By Rafael Aquino

Published September 4, 2019  


What a week this has been and will continue to be for so many. Hurricane Dorian has become the largest storm ever to hit the Atlantic Ocean. The storm had winds above 185+ mph, and at times it clocked wind gust above 220 mph. The damage the storm caused to the Bahamas, and its residents are heartbreaking, and our prayers go out to all the families.


As the storm slowly turns north, it looks as if it will not make landfall in South Florida however it's yet to be seen what the impact of the surge will be along the east coast of Florida and further North. While most of Dade/Broward County missed this storm, it’s a wake-up call for all because should have it made landfall this storm would have done some severe damage.  Note, this isn't the time to let your guard down because we are inching into the peak of hurricane season. As such, this is an excellent opportunity to go over the steps the board and management took to prepare. Was there anything that could have been done better, more efficiently, and or effectively.   Was the communication between the board, management, and its residents good enough? Did owners take all the necessary steps the board and management requested? Would you have been ready for a Category 5 storm?  Would you have had the money to cover the deductible if the storm hit? The hard questions need to be asked now so you can adjust the plans you have in place accordingly.

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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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