WMCCAI’s Conference & Expo is the largest gathering of community association professionals in the D.C. Metro Area and is the largest event across CAI chapters worldwide.

2019 Conference & Expo will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, February 23 with education sessions and over five hours of exhibit time. We have some special things planned to build excitement throughout the day on the show floor.

Schedule at a Glance

Saturday, February 23, 2019

8:00 a.m.             Registration open
Conference & Expo Opens
Breakfast with coffee service
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.  Education Seminars on show floor
10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Education Seminars on show floor
11 a.m. Lunch service begins in Exhibit Hall
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Education Seminars on show floor
3:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes
Event Ends – See you in 2020!
Education Schedule

8:30 – 9:30 am

DC Legislative Update

Jane Rogers, ESQ., Whiteford, Taylor & Preston & Scott Burka, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, EFJ Real Estate

Hear from the D.C. Legislative Action Committee about recent legislation passed by the City Council and upcoming issues in the District. Learn how to get involved in legislative activity.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Effective Methods for Obtaining Association Loans

Bruce Easmunt, ESQ., Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, P.C.

Legally, securing a loan presents both legal and logistical hurdles to overcome, including the often challenging (but frequently required) membership vote. Lending institutions also have specific requirements. This presentation outlines strategies for handling the issues most associations face including what is and isn’t negotiable when working with most banks. Attendees will leave the session with a step by step guide for advising/leading association clients as they explore financing options.

8:30 – 9:30 am

One Hour Board Meeting

Craig Huntington, Alliance Association Bank

The One Hour Board meeting will help board members and property managers get those long grueling meeting under control. Learn how to use a timed agenda, set up the room correctly and have an organized time for the homeowners to speak. Turn the monthly or quarterly meetings into a meeting that homeowners will want to attend.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Successful Large Construction Projects

J. Stewart Willis, RS, The Falcon Engineering, Architecture & Energy

Learn about the Top 10 things to avoid regarding project particulars, specifications, RFPs and project management when it comes to large construction projects. Discuss proper planning in advance, including how a reserve fund is essential to starting a project off right and a clear understanding of the end result and goal.  What is involved on the designers end and why this is such a critical step?  Review a comprehensive bid package and learn the importance of an “Apples to Apples” comparison.

8:30 -9:30 am

Woodstock Remembered–Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll

Thomas Schild, ESQ., Thomas Schild Law Group, LLC

50 years after the Woodstock Music Festival changed America, learn the latest trends and best practices for rules enforcement. Hot topics include fair housing and LGBT discrimination, adopting new rules for legal marijuana smoking,  and dealing with noise complaints.

10 – 11:30 am

Handling Insurance Claims

Jessica Knutsen, USI Insurance Services

Hear best practices on how to handle property damage claims in your community. Discuss the process of determining responsibility and how to pay for the work performed. Learn how to develop a detailed plan for the entire claims process from start to finish.

10 – 11:30 am

Hookers, Hoarders, & Drunks: Practical Methods for Dealing with Extraordinary Situations

Sara Ross, ESQ. & Jerry Wright, ESQ., Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, P.C.

We generally have a good idea how to deal with “normal” difficult situations, but how do we handle the truly bizarre? This presentation will delve into some extraordinary situations and discuss with our colleagues and compatriots realistic and practical solutions. This is intended to be interactive with the audience receiving helpful information, not only from the presenters, but from their fellow attendees, as well.

10 -11:30 am

Your Board Meeting: Tips, Tricks & Dealing with Difficult People

Tiago Bezerra, ESQ., Law Office of William A. Marr, Jr.

Attend a live, interactive Board of Directors meeting where anything can happen! As an attendee, pick up an agenda, observe, and participate in a “typical” Board of Directors meeting. Learn how to deal with difficult people and effectively navigate a meeting agenda with tips and tricks from manager and legal community professionals. As with any Board meeting, you never know what could happen or who could show up!

10 -11:30 am

How to Improve the Security of Your Community Using Technology

Molly Peacock, ESQ., Rees Broome, P.C.

Your condominium’s electronic key entry system gets hacked; what do you do? What steps reduce you community association’s liability the most? What steps can be taken before a security breach, during a security breach, and after one to enhance and protect individuals’ personal safety and security of their property? This seminar will answer these questions and more using actual experience from an experienced community manager, the Chief Technology Officer of a security company, and a community association lawyer who practices in northern Va. and DC.

10 -11:30 am

Maryland Legislative Update

Scott Silverman, ESQ., Thomas Schild Law Group, LLC & Aimee Winegar, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Community Association Services, Inc.

Keep up to date on Maryland legislation and court decisions affecting community governance. Hear from WMCCAI’s Maryland Legislative Committee and Legislative Action Committee about what to expect in 2019.

2 – 3:30  pm

Budgeting Reality Check- Planning for a Major Fiscal Project

Kipp Gaynor, Structural Rehabilitation Group, LLC

How do you develop a realistic budget for a large construction project? When do you start and how are you going to fund it? Why do reserve studies underestimate certain large component replacement costs and how do you know if your reserve budget is sufficient? How many years in advance should you start planning for replacement in the life cycle of a component and what about how you plan for construction defect related costs? These and other budgeting related concepts will be discussed.

2 – 3:30 pm

How To Read Financial Statements

Scott Burka, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, EJF Real Estate

This session is an introduction to how associations keeps the books, how reserves work and what the budgeting process entails. Learn how to explain the difference between cash, accrual and modified accrual financial statements and how to read them, understand them and analyze them.

2 – 3:30 pm

Virginia Legislative Update

Ronda DeSplinter, LSM, PCAM & Bill Marr, ESQ., Law Office of William A. Marr, Jr.

Virginia Legislative Action Committee, along with WMCCAI’s Virginia Legislative Committee, will discuss current legislation in process in Richmond and local jurisdiction. Hear about recently enacted legislation and how it will impact your community association in 2019. Bring your questions!

2 – 3:30 pm

Community Association of the Year: Best Practices

WMCCAI Outreach Committee & 2018 Community Association of the Year winners

What makes an award-winning community? Come hear how the Community Association of the Year winners stand out and what it takes to be an award-winning community.

2 – 3:30 pm

How to Make Your Community a Great Neighborhood

Bernie Guthrie, MBA, AMCA, AMS, PCAM, FirstService Residential

What is the Association’s role in creating a happy and welcoming environment for residents? What can you do to achieve that “friendliness” reputation which everyone seeks? And how can you use the power created by making a great neighborhood to benefit the extended social network of the city, town, or county where you are? Join us to remember what made a neighborhood before associations existed and how to bring back that warm feeling of belonging by turning your community into a happy, thriving,and successful neighborhood!

List of Exhibitors

CLICK HERE to VIEW the list of exhibitors.

Hotel & Travel

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, MW, Washington, DC. The convention center is accessible by Metro (Yellow/Green line: Mt Vernon Sq/7th Street-Convention Center station). Parking is available in the surrounding areas; a parking map is available on the Convention Center’s website (Click here).

Hotel Reservations
You can book a hotel room at the Marriott marquis at the Conference & Expo Rate of $179! Click on the link below to reserve your room.



Registration includes admittance to exhibit hall, all educational seminars and seminar materials, breakfast and lunch.


Questions? Contact events@caidc.org for additional information.


WMCCAI Conference & Expo FAQs

When is the 2019 Conference & Expo?  The 2019 event is Saturday, February 23, 2019.

What are the show hours? Conference & Expo opens at 8 am and ends at 3:30 pm. The Expo Hall is open the entire time and education sessions occur throughout the day.

Where is the event held? The 2019 Conference & Expo is located in Hall C at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

How do I register? Click here to register online. If you need to pay by check, please email events@caidc.org for assistance.

I am interested in exhibiting at the Expo. How do I reserve a booth? To purchase a booth, click here. You will need your CAI membership number, if you are a member of WMCCAI. If not, click non-member to proceed.  Once booths are sold out, if you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email events@caidc.org.

I am an attendee; where can I see a list of exhibitors? Click here for the online floorplan and to see the list of who is exhibiting.

What education sessions are being offered? Visit www.caidc.org/conference-and-expo for the full list of education sessions scheduled for the 2019 Conference & Expo.