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The Benefits of “Umbrella Organizations” with Brickell Homeowners Association’s President, Ernesto Cuesta

The Benefits of “Umbrella Organizations” with Brickell Homeowners Association’s President, Ernesto Cuesta

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When it comes to community associations, joining forces under a voluntary “umbrella organization” often proves more beneficial than going it alone. Members reap the rewards of shared knowledge, vendor connections, advocacy, and educational resources. In this week’s episode of Take It To The Board, host Donna DiMaggio Berger sits down with Ernesto Cuesta, President of the Brickell Homeowners Association (BHA), to share his insights and experiences and hopefully empower other communities to grow stronger together.

From casual meetups to formal meetings, Donna and Ernesto dive into how to find and create umbrella groups and the benefits of becoming involved with one.  Ernesto reflects on BHA’s modest beginnings and formative years, offering invaluable lessons on forging a strong and proactive neighborhood alliance.

Donna and Ernesto also spotlight the essential role of education and mentorship in cultivating the next generation of community advocates. To that degree, they discuss Florida’s new mandate on board member education, specifically its impact on the dynamics of condominium governance. This episode is not just a look back but a forward-facing conversation about continuous improvement and active participation. Discover the blueprint for building community cohesion and how a collective commitment can shape the future of any area.

The BHA was founded in 1990 and represents condominium communities from Miami River to Rickenbacker Causeway and from Biscayne Bay on the East to SW 3rd Ave. on the West, representing thousands of residents and partnering with scores of businesses, corporations, public associations, stores, restaurants, and other amenities that share the common goal of improving the quality of life for the Brickell community.

Conversation highlights include:

  • Creation of the Brickell Homeowners Association
  • How to create an Umbrella Organization of HOAs and Condominiums
  • The financial model of an umbrella organization and how funds are raised, allocated, and managed
  • Challenges member communities face
  • Communication channels and resources used by BHA
  • Ernesto’s Top Tips for community association advocacy

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Think you know what community association life is all about? Think again. Residents must obey the rules, directors must follow the law, and managers must keep it all running smoothly. Take It To The Board explores the reality of life in a condominium, cooperative or homeowners’ association, what’s really involved in serving on its board, and how to maintain that ever-so-delicate balance of being legally compliant and community spirited. Leading community association attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger acknowledges the balancing act without losing her sense of humor as she talks with a variety of association leaders, experts, and vendors about the challenges and benefits of the community association lifestyle.

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