By Rafael Aquino

Published September 1, 2021  


Associations are nonprofit organizations managed by volunteer board members. Boards have a responsibility to abide by the associations' documents, uphold or improve the conditions/assets of the association, keep residents safe and be a leader for the residents that elected you to the position.


To do all of the above, you must have a strong team of industry experts that understand the industry and their area of expertise. No different than a business owner who relies on their attorney, accountant, or business coach to bounce ideas or concerns off. However, most, not all associations try to go about it on their own to save a couple of bucks, or worst, try to get the answers from someone that shouldn't be giving the advice, as the adage goes... penny wise pound foolish. Board members and residents alike should understand theirs cost to run a business. That should not hold them back from contacting their advisors to make the best possible decision for the association and its residents.


Money is better spent analyzing a situation with your advisors/vendors before making assumptions or jumping to conclusions in the long haul.

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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.

For more information about Rafael P. Aquino and Affinity Management Services please visit or call 1-800-977-6279

Doral Office: 8200 NW 41st ST

Suite 200

Doral, FL 33166

Broward Office: 150 S Pine Island RD Suite 300

Plantation, FL 33324

O: 800-977-6279 ● F: 305-325-4053

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