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Yolanda Cash Jackson Interviewed on Fluent in Floridian Podcast

Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson sits down with SalterMitchell PR President and Partner Heidi Otway to share her story of growing up in South Florida and pivoting to a lobbying career in her late-twenties. They also discussed her notable achievements, such as spearheading the effort to install a sculpture of Mary McLeod Bethune (founder of Bethune-Cookman University) […]

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Take It To The Board: We’re Not Just Droning On – A Conversation with Drone Experts Chris Tonn and Neil Johnston On Your Community’s Potential Challenges with Drones

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! Donna DiMaggio Berger sits down with guests Chris Tonn, CEO and Founder of Pelican Drones and Co-Founder of Rocket Drones and attorney Neil Johnston of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, drone expert and leader of its Real Estate, Land Use and Timber Practice Group. Over the last few […]

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Take It To The Board: A Discussion on Successful Real Estate Design in the Luxury Space with TRUMP!

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here!   Donna DiMaggio Berger sits down with guest, Jules Trump, a South-African born businessman and one-third of The Trump Group. His wife of 50 years, Stephanie, and his younger brother and business partner, Eddie, comprise the other two-thirds of the team. Also known as “the Other […]

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Take It To The Board Podcast: Candid Conversations on Community Association Living

Becker’s Take It To The Board podcast, hosted by shareholder Donna DiMaggio Berger, explores the reality of life in a community association. Among many special guests, nine Becker attorneys from across the firm, have appeared and discussed their area of expertise as it relates to community living. Tune in for these candid discussions which just might […]

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Take It To The Board: The Impact of Construction Next Door on Your Community with Katie Berkey, AICP, Becker & Poliakoff

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here!   This week, Becker Shareholder Kathleen “Katie” Berkey, AICP, sits down with Donna DiMaggio Berger and explains how she helps clients deal with all sorts of issues related to their property. As Mark Twain once said, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore,” and truer words have […]

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Take It To The Board: Combatting Growing Hate Crimes Inside Community Associations with Sarah Emmons, the Florida Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here!   This week, Donna DiMaggio Berger sits down with Sarah Emmons, the Florida Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), to discuss recent incidents of hate symbols being placed inside community associations, how antisemitism takes root and what can be done to combat it. Specifically, Sarah and […]

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Take It To The Board: Are “55 and Older” Communities Still In Demand? What Must Be Done to Preserve Your Senior Lifestyle? An Engaging Discussion with Mark Friedman, Becker & Poliakoff

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! This week, Becker Shareholder Mark D. Friedman, who provides legal counsel to condominium, homeowner and cooperative associations, sits down with Donna DiMaggio Berger to discuss “Housing for Older Persons” communities including their legal requirements for establishment and whether these communities have the same appeal today as […]

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Take It To The Board: The Art of Negotiating the Best Telecommunication Deal for Your Community With Marcie Gershoni, President at Community Cable Consultants

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! Marcie Gershoni, President at Community Cable Consultants, is an experienced Cable professional having worked as an account executive for Comcast and then in the Cable Consulting field.  Marcie has been involved with the telecommunications industry from both sides of the aisle as the provider […]

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Take It To The Board: Radical Self-Care Can Change the World with Shelly Tygielski, Founder of Pandemic Love

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! Today’s guest is unlike any other. A teacher, public speaker, and author, Shelly Tygielski, is a self-care activist and community organizer helping leaders to do the “inner work” of radical self-care to create mindful communities. After spending nearly 20 years in Corporate America, working for and leading Fortune 1000 organizations, including one of the largest community association […]

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Take It To The Board: Mitigating Reputational Risk with Laura Guitar, President of Reputation & Risk Advisors

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! Condo and HOA battles make the news fairly frequently and when they do, volunteer board members, managers and residents need a crash course on how to interact with the media on a moment’s notice. Laura Guitar, President of marketing communications firm, Reputation & Risk Advisors, […]

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Take It To The Board: An Engineer’s Perspective on Implementing Florida’s New Condo Safety Law with Tim Marshall, Founder and President of A.T. Design

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! Tim Marshall, a Florida Registered Professional Engineer, Florida Building Inspector, and a Special Inspector, sits down with host Donna DiMaggio Berger and discusses just how busy his days have become since the passage of SB 4D, the new safety law in Florida requiring thousands of older […]

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Take It To The Board: Fighting Fraud, Combating Cons, & Protecting Peace with Michael Reiter, Michael Reiter Associates

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! Did you know that shared ownership communities are prime targets for con artists and fraudsters? And that even the best association employee can be tempted to join those ranks? Former Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter tells host Donna DiMaggio Berger that the most […]

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Take It To The Board: Elevators & Electric Vehicle Charging Stations with Todd Schwartz, Connections Elevator

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! If you’re in the elevator business, the effortless and constant up and down momentum means business is good. But for community association boards and residents, elevator safety, maintenance, and even innovation can truly test one’s sanity. Host Donna DiMaggio Berger challenges featured guest Todd […]

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Take It To The Board: Alternative Dispute Resolution with Jeffrey Streitfeld, Mediator

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! When there’s a dispute that can’t be resolved amicably, lawsuits are not the only option. Mediation and arbitration are often used to save both sides considerable amounts of time and money. In this episode of Take It To The Board, host Donna DiMaggio Berger […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Interviewed on From Florida Podcast

Becker’s Yolanda Cash Jackson had the opportunity to discuss what she called the “lobbyists dream” of getting the legislation passed in Florida to have a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune represent the state in Statuary Hall in the nation’s capitol. Bethune, an advisor to five presidents and the founder of what would become Bethune-Cookman University, […]

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Take It To The Board: Parliamentary Procedure: How to Keep Your Meetings on Track with Parliamentarian Jim Slaughter

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! Are Robert’s Rules of Order the best way to keep board and membership meetings on track? What are the other uses for this book, which was first published in February of 1876? In this episode of the Take It To The Board podcast, host […]

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Take It To The Board: Taxes, Taxes, and . . . Fewer Taxes with Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser, Part II

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! In this second of our two-part episode, host Donna DiMaggio Berger and Marty Kiar, Broward County’s Property Appraiser, continue their conversation about how properties in the county are appraised, how those appraisals can change over time and why Marty’s Office is a helpful resource that all of […]

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Take It To the Board: Taxes, Taxes, and . . . Fewer Taxes with Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser, Part I

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! With Trim Notices having just gone out to Broward County property owners, our conversation with Marty Kiar, Broward County’s Property Appraiser, is especially timely. Marty’s Office serves Broward’s two million residents. He is a lifelong resident himself, as well as an attorney, and has […]

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Take It To The Board: A Novel Approach: Coaching for Community Association Boards with Carmelo Millimaci, Senior Coach, Ackert Inc.

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! Could volunteer board members do their jobs more effectively and less stressfully with the solid communication skills a professional coach can impart? In this episode of Take It To The Board, host Donna DiMaggio Berger speaks with Carmelo Millimaci, Professional Certified Coach. He is […]

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Take It To The Board: Florida Representative Dan Daley on How We Get the Laws We Get

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! In this episode of Take It To The Board, host Donna DiMaggio Berger speaks with State Representative Dan Daley, the Florida House or Representatives member for the district which includes portions of Coral Springs, Sunrise, Plantation, and Tamarac. He is the Democratic ranking member […]

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Heat Safety Tips for Employers

Record heat waves stretched across the U.S. this summer, but illness from exposure to heat is preventable. Employers have an obligation under the law to make sure employees have safe working conditions and should have a plan to protect them from heat-related illnesses. Here are few potentially life-saving tips! Be especially vigilant on the first […]

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Take It To The Board: To Lend or Not To Lend with Brewster Cole, First Vice President, Valley National Bank

For more episodes of Take It To the Board, click here! Florida community associations always need money for maintenance, repair, and capital improvement projects, but especially now with new safety laws in place, and Brewster Cole, First Vice President of Valley National Bank, is “the man with the money.” Brewster has spent 16 years lending […]

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Take It To The Board: Successful Community Association Living Starts With the Purchase Decision with Marisa DiLenge, Founder, DiLenge Real Estate Team (Part II)

For more episodes of Take It To the Board, click here! Is living in a community association the right fit for everyone? In this second of two installments, host Donna DiMaggio Berger speaks with Marisa DiLenge, founder of the DiLenge Real Estate Team. She has been a licensed real estate consultant since 1992. She is also a member […]

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Take It To The Board: Successful Community Association Living Starts With the Purchase Decision with Marisa DiLenge, Founder, DiLenge Real Estate Team (Part I)

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! Is living in a community association the right fit for everyone? In this first of two installments, host Donna DiMaggio Berger speaks with Marisa DiLenge, founder of the DiLenge Real Estate Team. She has been a licensed real estate consultant since 1992. She is also […]

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