The Community Associations Institute Research Foundation has named four officers to one-year terms serving the Institute's data-collection and research entity. Founded in 1973, the Community Associations Institute Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation that mobilizes charitable contributions to fund research projects involving condominium, cooperative, and homeowners associations, and to publish research results.
Richard J. Leeds, CMCA, chair of the Research Foundation, is the principal of RJL Associates, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. Leeds is a 37-year veteran of community association and property management, construction and development industries. Leeds works directly with builders, developers and public agencies involved in creating common-interest communities from conceptualization through setup and management. Leeds holds real estate licenses in Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a frequent lecturer and author on multi-family housing management systems in the U.S. and abroad. He is a past president of the Washington Metro chapter of the Community Association Institute (CAI).
B.G. Campbell, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, chair-elect, supervises Community Group Inc. offices in Tidewater, Virginia, and has 14 years of community association management experience. A senior instructor for CAI's Professional Management Development Program courses, Campbell was named Educator of the Year in 1994. He is a past chairman of CAI's Association Management Specialist, Managers Education and Managers Committees and served on the Builder/Developer Committee. Active in the Southeastern Virginia chapter of CAI, Campbell is a former Leadership Training Program speaker and has served on the local Membership, Publicity and Managers Luncheon Committees. He was named the chapter's Speaker of the Year in 1992.
Jerome M. Fien, treasurer, is a retired managing partner at Samuel Klein and Co. CPAs, in Newark, New Jersey. He has served as president of The Woodlands at West Orange Community Association since 1989, a community honored by CAI's New Jersey chapter as Best Medium-sized Association in 1991. A seasoned speaker, moderator and workshop leader, Fien is a member of the CAI New Jersey chapter Hall of Fame. He is a secretary/treasurer of the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Common Ground™, CAI's award-winning bimonthly magazine. Fien served as the homeowner representative on CAI's Board of Directors for four years and chaired CAI's Homeowners Committee from 1993 to 1995. In addition, Fien was awarded CAI's Byron Hanke Award in 2000. Named for one of CAI's original founders, this award is presented periodically to an individual who supports education and research for CAI's largest membership group -- homeowners and homeowner-controlled associations.
Ronald L. Perl, Esq., secretary, is a partner of Hill Wallack, Attorneys At Law, in Princeton, New Jersey as well as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School. An attorney with 20 years of experience in community association law, Perl currently serves on the Board of Governors of the College of Community Association Lawyers. He is past president of the CAI New Jersey chapter. He has been a member of CAI's National Faculty for ten years, has served on the Designation Ethics Committee for the past two years, and continues to serve on the Law Seminar Planning Committee among numerous other contributions.
The Community Associations Institute is a nonprofit association created in 1973 to educate and represent the nation'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. Additional information on the Community Associations Institute Research Foundation can be found on the organizations web site, http://www.cairf.org.
[Editor's Note: The complete listing of the 2001 CAI-RF Board of Directors follows.]
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