protect your investment and increase your
property values

Published Articles
& News Releases:
“When It's Time For A Roster Change—A Guide To Changing Management Companies”
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As published in CAI's Common Interest,
Winter 2013.
“The Ultimate Do It Yourself Project—Self Managing Your Community”
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As published in the Chicagoland Cooperator, January 2013.
“Under New Management—When You Have To Switch”
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As published in the Chicagoland Cooperator, September 2012.
“Apartment Owners Get
NATO Summit Advice”

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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 4/25/12.
“Efficient Self-Management In Three Easy Steps”
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As published in the ACTHA NEWS,
September 2011.
“Handling thankless job of a board member”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 8/26/11.
“Paying it Forward-Collecting Arrears”
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As published in the Chicagoland Cooperator, June 2011.
“The Paper Trail-Understanding Your Governing Documents”
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As published in the Chicagoland Cooperator, June 2011.
“Managing Expectations-Defining The Manager's Role”
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As published in the Chicagoland Cooperator, Feb. 2011.
“Prioritizing Projects - Tough Times Call For Hard Decisions”
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As published in the Chicagoland Cooperator, Feb. 2011.
“Pressing Issues For Associations in 2011”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 1/13/11.
“New Kids on the Block - Orienting New Board Members”
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As published in the Chicagoland Cooperator, Jan 2011.
“Better training of board members bolsters association”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 9/17/10.
“The Role of the Self-Managed Board...Increasing Efficiency, Decreasing Risk & Improving Property Values”
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As published in CAI's Common Interest, Summer 2010
“Handy do-it-yourself book for associations - New manual aims to help boards operate legally, efficiently and calamity-free”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 4/2/10.
“New Resource Helps Condominium Boards Protect Property Values And Decrease Risk”
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Press Release-
Simplified Self-
Management,
2/24/10.
“Selecting Vendors & Obtaining Services You Deserve”
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As published in the February 2010 ACTHA NEWS.
“The challenges of self-management—Experts share advice on running an association”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 1/22/10.
“Amid hard times, good news for associations”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 12/25/09.
“Creating Transparency Decreases Board Burnout”
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As published in the October 2009 ACTHA NEWS.
“Getting your property ready for the winter”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 10/16/09.
“Avoiding The Election Nightmare”
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As published in CAI’s Common Interest, Fall 2009.
“Creative budget-saving tips”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 8/14/09.
“Shoreline Towers condo association plans to be a buyer in foreclosure market”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 8/10/09.
“A Beacon Lights The Way For Others”
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News Release-Board Success Story,
4/2/09.
“A new year, new demands”
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As published in the
Chicago Tribune,
1/2/09.
“Without proper protocol, boards deal with issues over and over”
[Part 3 of Board Member Education series]
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As published in the Chicago Sun-Times, 9/7/08.
“Small boards look out for ‘mob rule’ ”
[Part 2 of Board Member Education series]
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As published in the Chicago Sun-Times, 8/29/08.
“Newcomes need a ‘conducation’ ”
[Part 1 of Board Member Education series]
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As published in the Chicago Sun-Times, 8/22/08.
“Issues to consider in preparing budget”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 8/22/08.
Should you hire a pro or self-manage your association?
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As published in the Chicago Tribune,
5/30/08.
To Prevent Errors, Every Player Needs A Coach
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As published in CAI’s Common Interest,
Spring 2008.

(Condo Advisory) Council wants to hear your ideas
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As published in the Chicago Tribune,
3/20/08.

“Whether Self or Professionally Managed...
It Takes A Team To Manage The Village ”

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As published in the Sept. 2007 ACTHA newsletter.
“Training Babes in Board Land”
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As published in Condo Lifestyles,
April 2007.
“Turnover Time-What are condo owners to do when developer goes away?”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune,
12/17/06.
“Small Communities Still Need To Mind Their Own Business”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune,
12/15/06.
“Annual Calendar Can Keep An Association On Track”
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As published in the Chicago Tribune,
12/1/06.
“Protect Your Largest New Asset—Your Home”
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News Release-Developer Turnover,
9/6/06.
“Steps To Ensure Good Contractor Work”
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As published in the Chicago Sun-Times,
12/23/05.

Supply & Demand: Renters look to condos for location and amenities
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As published in the Chicago Tribune,
9/11/05.

Finding A Property Manager Who's Right For Your Association
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As published in the Chicago Tribune,
5/6/05.

Self-Managed Associations Need Professional Standards
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As published in the Chicago Tribune, 12/5/03.

Maximize Your Time...And Your Investment
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As published in the July/August 2003 ACTHA newsletter.

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Published Articles | Radio Shows
Radio Shows

Community Associations Institute sponsors Common Interest Radio featuring industry experts that cover different topics affecting association living.  Effective July 12, 2008, Common Interest Radio has moved from WBIG-AM 1280 to WIND-AM 560 airing every Saturday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m.  Past shows and other information may be obtained by going to www.CAI-Illinois.org.

Below are excerpts from Common Interest Radio Shows that AAI has participated in as broadcasted on WBIG-AM 1280 and WIND-AM 560.  These radio programs have been made available with the expressed consent of CAI-Illinois.

 

February 20, 2010
"Strategies & Best Practices For Managing The Small Association"


Consultant’s Perspective:
   Angela Falzone, Property Consultant, Association Advocates Inc.

Management Co. Perspective:
 Al Kalman, Owner, Kalman Management

Legal Perspective/Co-Host:  Chuck VanderVennet, Principal, Law Office of Charles T. VanderVennet, P.C.

Hosted By:
 Bill DeMille, President, Chicagoland Management & Realty

Topics Include...

Segment 1: What is considered a “small” association; May be cost prohibitive for small associations to find professional management; Management searches for larger associations; etc.

Segment 2: Challenges and risks facing smaller associations; Boards think they can “make it up” as they go; Financial considerations; Lack of knowledge & guidance; The “Wine & Cheese Party” Meeting; Less formality can result in lawsuits & increased assessments; Smaller associations must meet criteria for proper governance; Decisions by “Mob Rule;” What the Director’s & Officer’s policy may/may not cover; etc.

Segment 3: Self-management vs. Professional Management; Board burnout and lack of volunteers; Resources available to smaller associations; Project & Loan Management; “Circle The Wagons”; etc.

Segment 4: All associations must be run like a business; Minimum legal requirements per the Illinois Condominium Property Act and Not-For-Profit Corporation Act; Avoiding challenges to Board decisions; Business Judgment Rule; etc.

Segment 5: Final thoughts; Small associations will be held to same accountability as large associations; All associations’ governance are mandated by law; Education & guidance is important for protecting all owners; Self-governance doesn’t mean you do it your own way.

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February 28, 2009
"Unethical & Inappropriate Board Actions"


Management Perspective:
   Angela Falzone, Property Consultant, Association Advocates Inc.

Legal Perspective:
 William Knee, Keough & Moody, P.C.

Financial Perspective:  Tim Haviland, Itasca Bank & Trust Co.

Hosted By:
 Chuck VanderVennet, Principal, Law Office of Charles T. VanderVennet, P.C.

Topics Include...

Segment 1: Board powers; Acting ethically; Fiduciary duty; Lack of knowledge = Non-compliance = Ethics and liability issues; etc.

Segment 2: Financial mistakes & impropriety; Loans given are based on cash flow, character and leadership; Personal agendas; Disclosure of relationships in hiring practices; Fraud; Board members acting independently; Conflicts of interest; etc.

Segment 3: Protecting the Association; Safeguards for managing money; Insurance vs. Personal Liability; Boards that make it up; Using education & training to help meet fiduciary duty; Professional advisors; etc

Segment 4: Bad decisions = Bad reputation; Board control vs. Mob rule; Non-compliance w/ICPA; Retrain Boards to end bad habits; Don’t go along, to get along; Using Minutes to protect against personal liability; New Leadership; Business judgment; etc

Segment 5: Final thoughts; Common interest vs. Self interest; Safeguards against unethical behavior; etc.

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December 13 & 20, 2008
"Management Disappears: How To Protect The Association"


Management Perspective:
   Angela Falzone, Property Consultant, Association Advocates Inc.

Legal Perspective:
 Chuck VanderVennet, Principal, Law Office of Charles T. VanderVennet, P.C.

Hosted By:
 Bill DeMille, President, Chicagoland Management & Realty, Inc.

Topics Include...

Segment 1: Reasons why Management “disappears” or cancels contract; Warning signs; “Good” Boards vs.“Bad” Boards; Delinquency issues-Board vs. Management responsibilities, Boards not paying attention to what Management is doing; etc.

Segment 2: Pre-emptive steps a Board can take to protect Association; Preventing service interruptions; Protect your money; Board must take control to self-manage in interim; Management as Agent-Board as Overseer; etc.

Segment 3: Actual worst case story–Disappearance of self-managed Board president and money; Crisis management; Board ignored red flags; Good management doesn’t cost, it pays; Rental Management vs. Condo Management; etc.

Segment 4: Importance of Board training and education–whether self or professionally managed; Management is not a replacement for an educated Board; Boards are operating multi-million dollar corporations and must know how to hold Management accountable; etc.

Segment 5: Closing Thoughts; Proactive steps Boards can take; etc.

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May 19, 2006
"How To Run An Efficient Board Meeting"


Consultant’s Perspective:
 Angela Falzone, Property Consultant, Association Advocates Inc.

Management Perspective:
 Jamie Falconer, Manager, Foster Premier Management

Hosted By:
 Jordan Shifrin, Partner and Attorney At Law, Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit

Topics Include: Board vs. Owner Roles, Manager’s Role, Motions and Tabled Issues, Annual Meeting Schedules, Avoid Board Member Burnout, Open Meetings vs. Closed Meetings, Open Forums, Agendas, etc

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January 27, 2006
"Developer Turnovers"


Legal Perspective: Jeffrey Youngerman, Attorney At Law, Flaherty, Jacobson & Youngerman

Management Perspective:
 Angela Falzone, Property Consultant, Association Advocates Inc.

Hosted By: 
Bill DeMille, President, Chicagoland Management & Realty, Inc.

Topics Include: Developer Legal Obligations, Turnover Procedures & Timeframes; What Buyer’s Should Look For; Deficiency Studies & Audits; How To Avoid Litigation, etc.

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August 5, 2005
"Elections, Annual Meetings & Absentee Balloting"


Management Perspective:
 Angela Falzone, Property Consultant, Association Advocates Inc.

Legal Perspective:
 Jordan Shifrin, Partner and Attorney At Law, Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit

Hosted By:
 Kara Gould-Cermak, President, Rowell, Inc.

Topics Include:  Election Procedures; Meeting Notifications; How To Implement Absentee Balloting; Removal of Officers; etc.

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