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Conference & Expo - March 16, 2019

Aqua Turf, Plantsville, CT


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8:30 am - Morning Options

A: 8:30 – 10:15 am EXPO HALL OPENS - Registration and Continental Breakfast

Explore the Expo Hall and enjoy coffee & danish


You MUST select this registration option if you wish to attend the Presidents' Breakfast!


B: 8:30 – 9:30 am - PRESIDENTS’ BREAKFAST: Is There a Path to Low Common Fees?(GLASS Room)

This event is exclusively for association presidents.


Speaker: William Ward, Esq. - Ackerly & Ward, Lynn Jackson, CMCA, AMS - The Property Group of Connecticut and Lew Finkel - Springhill Terrace Condominium Association

Moderator: Pamela Bowman, CMCA, EBP - Prime Touch Services

What are the realities of low common fees? Easier sales? Deferred maintenance? Is the “cost” of low fees worth the constant worry of not having enough resources to run the association properly? Learn why it is important to have a good working team to ensure your common fees are meeting the long and short-term needs of your association.


Sponsored by: Prime Touch Services

You MUST select this registration option if you wish to attend the Managers' Breakfast.


C: 8:30 - 9:45 am - MANAGERS’ BREAKFAST: The Manager’s Role in Navigating Realistic Budgeting(WAGON Room)

This event is exclusively for state registered Community Association Managers (CAMs).


Speakers: Dan Levine, MBA, CPA - Tomasetti, Kulas, and Company, P.Cand Karl Kuegler, Jr. AMS, CMCA, PCAM – Imagineers, LLC
Moderator: Greg Zajac, EBP - Building Renewal, LLC

How often are you asked to help keep costs down? Sometimes it is hard to hear the truth. Board have a duty to act in the best interest of the association as a whole. It is a manager’s role to explain the realities of current and future budgetary needs. This session will offer tips and techniques to help convince boards to adopt realistic budgets.


Sponsored by: Building Renewal, LLC

10:15 – 11:00 am – General Sessions

A: Aging Infrastructure: Mapping a Path that is not Riddled with Potholes (GLASS Room)


Speakers: Russ Fernandes - Becht Engineering BT, Inc. and Mike Carrier, CMCA - SOMAK Property Management

ModeratorJack Arcouette - Arbella Insurance Group

Associations constructed in the 1980s, 1990s or even the early 2000s are showing their age – and then some!Is saving a few dollars on repairs this year really worth it if you are setting up the association for a very large capital improvement project in the near future? Learn how to determine what the differences are in must address now projects versus those that can be handled with some reasonable repair effort now.


Sponsored by: Prime Touch Services

B: Paying for Your Legal GPS: How to Manage Your Legal Budget (WAGON Room)

Speakers: Chas Ryan, Esq., EBP - Pilicy & Ryan, LLC and Suzanne Berry, CMCA, AMS - Imagineers, LLC
Moderator: Ben Harrison - GAF

Your association has a realistic line item for legal expenses – correct? Being proactive about potential legal issuesbeforethey erupt into something more significant is one of the many ways associations can manage legal fees. Our speakers will discuss issues you can identify which require the skills of an attorney and those which may not.

Sponsored by: All Waste, Inc.

11:00 – 11:45 am – EXPO HALL - Expanded time with exhibitors!!!

11:45 – 12:30 pm – General Sessions

A: Education in a Flash: A Short Tour on the Learning Curve(GLASS Room)

Speakers: Mike DeSanto – Bartlett Tree Experts, Keith Santos - All Waste, Inc., Jean Walker, EBP - Crystal Restoration Services of Connecticut, Keith Anderson – SAVOL Pools

Moderator: Greg Roberts, CMCA – Westford Real Estate Management, LLC

Our experts will share a lot of information in a short span of time. They will provide you with some tips and ideas that will help save time and money. Our speakers will each take eight minutes to discuss their topic: How effective tree management will avoid headaches; What’s In and What’s Out for Recycling; Surface Water Issues; and Pool Management 101.

Sponsored by: Imagineers, LLC

B: Insurance: Charting a Course for Best Pricing! (WAGON Room)

Speakers: Carrie Mott – Bouvier, Insurance and Frank Pingelski, EBP – Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group
Moderator: Deann Uberti, CMCA – Westford Real Estate Management, LLC

Insurance costs are rising due to many factors including major natural disasters near and far. However, there are still things you can do in your association to keep insurance premiums from skyrocketing.

Sponsored by: CM Property Management

12:30 – 1:00 pm – EXPO HALL - Enjoy light snack & last chance to visit with exhibitors

1:00 - 2:00 pm – Afternoon Options

Please Note:

Lunch is not provided in this session.

A: Legal Panel – Rules of the Road (GLASS Room)

Speakers: Kasey Burchman, Esq., Feldman, Perlstein & Greene, LLC, Christopher Hansen, Esq., Sandler, Hansen & Alexander, LLC and Gregory McCracken, Esq., EBP - Jacobs, Walker, Rice & Barry, LLC
Moderator: Mark Liberman, CMCA, AMS – On the Mark Management, LLC


Wondering if your board’s approach is legal? Our panelists will answer questions about your legal path. Discuss ways to map out your legal course of action to try to avoid legal pitfalls.

Sponsored by: Pro-Klean Cleaning and Restoration Services

You MUST select this registration option if you wish to attend the Lunch with an Expert session!


B: Lunch with an Expert of your Choice (WAGON Room)
Additional $32 fee required. Seating limited to 8 per expert. - Sold Out

Moderator: Walter Palma, CMCA – Plaza Realty & Management Corporation

Have lunch with ONE expert of your choice from a list of the best and brightest in our industry. This is a great opportunity to explore your concerns on a specific topic with a small group of your peers in a more comfortable setting.

Experts Include:

Exclusively for Homeowners

  • Insurance – Dave Pilon, EBP – Bouvier Insurance  Sold Out
  • Legal – Robert Pacelli, Esq. – Zeldes, Needle & Cooper - Sold Out

Exclusively for Community Association Managers (CAMs)

  • Insurance – Bob Jones, EBP - FCB Insurance Services, Inc.Sold Out
  • Legal – General - Chas Ryan, Esq. – Pilicy & Ryan, P.C. Sold Out

Best Practices


  • Fair Housing & Federal Court: What You Need to Know to Avoid Lawsuits – Brian R. Smith, Esq. – Robinson + Cole, LLPSold Out
  • Long & Short Term Maintenance - Pamela Bowman, EBP - Prime Touch ServicesSold Out
  • CHRO - Christopher K. Leonard, Esq. - Collins Hannafin, P.C.Sold Out
  • Holding Meetings and Hearings - Matthew N. Perlstein, Esq. Sold Out
  • Tree Care – Victoria McCarthy - SavATree/SavALawnSold Out
  • Reserve Studies & Projects - Richard Filloramo - National Consulting Group, Inc.Sold Out
  • Capital Improvement Projects - N. Lynne McCarron, CMCA – Sentry Management, Inc.Sold Out
  • Building Defects – Existing and in Transition – The Falcon Group Sold Out

2:00 pm Raffle (Wagon Room)




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