Community Associations Institute (CAI) members include all types of association-governed communities, such as condominium and homeowner associations, cooperatives, and planned communities of all sizes; individual homeowners; community managers and management firms; builders and developers; accountants, attorneys, lenders, insurance providers, reserve specialists, and other providers of professional services; public officials; and product and service suppliers – all working together to create more livable communities.
Community Associations Institute is dedicated to fostering healthy, competent community associations. Its declared mission is to assist community associations in promoting harmony, community, and responsible leadership. By giving board members, managers, and homeowners the knowledge to better run their associations, CAI turns owners into neighbors, increasing harmony, and leading to more prosperous, safer communities.
The organization also encourages its members to pursue professional designations including: Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM), Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), Association Management Specialist (AMS), Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC), and the Large-Scale Manager (LSM).
CAI was founded in 1973 as a multi-disciplinary nonprofit alliance serving all stakeholders in community associations. The organization provides education and resources to America’s 231,000 associations, and to the professionals and suppliers who serve them. According to the organization’s industry statistics, in just over thirty years community associations have grown to encompass 15 percent of all U.S. housing (approximately 47 million residents) – and represent an estimated resale value of $1.8 trillion. Total reserves for all community associations are estimated at $18 billion.
Currently, CAI has more than 16,000 members in 55 chapters throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.
Southern Colorado Chapter
Homeowner and community associations began to emerge in the 1970s. Today, according to CAI Southern Colorado Chapter co-founder, Beth Jones, PCAM, more than 350 associations are represented in her organization. The local chapter, founded in 1997, also offers membership to association officials and managers from Pueblo, Trinidad, and across to associations on the Western Slope. Jones currently serves as the chapter’s program chairman and is president of Management Advantage, a local company managing thirty-six different community and homeowner associations. She first joined CAI as a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter, headquartered in Denver, in 1987.
Currently CAI-Southern Colorado has approximately 100 members, says Jones, and expects to grow to 200 in the next two years. “We have a program coming up on November 19, for example, presented by a spokesman for Colorado Springs Utilities on the water shortage as it affects our members,” she said. Jones, who serves as a national faculty member for CAI, notes that national classes and industry updates are also offered through the Rocky Mountain Chapter.
Jones, along with chapter members, Linda Warren, and Susan Sills are the Pikes Peak region’s only PCAM-credentialed community association managers. “We actively encourage our members to pursue accreditation, but it’s a real investment of time and resources,” she adds. “Each applicant must complete seven courses and a case study. The process typically takes several years to complete.”
What attracts elected association members to CAI’s programs and benefits is a combination of education, access to industry research and award-winning publications, career advancement and skills development. “Board members, committee members or interested homeowners, may need to search for qualified individuals or firms to provide professional services for their condominium or homeowner association,” Jones said.
“Selection of such a community association professional – whether it is an on-site manager, management company, attorney or reserve specialist – can be a challenging task.”
For more information contact: Community Associations Institute (CAI), Southern Colorado Chapter, Executive Director and current President Jan Mangum at 719/264-0301