Cooperator Events


Thursday July 9, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Money Trouble - Understanding Defaults, Arrears, and the Collections Process During COVID-19
Sponsored by: Tane Waterman & Wurtzel, P.C.
The pandemic has had a profound impact on the ability of many shareholders, unit owners, and commercial tenants to pay their monthly fees and rent. This has created challenges for co-ops and condominiums in need of these funds to address the rising costs of running a building and addressing the new COVID-related challenges. With the moratoria on evictions and foreclosures starting to expire, the question of how to collect monies owed while navigating all of the new requirements and restrictions is one that boards must understand and address in order to uphold their fiduciary duty. This webinar will explain the different rules for co-ops and condominiums when it comes to collections, update attendees on the current status of court proceedings, and offer expert guidance on late fees, arrears, payment plans and using security deposits to cover back rent.

Speakers: Stewart Wurtzel - Partner, Tane Waterman & Wurtzel, P.C., Leonard Khandros - Partner, Tane Waterman & Wurtzel, P.C., Andrew Stern - Partner, Tane Waterman & Wurtzel, P.C.

Tuesday June 30, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Clearing the Air - Keeping Your Indoor Environment Clean, Safe, and Contaminant-Free
Sponsored by: O&S Associates, Inc.
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic keeping people inside, and hot summer weather keeping windows closed and air conditioning on, concerns about air quality and safety have taken on new urgency for boards, managers, and residents alike. This informative event will bring together HVAC specialists and indoor environmental experts to offer insights into what your community can do to clean, sanitize, and upgrade its ventilation and airflow systems to be both safer and more energy efficient. Questions about airborne contaminants - including coronavirus, but also allergens, chemicals, and odors - will be addressed, as well as pre- and post-season equipment maintenance for common areas and individual units

Speakers: William T. Payne, PE - Vice President / Principal, O&S Associates, Inc., Peter Catapano, PE, CEM Manager - Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, O&S Associates, Inc., Adam Gorczyca, PE, CEM, GBE, LEED AP - Senior Mechanical Engineer, O&S Associates, Inc.

Tuesday June 23, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Are You Covered? - Understanding the Pandemic's Insurance Coverage Implications
Sponsored by: JGS Insurance
Many boards are unaware that their insurance coverage is not designed to respond to claims arising out of a pandemic or other public health emergency. Directors and Officers and General Liability policies both often contain exclusions that could leave associations holding the bag in the event of health-related claims. With residents eager for a return to normalcy and the reopening of shared amenities, it's crucial for boards to understand the nature and extent of their exposures, as well as the limitations of their communities' insurance coverage. This panel of experts will address those concerns, outline concrete ways to limit risks and avoid financial catastrophe, and discuss signage, face covering requirements, limiting capacity in common areas - and even whether to open common areas at all.

Speakers: Wayne Dow, Esq. - Vice President of Programs, Preferred Property Programs, Ryan Fleming - Director of Habitational Department, JGS Insurance

Thursday June 18, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Reserves to the Rescue? - Preserving Your Community's Physical and Financial Health
Sponsored by: Association Reserves
With many associations experiencing higher than normal assessment delinquencies, concern about the short-term financial health of their communities is weighing heavily on boards and managers across the country. The Reserve Fund is a powerful financial resource that can be used to help an association survive a temporary cash flow disruption without sacrificing the future - but it must be done with caution and care. Join us and our expert panelists for guidance on this important subject, including how the business judgment rule protects board decisions, how to preserve cash by reprioritizing expenses, how to reallocate cash borrowed from your reserves, how to take advantage of 'softer' vendor pricing to save money, and how to quickly restore borrowed reserve funds.

Speakers: Robert Nordlund - Founder/CEO of Association Reserves, Michael Kim - of Counsel, Schoenberg, Finkel, Newman, & Rosenberg, LLC

Tuesday June 16, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Reopening Your Amenities & Common Areas Safely while Minimizing Liability - Practical Advice for Boards & Managers
Sponsored by: Flynn Law Group
As New England reopens, the pressure on trustees and association managers to relax public health guidelines around common spaces and shared facilities is growing. This webinar will give professional advice on developing a reopening plan, handling the increased risks and potential liabilities that come with increased traffic and social interaction among residents, and making sure your board has a solid legal infrastructure as services come back online.

Speakers: Frank A. Flynn, Esq.- Managing Partner/Owner, Flynn Law Group, David Carlson- Partner, Flynn Law Group, Patrick Gamelin- Partner, Flynn Law Group

THURSDAY June 11, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Getting it Right - Reopening Your Building Safely and Sensibly
Sponsored by: Smith Buss Jacobs, LLP
As New York reopens, the pressure grows on co-op and condo boards and managing agents to resume alterations, moves and showings, to reopen common facilities, and to grant broader access to visitors and service providers. This webinar gives professional advice on developing a sound reopening plan, handling the risks that come with increased traffic within the building and closer interaction among residents, and making sure your staffing, insurance, financial and legal policies are in order as services come back on line.

Speakers: Kenneth R. Jacobs - Partner, Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP, Domenick J. Tammaro - Partner, Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP, Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante - Partner, Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP

TUESDAY June 9, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Moving Forward - Advice on Legal Requirements, Operations, and Engaging Residents Post-COVID
Sponsored by: Associa Community Management of New Jersey
The past three months have forced associations and their partners to adapt in many ways. This panel will discuss these adaptations in the areas of association operations, legal requirements, and resident lifestyle and wellness. Topics will include practical advice on holding virtual meetings, conducting meetings consistent with new Radburn DCA regulations, electronic voting, creative ways to engage your residents, and the use of technology platforms for effective remote operations.

Speakers: Michael Pesce, PCAM - Branch President, Associa Community Management of New Jersey, Matthew Z. Earle - Partner, Kates, Nussman, Ellis, Farhi & Earle, LLP, Lynne Edwards - Lifestyle Director, WTS International, LLC, Amy Gallogly - Corporate Operations Director, WTS International, LLC

WEDNESDAY June 3, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Maintaining Safety, Sanity, and Service as States Reopen During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sponsored by: Denali Property Management
As state restrictions ease and we begin to return to normalcy, rules and requirements will change. Boards will need to balance increasing freedoms with the social responsibility to protect their most vulnerable residents. Please join us to discuss ongoing safety measures for common areas and amenities, changing legal responsibilities, and how to best deal with stressed-out residents, managers, and staff members during Phase 2.

Speakers: Harold Berlowe, Director of Sales & Project Managemet - Denali Property Management, Vincent Rapolla, Director of Field Operations - Denali Property Management, Fran McGovern, Founder - McGovern Legal Services, LLC, Paul Bergmann- President, Viking Pro-Clean Service

WEDNESDAY MAY 27, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Virtual Voting, Meeting Remotely & Bridging the Tech Divide in Co-ops, Condos & HOAs
Sponsored by: Honest Ballot

The global pandemic has raised serious questions about how boards can conduct business and residents can participate in the governance of their communities while social distancing. This webinar will offer professional advice and clarity on everything from setting up remote meetings to implementing electronic voting, including an overview of the laws and regulations governing such measures. Panelists will discuss how communities can meet challenges around connectivity and web access to ensure that all community members are able to take part, as well as how to combat apathy, promote participation, and orient residents who may be using these technologies for the first time..

Speakers: Linda Gibbs, Honest Ballot, Michael Canberg, Hudson Troy Towers

WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020 @ 10:00 AM EST
Be Prepared. Reopening Your Clubhouse and Amenities
Sponsored by: Taylor Management Company
As our state prepares to reopen, one of the biggest questions raised by the coronavirus pandemic has been when and how (or even whether) to also reopen community association common areas and amenities. With many residents eager to return to normalcy and access clubhouses and other amenities, leadership must consider the legitimate safety concerns surrounding nonessential shared spaces, including clubhouses, pools, and gyms. This informative webinar will bring together a panel of community association professionals to discuss elements of concern, along with relevant information to assist association leadership in developing practices for reopening common areas while keeping safety and cleanliness front and center.

Speakers: Paul Santoriello, PCAM - Taylor Management Company, Eric Frizzell, Esq. Buckalew Frizzell & Crevina, Debbie Pasquerrello, CIC,CIRMS - USI Insurance, Jerry Lange - Pleasure Pool and Spa

WEDNESDAY MAY 13, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
COVID, COMMUNICATIONS, & THE LAW - Practical Advice for Boards & Managers
Sponsored by: Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP
This informative webinar will offer practical advice and effective communication strategies when COVID-19 impacts your building, best governance and sales practices during times of social distancing, adopting and enforcing special rules and regulations to ensure your building and its residents comply with CDC and Health Department guidelines, and - just as importantly - methods for boosting morale among residents to obtain compliance with COVID-19 restrictions and enhanced health and safety protocols.

Speakers: David L. Berkey,Scott M. Smiler, Marc Luxemburg

The Fight Against COVID-19: Keeping Your Community Clean & Your Staff Safe
Sponsored by: First Service Residential

Residential boards and managers are facing a lot of tough questions right now: What are the best practices for keeping common areas and high-touch surfaces clean? What products are safest and most effective? How should packages and deliveries be handled? How can essential staff be kept safe on the job? How will the pandemic change the way buildings and associations approach cleaning and other day-to-day operations going forward?

In this interactive webinar, management and maintenance experts from FirstService Residential and Planned Companies will give guidance that boards and managers can immediately put to work in their communities to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and give residents peace of mind. Panelists will share insights, offer tips and workarounds for common custodial challenges, and share how their professionals are helping client communities navigate the 'new normal.'

Speakers: Michael A. Mendillo, Andrew Batshaw, AMS®, CMCA®, Dino Iuliano