By Rafael Aquino

Published November 27, 2019  


In the hustle of the day to day and deadlines, sometimes itís easy to block out the details of the day, often forgetting how grateful we should be to have the gift of life. Further, we forget that our happiness is our responsibility to manifest. As Eric mentioned on Monday, itís easy to be thankful for health and family; however, if we focus on being grateful for so much more, not only will our surroundings change, but our lives will too.  


 Over the years, Iíve noticed that the most challenging Board Members to work with are those that only see the negative behavior of a vendor, fellow board member, or manager. Iíve also noticed when they treat individuals in this manner that behavior is often repeated. Itís a cycle that doesnít get him or her anywhere.  


To better educate board members that fall into this trap, we started to give our new clients a book named Whale Done by Ken Blanchard. In this book, the author emphasizes the power of positive relationships while redirecting negative behavior. In doing so, you develop a productive work environment. 


I challenge the readers to take this long weekend to give thanks not only to your loved ones and friends but, more importantly, to those individuals that serve your community. Better yet, I challenge you to take this approach for one month and see if things change within your community and life as a whole. 


Iíd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I appreciate the time you take each week to read this blog and the time you commit to educating yourself. 

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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. Rafaelís energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Servicesí 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 homeownersí 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 Universityís electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafaelís 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 tailorsí 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

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Plantation, FL 33324

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