MEAMCON is the first and currently only conference and exposition aimed directly at Community and Association Managers in the Middle East. Having held the inaugural conference in 2011 under the aegis of the Dubai Real Estate Institute and the US-based Community Associations Institute (CAI) and supported by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), MEAMCON is back this year after a very successful 2016 edition.
The event will be bigger and better encompassing many more topics with fresh ideas, new insights and advanced solutions for the Community and Association Management Industry.


Meet Our Speakers


Meet Our Speakers


Meet Our Speakers

Michael Johnson

CEO of FCS Community Management, Utah’s original AAMC
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Greg Smith

Senior Training Consultant Associa
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Mahmud P.K. Merali

Designation – Group Executive Partner
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Jeff Gilmour

Founder and president of The Association of Residential Communities (ARC)
  • Thomas M. Skiba is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Association Institute's national office in Alexandria, Virginia. As CEO, he is responsible for providing services to CAI's more than 32,000 members including homeowners, community association volunteer leaders, professional community managers and industry partners. Through educational programs, publications and other activities, CAI works to build communities that operate efficiently and effectively and meet the needs of all their residents. In recent years, he led CAI through a comprehensive transformation of its governance, membership structure, branding and technology, designed to make the organization more responsive to member needs and more flexible in a rapidly changing business environment. Prior to joining CAI, he spent almost seventeen years with KPMG Consulting. While at KPMG, he provided business advisory services to a wide variety of not-for-profit, higher education, and government organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center, American Red Cross, Public Broadcasting Service and National Geographic Society. Tom received his BS and MBA degrees from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He currently resides in Alexandria with his wife Carol and son Matt.
  • Pepe Gutierrez has been a Property Manager from 1983 in Spain and founder of three companies MEGAFINCAS, PHCONSULTAS, and ADMINISTRAPOLIS PERU. He is a Professor of Property Management in Alicante and Burgos University and a CPM® - Instructor Faculty of US-based IREM. Pepe has spoken on Property Management in the US, Russia, China, Japan, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Italy, Portugal.
  • Michael Johnson is CEO of FCS Community Management, Utah’s original AAMC – Accredited Association Management Company. Michael is a highly rated member of CAI’s volunteer national faculty and in Utah volunteers his time as Chair of the CAI Legislative Action Committee (LAC). More Utah association board members have completed the Board Leadership Development Workshop under his instruction, than any other instructor. Michael previously has served on CAI’s national Association of Professional Community Managers board, Government & Public Affairs Committee and CEO-MC Committee; as well as past-president of the Utah CAI Chapter. Michael has earned his Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), Association Management Specialist (AMS) and Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designations. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University. Michael loves our industry and currently supervises 65 employees (including five PCAM’s) managing over 250 (27,000 units) of Utah’s best community associations. He is married to a childhood friend, Amy, and they are the proud parents of five children.
  • Greg Smith is CAI’s 2017 President and has been a community manager since 2002. He has held many roles in the community management industry- onsite manager, portfolio manager, branch manager, and management company executive. Greg has been an executive with Associa since 2010 and currently serves as a Senior Training Consultant, responsible for training and development of Associa’s community managers, executives, and Board Members. Greg has earned his CMCA® designation from CAMICB and his AMS® and PCAM® designations from CAI and has been active in CAI as a committee and board member for over ten years. Building and managing successful communities for more than 37 years, Associa is the leader in community management with over 10,000 employees operating more than 180 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Based in Dallas, Texas, our industry expertise, financial strength, and innovation meet the unique needs of clients across the world with customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to or
  • An Executive partner of the Meralis Group Mahmud Merali is the regional head for the Middle East and South-East Asia and takes the lead as the Groups International & Financial consultant. Qualifications - Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW), Certified Public Accountant (Kenya), Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) & an Associate member of the Institute of Taxation (ATII-UK). Mahmud has over 45 years experience in auditing, taxation and business advisory and serves as a consultant for tax & business advisory to clients in the UK, Middle East and East Africa. With Meralis offices in London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Jeddah (representation office) and associated Baker Tilly Meralis offices in Iraq, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda & Somalia Mahmud has extensive worldwide experience and can offer global solutions. A Vice Chairman of the Board of BIM a listed entity in Turkey Mahmud participates in the Corporate Governance Committee, the Audit & the Early Risk Detection Committees. Mahmud sits on the board of 3 Sharia Compliant Saudi owned Investments Funds. Mahmud has a prestigious and distinguished client base including public listed companies. A passionate golfer, Mahmud likes to get away whenever he can for a few rounds.
  • Jeff is the founder and president of The Association of Residential Communities (ARC) which was established in 2008 to proactively support the volunteers/members of Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and Bodies Corporate, and their management teams in the achievement of their vision which is to establish, maintain and enhance the value of the properties as well as the lifestyles of their residents. With over 20 years’ experience in assisting networking bodies, national committees and stakeholders, Jeff is responsible for lobbying and liaising on industry related issues, marketing and representing the industry on mandated issues and challenges.


The one place that the Middle East's most experienced and qualified community association managers gather.

MEAMCON is an opportunity to plan for future success through knowledge gathering and strengthening personal and professional connections by meeting peers from around the world and building on their collective wisdom. The conference will feature a plethora of opportunities to develop connections and expand professional networks through shared perspectives, experience and knowledge.



    The quest for knowledge is never ending and MEAMCON presents you with an opportunity to learn more about your industry in detail. Be a part of the sessions to expand and enhance your expertise in community management.


    This is where you can express yourself in front of the top community management experts from all over the world to test your skills and knowledge and inspire yourself to constantly improve. This is where you can get your doubts cleared and polish your outlook towards your field.


    It’s not often that top community management industry leaders visit Dubai and gather under one roof. MEAMCON offers you this chance to get to know these experts personally and also interact with your fellow industry members.


    With the advancement of technology every moment, the field of community management is going through a phase of rapid evolution and MEAMCON where you get a chance to educate yourself about the latest developments in your field, which will help you execute the best of these trends locally.


    Learning and discovering will enable you to upgrade and improve the way you operate, which, in turn, will bring in positive results and increased revenues. This is where you challenge yourself to get better all the time.

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