Regardless of whether you live in a large co-op community with hundreds of units, a small self-managed co-op with a dozen, or a townhome condominium with just a few, board meetings can be both a chore and a headache. From shareholders or owners (or even fellow board members) getting up on their soapboxes, to inefficient time management, what should be a well-managed and fairly painless routine can turn into an hours-long nightmare.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Frank Aprilano is the president of the board of the Clinton Hill Apartment Owners Corporation, also known as the Clinton Hill Co-ops. There are 1,221 units in the cooperative, which is divided into two campuses located a few blocks from each other in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The community’s board consists of 16 members, and Aprilano has worked hard with the board to develop strategies to make their meetings run more smoothly. He says that on average, Clinton Hill Co-op meetings run around 90 minutes instead of three or four hours.
It Ain’t Alchemy
How do they pull that off in a community the size of a small town? Aprilano explains: “Rule number one was, we’re going to run more efficient meetings. Rule number two was: see rule number one!” he says.
Aprilano’s formula works, regardless of whether your monthly meetings are run by the board president or the building management; either way, the rules are the same.