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When: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Minneapolis Marriot Southwest
5801 Opus Parkway
Minnetonka, Minnesota  55343
United States

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– $45 for members
– $55 for nonmembers


7:30 a.m. Registration
8:15 a.m.


8:30 a.m.


Roles, Duties and Responsibilities of those charged with Governance relative to the Audit and Review Process"
Michael P. Mullen, CPA | bio

  1. Understanding the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors compared to those of the Management Company
  2. Understanding the CPA’s responsibilities when conducting an audit or a review
  3. Understanding the differences between internal financial statements (prepared by the mgmt. co) and the external financial statements (prepared by the CPA firm)
  4. Explanation of various terms and the language used in engagement letters for Audits and Reviews
  5. Explanation of various terms and language used in Representation letters for Audits and Reviews
  6. Discussion of examples of common misunderstandings of responsibilities
10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m.


Housing Improvement Areas: Alternative Financing for Rehab Needs
Michele Schnitker, Housing Supervisor, City of St. Louis Park | bio

Learn Housing Improvements Areas are an alternative that Home Associations can utilize to finance common area capital improvements. Learn what a Housing Improvement Area is, why you might want to consider this as a financing resource for capital improvements and the steps involved to establish a Housing Improvement Area.

  1. What is a Housing Improvement Area?
  2. What are the benefits?
  3. Why public assistance for private housing improvements?
11:45 p.m. Networking Break
12:00 p.m.

Lunch & Programming

Association Borrowing from A to Z
Peter J. Santangelo, CMCA, President, Community Advantage & Management Advantage | bio

This educational session will give managers a general overview of association lending. Topics covered will include the planning session to funding and all loan related topics in between.

  1. What do most banks ask for when applying for a loan and why
  2. What are options an association has when applying for a loan
  3. Why my association should look for a bank loan
  4. What costs are associated with an association loan
1:00 p.m. Adjourn

Speaker Bios

Michelle Stephans

Michael P. Mullen, CPA

Practicing public accounting since 1983. Founder and Principal owner of my Certified Public Accounting firm in Minnesota since 1994. Specializing in Community Associations and various nonprofit organizations. Perform independent audits and reviews; prepare corporate income tax returns; offer recommendations for operational enhancement and development of stronger internal controls to better safeguard our client’s assets.

Former shareholder of a Florida CPA firm which also exclusively served condominiums, homeowner associations, timeshares and rental

Extensive knowledge of the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, the law governing community associations.
Author of several articles concerning the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act that were published in professional journals and client newsletters.

Conducted numerous educational seminars on accounting rules and tax laws relative to community associations.

Instructor for Conviser Duffy, national CPA Exam review courses.
Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Adjunct professor of accounting for ten years; teaching principles,
intermediate, advanced, fund, cost and tax accounting courses at colleges in Indiana and Florida.


Michele Schnitker, Housing Supervisor
City of St. Louis Park

Michele Schnitker has worked in the housing industry for almost 30 years. In her current position as the Housing Supervisor/Ass’t Community Development Director for the City of St. Louis Park, she oversees all housing initiatives for the City including Public Housing, Section 8, CDBG, housing rehab and housing development. Previously held positions include Director of Resident Services at St. Paul PHA and Public Housing Director at Dakota County CDA. She is a graduate of the University of MN’s Housing Program.


Peter J. Santangelo, CMCA, President
Community Advantage & Management Advantage

Mr. Santangelo has more than 22 years of banking experience in consumer, commercial, and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Community Advantage, Mr. Santangelo managed commercial lending relationships at several large corporate banks. He was responsible for generating bank deposits, investment and cash management products, providing construction, bridge and interim loans, as well as various types of consumer credit, equity and small business lending loans. Mr. Santangelo also has experience training new personnel in an underwriting unit and was the liaison for installment lending, interfacing with other bank branches.

Mr. Santangelo is a Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA) by the National Board of Certification for Community Associations Managers. He joins many CMCAs nationwide who have mastered the fundamental knowledge to manage condominium, cooperative and homeowners associations. Mr. Santangelo was the 2008 President of Community Associations Institute Illinois chapter and currently serves as a director (until 2010).

Professional Credentials & Real Estate Credits:

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