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Presented by CAI-MN

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: AAA Minneapolis
5400 Auto Club Way
St. Louis Park, Minnesota  55416
United States

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– $75 for CAI Members
– $100 for Nonmembers

Session Details

The Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership is a course designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of community association leaders by addressing the following objectives:

  1. Overview of Common-Interest Communities: You will learn about the industry, the legal foundation of the various types of associations and the roles of the people who help make associations function.
  2. Approach to Solving Problems: You will learn an approach to problemsolving that will help you face and solve the myriad problems that occur in associations.
  3. Maintenance: You will apply the problem-solving approach to maintenance issues.
  4. Rule Enforcement: A demonstration and team exercise will show you the right and wrong way to handle rule enforcement.
  5. Finances: You will learn how to read financial statements and identify the financial problems of a hypothetical association.
  6. Board Meeting: You will watch a board meeting, identify all of the errors and suggest proper protocol.

Speaker Information

Kathy EbertKathy Ebert, Diversified Acquisitions, Inc.
Kathy Ebert is Senior Vice President and CMO of Diversified Acquisitions, Inc. a commercial real estate firm, formed in 1996. The primary emphasis of the firm’s Common Interest Communities, (CIC), division is to provide an integrated spectrum of services to CIC owners, homeowner associations and CIC professional management companies to understand, protect and enhance their home ownership asset values. Kathy has over twenty-five years of business to business experience in marketing, business development, interior architecture and sales. Her clients include major corporations, not for profits, small businesses and volunteer organizations. Her success has been attributed to her ability to develop quick rapport and trust, her knowledge and experience of issues, long term customer relationships and the ability to work with divergent groups to achieve consensus to “get to yes”.

Tim HilgerTim Hilger, Diversified Acquisitions, Inc.
Tim Hilger is presently Secretary and past President, Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Greensboro Condominium Homeowners Association, aka Greensboro Square. This 260 home condominium community, with approximately 300 residents, is 40 years old and located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. The community occupies approximately 11-12 acres and includes an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and a freestanding party/community building. He has been a resident and involved on the Board since 1976. Tim has held numerous Board positions, including President, Vice President, and Secretary, several times in each position, during his 37 years as a homeowner in Greensboro.  He has served on many committees, including long term finance chair/member, budgeting, legal, legislative, rules, landscape/grounds and management company selection.  He was on the Board, when the converting company/sponsor controlled the Board voting power, during the transition period to resident homeownership control, and during residents’ full control of the Board and association operations, including Greensboro’s brief period of “self-management”. 

Greg PettersenGreg Pettersen, PRA, RS, Reserve Data Analysis, Inc.
Greg has served multiple terms on the MN CAI Board of Directors, including Chapter President in 2004.  He served as an alternate member of CAI's National Reserve Professionals Committee that developed the National Reserve Study Standards, and currently chairs the CAI-MN Legislative Action Committee—upon which he has served for more than a decade.  He was a speaker at the 2013 CAI Law Conference in Tucson, Arizona, describing Minnesota’s Housing Improvement Areas (Statute 428A). Greg is a credentialed reserve planner holding designations of (RS) Reserve Specialist™ by the Community Associations Institute and (PRA) Professional Reserve Analyst™ by The Association of Professional Reserve Analysts.  He founded the Minneapolis office of Reserve Data Analysis, Inc. in 1997.  It serves as the Midwest regional headquarters for RDA International's U.S. operations.  


Sara LassilaSara Lassila, CPA, CGMA, Sara Lassila, CPA
Sara Lassila is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Global Management Accountant, and QuickBooks ProAdvisor.  She has her own practice located in Excelsior, Minnesota.  Her firm provides accounting services for many service industry, homeowners associations, and nonprofit businesses.  The firm also provides income tax consulting and preparation services for business corporations (both for-profit and non-profit), Sub-S corporations, individuals, sole-proprietors, and partnerships. Sara specializes in the corporate arena with emphasis in the Common Interest Community and business corporations.   Common Interest Communities are homeowner associations such as condominium, townhome, single family, twin home, time share, and cooperative communities.She has worked with company owners, association board members, and property managers for over 25 years.

HilgendorfJoel Hilgendorf is a partner with Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC, in both the Real Estate and Community Association Practice Groups. Joel’s clients include banks, developers, commercial and residential property owners, condominium and townhome associations, and businesses and individuals. Joel’s practice includes counsel and representation in the following primary areas:

  • Real estate law and litigation
  • Community Association law
  • Foreclosure law and Creditor's remedies
  • Commercial and residential real estate transactions

Joel is dedicated to providing clients with exceptional service – defining his practice through efficiency, attention to detail and a commitment to excellence. Joel has been certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Board Certified Real Property Specialist, a designation held by a select few Minnesota attorneys.

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.

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