By Rafael Aquino

Published August 25, 2021  


Board members have many responsibilities they must adhere to fulfill their role. In addition to the governance of your association and the day-to-day operation, you must also stay on top of the changes that occur in the law each year. The only way to stay on top of these issues is by attending a course that goes over what you should know as a board member, the responsibility you carry, and changes in the law.


The past two years have taught us many lessons, and if there was ever a time for needed change, it’s now. Having the board get certified each year will bring awareness to the seriousness of the role and its importance to the community's financial health, operation, and safety. Further, now that everyone is used to using Teams, Zoom, etc., it makes it much easier to get certified from the comforts of your home.


In addition to having boards get certified, I would also like to see the state require an attorney teach such certification. A significant portion of the course covers governing documents and legal updates, so in my opinion, that should only be done by an attorney and no one else.


I'll leave you with this...

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

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