WMCCAI’s Conference & Expo is the largest gathering of community association professionals in the D.C. Metro Area and is the largest event across CAI chapters worldwide.
2018 Conference & Expo is Saturday, March 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. The show features 15 education sessions and over five hours of exhibit time. We have some special things planned to build excitement throughout the day on the show floor.
Over 200 companies exhibit at the event each year. In 2017, we had over 2,100 community association industry professionals attend Conference & Expo! More than half of the booths pre-sold and we have just begun the sales process for exhibitors! At this pace, we will sell out of booths by the end of 2017.
ATTENDEE INFORMATION! REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE!
Attend the largest community association industry event in the Washington metro area! The 2018 WMCCAI Conference & Expo features 15 educational sessions on relevant topics affecting community associations and more than 200 exhibiting companies offering a wide variety of products and services. Join more than 2,000 community association professionals and volunteer leaders to:
- Learn more tips and best practices to get more involved in your community
- Earn Continuing Education Credits
- Visit with businesses and management companies that cater to your needs
- Meet community association industry leaders
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
- 8 a.m – 2:30 p.m. – Registration Opens
- 8 a.m. – Exhibit Hall C Opens
- 8:30 -9:30 a.m. – Education Sessions
- 10 – 11:30 a.m.- Education Sessions
- 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Exhibit Hall, Activities, Lunch, and Grand Prize Drawing
- 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. – Education Sessions
- 2:30 p.m. -Exhibit Hall C Closes
- 3:30 p.m. – Event Ends
|MEMBER Registration Rates||Early Bird Ends 1/21/18||Regular Rate 1/22/18 – 2/28/18||Late Registration 3/1/18 – 3/10/18|
|NON-MEMBER Registration Rates||Early Bird Ends 1/21/18||Regular Rate 1/22/18 – 2/28/18||Late Registration 3/1/18 – 3/10/18|
Schedule of Education Sessions
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.Maryland Legislative Update Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners/Business Partners Update from CAI Maryland Legislative Committee members on recent court decisions, and state, local, and federal laws which affect the governance of Maryland condos, HOAs, and co-ops. Learn what’s hot and what’s not for the 2018 Maryland legislative session.
Improving Your Community’s Environmental Footprint Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners/Business Partners Communities have a large impact on water quality in the Washington, D.C. area. Community managers, homeowners, and board members will learn how to improve their community’s environmental footprint. Learn strategies for enhancing the sustainability of your property and how other HOAs tackle challenging landscaping, erosion, and pet waste issues.
Maintaining Your Community Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners This session will focus on the different types of maintenance home and condo owners face — scheduled, corrective, and deferred. The impact of each will be discussed. The session will also provide practical advice on finding reputable contractors and related professionals as well as the basics of good contracts.
Teamwork Approach to Litigation Avoidance/Success Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners/Business Partners A panel comprised of an experienced lawyer, a manager, and an engineer will present an interactive session designed to educate the audience on how associations can properly use professionals when dealing with construction defects or other litigation matters. The seminar will focus on the relationship between the association’s board and its experts in properly and effectively dealing with the issues and parties involved in litigation.
HOT TOPIC: When Short-term Rentals Happen in Your Community Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners Learn best practices and tips from a manager and attorney when dealing with short-term rentals. Discuss the impacts of these rentals on communities and what should be included in documents to effectively manage them when they happen in your community. Bring your stories and questions for this interactive hot topic session!
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.D.C. Legislative Update Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners/Business Partners The panel will discuss updates to legislation affecting community associations in the District of Columbia, including bills enacted, as well as related regulatory activities that affect those living in community associations.
Earth, Wind & Fire Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners In the event of an emergency, community managers have to make split-second decisions. Panel experts will discuss weather-specific “industry hacks” and provide advice that can help prevent events from occurring; save time during a crisis; minimize risk; and lower costs before, during, and after an event.
Avoiding Complaints and Accommodating Owners Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners Learn how best to respond to requests for reasonable accommodations and modifications to avoid fair housing complaints. This session will provide tips to avoid liability for fair housing violations by community associations, boards, and management.
Are You Smarter Than a CA Attorney? Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners Attendees will explore common (and not so common) legal pitfalls that can accompany leading a community association in a fun, interactive format … you might even win a prize!
Better Board Meetings Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners Experienced professionals will provide guidance on running productive and constructive meetings. The program will provide tips on how to structure meetings to more effectively handle association business, maintain control over the agenda, handle owners’ forum, and maintain civility during discussions.
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.Virginia Legislative Update Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners/Business Partners This session will provide board members, homeowners, managers, and service providers with up-to-date information about the Virginia General Assembly session and related regulatory activities that impact those who live in community associations.
Breaking It Down: Understanding Association Insurance Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners It’s “Greek to me” is the reaction of many boards and managers regarding insurance and an association’s obligations to procure it. Why do we need it? Is it required, or can we go “commando”? What coverages do we need? How much? This fast-paced discussion will break down association legal duties regarding insurance and the coverages most associations need.
Navigating Collections in the 21st Century Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners This session will discuss and explore the tools and challenges associated with modern collections with a look at social media, bankruptcy, and federal as well as state regulations. The session will provide a lecture and an interactive experience-sharing opportunity and Q&A. This course is intended for managers and boards members.
Cyberbullying in Community Associations Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners The presentation will educate the audience on what cyberbullying is and how it appears in the context of community associations. Legal ramifications, enforcement against cyberbullies, and best practices will be shared. Real-world community association examples will be provided.
Community Associations of the Year: Sharing Best Practices Who Should Attend: Managers/Homeowners/Business Partners Come see the presentation of the Community Association of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, and Communicator of the Year. Hear how these communities stand out and what it takes to be an award winner.