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Bellingham Educational Symposium
Online Via Zoom
Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Online Via Zoom
Education For Homeowners, Board Members & Community Leaders
WSCAI Educational Symposiums
The Educational Symposiums are specifically designed for WSCAI’s community associations that are outside the Seattle/Bellevue area.The Symposiums will provide three (3) hours of education. A mini virtual-tradeshow will showcase eleven exhibitors/sponsors available to answer attendees’ questions.
When & Where
Saturday, July 11
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Online Via Zoom
$25 (through 6/12)
$35 (through 7/3)
$45 (after 7/3)
$39 (through 6/12)
$49 (through 7/3)
$59 (after 7/3)
Bellingham Educational Symposium Schedule
[8:00 a.m.] Registration / Exhibits
[8:30 – 9:45 a.m.] Session 1
Rule Enforcement: A Fine Thing
One of the basic tenets of community association living is that the community has certain standards and expectations. Of course, not every resident is excited about following those norms. Board members and managers are responsible for ensuring community standards are met, including taking enforcement action against owners that break the rules. But rule enforcement is not as simple as “send letter, receive fine.” This session will discuss the basis for enforcing rules, examples of good rule provisions, strategic tips for effective enforcement, proper procedure, and dangers to be aware of when enforcing your documents.
[9:45 – 10:00 a.m.] Exhibits / Networking Break
[10:00 – 11:15 a.m.] Session 2
Board Meetings that Aren’t Boring
Board meetings are crucial to the governance of your community association. Poorly run board meetings can make it difficult for your association to achieve its goals. Four-hour long board meetings, secretive sessions, weekly occurrences and shouting matches may be thwarting your efforts to not only get work done, but in recruiting new members for the future. This session will cover board meeting fundamentals including how to decide the right number of meetings to hold, how to maximize participation while keeping the meeting on track, when to utilize parliamentary procedure and the value of a timed agenda. Holding effective meetings is a key part of achieving your board goals, addressing the association’s needs, keeping your operations running smoothly and creating transparency into the decisions made by the board.
[11:15 – 11:45 a.m.] Exhibits / Networking Break
[11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.] Session 3
Expert “Speed Dating”
Participating Topic Experts:
- Richard Davis, Esq., Chmelik Sitkin & Davis
- Greg Floyd, HUB International NW
- Melissa Guyott, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Ponderosa Community Management
- Jeremy Newman, CPA, Newman & Associates CPA, PC
- Tim Feth, Esq., Rafel Law Group, PLLC
- Valerie Oman, Esq., Condominium Law Group, PLLC
- Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS
This interactive and fast paced “speed dating” style session will feature 15-minute rotations of round table discussions with a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM), insurance professional, Reserve Study provider, attorney and CPA. These seasoned community association experts will be available to answer your specific questions as well as offer a great opportunity to hear experiences from other local managers and associations. Come armed with questions!
[1 p.m.] Wrap-Up / Exhibitor Give-A-Ways
Timothy Feth, Esq.
Associate Attorney, Rafel Law Group, PLLC
Timothy Feth, Esq., is an associate attorney at Rafel Law Group PLLC, which focuses on advising and representing Homeowner and Condominium Owner Associations. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Central Washington University summa cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Washington with honors. During law school he worked on whistle-blower cases for the nonprofit Hanford Challenge, and mediated cases in King County’s small claims court. He currently serves on WSCAI’s Market Expansion Committee.
Alicia M. Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
Community Association Manager, CWD Group, Inc. AAMC
Alicia M. Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Community Association Manager, CWD Group, Inc. AAMC has been working in the Community Association industry since 1999. In her role as Community Association Manager for CWD Group, Inc., she specializes in the management of her team, mentoring fellow Managers, budget development, administration, and management of hi-rise, mixed-use, retail, and master Condominium Associations in Seattle and Bellevue. Alicia has remained on the cutting-edge of industry needs by maintaining strategic partnerships with Business Partners, and positive working relationships with Boards of Directors, Homeowners and Residents. She has been a very active volunteer for WSCAI, currently serving as President WSCAI’s Board of Directors. Alicia was awarded the WSCAI Community Association Manager of the Year award in November of 2015.
Melissa Guyott, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
Ponderosa Community Management
Melissa Guyott, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, together with her husband Rob, opened Ponderosa Community Management in Spokane; a dog friendly office. Focused only on the management of common interest communities, Melissa hopes to bring her nearly 15 years of management experience in the Seattle market to the Inland Northwest. When she’s not trying to figure out how to work the new office equipment, together with her groom and Bubba, Ponderosa’s CGR (Chief Golden Retriever), Melissa enjoys taking in all the amazing beauty of the great outdoors, hitting a fly fishing film festival or enjoying a red flight at a great Washington winery.