Paul Orlando Awarded CAI’s Educator of the Year Award

Paul_Small PicCommunity Association Institute (CAI) is an international organization dedicated to building better communities.  CAI provides information, education and resources to all community association stakeholders, including community managers and homeowner leaders.  As part of their education efforts, CAI’s Professional Management Development Program (PMDP) provides the most comprehensive, expert education courses for community managers seeking to increase their skills, knowledge and job opportunities.

Paul Orlando, Vice President of Management for SFMC, Inc., has been a member of CAI’s National Faculty since 2009.  At the 2015 CAI National Conference, Mr. Orlando’s dedication and service was honored by CAI as he was presented with the Educator of the Year award.  Paul travels all over the country teaching PMDP’s M-100, The Essentials of Community Association Management, to industry professionals and homeowner leadership.  SFMC is extremely proud of Paul’s accomplishment and we are thankful for all of his efforts to advance education within the industry and beyond.  Congratulations, Paul!


Paul has over 35 years of experience in association management, both as a portfolio manager and as an on-site manager for large scale communities. He is an active participant in CAI activities including service on the Virginia Legislative Action Committee since 2003 and Government & Public Affairs Committee since 2009.  Paul’s Washington Metro Chapter awards include Virginia Public Advocate, Educator of the Year, Recruiter of the Year, Chapter Appreciation and induction into the Chapter Hall of Fame in 2011. Paul was also recognized twice by the Virginia Common Interest Community Board for his participation in drafting regulations for management companies and their employees. Paul was recently appointed by the Governor of Virginia and currently serves on the Virginia Common Interest Community Board.

What Gives the Association the Right to Tell Me What to Do?

In a nutshell: the association declaration and state law gives the association the authority to regulate some of what you can do in our community.

Community associations have a governmental component. Like a city or county government, a community association has a charter—called the declaration. The declaration encompasses bylaws, covenants and other documents that give community associations their legal foundation.

These governing documents obligate the association to preserve and protect the assets of the community. To enable the board to meet this obligation, association governing documents also empower the board to make rules and define the process for adopting and enforcing them—within limits. Governing documents also establish parameters for the nature and type of rules the board can make.

State law gives associations the authority to make rules. These are called common interest community statutes, and they apply to condominiums, cooperatives, and property owners associations.

Remember, however, that the board can’t make or enforce any rule that is contrary to the governing documents, local ordinances, state law or federal regulations. Remember also that the board makes rules on your behalf—to protect your investment, your home.