Running a successful co-op or condo—whether you're a shareholder or a manager—requires a lot of outside help. There are landscapers to contract, attorneys to query, owners to deal with and hundreds of other tasks each day that require informed decision-making and input from other sources. When faced with the challenge of meeting all the needs of your housing organization, it certainly would be nice to have a host of resources in just one place.
The Community Associations Institute (CAI) was formed to serve such a purpose. According to their mission statement, CAI is a national organization dedicated to "fostering vibrant, competent, harmonious community associations." For more than 30 years, CAI has been a leader in providing education and resources to the volunteer homeowners who govern community associations and the professionals who support them. The organization's members include community association volunteer leaders, professional managers, community management firms and other professionals and companies that provide products and services to associations.
The second largest chapter of the national organization happens to be its New Jersey chapter—and the New Jersey chapter is rising to meet the needs of its more than 2,000 members, one question at a time.
Form & Function
"We represent all aspects of community living," says Curt Macysyn, who has served as executive vice president of CAI-NJ for the past six years. "We have members who are accountants, attorneys, landscapers, bankers, board members and we have 1,450 certified Community Association Volunteer Leaders; they all assist in making communities more well-rounded."
With a paid staff of just five, the CAI-NJ office in Mercerville has its work cut out for it. Regular check-ins, strategic planning meetings and a checks-and-balances leadership structure help keep everything running as smoothly as possible.