HOA trade organization conference: Bring your horror stories here

The Rocky Mountain chapter of the Community Associations Institute, a trade organization devoted to homeowner's associations, is hosting a conference tomorrow to help homeowner's with the nitty-gritty of managing HOAs -- which a March Westword feature about the Cherry Creek Farm HOA showed can be a hellish affair.

Rita Guthrie, president of the CAI chapter, says the conference is focused primarily on teaching volunteer HOA boards to effectively manage their neighborhoods, and to keep them from ending up in headlines about embezzlement or expensive lawsuits.

"Homeowners are interested. They want to be heard," Guthrie says, "And they want to work together to solve issues. That's always at the forefront for us -- how can we get people to live in harmony?"

With 630 people signed up for the conference -- the estimate includes 105 vendors such as attorneys, landscapers, insurance companies and so on -- Guthrie says they expect a record turnout for the annual event, which will be held at the Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum at 7711 E. Academy Blvd in Denver. Click here for more details.

A $70 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. Educational sessions begin at 7:15 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.

"This year, we are excited," Guthrie who is a volunteer with CAI says. "This is going to be huge. It shows an increase in the issue."

Among the subjects to be highlighted: Internet fraud and HOA robberies. There will also be a discussion about House Bill 1278, which is currently being reviewed by a Senate committee; it seeks to create an "information clearinghouse" for homeowners who have issues with their HOAs and vice versa.

"I think one of the big things would be the legislative update because there's a lot of legal issues surrounding HOAs," Guthrie says.

Here's tomorrow's conference schedule:

7:15-8:10am Check In & Continental Breakfast 8:10 am Welcome, Opening Comments 8:30 am Educational Session I (3 concurrent classes) 9:40 am Break/ Refreshments in Exhibit Area 10:00 am Educational Session II (3 concurrent classes) 11:10 am Break/ Refreshments in Exhibit Area 11:30 am Educational Session III (3 concurrent classes) 12:40-1:30 pm Lunch 1:30-3:30 pm Trade Show 3:30 pm Closing Remarks, Drawing for Cash "Frequent Flyer" Prizes 4:00-6:00 pm Museum Open to CAI-RMC Spring Showcase Friends and Family

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