CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 12-16, 2014)

Posted by Brianna Sturm on May 17, 2014


Mom, trust, transition, reserves, doorknobs and scaventure: it all happened This week in Community Association Management!

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash-Up and feel free to share it too!

Mom Knows Best

Great moms are notorious for handing out the best advice. Even as an adult, I still run to mom when I need the honest to goodness reality check. Thanks for that Mom! In honor of Mother’s day last Sunday, here is a great article that takes Mom’s best advice and applies it to the CAM Industry. Hope all your Mothers had an amazing week!


“When people trust you as a leader, it means they feel they are able to rely on your strength, ability, and integrity.” Shannon Alter explores the four elements of trust in her white paper, “Building Relationships.” The four elements include: competence, character, commitment, and engagement.

Tough Transitions

Transitioning is tough for any business, and property management companies see transition all the time, whether it is transitioning from developer control or a community choosing new management. TOPS Founder and 30-year industry veteran gives some concrete tips on how to handle transition. He even includes a handy-dandy transition checklist worksheet for free!

Who’s responsible?

Do you know when it is necessary to enlist the help of an engineer when it comes to major projects in your community? This article makes it a bit more clear as well as who is responsible for what aspects of a major project. Hope it helps!

Give your Reserves a Boost!

We all know how important it is to make sure your reserves are well padded. Here is an incredibly simple way to add a little extra cushion for a rainy day. Take it one year at a time with this $10 solution!

Buh Bye, Doorknobs!

Even though the doorknob was only invented less than 150 years ago, it may see its end in the near future, if Vancouver has any say in the matter. They have decided to ban doorknobs on all new buildings “arguing that the elderly, infirm and disabled can struggle to grip them.” On the other side of the knob vs lever debate, this pro-knob activist argues that levers can make it easier for predators like bears or even velociraptors to access your home...


This past week was CAI National in Orlando. TOPS Software exhibited at the conference on Thursday and Friday but the real fun was on the night before. On Wednesday evening we held a Pub Crawl/Scavenger Hunt through Citywalk in Universal Studios for the CAI National attendees. Thanks to everyone who came out to play with us!

Do You Have Big News This Week?

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