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Dawn Osterode, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM®

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How to Handle Every Stage of a Snowstorm

Posted by Dawn Osterode, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM® on Mar 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

While residents of warmer clients experienced some early Spring weather, some regions have experienced extreme winter weather patterns this season and for a few of us that meant record breaking snow levels. Even right now, in some parts of the country snow is still falling, and as some may be inspired to dust off their snowboard and head to the slopes, those of us in community management know snow and ice mean a season of high alert and maintenance coordination.


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Topics: Community Living

How to Create The Ultimate Operations Calendar for Your Community

Posted by Dawn Osterode, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM® on Feb 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The start of a new year is about more than just changing the calendar on the wall. It’s an opportunity to strategically plan your community association’s operations calendar for the next year to ensure you complete all necessary tasks and meet all compliance requirements. But where do you even start when it comes to setting a plan? The task can seem overwhelming and certainly a lot to take on if you are a volunteer board member. Here’s how to get started on a path to establishing a strategic operations calendar for your community: 


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Topics: Community Living

New Board Member? Here's What to Expect in Your Orientation Training

Posted by Dawn Osterode, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM® on Jan 31, 2017 1:21:28 PM

The beginning of a year signals many things but in many community associations, it signifies the start of a new relationship with recently elected board members. Volunteering to serve your community in the capacity of an elected board member is exciting but it can also be a bit intimidating. The new responsibility can feel like a heavy weight on your shoulders or lead to a feeling of being stranded and alone in your crusade to make your community a better place. Luckily, if your community is managed by a community management company, you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a network of seasoned professionals that will support and guide you through comprehensive orientation training.


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