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June 16, 2018



8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(First session begins
at 8:30 a.m.)


Northern Quest
Resort & Casino*
100 N Hayford Rd,
Airway Heights, WA 99001

* Reference WSCAI for the discounted rate of $179 (plus tax) for Friday, June 15.


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Spokane Educational Symposium

An Educational Event For WSCAI’s Eastern Washington Community Associations

WSCAI Spokane Educational Symposium For Community Associations

The Spokane Educational Symposium is a brand new educational event specifically designed for WSCAI’s Eastern Washington community association market. The Symposium will provided nearly four (4) hours of education. Three topics will be presented. Each topic will be full of timely information to assist owners, board members and managers who reside in and/or work with all forms of community associations – condominiums, homeowners associations (HOA’s) and cooperatives. A mini tradeshow will showcase 16-22 table top exhibitors including attorneys, reserve study professionals, bankers, insurance professionals and much more.

Spokane Educational Symposium Schedule

[8 a.m.]   Registration / Exhibits / Continental Breakfast

[8:30 9:45 a.m.]   Session 1

Fiscal Fitness: Tips for Building Your Associations Financial Muscles

Presented by Catherine Kuhn, CPA, Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RSand Ben Weaver, PCAM

Refresh your memory or learn the ins and outs of why it is important to keep good financial records. Strategies for budgeting will be discussed, as well as when reserve studies are required and how they are an important financial planning tool for your community. What happens when the Association comes up short? This session will give an overview of the financial operation of an Association including collections, audits, disclosure, vendor partners, etc.

[9:45 – 10 a.m.]   Exhibits / Networking Break

[10 11:15 a.m.]   Session 2

Avoiding Pitfalls: Dealing with Difficult People & Difficult Issues

Presented by Chris TingeyBrindee Collins, and Duncan Kirk, CIC, CIRMS

An overview of issues that can get a volunteer Board of Directors in trouble and how to avoid them, as well as tips for handling difficult people and situations. This presentation will assist board members in enforcing the governing documents of their community by applying reasonableness and following sound board policies to help avoid conflict.

Learn the different forms of dispute resolution and how to avoid costs from litigation or enforcement by governmental agencies. Learn what authority a Board has and its limits. Consistent enforcement of your association’s governing documents is key to a harmonious community and this session will help point your community in the right direction.

[11:15 – 11:45 a.m.]   Exhibits / Networking Break

[11:45 a.m. 1 p.m.]   Session 3

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: A 100,000-Foot View of Community Associations

Presented by Tim Feth and Marshall Johnson

This session will help you get acquainted with community associations. There are important differences between homeowners associations, condominium associations, and the lesser-known entities. Different laws govern different associations, and your community might be governed by one (or more!) of four completely different sets of laws. To make things even more complicated, your community is probably governed by documents that include a Declaration, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and more. The important actors in your community include owners, board members, managers, and vendors. That is a lot to navigate for board members and managers alike, and it can be overwhelming at times. The goal of this session is to demystify community associations by comparing the different structures and roles within the communities.

[1 p.m.]  Wrap up / Exhibitor Give-a-ways


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[Session 1 Presenters]

Tim Feth

Tim Feth

Associate Attorney, Rafel Law Group, PLLC

Tim Feth joined Rafel Law Group PLLC as an associate attorney in 2016 after graduating with honors from the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to law school, Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from Central Washington University. He currently serves on WSCAI’s Market Expansion Committee.

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Marshall Johnson

Marshall Johnson

CEO, CWD Group

In 1984, Marshall Johnson accepted a job as a Facility Manager and embarked on a (thus far) 34 year career in the community association management industry.  From those early heady days of pulling weeds, Marshall has assumed virtually every role the industry has to offer, including community management, maintenance, construction management, development and reserve consulting, and management operations.  In the mid-90s Marshall formed CWD Group, a multidisciplinary management company providing financial, community, and construction management, maintenance and engineering services, and consulting services to nearly 200 communities.  Marshall has consulted on over 100 new construction and conversion development projects, is a member of CAI’s National Faculty teaching nation-wide on a wide variety of topics, and is a recognized expert witness in the fields of high-rise management, budgeting, and cost allocation.  Marshall is a journeyman framer, furniture maker, shipwright, and considers Excel to be the world’s greatest video game.

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[Session 2 Presenters]

Christopher M. Tingey

Christopher M. Tingey

Partner, VF Law, Portland Office

Christopher M. Tingey practices HOA law out of the Portland, Oregon VF Law office, primarily focusing on construction defect and homeowner/condominium association representation, including other aspects of litigation that may arise in connection with homeowner associations. He also represents individuals in other areas of law, such as adoption proceedings. He received a B.A. degree, from Brigham Young University in1996; a J.D. degree cum laude from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2001; and he was Lead Articles Editor for Brigham Young University Law Review from 2000-2001. Chris has appeared in state courts in Oregon, in the Oregon Court of Appeals, and before the Land Use Board of Appeals. Over the past few years, Chris has been involved with several VF Law HOA law forums and Lorman® seminars. He’s also been featured in law-related articles in the Daily Journal of Commerce and The Oregonian. Chris is an active volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America and a current board member of the Oregon Chapter of CAI. Chris has been married to his wife for 10 years, and together they have three sons and a daughter. Besides spending time with his family, Chris is a die-hard sports fan!

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Brindee Collins

Brindee Collins

Attorney, VF Law, Boise, Idaho Office

Brindee Collins is an attorney in VF Law Firm’s Boise, Idaho office. She was raised on a cattle ranch in Salmon, Idaho, where her family still lives and works. Brindee graduated with a B.S. degree from Boise State University in Political Science. After graduating from Boise State University, Brindee attended the University of Utah, where she enjoyed cheering for the BSU Broncos to the chagrin of the local Utes fans. She graduated with a J.D. degree from University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. Brindee worked as a clerk for VF Law for two years during law school in the Salt Lake City office. She also spent a summer during law school interning for the Montana-based firm of Crowley Fleck PLLP, and a summer at the Utah Guardian Ad Litem’s Appellate Division. Brindee now resides in Emmett, Idaho on a couple acres with her husband, Rhett, and their dog, Baxter. Brindee enjoys riding and training horses, barrel racing, snowboarding, and jet skiing.

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Duncan Kirk, CIC, CIRMS

Duncan Kirk, CIC, CIRMS

Senior Vice President, HUB International

Duncan Kirk, CIC, CIRMS is a Senior Vice President at HUB International, one of the largest independent insurance brokerages in the world. As an agent and consultant, he provides insurance and risk management solutions for condominium and homeowner association clients working with a team of industry specialists that handle several hundred association clients in Washington State and beyond. Duncan is a past president of the Washington State Chapter of Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) and is active within industry circles in the National CAI front. Duncan lives in a townhome condominium unit where he served as the association’s president for ten years. He owns a second condominium in California and has purchased another condominium currently under construction in Ruston, WA. Outside of work, Duncan is an avid pilot, aviation enthusiast, traveler, photographer, sports fan, and writer.

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[Session 3 Presenters]

Catherine Kuhn, CPA

Catherine Kuhn, CPA

Firm Director, Newman & Company, CPA, PC

Catherine Kuhn, CPA, is the Firm Director for Newman & Company, CPA, PC, (N&C) which is devoted exclusively to serving the financial needs of almost 900 community associations in Washington and Idaho.  N&C is the former Cagianut & Company, with the same experienced team, now owned by Jeremy Newman, CPA. Prior to entering the HOA industry in 2006, Cathy was a partner in a large Bellevue CPA firm, and started her career in 1982 with a national CPA firm.  Cathy teaches classes and writes articles for WSCAI. She is also a “ZAG” Mom of two daughters in college and volunteers for Bellevue Young Life.

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Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS

Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS

Project Manager, Association Reserves of WA

Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS is a Project Manager at Association Reserves of WA. A former association manager, 2018 marks Karen’s 18th year in the community association industry where she now helps bridge the gap between associations and their reserve studies. Karen is President Elect for the WSCAI Chapter and serves as liaison to the Communications Committee and the Market Expansion Committee. Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening and traveling.

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Ben Weaver, PCAM

Ben Weaver, PCAM

Senior Account Manager, Association Services, Inc.

Ben Weaver, PCAM has been managing community associations for over eight years in Washington, Oregon and most recently Idaho. His experience includes condominiums, townhomes and Planned Unit Developments (PUDs). Currently he is a senior account manager for Association Services, Inc. in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Ben is a former board member of the Oregon Washington Community Association Managers (OWCAM). He has earned various designations through his career, most notably the PCAM designation from CAI in 2017. In his spare time, Ben enjoys racing cars and spending time outdoors camping with his family.

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