10:15am - 11:15am, Room 1
People Problems - Protect & Prolong - Maintaining Your Association's Mechanical and Related Equipment
Sponsored by: Guardian Service Industries, Inc.
Speakers: Jeffrey Logan, Ed San George, Joe Large
Even before the pandemic, your building's mechanical system and equipment was one of its most crucial elements. These days, the stakes are even higher, making regular inspections, proper maintenance and creating a team environment amongst contractors, staff and management are more important than ever to keep your residents safe and comfortable. Come learn about basic preventive maintenance, inspection criteria and testing schedules, and best practices for keeping the air and water in your building safe and healthy through regular inspection and upkeep of mechanical equipment, cooling towers, domestic water systems, pumps and more..
11:15am - 12:15pm, Room 2
Straight Outta Trenton - Legal & Legislative Changes Impacting Boards & Residents
Sponsored by: Taylor Management Company, AAMC, AMO
Speakers:Paul Santoriello, PCAM- President of Taylor Management Company,
E. David Ramsey, Esq, of Becker Law, Michele Jaker, Esq of MBI Public Affirms Firm
Every year, federal, state and local lawmakers propose - and often pass - legislation directly impacting New Jersey’s common interest communities. Whether it's immunity from COVID-related claims for boards and associations, eviction moratoriums, mandatory board member training,or manager licensing, knowing what's on the docket and how it may affect your building or HOA is crucial to running a solvent, functional association. This panel of management and industry pros will discuss what bills have been proposed, what's been passed, and how both may affect how your board does business - making it a must-attend for boards and managers alike.
12:15pm-1:15pm, Room 1
The Way Forward - Managing Amenities & Staff Through COVID & Beyond
Sponsored by: FirstService Residential
Speakers: Michael Mendillo, president, FirstService Residential, Jack Boselli, president, Pennsylvania, FirstService Residential and Ted Gammon, vice president, Lifestyle, FirstService Residential
As the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic have evolved over the last 18 months, boards and managers across the country have faced enormous challenges in terms of amenity management and simply handling the day-to-day business of running a multifamily community during a major public health crisis. Even staffing and employee relations have become more complex, with many associations struggling to meet their staffing needs. This panel of management pros will tackle all these issues, and offer boards and managers alike insight on activating amenities, hiring and employee retention, and how to navigate this difficult landscape successfully.
1:15pm-2:15pm, Room 2
Balance of Power - Protecting Owners' Rights & Meeting the Needs of Disabled Residents
Sponsored by: Ansel Grimm & Aaron PC
Speaker: David J. Byrne, Partner , Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC
Boards have a duty to protect the common property, preserve the value of homes and units, and uphold the rights of residents in their associations. Among the tools boards have to fulfill that duty are their community's governing documents - including master deeds, declarations, proprietary leases and bylaws. However, sometimes the rights of owners and shareholders spelled out in those documents, in connection with New Jersey’s antidiscrimination laws and the United States Fair Housing Act, can clash with the needs of disabled residents - leading to claims, fines, and litigation. This panel of legal experts will address those laws in depth, as well as what disabled residents can demand, what a board can lawfully allow or reject, and how to make your building or HOA work for everyone.
2:15pm-3:15pm, Room 1
Lessons from Surfside - High-Rise Structural Safety & Building Assessments
Sponsored by: Falcon Engineering
Speaker: Orlando E. Ballate, P.E., MASCE Forensic/Claims/Litigation, Executive Vice President
The overwhelming majority of multifamily high-rise buildings in the United States are structurally stable and safe for occupancy; however, the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Florida this past spring, as well as building failures in New York, New Jersey, and California have raised concerns about structural safety like never before. Residents and boards alike have questions about building codes and requirements, inspection criteria, materials, and maintenance. This presentation will explore and explain the importance of conducting a Structural Building Assessment (SBA), discuss the latest innovations in structural monitoring tech, and answer your questions about what your building should be doing to stay safe and structurally sound.
3:15pm-4:00pm, Room 2
Hot Legal and Insurance topics of 2021: What Managers and Board Members Need to Know to Protect their Communities
Sponsored by: PeopleFirst Property & Casualty/ Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law
Speaker: PeopleFirst: Dawn Becker-Durnin, CIRMS, Michael Luzzi, CPIA, Sean Ahern, CIC, CIRMS, Stark & Stark: Andrew Podolski, Esq., John Prisco, Esq.
After a year of bad news, unforeseen challenges, and outright calamity, multifamily boards and managers have a lot to think about. The pandemic has changed the landscape of both everyday operations and long-term planning, as well as communities' relationship to liability and insurance claims. Changing climate conditions have ushered in a new era of intense weather events and flooding; and after the tragic condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, aging infrastructure - and the risk it poses to property and personal safety - has become a serious concern. This panel will address all of these issues, including the fiduciary duty of boards to maintain the structural safety of their communities, associations’ maintenance and repair obligations under the Condominium Act, and state-mandated inspections under the Multi-Dwelling Act. They will also speak on liability considerations, changes to the insurance market (and prices) for 2022, and how to make your community more resilient in the face of flooding, storms, and other natural disasters.