Since it was founded in 1973, Community Associations Institute [CAI] has been helping people make a difference in and shape the future of their communities – working to promote harmony, community and responsible leadership. Its mission is to give board members, managers and homeowners the knowledge to better run their associations, turning “owners” into “neighbors” and resulting in more prosperous, safer communities.
CAI’s local chapter – the Heartland Chapter, founded in 1986 – serves the Greater St. Louis area and offers distinct benefits to all members, whether they are individual homeowners, community managers, or professionals selling to and servicing the industry.
Cathy Roth-Johnson, CAI Heartland chapter executive director, said the nonprofit’s sole purpose is to build better communities.
“We really want to help communities thrive and do what’s best for their associations,” Cathy, who has been with CAI for 10 years, said. “We are all about giving them the tools they need to succeed.”
Members of CAI are part of a friendly forum where networking and relationships can develop and knowledge is shared.
Partake in education courses and programs on the national and local levels, designed for board members, homeowners, managers and other professionals. Network at national conferences. Read books and guides on community association management and operations. Subscribe to CAI’s magazine and newsletter for in-depth analyses of legislative trends and practical articles on finance, law and management.
CAI hosts events throughout the year, including a trade show on March 6.
“Come to any program for free to see what we’re about,” Cathy said.