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Events 2022

Doors Open for Attendee Check-in/Registration
10:00am - 3:30pm: Exhibit Hall Open/Food Court
Hundreds of exhibitors will be featured offering all types of condominium services. If you get hungry, don't fret. Our conveniently located in-house food court offers a wide array of tasty snacks and light meals to keep you energized as you take in the Expo.
10:30am - 3:30pm: Educational Seminars
Industry professionals will present in-depth seminars designed to give attendees a wealth of insider information.
11:00am - 2:00pm: Free Advice Booths
Experienced professionals in fields ranging from law to finance to association maintenance will be on-hand throughout the show with advice and answers for both board members and property managers.


10:30am - 11:30am: Conflict Management in Divisive Times
Presented by: CooperatorNews Chicagoland
Room 1

Adjust the focus of past (very popular) seminars on the topic to include defusing tension and hostility at meetings, the impact (for good and ill) of social media, including platforms like Nextdoor (for neighbors) and Yelp (for management), what constitutes ‘harassment’ and how to deal with antagonistic residents. Discuss practical methods for maintaining order and decorum at meetings, ‘talking down’ emotional situations, and boards/managers’ legal obligation (if any) to intervene in feuds between residents.
11:30am - 12:30pm: EV Charging in Your Community
Presented by: CDOT
Room 2
Samantha Bingham- Clean Transportation Program Director, CDOT

With over 100 new EV models announced by auto manufacturers, there has never been a better time for car owners to start planning to go electric. Samantha Bingham, Clean Transportation Program Director and Coordinator of the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition will provide an overview of the EV landscape in Chicago, current and upcoming EV charging stations incentives, and reasons why building owners, managers and HOA decision-makers should install EV charging.
12:30pm-1:30pm: Reserve Funding Options
Presented by: Reserve Advisors
Room 1 (1 hr CAMICB CE credit)
Henry McKenna- Regional Account Manager - Reserve Advisors
Adam Toosley, Member - Hirzel Law , PLC

The funding recommendations of reserve studies can be a daunting amount at times. While everyone seems to dread the need to increase reserve contributions, we’ll look at what options exist for Associations to cover these needs. Specifically, we’ll discuss simply increasing the annual reserve contribution amount, passing a special assessment, or utilizing a bank loan. We’ll explore the pros and cons of each option, and also discuss how an Association typically arrives at the need for these significant capital expenditures. And finally, review a case study of an actual property that went through this challenge.
1:30pm-2:30pm: Sticker Shock - Inflation and its Impact on Your Association
Presented by: Westward360, Inc.
Room 2
Brent Straitiff, CMCA, AMS - Westward360, Inc.
Eric Staszczak, Executive VP of Property Management - Westward360, Inc.
Sydney Shymkus - Westward360, Inc.

Like everyone else, condos and HOAs are struggling with high inflation. Costs for everything from regular maintenance, repairs, and supplies to interest rates and borrowing for capital projects are up, as are labor and management costs. Residents are feeling the squeeze from increased dues and special assessments. This panel will discuss these factors, and offer expert tips on how boards and managers can trim expenses, prioritize projects, and allocate funds more strategically to help ease the pressure on the communities they serve.
2:30pm-3:30pm: Boards' Most Common Financial Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
Presented by: PBG Financial Services PLLC & Inland Bank and Trust
Room 1

Steve Silberman, CPA - PBG Financial Services Ltd
Tim Haviland, CPA - Inland Bank
James Neumann - PBG Financial Services Ltd
Community association board members are usually volunteers - and most are not financial experts or accounting professionals. Even with the best of intentions, this lack of experience can lead to some common - and costly - mistakes. This panel of experts will offer tips on how to head off these missteps, protect your community’s financial health and stability, and get back on course if you stumble. Topics will include understanding your board’s fiduciary responsibility and financial information, having proper internal controls, working with your community's financial professionals, making smart investment decisions, knowing when it's time for an assessment, and more.