New at the Annual Seminar, HOA Legislation, and Great Boards

ECHO's 40th Annual Seminar Is Here

Join us on Saturday, June 23rd

How do you change your association? At ECHO, we believe that the only effective way is education. Board members and homeowners committed to education can inform, protect, and grow their communities. Whether you are a veteran board member or a new owner in an HOA, you will learn something new at ECHO's Annual Seminar.

This year's Annual Seminar will feature:

   • A freshly updated guide to HOA operations.
   • 16 educational classes, including our respected HOA University course.
   • Hundreds of exhibitors and prizes.
   • Exciting live demonstrations of HOA maintenance.

Join us for the most fun, interactive, and educational seminar yet! We know that you will learn something new. Be a leader in your HOA: get educated, inform your neighbors, and strengthen your community. Register or learn more on our Annual Seminar event page.

ECHO Annual Seminar

What Makes a Great Board

How does your board measure up? Is your board “just getting by” or are you leading your community to a more stable, open, and prosperous future? Perfection is difficult to achieve, but this article by long-time association manager and consultant Julie Adamen can get you started on the right path. Here are just a few things that great boards do:

   • Great boards act as fiduciaries.
   • Great boards speak with one voice.
   • Great boards are proactive with information.

But what does it mean to be “proactive with information” or to “act with one voice?” Read the full article, from our March ECHO Journal, on the ECHO website.

Read the Full Article

What's New at the Annual Seminar

HOA University. ECHO's HOA University program is an excellent course for first-time board members or veterans who want a refresher. This year we have updated our HOA University course guide to address current laws and practices. Come to the Seminar, get your copy, and take it to every board meeting!

Passport Program. In addition to great prizes from our vendors, we're adding a fun way to win stuff from ECHO. Enter to win an iPad 3, a Kindle Fire, or one of two Kindle Touch readers by completing your Passport. The winners will be contacted after the show and announced in the ECHO Journal.

We Are! After years of incredible service, Oliver and Dorothy have retired. Come thank them at the Seminar, and meet the new crew at ECHO. We are eager to meet you: our association members. Tell us what you think, what you need, and introduce yourselves; we will be walking about the Seminar throughout the day.

Annual Seminar Program

HOA Legislation

June 1 was the final day for bills to pass out of their house of origin. We are working with or watching 13 bills in 2012. Here is a brief update on three of those bills:

AB 805 & 806 – These bills will replace the existing Davis-Stirling Act. The California Law Revision Commission (CLRC) has worked for several years to simplify and renumber the Act, and these bills are the results of their efforts. While the update is not supposed to change the substance of the law, we are watching all amendments very closely. ECHO's Legislative Committee is working closely with the CLRC to avoid potentially harmful changes to CID law.

AB 1726 – This bill, facing opposition from ECHO and other industry groups, died in the Assembly. The bill would have required all common interest developments to hire “qualified pool operators” to maintain their pools. “Qualified” was defined by the bill as someone who has taken a state-mandated course, among other requirements.

Read the ECHO Journal for regular updates on our legislative activities including bill descriptions, positions, and advocacy opportunities.

Talk to Us

“Thick skin” is a requirement in HOA life, and we've got it. So go ahead: whether you like what you see or want something completely different, we want to know. We read and respond to every email. Send your comments to Tyler Coffin (

Inside this Issue
40th Annual Seminar
What Makes a Great Board
New at the Annual Seminar
HOA Legislation
Your Comments Welcomed
ECHO Annual Seminar

Register Now
Online Registration

Annual Seminar Website
Speakers, lodging, and more.

Reception Registration
Friday Night Reception

Corporate Status: Why It Matters
Tax Day for HOAs
Legislature Targets Email
Earthquake Insurance: To Buy or Not To Buy?
ECHO Journal

Inside the June 2012 Issue:

The Perils of Hidden Damage, Part 2
Part 2 of this in-depth look at older building maintenance.
Know Your Community's Financial Position
How to maintain a financially stable community in tough times.
“Green” Paint Technology
Learn about environmentally friendly paint options.
Develop Towing Partnerships
Create reasonable parking and enforcement policies.
Reviewing Bank Statements
By law, boards must review financials. Understand what you read!
California Laws and Codes

Look up current common interest development laws

Contact Us

Executive Council of Homeowners
1602 The Alameda, Suite 101
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 297-3246
Fax: (408) 297-3517

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