CAI's 2nd Annual Trade Show scheduled for Sept. 27 at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 04:25 PM.

As an international organization, the CAI is dedicated to building better communities, CAI provides information, education and resources to all community association stakeholders, including community managers and homeowner leaders.

The North Gulf Coast Chapter of the CAI was established in 1994 and has 270 members in its region.

“As I speak with individuals and businesses in our area, I realize that most people are unaware that the Community Associations Institute (CAI) even exists, much less that it is an influential international trade association with more than 32,000 members,” North Gulf Coast Chapter President Kathy Townsend says. “Our chapter spans from Perdido Key to Tallahassee and we are the only professional trade association in the panhandle dedicated to community living. We are dedicated to building better communities by providing education and resources to community association homeowner leaders (board members and committee members), professional managers, association management companies and other businesses and professionals who provide products and services to condominium and homeowner associations."

"I believe it is so important that we are diverse in that we aren't made up of any one member group but of everyone involved in our functioning communities," she added.  "Our mission is to inspire professionalism through training and professional designations, effective leadership and responsible citizenship. We believe our upcoming Trade Show and Board Certification Training will be instrumental in educating the community about who we are and what we do.”

To learn more about the North Gulf Coast Chapter of the CAI and membership benefits contact Jennings at 850-797-3471 or visit their website at

As for the upcoming Trade Show, Jennings told The Log it's going to be a great opportunity for people to come out and see what the CAI has to offer while enjoying a vast array of exhibitors.

"Come out, have some fun, network and get your state required COA and HOA training," she said.

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