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When: Thursday, February 20, 2014
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, Minnesota  55102
United States

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Please join us for the 2014 CAI-MN Trade Show!


1:00pmRegistration Open
2:00pmEducation Sessions


Track 1: Manager's Track

Who Let the Dogs In? Reasonable Accommodations to Animal Restrictions
Nigel Mendez, Carlson & Associates

Denied Again? Recertification FHA/HUD Approval
Michelle Gaskill

Track 2: CAVL Track

Meetings, Bloody Meetings
Michael Klemm, Dougherty, Molenda,Sofest, Hills, & Bauer P.A.
Joel Starks, Sharper Management

3:30pmNetworking Reception & Trade Show


Speaker/Session Information

Who Let the Dogs In? Reasonable Accommodations to Animal Restrictions
Nigel Mendez, Carlson & Associates, Ltd.

Session Description:
Associations that have animal restrictions are facing more frequent requests for exceptions to such limitations. Under state and federal laws, associations are required to grant "reasonable accommodations” for certain situations. This session will discuss what the laws require, what information the association can require the applicant provide, who does and does not qualify for an accommodation, and what can happen if a request is improperly denied.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what laws relating to service animals and companion animals apply to associations
  • What can the association legally ask for when considering a request
  • How to properly grant or deny a request

Presentation as described above followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers.

About Nigel Mendez

Nigel is an attorney with Carlson & Associates, Ltd., a law firm located in Vadnais Heights, MN. His practice areas include community association law, municipal law, insurance defense, subrogation and civil litigation. He is licensed to practice in all Minnesota State and Federal Courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Court. Nigel has been representing community association clients for more than eight years and the firm presently represents more than six hundred associations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area and greater Minnesota.

Nigel is the Chair of the CAI-MN Education Committee, a member of the CAI-MN communications committee and writes the "Ask the Attorney” article in the Minnesota Community Living magazine. Nigel was named a 2013 Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers. He frequently speaks to property managers and boards on issues facing community associations.

Michelle Gaskill
Denied Again? Recertification FHA/HUD Approval

Session Description:
Michelle will be discussing tips and practices that can streamline the process of applying for certification or recertification, including organizational , research and communication practices. These can be duplicated with every application, so you can "do it yourself” without reinventing the wheel every time.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know your Association - Learn how to "prescreen” the Association to make sure they are eligible for certification by asking the right questions of the manager/Board and in the Governing Documents
  • Organize Your Work - Learn great ways to:
    • Save memo and document forms for ease of use and consistent reporting.
    • Organizing your electronic files for saving and sending to HUD
    • Use checklists/tracking for dealing with multiple projects
  • Have All Your "Docs” In A Row - Discuss the importance of acquiring all applicable Governing Documents and where you obtain them.

About Michelle Gaskill
Michelle Gaskill, FHA Certification Specialist at Associa Community Development Corporation, has been in the Property Management field since 1992.

Michelle has specialized in Association Community Management for six years, four as a Community Manager with Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) and Association Management Specialist (AMS) designations.

Responding to the necessity of the housing crash, in 2011, Michelle became an internal staff member with Associa Community Development, specializing in FHA Certification processes.

As a former Community Manager, Michelle has a unique perspective and knowledge base that allows her to understand what the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) needs, why they need it, and how to organize the application process to consistently obtain positive, approval responses to the certification applications she submits.


Meetings, Bloody Meetings
Michael Klemm, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.
Joel Starks, Sharper Mangement

"I've got to go to a meeting." It's a phrase that makes most people's hearts sink. It echoes with boredom, frustration and a general waste of valuable time. And yet, we all know you can't manage without meetings. A team isn't a team unless we all get together to discuss problems, share ideas and come to decisions.

Good meetings send everyone off with a sense of purpose and a feeling they've got somewhere. Bad meetings leave them demotivated, irritated and alienated. If they feel their time has been wasted, they lose respect not just for the leader but also for the wider organization.

And now for the really depressing part: People who run meetings badly don't improve with experience. Even worse, people who attend their meetings pick up their bad habits. Many of them genuinely don't realize they are making a mess of it. They aren't even aware that running meetings is a teachable, learnable skill. But of course, it's not a gift, it's a technique with five key elements.

These five elements supply the framework of the Video Arts program "Meetings, bloody meetings.” Our seminar will include a popular and entertaining training video plus teaching and discussion to apply the elements of good meetings in the context of community associations.

Objectives: participants will be able to:

  • Identify specific strengths and weaknesses of their own meetings
  • Recognize the characteristics of a good meeting.
  • Learn how to prepare for, structure and control effective meetings.
  • Devise an action plan to improve their ability to run good meetings.

About Michael Klemm
Michael Klemm is an attorney at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. Michael represents municipalities, developers, associations, businesses and individuals in connection with real estate transactions, land use regulation, real estate development and common interest communities. He is President of the Minnesota Chapter of CAI, a member and past chair of CAI’s Minnesota Legislative Action Committee, and a member of the MCIOA Committee of the MSBA Real Property Law Section. Michael achieved certification as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association in 2006, and he has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in real estate law by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business every year since 2008.


About Joel Starks
For more than 10 years, Joel has managed sales teams and solution consultants for several big-name companies, including Wells Fargo. Joel has been specializing in the property management industry since 2005 and is known for maintaining exceptional lines of communication with new and existing clients. Joel actively serves as a Board of Director for the Minnesota chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI).




Current Exhibitor/Sponsors

As of 2/6/14


  • 3M Window Films
  • ACI Asphalt Contractors, Inc.
  • Advanced Sandjacking, Inc.
  • Advanced Waterproofing & Foundation Repairs, Inc.
  • All Elements Inc.
  • Alliance Association Financial Services
  • Allied Blacktop Company
  • American Building Contractors, Inc.
  • Asphalt Associates, Inc.
  • Asset Exteriors
  • Association Capital Bank
  • Birch Lawn Maintenance
  • Breiwick Companies, Inc.
  • Building Reserves Inc.
  • Carlson & Associates, Ltd.
  • CertaPro Painters, Ltd.
  • Cityview Property Services
  • Clean Response, Inc.
  • Columbia Building Services, Inc.
  • Columbus Exteriors, Inc.
  • Community Advantage
  • Complete Building Solutions, LLC
  • Construct-All Corporation
  • Coverall "Health Based Cleaning System"
  • Energy Squared Engineering
  • Extreme Exteriors N.A., Inc.
  • Final Coat Painting, Inc.
  • FirstService Residential
  • Gassen Company
  • Gaughan Companies
  • Giertsen Company
  • Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC
  • Jeffrey Mayhew Agency, Inc.
  • Kingwood Management
  • Levin & Edin LLP
  • Lunseth Lawn Care Professionals
  • Metro Paving Inc.
  • Mickman Brothers, Inc.
  • MicMak Condo Approvals, LLC
  • Minnesota Exteriors
  • Minnesota Roadways Co.
  • Mutual of Omaha Bank
  • Nugent Sealcoating, Inc.
  • Paul Davis Restoration
  • Pittsburgh Paints
  • Rental History Reports
  • Reserve Advisors, Inc.
  • Restoration Technologies, Inc.
  • Roofing Consultants, LTD
  • Schoenfelder Renovations, Inc.
  • Schwickerts Tecta America, LLC
  • Service Master Clean
  • ServPro
  • St. Croix Tree Service
  • Stone Valley Painting LLC
  • Superior Reserve Engineering and
  • Consulting
  • Thomsen & Nybeck, P.A.
  • Trans Alarm
  • Treecology
  • TruNorth Painting
  • U.S. Bank
  • Union Bank Homeowners Association Services
  • Waldman Engineering Consultants


Conference Bag Sponsor
Community Advantage, a Wintrust Company

Education Sponsor
Xtreme Exteriors

Laynyards Sponsor
Sharper Management, LLC

Networking Reception Bar Sponsor
Gaughan Companies

Networking Reception Food Sponsor
Community Advantage, a Wintrust Company

Parking Sponsor
Alliance Association Financial Services

Show Sponsors
CertaPro Painters, Ltd.
Gassen Management

Trade Show Bar Sponsor
Complete Building Solutions, LLC

Trade Show Food Station Sponsor
Reserve Advisors, Inc.
Benson, Kerrane, Storz, & Nelson, P.C.
Sara Lassila CPA, Inc.

CAI "SUITCASING” POLICY: CAI has a no-tolerance policy regarding "suitcasing,” which describes the practice by non-sponsoring companies or individuals soliciting sales or sales leads at a CAI event, and/or representing their services or soliciting seminar participants for conflicting social activities. Non-sponsoring business partners participating in the seminar as attendees or speakers are prohibited from soliciting business in or after sessions, or in the facility where the CAI event is being held.

Professional Credentials & Real Estate Credits:

Professional Credentials:
All CAI-MN events qualify toward earning and maintaining your professional credentials (CMCA, AMS, PCAM, etc.).Visit the Professional Credentials webpage to learn more! Click Here

Real Estate Credits:
CAI-MN submits application for Real Estate Credits with the state of Minnesota for each educational program.

Admission to all CAI-MN events requires advance registration either by mail, online, or in person. Individuals will not be admitted to an event without payment. Failure to attend an event does not constitute a cancellation of event registration and you will be charged for registering.

Cancellation Policy: With written cancellation notice, received one week prior to the event, you will receive a refund, less a $25 processing fee. Cancellations the week of the event are non-refundable. Notice of cancellation must be faxed to the CAI-MN office. No-shows will not receive a refund.


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