Leadership Education 

Mark your calendar for July 26-29, 2018 at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs VA.

The 10th Annual Virginia Leadership Retreat (VLR 2018) features education seminars covering the trends and topics resonating across an industry that includes approximately 10,000 communities represented by over 30,000 volunteer leaders living in communities throughout Virginia.

VLR 2018 is 3-4 days of advanced interactive educational seminars presented by qualified professionals in the community association industry. The event will help association managers of homeowners associations and condominium associations address a wide variety of issues that affect residents and their communities. The event also includes professional development and business development aimed at business owners and industry professionals.  

In addition to information and education specifically designed for the special needs and interests of community association living and management, VLR 2018 will feature up to 40 CAI Business Partners showcasing the latest in community association products and services.


Friday, July 27, 2018  |  10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

The Manchurian Candidate - Virginia Common Interest Community Law and Regulation

Association Managers must be familiar with the information outlined in the regulatory requirements for the Commonwealth of Virginia. This session will review the sections of the CICB regulations pertaining to the Condominium and HOA Annual Reports, Complain Procedures Covenants Enforcement and Due Process Hearings, Association Meeting Requirements, Resale Disclosure Packages, Reserve and Reserve Study Requirements, Member Access to Records, and Declarant Issues. (Note: This session will be facilitated by CICB approved speakers and meets the Virginia Common Interest Community Law and Regulation class requirements for manager licensing/recertification training).

Lucia Anna "Pia" Trigiani, Atty at Law, CCAL®, Mercer Trigiani


Saturday, July 28, 2018  |  8:30 am - 9:45 am

Strangers in the Night - Hookers, Hoarders, and Drunks: Practical Methods for Dealing with Extraordinary Situations

We generally have a good idea how to deal with "normal" difficult situations, but how do we handle the truly bizarre? This presentation will delve into some extraordinary situations and discuss with our colleagues and compatriots realistic and practical solutions. This session will be interactive with the audience receiving helpful information, not only from the presenters, but from their fellow attendees as well.

Jerry M. Wright, Esq., Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, P.C.
Sara J. Ross, Esq., Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, P.C. 


 Saturday, July 28, 2018  |  8:30 am - 9:45 am

All About Eve - Jung at Heart: Personality Testing in the Employee Hiring Process

This session will present an overview of personality testing as a tool for assessing an employment candidate's potential for success. The session will provide a background and an overview of personality testing; provide the results and statistical analysis of testing of current successful employees and provide a validation of the effectiveness of testing. It will also discuss turnover in terms of impact on company internal operations and client satisfaction, and will assess personality testing as a potential enhancer or quality in the industry.

Dave Ciccarelli, AMS®, PCAM®, Sentry Management, Inc., AAMC®
Michael Sahouri, Sahouri Insurance


Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 8:30 am - 9:45 am

From Here to Eternity - Large Construction Projects

Follow the 10 detailed objectives to keep your project from taking a lifetime. Through proper planning, using your professionals, having clear communication, following schedules - both construction and payment, and closing out the project, you will learn to succeed in keeping that renovation from seeming to last from here to eternity. 

Stewart Willis, The Falcon Group


Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:45 am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jason Redman - Lead Always and Overcome All

Jason's newest presentation is built around two sets of rules that he lives his life by, summarized by his motto - Lead Always and Overcome All - the three rules of leadership and the three rules of the Overcome Mindset. He goes into the three rules of leadership; lead yourself, lead others, lead always and uses lessons and riveting stories from his own life to one factor that makes the difference - The Overcome Mindset and goes into the three rules of the Overcome Mindset - don't quit, don't mentally quit, and life is not fair. By understanding these three rules and applying them along with the three rules of leadership, Jason guarantees you will be more productive, balanced and find greater success not just in business, but all aspects of life. 

Jason Redman, SOF Spoken


Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Some Like it Hot - Booze, Movie Night, Roads & Bingo: All of the Good Things That Your Documents Do Not Address

When governing documents are silent on certain items, boards should determine whether external rules or regulations may impact how the Association proceeds. For example, boards may still (a) obtain banquet licenses to serve alcohol at Association sponsored events, (b) obtain other licenses to host movie nights for its Association members, (c) file a petition with its local municipality to prohibit commercial vehicles from parking on public roads, and (d) rent the association's clubhouse to a 501 c organization to host bingo for its Association members. This session will explor some of these hot scenarios and will provide direction on ways to handle them.

Kathleen Panagis, Esq., Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP
Chad Rinard, Esq., Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP


 Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Witness for the Prosecution - What Community Association Professionals Need to Know Now

This exciting and engaging session will illustrate how Managers, Board Members, or even business partners serving the community can make the most effective witnesses in court. This will be an interactive session with attorneys and a community manager performing a role playing session, which will highlight and illustrate the best practices when testifying in court, as well as demonstrating what not to do if you find yourself serving as a witness.

William W. Sleeth, III, Esq., LeClairRyan, A Professional Corporation
Brett C. Herbert, Esq.,LeClairRyan, A Professional Corporation


Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

To Have and Have Not - How to Use Consultants in Community Management

Community management has become more challenging for a variety of reasons. Consequently, community management involves calling upon specialized expertise to solve specific problems. This interactive session with a community manager and an engineer will focus on helping managers to know when consultants are needed, how to effectively use consultants, and how to control the costs of consulting services.

Doug White, Thomas Downey, Ltd., Consulting Engineers
Suzanne White, CMCA®, AMS®, CMCVA


Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm - Lunch with Education

Double Jeopardy - Question Your Answers

This session will put attendees to the test, presenting key points of the Virginia Condominium and POA Acts, as well as facts about the industry and Community Associations Institute. The session will explore the development of the current Condo and POA Acts, review Fair Housing Information, review updated legislation that is pertinent to the industry, highlight regulations regarding collections as it pertains to Condos and HOAs.


Sunday, July 29, 2018 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Apocalypse Now - Risk, A Road Worth Traveling

You will come to believe that risk is a road worth traveling. That's where the rewards are. Why not take it! The future, as seen through the eyes of the presenter is unlimited. The choices we make will dictate the direction of our lives, both personal and professional. That's an empowering thought. Are there risks involved with making choices? Of course there are. But even choosing to do nothing comes with risks. You may want to reinvent the wheel by changing careers, or you may simply want to nudge your life in a different direction. Taking action carries with it an inherent element of risk. Failure is just a bump in the road that we call "risk taking". If you're willing to make something extraordinary out of your life, there is no better place to start than with the timeless lessons you will learn in this session.

Craig Huntington, Alliance Association Bank