Most condo and HOA residents understand that there is a board protecting the interests of their community and individual owners—they’ve probably taken part in numerous board elections, served on committees or volunteered on behalf of the association in some capacity. But many residents who’ve never held elected office still don’t truly understand what the board members do.
HOA board members are volunteers who live in their building and want to help make sure their investment is protected. They have responsibilities within the board, at board meetings, within shareholder and unit owner meetings and in dealing with professionals and building documentation. The board is also obliged to respond to changes in the economic environment, the membership base, and the physical and financial status of the building or association.
According to Diane Dangler, CMCA, of DHD Management and the manager of community associations for Alderbrook Condo Association in Little Silver, board members “should be people with enough time and dedication, and should ideally have a practical or business background—people with a knowledge of accounting and good business practices.”
Above all however, says Dangler, the ideal board member is “someone who can represent everyone objectively, doesn’t have a specific personal agenda, can lead people and be nonjudgmental, and has the ability to work knowing that there may be some neighbors who maybe don’t agree with or appreciate them.”
Boards are made up of an odd number of directors and usually contain four officers—the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.