Regardless of whether you live in a large condo community with a thousand units, a small self-managed co-op with a dozen, or an HOA with just a few, board meetings can be both a chore and a headache. From shareholders or owners getting up on their soapboxes to rail at board members to inefficient time management in the meetings, what should be a well-managed and fairly painless monthly recurrence can turn into an hours-long nightmare.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Frank Aprilano is the president of the 16-member board of the Clinton Hill Apartment Owners Corporation, also known as the Clinton Hill Co-ops. There are 1,221 units in the cooperative, which is divided into two campuses located a few blocks from each other in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York.
Aprilano worked hard with the board to develop strategies to make their meetings run more smoothly, and run on average of 90 minutes instead of three or four hours.“Rule number one was we’re going to run more efficient meetings. Rule number two was see rule number one,” he says.
Whether your monthly meetings are run by the board president or the building management, the rules are the same.