Community President

Lunch with Sidney Owen, president of Las Terrazas de Santa Maria Golf

Writing good articles takes practice and effort.  This morning I was reading the Financial Times and an article from Lucy Kellaway on how she used to do her interviews for the FT and the techniques she used to get the answers she wanted.  I don’t have the same items on my agenda as I am …

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Ruth Katz and Ali Parandeh

Lunch with Ruth Katz – ex president of Las Terrazas Puerto del Almendro

This is my third lunch this week and after nearly one year of lockdown and hardly going out, this almost feels too much. In fact, I am not that hungry.  Our meeting place is at Nuevo Reino in San Pedro right on the beachfront which is where I met Ruth, the ex-president of Las Terrazas …

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Patrick Meehan and Ali Parandeh, Lunch with The Presidents Club

Lunch with Patrick Meehan, ex-president of Edificio Acapulco in Los Boliches

I am loving this and I am so grateful for being able to be doing this.  My guest for today’s lunch is Patrick Meehan.  He is the ex-president of the community “Edificio Acapulco” in Los Boliches and as I learn later on during our conversation, he is willing to stand up for the job again. …

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Sasha Baron Cohen, as The Dictator

The know it all community presidents

Over the past 12 years, I have come across a number of presidents whom I like to call the know it all presidents. When I joined the committee of my community, I must admit I knew little about community matters, running, rules, and the law.  Over the two years as a committee member, I started …

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Does your residential community use software?

Letterboxes full of junk mail. Important notifications going missing. How do I tell my neighbour that his dog is digging holes in our gardens? Endless general meetings, but very little progress. Does your residential community use software to tackle these problems? There is no shortage of options available in the market. Free or premium; for …

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Residential communities: grassroots governance

It can be a lonely, unrewarded and difficult journey for the president of a residential community. Plenty of after-hours work, disgruntled property owners, loads of paperwork, and recurring trips to the bank. It is remarkable that with so many different types of residential communities in different parts of the world, all arrangements seem to rely …

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