Called to Serve Volunteers for Board Service Often in Short Supply

The owners of Museum Park Place Condominium in Chicago’s South Loop area are fortunate; their 23-story, 194-unit building overlooks Soldier Field. “We sit on the rooftop terrace, listen to concerts, and watch the Bears play football on the Jumbotron screen free of charge,” says Victor Rodriguez, president of the condo association’s board of directors.

The owners also are fortunate that Rodriguez presides over their board. He eagerly volunteered when the developer turned the building over to its owners in 2007.

An attorney with experience on corporate boards, Rodriguez joined the condo association’s original five-member board as treasurer, then became president the following year. “It’s very rewarding to be involved in every aspect of your building, and involved in planning with other wonderful people,” he says.

Initially, Rodriguez served on just one committee. After retiring from his law practice, he increased his participation in the condo association and now serves on all of its committees as chair, co-chair, or a member. The committees oversee building and operations, finance, the fitness center, interior design, landscaping, rules and regulations, and social activities.

“The vast majority of our board members have worked on committees first,” he says. “They understand how to vote on issues objectively instead of subjectively.”

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