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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday August 13, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
COVID Complications - Unraveling the Pandemic's Financial, Physical, & Administrative Crisis for HOAs
Sponsored by: Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C.
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The ongoing pandemic has impacted community associations at all levels, in ways both large and small. Day-to-day business operations have been affected, as well as major capital projects, vendor relationships, and programming. As the situation evolves, questions about common area upkeep and use of amenities, budgeting and collections, and holding elections, meetings, and other administrative functions are on the minds of boards and managers alike. Join us for a wide-ranging, informative exploration of all this and more with a panel of legal experts who will address these questions and tackle other issues facing HOA communities during this complicated, stressful time.

Speakers: Richard E. Brooks, Partner -Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C.,Janet Oulousian Aronson, Partner - Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C., Mark S. Einhorn - Parter, Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C.
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ON DEMAND EVENTS

Thursday July 30, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Insurance, Renovations, & the Pandemic - What Your Policy Does (and Doesn't) Protect During COVID
Sponsored by: Mackoul Risk Solutions, Belfor Property Restoration & Anderson Kill
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During this unprecedented public health emergency, boards have big questions about what their various insurance policies cover - and even more importantly, what they don't cover. With residents itching to use common amenities, start or resume renovation projects, and even buy or sell units, issues of liability and coverage are looming larger than ever before. This panel of experts will address those issues, help boards understand the nature and extent of their exposures, discuss where rates are headed, and outline concrete ways to limit risk while allowing for the safe resumption of day-to-day activities, including construction projects and using shared amenities.

Speakers: Gary J. Alexander CMRS, Director of Business Development for NY Region, BELFOR Property Restoration, Allen Wolff, shareholder, Anderson Kill's New York Office, Eric Eggert, CIC, CIRMS - Business Development Specialist, Mackoul Risk Solutions
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Thurday July 23, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Welcome Back - How to Get Your Building (and Board) Up & Running During COVID
Sponsored by: Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP
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With New York moving toward a full reopening in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – but with infection rates still on the rise in many states – the question of how co-op and condo boards and managing agents should handle reopening facilities and common areas is still very much a concern. Boards and managers have a duty to keep their residents safe, and must balance the desire of those eager to use amenities now with the concerns of those less comfortable. Join us for this timely, informative discussion of best practices for everything from enforcing social distancing and encouraging face coverings to the logistics of COVID testing for staff members, holding virtual meetings, paying bills, and drafting visitor and service vendor policies.

Speakers: David L. Berkey,Scott M. Smiler, Marc Luxemburg
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Tuesday July 21, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
An Ounce of Prevention - Matching Your Reserve Budget to Replacement Costs
Sponsored by: Sterling Remodeling and Restoration/Roof Maxx
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Proactive upkeep of your community's key assets, such as siding, decks, blacktop, and roofs is the best protection against expensive emergency repair costs and the high special assessments that come with them. This informative event will give your board and management practical tools for smart planning and regular maintenance, and show you how tiny changes made today and applied consistently can ensure that your reserve budget matches your replacement costs, yielding staggering savings decades down the road.

Speakers: David Levy- President, Sterling Remodeling and Restoration/Roof Maxx,R. Russell Fernandes-Principal/Senior Vice President, Becht Engineering, Nathan Weber- Senior Account Manager, T&K Asphalt Services Inc.
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Thursday July 16, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Living in a COVID World - Confronting Real-Life Issues as Associations Reopen
Sponsored by: Smith Buss Jacobs, LLP
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With NYC in Phase 3 and the rest of the state in Phase 4 of reopening, most boards have jumped at the chance to loosen some of the pandemic-related restrictions on activities and amenities. Reopening brings its own challenges, however: staff shortages, failure to comply with recommended safety standards, managing outside visitors, and handling renovations and moves, just to name a few. Join us for this informative panel discussion in which legal pros will outline best practices, offer tips on enforcing rules and guidelines, and advise on how boards can fulfill their duties while mitigating liability and maintaining community cohesion.

Speakers: Kenneth R. Jacobs - Partner, Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP, Domenick J. Tammaro - Partner, Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP, Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante - Partner, Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP
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Tuesday July 14, 2020 @ 11:00 AM EST
Move Forward? Slow Down? Shut Down? COVID-19: What's Next for Florida Communities
Sponsored by: FirstService Residential
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With Florida moving through phased reopening in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – as infection rates are spiking in some areas – the question of how condo and HOA communities should handle amenities and common areas is as pressing as ever. Residents are eager to return to some sense of normalcy, but boards have a duty to keep their constituents safe – and sometimes those two conflict. Join us for this timely, informative discussion on everything from how to enforce social distancing and encourage face coverings in your common areas to the logistics of COVID testing for staff members, temperature monitoring, drafting visitor policy, and more.

Speakers: Bobet Bennett-Marshall, Senior Vice President -FirstService Residential, Donna DiMaggio Berger, Shareholder, Board Certified Specialist, Executive Director of CALL - Becker, Kim Pinillos, Vice President - FirstService Residential’s South Florida High-Rise Division
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Thursday July 9, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Money Trouble - Understanding Defaults, Arrears, and the Collections Process During COVID-19
Sponsored by: Tane Waterman & Wurtzel, P.C.
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The pandemic has had a profound impact on the ability of many shareholders, unit owners, and commercial tenants to pay their monthly fees and rent. This has created challenges for co-ops and condominiums in need of these funds to address the rising costs of running a building and addressing the new COVID-related challenges. With the moratoria on evictions and foreclosures starting to expire, the question of how to collect monies owed while navigating all of the new requirements and restrictions is one that boards must understand and address in order to uphold their fiduciary duty. This webinar will explain the different rules for co-ops and condominiums when it comes to collections, update attendees on the current status of court proceedings, and offer expert guidance on late fees, arrears, payment plans and using security deposits to cover back rent.

Speakers: Stewart Wurtzel - Partner, Tane Waterman & Wurtzel, P.C., Leonard Khandros - Partner, Tane Waterman & Wurtzel, P.C., Andrew Stern - Partner, Tane Waterman & Wurtzel, P.C.
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Tuesday June 30, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Clearing the Air - Keeping Your Indoor Environment Clean, Safe, and Contaminant-Free
Sponsored by: O&S Associates, Inc.
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With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic keeping people inside, and hot summer weather keeping windows closed and air conditioning on, concerns about air quality and safety have taken on new urgency for boards, managers, and residents alike. This informative event will bring together HVAC specialists and indoor environmental experts to offer insights into what your community can do to clean, sanitize, and upgrade its ventilation and airflow systems to be both safer and more energy efficient. Questions about airborne contaminants - including coronavirus, but also allergens, chemicals, and odors - will be addressed, as well as pre- and post-season equipment maintenance for common areas and individual units

Speakers: William T. Payne, PE - Vice President / Principal, O&S Associates, Inc., Peter Catapano, PE, CEM Manager - Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, O&S Associates, Inc., Adam Gorczyca, PE, CEM, GBE, LEED AP - Senior Mechanical Engineer, O&S Associates, Inc.
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Tuesday June 23, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Are You Covered? - Understanding the Pandemic's Insurance Coverage Implications
Sponsored by: JGS Insurance
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Many boards are unaware that their insurance coverage is not designed to respond to claims arising out of a pandemic or other public health emergency. Directors and Officers and General Liability policies both often contain exclusions that could leave associations holding the bag in the event of health-related claims. With residents eager for a return to normalcy and the reopening of shared amenities, it's crucial for boards to understand the nature and extent of their exposures, as well as the limitations of their communities' insurance coverage. This panel of experts will address those concerns, outline concrete ways to limit risks and avoid financial catastrophe, and discuss signage, face covering requirements, limiting capacity in common areas - and even whether to open common areas at all.

Speakers: Wayne Dow, Esq. - Vice President of Programs, Preferred Property Programs, Ryan Fleming - Director of Habitational Department, JGS Insurance
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Thursday June 18, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Reserves to the Rescue? - Preserving Your Community's Physical and Financial Health
Sponsored by: Association Reserves
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With many associations experiencing higher than normal assessment delinquencies, concern about the short-term financial health of their communities is weighing heavily on boards and managers across the country. The Reserve Fund is a powerful financial resource that can be used to help an association survive a temporary cash flow disruption without sacrificing the future - but it must be done with caution and care. Join us and our expert panelists for guidance on this important subject, including how the business judgment rule protects board decisions, how to preserve cash by reprioritizing expenses, how to reallocate cash borrowed from your reserves, how to take advantage of 'softer' vendor pricing to save money, and how to quickly restore borrowed reserve funds.

Speakers: Robert Nordlund - Founder/CEO of Association Reserves, Michael Kim - of Counsel, Schoenberg, Finkel, Newman, & Rosenberg, LLC
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Tuesday June 16, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Reopening Your Amenities & Common Areas Safely while Minimizing Liability - Practical Advice for Boards & Managers
Sponsored by: Flynn Law Group
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As New England reopens, the pressure on trustees and association managers to relax public health guidelines around common spaces and shared facilities is growing. This webinar will give professional advice on developing a reopening plan, handling the increased risks and potential liabilities that come with increased traffic and social interaction among residents, and making sure your board has a solid legal infrastructure as services come back online.

Speakers: Frank A. Flynn, Esq.- Managing Partner/Owner, Flynn Law Group, David Carlson- Partner, Flynn Law Group, Patrick Gamelin- Partner, Flynn Law Group
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THURSDAY June 11, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Getting it Right - Reopening Your Building Safely and Sensibly
Sponsored by: Smith Buss Jacobs, LLP
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As New York reopens, the pressure grows on co-op and condo boards and managing agents to resume alterations, moves and showings, to reopen common facilities, and to grant broader access to visitors and service providers. This webinar gives professional advice on developing a sound reopening plan, handling the risks that come with increased traffic within the building and closer interaction among residents, and making sure your staffing, insurance, financial and legal policies are in order as services come back on line.

Speakers: Kenneth R. Jacobs - Partner, Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP, Domenick J. Tammaro - Partner, Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP, Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante - Partner, Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP
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TUESDAY June 9, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Moving Forward - Advice on Legal Requirements, Operations, and Engaging Residents Post-COVID
Sponsored by: Associa Community Management of New Jersey
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The past three months have forced associations and their partners to adapt in many ways. This panel will discuss these adaptations in the areas of association operations, legal requirements, and resident lifestyle and wellness. Topics will include practical advice on holding virtual meetings, conducting meetings consistent with new Radburn DCA regulations, electronic voting, creative ways to engage your residents, and the use of technology platforms for effective remote operations.

Speakers: Michael Pesce, PCAM - Branch President, Associa Community Management of New Jersey, Matthew Z. Earle - Partner, Kates, Nussman, Ellis, Farhi & Earle, LLP, Lynne Edwards - Lifestyle Director, WTS International, LLC, Amy Gallogly - Corporate Operations Director, WTS International, LLC
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WEDNESDAY June 3, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Maintaining Safety, Sanity, and Service as States Reopen During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sponsored by: Denali Property Management
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As state restrictions ease and we begin to return to normalcy, rules and requirements will change. Boards will need to balance increasing freedoms with the social responsibility to protect their most vulnerable residents. Please join us to discuss ongoing safety measures for common areas and amenities, changing legal responsibilities, and how to best deal with stressed-out residents, managers, and staff members during Phase 2.

Speakers: Harold Berlowe, Director of Sales & Project Managemet - Denali Property Management, Vincent Rapolla, Director of Field Operations - Denali Property Management, Fran McGovern, Founder - McGovern Legal Services, LLC, Paul Bergmann- President, Viking Pro-Clean Service
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WEDNESDAY MAY 27, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Virtual Voting, Meeting Remotely & Bridging the Tech Divide in Co-ops, Condos & HOAs
Sponsored by: Honest Ballot

The global pandemic has raised serious questions about how boards can conduct business and residents can participate in the governance of their communities while social distancing. This webinar will offer professional advice and clarity on everything from setting up remote meetings to implementing electronic voting, including an overview of the laws and regulations governing such measures. Panelists will discuss how communities can meet challenges around connectivity and web access to ensure that all community members are able to take part, as well as how to combat apathy, promote participation, and orient residents who may be using these technologies for the first time..

Speakers: Linda Gibbs, Honest Ballot, Michael Canberg, Hudson Troy Towers

WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020 @ 10:00 AM EST
Be Prepared. Reopening Your Clubhouse and Amenities
Sponsored by: Taylor Management Company
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As our state prepares to reopen, one of the biggest questions raised by the coronavirus pandemic has been when and how (or even whether) to also reopen community association common areas and amenities. With many residents eager to return to normalcy and access clubhouses and other amenities, leadership must consider the legitimate safety concerns surrounding nonessential shared spaces, including clubhouses, pools, and gyms. This informative webinar will bring together a panel of community association professionals to discuss elements of concern, along with relevant information to assist association leadership in developing practices for reopening common areas while keeping safety and cleanliness front and center.

Speakers: Paul Santoriello, PCAM - Taylor Management Company, Eric Frizzell, Esq. Buckalew Frizzell & Crevina, Debbie Pasquerrello, CIC,CIRMS - USI Insurance, Jerry Lange - Pleasure Pool and Spa
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WEDNESDAY MAY 13, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
COVID, COMMUNICATIONS, & THE LAW - Practical Advice for Boards & Managers
Sponsored by: Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP
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This informative webinar will offer practical advice and effective communication strategies when COVID-19 impacts your building, best governance and sales practices during times of social distancing, adopting and enforcing special rules and regulations to ensure your building and its residents comply with CDC and Health Department guidelines, and - just as importantly - methods for boosting morale among residents to obtain compliance with COVID-19 restrictions and enhanced health and safety protocols.

Speakers: David L. Berkey,Scott M. Smiler, Marc Luxemburg
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WEDNESDAY MAY 6, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST WATCH ON DEMAND
The Fight Against COVID-19: Keeping Your Community Clean & Your Staff Safe
Sponsored by: First Service Residential

Residential boards and managers are facing a lot of tough questions right now: What are the best practices for keeping common areas and high-touch surfaces clean? What products are safest and most effective? How should packages and deliveries be handled? How can essential staff be kept safe on the job? How will the pandemic change the way buildings and associations approach cleaning and other day-to-day operations going forward?

In this interactive webinar, management and maintenance experts from FirstService Residential and Planned Companies will give guidance that boards and managers can immediately put to work in their communities to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and give residents peace of mind. Panelists will share insights, offer tips and workarounds for common custodial challenges, and share how their professionals are helping client communities navigate the 'new normal.'

Speakers: Michael A. Mendillo, Andrew Batshaw, AMS®, CMCA®, Dino Iuliano
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