issues Advancement Fund.

Educational programming for managers, board members and professionals will cover numerous topics, including, among many:

  • Legislative and Regulatory Issues Briefing
  • Hot Tips to Improve Community Communications
  • The Impact of Mold on Community Risk Management
  • Reserve Studies and Investment Planning: Working Together
  • Customer Service Solutions for High-Tech Times
  • Protect Your Assets Against Fraud
  • How To Work "Smarter" with Your Community Association Attorney
  • Community and Local Government Relations
  • Worldwide Technology Trends in the Community Association Industry
  • The Day After a Catastrophic Event: A Community Case Study
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) & Your Community
  • Long-Range Capital Planning
  • Working with an Aging Community: Meeting the Needs of Senior Residents
  • Ethical Conduct for the Board: A Primer
  • Lead Your Community Association to Success
  • The Strategic Budget Process: Effective Decision Making for the Organization

Registration for the forum is $625 for members, $755 for non-members. If guests register by September 20, they can take an additional $50 off the fee. Registration information is available at (703) 548-8600, or a registration form can be downloaded from CAI’s web site at Special room rates of $189 single/double per night have been established at Disney's Contemporary Resort for forum attendees. For reservations, contact the hotel at (407) 824-3869 and identify yourself as a CAI attendee. Rooms are set up to accommodate families.

The Community Associations Institute is a nonprofit association created in 1973 to provide education and resources to America's 231,000 community associations—condominium associations, homeowner associations and cooperatives. CAI members include homeowners, associations and the professionals who provide products and services to them.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information about attending the conference, contact Holly Carson at 703-548-8600, extension 330 or via email at hcarson(at)

Phone: 703-970-9235