Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Announces Board Member Boot Camp(R) for Space Coast & Central Florida Community Association Board Members and Managers

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Popular Board Member Boot Camp® Seminar at Titusville’s Warbird Museum Headlines KG&B’s New 2012 Winter Schedule of Community Association Board Member Certification and Manager Continuing Education Courses


Extremely valuable ... I’ve been given information that might have cost me hundreds or even thousands of dollars through our association’s attorneys and it also will help us avoid expenses in the future, because of information that we were unaware of.

Board Member Boot Camp®, the popular community association training seminar that has received rave reviews from participating condo, HOA and other association Board members and managers from throughout the State, is coming to Florida’s Space Coast for a fun-filled half day of State-certified Board member education on Saturday, Feb. 25th at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville, FL.

Presented by Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (KG&B), the leader in community association law in the state of Florida, and the Community Advocacy Network (CAN), Florida’s leading advocacy organization for community association residents statewide, Board Member Boot Camp® is a lively and completely FREE seminar in which newcomer and veteran community association Board member “recruits” are trained by KG&B’s corps of highly experienced community association attorney “officers” and “drill sergeants” to successfully serve on their community association Board of Directors.

KG&B's Board Member Boot Camp® seminar has proven to be one of the most popular educational options available among Florida community association members who already serve on their Board of Directors, as well as those who are becoming active in their association and thinking about running for the Board.

Board Member Boot Camp® is approved by the State of Florida to satisfy Director certification requirements for newly elected or appointed condominium Directors, a requirement that will soon extend to HOA and Cooperative Directors throughout Florida. The Board Member Boot Camp® certificate of course completion is good for an entire year, before it needs to be presented to the association Secretary to comply with Board member certification requirements mandated by the State.

“We’re very excited to be offering Board Member Boot Camp® for association Board members and managers along the Space Coast and throughout Central Florida at such a fabulous venue as the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville,” said Donna DiMaggio Berger, Founding Partner of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger and Executive Director of the firm’s Community Advocacy Network. “This Space Coast edition of our Board Member Boot Camp® seminar marks the start of a new phase in the extension of our firm’s comprehensive educational program for Board members and managers to community associations throughout Central and Northern Florida.”

The Space Coast and Central Florida Board Member Boot Camp® on Saturday, Feb. 25th, headlines the new 2012 Winter Schedule of Board Member certification and Community Association Manager (CAM) continuing education courses offered under the auspices of the Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Law and Learning Center in Margate, FL, and at the firm's Central Florida offices in Maitland/Orlando.

Board Member Boot Camp® has been highly praised by community association Board members who have participated in past events and come away able and ready to successfully serve their communities as Board members for the coming year. Just a few of the many positive comments from past Board Member Boot Camp® participants include:

  • Fabulous, particularly for new Board members ... helps people know how much they don’t know and need to know when they’re on a Board.
  • I have never been a Board member before and was just appointed to a Board. This is so enlightening to me. Everyone is so intelligent and telling everything in a very simple way that we can understand ... I appreciate this event so much.
  • Extremely valuable ... I’ve been given information that might have cost me hundreds or even thousands of dollars through our association’s attorneys and it also will help us avoid expenses in the future, because of information that we were unaware of.
  • I am a brand new Board member (in) my association and this Boot Camp has been tremendously informative for me.

The Space Coast and Central Florida Board Member Boot Camp® will take place Saturday, Feb. 25th, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, located between I-95 and US-1 on the grounds of the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, FL. Free registration is open to all community association Board members and managers and includes complimentary lunch and refreshments. Advance registration is available online at http://www.BoardMemberBootCamp.com/Space-Coast or by contacting “Sergeant” Nichole Breighner at Nbreighner(at)kgblawfirm(dot)com or by phone at 1-855-542-3476 (855-KGB-FIRM).

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger’s new 2012 Winter Schedule of FREE Board member certification and community association manager continuing education classes also include the firm’s regularly scheduled Board Member Basics courses. Approved by Florida’s Division of Business and Professional Regulation to meet requirements for certification of new Board members, Board Member Basics courses also provide 2 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Florida-licensed community association managers.

Scheduled for 10 am to 12 noon on Feb. 29th, March 28th and April 25th at the KG&B Law and Learning Center campus in Margate, FL, Board Member Basics courses provide guidance and orientation for Board members of all community association property types to the respective Statutes and rules governing community associations in Florida. To register, or for more information on upcoming Board Member Basics courses contact Nichole Breighner by phone at 954-845-3978 or via email at nbreighner(at)kgblawfirm(dot)com.

KG&B’s 2012 Winter Schedule of courses also features the popular We Speak Condo series of classes, taught by well-known community association educators Bill and Susan Raphan, formerly with the Florida Condominium Ombudsman’s office.

We Speak Condo courses cover a variety of subjects relevant to managers and Board members in Florida community associations and each provides 2 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Florida-licensed community association managers. The upcoming schedule of We Speak Condo courses, taught weekday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon at the KG&B Law and Learning Center in Margate includes:

JAN 19th - HOMEOWNER HASSLES: A board member’s guide to the statutes and rules governing homeowners’ associations in Florida.

JAN 26th - ELECTION PITFALLS: An all-inclusive class on the requirements for the noticing, mailing, and balloting in a condominium election and the areas where the process can get derailed. An actual election will be conducted at the class!

FEB 8th - TO SERVE OR NOT TO SERVE: What you need to know to properly serve your community association as a member of the board. This course includes discussion on board eligibility, a review of board elections, and a discussion of the duties, responsibilities, obligations and potential liability of board members and officers.

FEB 15th - CONDOMINIUM DOLLARS AND SENSE: An overview of condominium finances, including statutory requirements, proper budget preparation, reserves, financial reporting and competitive bidding requirements.

FEB 22nd - DO FRIENDS LET FRIENDS BUY CONDOS? Understand Your Rights and Responsibilities Before Signing on the Dotted Line. A general explanation of the statutory and documentary rights and responsibilities of unit owners living in a Florida condominium including what you should know before you purchase a condominium.

MAR 7th - MEETING MAYHEM: A comprehensive course on condominium meetings including types of meetings, meeting notice requirements, minutes and the applicability of Roberts Rules of Order.

MAR 14th - MAINTAINING ORDER: A Discussion of Rules/Regulations, Suspension of Use Rights and Fining. This course provides a review of the various types of Rules and Regulations in Florida condominiums, their impact on the community and the Board’s ability to enforce them. It includes a discussion on association governing documents, their enforceability and order of priority, an A-Z on different condominium rules and a review of fines and fining procedures.

To register or for more information on any of Bill and Susan Raphan’s FREE We Speak Condo series, you may contact them at 954-486-7774 or via email at braphan(at)kgblawfirm(dot)com or sraphan(at)kgblawfirm(dot)com. A comprehensive listing of the course offerings from the FREE We Speak Condo series is also available online at: http://CANFL.com/Documents/WESpeakCondo.pdf

For information on upcoming Board Member Basics and We Speak Condo course offerings in the firm's Central Florida offices, located at 300 North Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL, 32751, please phone 407-539-3900.

About Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (KG&B):
Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is Florida’s leader in community association law, with clientele that include more than 1,000 of the finest community associations statewide. “Committed to Community,” the firm offers Florida communities a full range of legal services, including general corporate representation, lien collection and foreclosure services and strategies, first-party insurance claim recovery and construction defect litigation.

Unique in its level of commitment to Florida community association education, the firm provides a comprehensive educational program for Board members and managers through the Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Law and Learning Center, including the popular Board Member Boot Camp™ seminars and “We Speak Condo” course series. Dedicated to the best interests of Florida community associations, the firm does not represent developers, banks, insurance companies or other entities with interests adverse to its community association clientele.

For more information and contact details for Katzman Garfinkel & Berger’s seven strategically located offices throughout Florida, visit: http://www.KGBLawFirm.com.

About the Community Advocacy Network (CAN):
The Community Advocacy Network (CAN) is Florida’s leading voice for the interests of more than 60,000 community associations statewide, advocating for progressive community association legislation and leading the fight against over-regulation of private residential communities by state and local government.

As a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization, CAN’s year-round educational program provides the latest information to Florida community association members on issues critical to the maintenance of their community lifestyles and property values. Each year since its inception in 2007, CAN has spearheaded important State legislative reforms designed to protect and enhance Florida community association living and foster the financial stability and operational integrity of common-interest ownership communities statewide.

Established by the law firm of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, the Community Advocacy Network operates with the guidance of a volunteer Advisory Council of community association managers, Board members and attorneys from throughout the state. Organizational membership is open to all Florida condominiums, co-operatives, homeowner associations, timeshares and mobile home communities. For more information on the benefits of CAN membership and the organization’s activities throughout Florida, visit http://www.CANFL.com.

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