In an urban or sprawling suburban environment, people can still feel isolated. While high-rise residential buildings and suburban subdivisions put many people and families in very close proximity to one another, living side-by-side doesn’t automatically transform a group of people into a community. Sometimes, just the opposite.
We all lead busy lives, our schedules are more than hectic and the last thing most people want to do is attend an HOA board meeting to discuss tedious bylaw alterations and HVAC repair schedules. Therefore, attracting and recruiting committed board members is crucial, because it ultimately improves the quality of life within the building or association community.
On the whole, community-management pros believe that committees provide a worthwhile training ground for potential board members, and a way to tap into other owners’ specific knowledge and keep them involved and engaged.
“Being on a committee will give the owner an opportunity to see how the board functions,” says James Cervelli, a portfolio manager with Cervelli Management Corporation in North Bergen, New Jersey, an association management company that manages properties in both New York and New Jersey. “It will also allow them to see how their involvement in the committee can make a real difference within the community.”
“I think being on committees are good training grounds for future board members,” says Arnie Lauri, an association manager with Argo Real Estate, LLC in Manhattan. “I manage this one condo association where we have a regular board meeting on a monthly basis but we have a committee meeting the day before the board meeting. We invite everybody in the building to come to the committee meeting, and they have a voice—it’s not like they sit in a corner and don’t say anything.