Calling all condo and homeowner association managers and board members, the North Gulf Coast Chapter of the Community Associations Institute invites you to its 2nd Annual Trade Show at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Sept. 27.

"There is kind of something for everyone," said Emily Jennings, executive director of the CAI's North Gulf Coast Chapter. "You can expect to meet experts in every field related to HOAs and condos."

The Sept. 27 Trade Show is a free event and will be held in the Baytowne Conference Center from 1-5 p.m. The show, which is themed "Anytime is Island Time!," will feature 50 exhibitors, as well as state required HOA and COA Board education training from noon to 3:30 p.m.

The training session will cover topics ranging from legal issues to accounting, Jennings told The Log.

"It's definitely important and they need to know there are resources available to them," she said. "If they are new members of an association, they will need this training."

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Community Associations Institute is a non-profit member association for condo and homeowner association managers, firms and businesses that work with them.

The CAI "works to foster responsive, competent, harmonious community associations by promoting the value of effective leadership, responsible citizenship and a strong sense of community."

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.