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January Managers Seminar: CAI-MN Legislative Action Committee - Your Advocate at the Capitol
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This session provides association managers and board members with an overview of the CAI Minnesota Legislative Action Committee (MN LAC), CAI’s official voice with legislators and regulators.

When: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota  55114
United States

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Session Details | Learning Objectives | Speaker Information | Agenda | LAC Members | Credentials


– $35 for members (early)
– $45 for members (regular)
– $55 for nonmembers
Early registration discount ends one week before the event.

Session Details

This session provides association managers and board members with an overview of the CAI Minnesota Legislative Action Committee (MN LAC), CAI’s official voice with legislators and regulators. It will explain how the LAC allows CAI to advocate on legislative, legal and regulatory matters that affect community associations, association managers and their business partners.

As the community association model expands, government increasingly attempts to regulate and control a host of issues important to our industry. To ensure vibrant and effective community associations, it is critical that CAI and its members integrate themselves into the public policy process. As part of our commitment to advocacy, CAI fosters the formation of Legislative Action Committees (LACs) to ensure that the voice of community associations is heard—and heeded.

Affecting that process in a positive way is the role of the LAC volunteer. The MN LAC volunteers and lobbyist are CAI’s representatives before the state legislature and regulatory bodies.

Learning Objectives

  • To inform attendees of the legislative-advocacy committee and its mission.
  • To inform attendees of the LAC’s benefit to community associations, managers and business partners.
  • To inform attendees how they can bring issues to the attention of the LAC.
  • To inform attendees how the LAC calls on them when action of the membership is needed.
  • To inform attendees of opportunities to serve on the LAC.

Speaker Information

Michael Klemm – Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.

Michael Klemm is an attorney at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. Michael represents municipalities, developers, associations, businesses and individuals in connection with real estate transactions, land use regulation, real estate development and common interest communities. He is President of the Minnesota Chapter of CAI, a member and past chair of CAI’s Minnesota Legislative Action Committee, and a member of the MCIOA Committee of the MSBA Real Property Law Section. Michael achieved certification as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association in 2006, and he has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in real estate law by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business every year since 2008.

Greg Pettersen | LAC Chair - Reserve Data Analysis, Inc.

Greg has been involved with association long range planning and budgeting for over 21 years. He founded Reserve Data Analysis in Minneapolis in 1997. It now serves as the Midwest regional headquarters for RDA's nationwide operations. Greg is a certified reserve planner holding credentials of Reserve Specialist™ (RS) from the Community Associations Institute and Professional Reserve Analyst™ (PRA) from The Association of Professional Reserve Analysts. A business school honor graduate with more than a decade of construction estimating experience, Greg has performed hundreds of reserve studies throughout the greater Midwest. Active in the CIC industry, Greg has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, including 2004 Chapter President, served as an alternate member of CAI's National Reserve Professionals Committee that developed the National Reserve Study Standards, and has served on the CAI-MN Legislative Action Committee for the last decade. A 14-year Board member of a Townhome Association, he volunteered on both the maintenance and budget committees. While serving as association President from 1995 to 2006, he led his association through an "opt-in” to the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, and guided them back from the brink of insolvency. Greg trains and supports professional reserve planners, lectures at Educational Conferences, has authored articles on reserve funding and routinely consults with association boards.

Nick De Julio | CAI-MN Lobbyist, Ewald Consulting

Nick joined Ewald Consulting in 2007 as a Government and Public Relations assistant, providing important leadership and support to the department as well as directly serving government relations clients. He graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a M.A. in Advocacy and Political Leadership, and a B.A. in Political Science. Before joining Ewald Consulting, Nick worked at the Minnesota House of Representatives as a legislative assistant and has worked on various political campaigns.

Agenda of program

  1. Introduction: Legislative Action Committee & Panel
  2. How LAC membership is composed.
  3. MN-LAC purpose, activities & goals.
  4. Is the LAC the same as a PAC?
  5. Does the LAC propose new laws or changes to existing ones?
  6. Recent LAC efforts at the legislature.
  7. How can you get your issue to the LAC.
  8. What you can do when the LAC puts out a call for action.
  9. Questions and Answers.

Current LAC membership roster:

  • *Cheryl Selinsky – Home Owner Volunteer Leader
  • *Gene Sullivan – New Concepts Management Group, Inc.
  • Mark Gittleman – FirstService Residential Management
  • Joe Crawford – Crawford Management
  • *Randy Christensen – ACT Management, Inc.
  • *Michael Klemm - Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.
  • *John R. Dorgan – LAC Deputy Chair - Attorney at Law
  • Jack Bouquet – Attorney at Law - retired
  • *Walt Burris – BEI Exterior Maintenance Corp.
  • Shane Lange – Go Get Fred, LLC
  • *Nick De Julio – Lobbyist, Ewald Consulting
  • Monte Abeler – Ewald Consulting, Chapter Exec. Director
  • *Greg Pettersen – LAC Chair - Reserve Data Analysis, Inc.

Professional Credentials & Real Estate Credits:

Professional Credentials:
All CAI-MN events qualify toward earning and maintaining your professional credentials (CMCA, AMS, PCAM, etc.). Visit the Professional Credentials webpage to learn more! Click Here

Real Estate Credits:
CAI-MN submits application for Real Estate Credits with the state of Minnesota for each educational program.

Admission to all CAI-MN events requires advance registration either by mail, online, or in person. Individuals will not be admitted to an event without payment. Failure to attend an event does not constitute a cancellation of event registration and you will be charged for registering.

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