Secaucus, NJ (PRWEB) April 28, 2014
Don't govern alone, resources are out there for boards and managers at The New Jersey ooperator’s Condo, HOA, Co-op & Apt. Expo—May 7, 2014.
Board members of condos and HOAs know that it can be a tough job sometimes. Part administrator, part mediator, part project coordinator, they have to wear a lot of hats, and make decisions that involve thousands—sometimes hundreds of thousands—of their neighbors' dollars. No pressure, right? Having an outside management company handle things like collections and contracts helps a lot, but most good boards still want to know more about how they can run their communities more smoothly and efficiently. Fortunately, there are a number of resources that can help do just that, giving information, ideas and contacts that can in turn make their job easier and less stressful. Best of all, some of these resources are entirely free of charge.
Along with professional organizations (more on those in a minute), boards can draw information and support from publications and annual trade shows tailored to address their specific concerns. Foremost among these is The New Jersey Cooperator and its affiliated annual Condo, HOA, Co-op & Apt Expo. The New Jersey Cooperator is a free monthly news magazine—available in print, and online at http://www.njcooperator.com —containing articles on everything from organizing board meetings to negotiating with landscaping vendors. The Expo, to be held this year on May 7th at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ from 10am to 4:30pm, is an event that brings together over 250 diverse exhibitors, and features a full day of educational seminars, legal advice booths and giveaways—all free of charge for board members, managers, and the public. Just pre-register on the Expo website at http://www.nj-expo.com.
The Cooperator Expo may be the largest event of its kind in the area, but it's not the only resource available. Non-profit professional organizations like the New Jersey chapters of the Community Associations Institute (CAI-NJ) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), as well as the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA) all offer a roster of seminars, certification courses, trade conferences and networking events to help both boards and managers do their jobs better. CAI-NJ (http://www.cainj.org) and CAI’s Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley chapter, which serves Southern New Jersey (http://www.cai-padelval.org) offers webinars, newsletters, blogs and podcasts through their website; IREM’s two chapters (http://www.irem1.org) and (http://www.irem101.org) sponsor a tri-state conference and expo along with periodic seminars and certification courses, and NJAA (http://www.njaa.com) also organizes an annual trade conference where attendees can network with peers and earn credits toward professional designations like Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) and a Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT), among others.
It takes a special kind of person to volunteer to help govern their condo or association community—and it's not always an easy job—but by knowing what's out there in terms of educational resources and networking opportunities, a tough job can be made a whole lot easier. For registration and more information on the New Jersey Cooperator’s Condo, HOA, Co-op & Apt Expo on May 7th, go to http://www.nj-expo.com.