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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.
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.
Stephen worked with Local Government in Scotland for 26 years as a Building Standards Surveyor and was latterly an Area Team Leader and was responsible for ensuring buildings were designed and constructed in accordance with appropriate legislation and codes. Stephen has been with Land Sterling since April 2014 and was responsible for establishing and managing the Building Surveying Section, has developed and grown both the team and services and has built up an established client base throughout MENA and including the likes of: Emaar, Aldar, Kidmah, Farnek, Damac and numerous others. The Building Surveying Team consists of 14 professionally qualified members offering a range of services for all types of properties such as: Building Audits, Reserve Fund Studies/Life Cycle Analysis, Reinstatement Valuations, Condition Surveys/Snagging Inspections, Defects Analysis, Fire Safety Assessments, Health and Safety Assessments, Fit Out Management and bespoke services designed to suit clients specific requirements. Land Sterling is considered one of the main Property Consultants in the MENA region and is continually developing services and expanding their business.
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 www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.
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.
For the last 20 years Jeff has been assisting networking bodies, national committees, national stakeholder groupings, sector training authorities, national standards bodies, government departments and employer bodies, in areas of collaboration, generation of national standards and qualifications and formalisation of agreements for purposes of harmony, legislation and common purpose. Jeff is President of the Association of Residential Communities (ARC), founder of the Community Associations Institute SA (CAISA) and executive member of the Residential Community Council (RCC). He is also a member of The World Congress of Community Association Management (TWCCAM) and the Foundation of International Community Associations Research. He received the CAI Rising Star award in 2010 for Community Association Leadership. ARC was established in 2008, celebrating 10 years in business in April 2018. ARC supports HOA directors and managers through developing best practices across all disciplines of community management & leadership and is the only organisation of its kind in Southern Africa.
Dhiren P. Harchandani is the founder of Zenboxed (www.zenboxed.com), a solution that delivers concierge services using smart lockers. He is also a partner at ADDA (www.adda.io / www.addagatekeeper.io), ADDA is a comprehensive ERP platform for OA's and OAM's, it hosts a range of modules from finance, compliance and facility management. A Harvard Business School Alumni, Dhiren has a proven track record of success in various sectors and disciplines such as Advanced & Emerging Technologies, Company Partnerships, Marketing & Public Relations, General Management, Strategic Development, Apparel Manufacturing and Real Estate. A “serial entrepreneur” in Technology, Retail and Manufacturing, Dhiren has successfully founded, invested, exited, and managed several successful innovation-based ventures Having started his career in consulting, he has lived in the Middle East for over a decade, he has developed distinct specialization in navigating the GCC’s dynamic and highly competitive Technology and Retail industry.
Alex Davies is Managing Director for Emrill Services LLC. As Managing Director he successfully delivers strong business activities through a balanced approach of strong leadership combining customer expectations, cost containment and most importantly employee engagement in technical, service focussed and complex environments. As a Certified Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management (CBIFM,) protection, promotion and improvement of professional standards within the industry are a key driver for Alex. Emrill is the UAE’s leading Facilities Management service provider delivering FM services to sectors including; Aviation, Healthcare, Residential, Master Communities, and Commercial premises. Emrill has over 7,500 employees delivering services including housekeeping, building engineering maintenance, energy efficiency services, security, lifeguarding, and concierge, along with integrated facilities management services. Alex is responsible for delivery of services to a number of prestigious clients including wasl, Emaar, Dubai Airports, Dubai Silicon Oasis, and Meraas.
One of the founding members of Community Management, Kaiser has been instrumental in shaping the property landscape developed by Emaar in Dubai and the Middle East. With over 15 years of experience in property and community management, Kaiser's strategic orientation has a proven track record in successful master planning, value chain management, customer experience, digital transformation, cost and service optimization, sustainability, change and crisis management. Kaiser was one of the first CMCA (Certified Manager of Community Associations), AMS (Association Management Specialist) and PCAM (Professional Community Association Manager) in the region and outside of U.S.A. He is also a faculty member at the Dubai Real Estate Institute, focusing on community management.
13 years of experience across 4 countries in Customer Experience, Customer Service, Strategy and Performance Management across a wide number of companies and industries. Focused on improving business performance by putting customers at the center of businesses. In the last 3 years Renata has been focused in the Middle East Market. Previously, she spent 10 years working in Management Consulting with Accenture in London, Madrid and Caracas offices. She holds an MBA from IE Business School. She is also a Mechanical Engineer with a Masters in Motor Sports. Her background is in Customer, Strategy, Social Media Strategy, Social Media for CX and for Customer Service, Performance Management, Business Transformation Programmes, and Operations. She has worked across the Properties, Hospitality, F&B, Malls, Automotive, Aerospace & Deference, Consumer Goods, Telco, Banking and Oil Refining industries. Renata has been responsible to deliver complex transformation programmes, working with teams spread across more than 15 countries with a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.
An organization for community association management professionals called Community Association Institute (CAI) provides education to managers, owners, business partners and other stakeholders in the Owners Association industry. Kirk holds many designations from CAI and has been teaching courses for over 20 years. He received the instructor of the year from CAI which was one of the reasons he was invited to teach courses for the Dubai Real Estate (DREI) Institute a few years back. Kirk is on the DREI faculty and teaches many courses dealing with association management, including finance, communications, governance, developer transition, and best practices. Kirk has been a part of management teams for communities with budgets exceeding 85,000,000 USD with thousands of homes and acres. He is a subject matter expert in high rise management. Prior to joining Khidmah, he was vice president of a management firm in Southern California responsible for large scale communities and high rises. Kirk's UAE experience includes managing MotorCity in Dubai and working with a large management firm running their Property Management section. One major focus for Kirk is to provide leadership and advice to Owners Association elected Boards as the communities begin their self-governance journey, transitioning from developer control.Kirk has been providing this type of advice for over 30 years.
Drew Mulhare is the President of Realtec Community Services, an AAMC management company and is the General Manager of the Ford’s Colony Homeowners Association (FCHOA). He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Management & Technology. Drew came to Williamsburg Virginia to start the development of Ford's Colony at Williamsburg in 1984. Ford's Colony is a gated, large scale community including 3250 residential units, 3 golf courses, and a Marriott Vacation Club. Drew was responsible for development, regulatory affairs, and homeowner association management, and then real estate sales. The FCHOA is the winner of the Community Association of the Year Award and the Hall of Fame Award. Ford's Colony earned several local, state and national awards in sustainable development, environmental preservation, architecture, and land planning. Ford's Colony is highlighted in travel and retirement planning publications, as well as Best Practices for Transition from Developer Control and Community Spirit. Drew is the Chairman of the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) and serves on the CMCA Test Development Committee, as well as CAI’s National Faculty. He served two terms on the CAI Board of Trustees.
Having been in the real estate industry since 2005, Samer took a strategic decision during the economic downturn in 2008 to diversity into facilities management. In 2010, he formed Kingfield Owner Association Management Services, one of the first organizations of its kind in Dubai to obtain an Owners Association Management license. Under Samer's leadership, Kingfield OAM Services has secured contracts for some of the most prominent developments in Dubai and focusses on building reputable business relationships through engagement and coordination to successfully control, manage, maintain and administer Kingfield-managed projects while it continues to improve communities through integrated strategies.
Eng. Mahmoud AlBurai is currently serving as CEO of Dubai Real estate Institute. He is currently the Vice President of International real estate federation, FIABCI, UK, since Jan 2011 and sits on the board of International Real estate Society (IRES). Mahmoud has been selected to be FIABCI representative at the United Nations Economic Commission for West Asia (UNESCWA). He is also representing UNGC in the MENA region; applying Global Compact Principles and SDG's to the real estate industry. He advises World Economic Forum on housing policies. Prior to his position in Dubai Real estate Institute, Mahmoud worked for 3 years as Senior Director of Real estate Sector development at Real estate Regulatory Authority of Dubai and few years as a Development Associate Manager at Dubai holding. Mahmoud completed his bachelor's degree in engineering at the American University before continuing on to earn his Master's in Real Estate from National University of Singapore .Mahmoud completed his MBA in Finance from his alma mater, American University of Dubai in 2010.He is now pursuing his DBA at Grenoble ecole de management in France.
He was chosen president of Valladolid Asociation on the 23rd June 2005, post that he is still running nowadays. He fostered the foundation of the Regional Property Managers Asociation in Castilla y León, being chosen as its president from the day it was founded until 16th October 2012, date in which he adopted the post of President of the Spanish Property Managers Asociation General Board. He is a colaborating professor in Property Studies Course of Burgos Universisty and throughout its career he has impulsed seminars and meetings of constant development for Property Managers from a formative point of viewas well as a clear defense of consumers' and users' rights through maximum quality in the professional development and praxis of the associated professionals. He has motivated and encouraged the appearance and presence of Property Managers and professional asociations in the media with an intense activity that has translated into numerous press articles and an important presence of this group in Social Network. He has taken part in several Conferences and Proessional Meetings, and has participated, as a speaker in national and international property-related conferences, proposing solutions for the different problems that take place in buildings due to the implementation of the different norms and laws, specially those of Condominium and Urban Renting.
Luis Eduardo Garcia- President, Inmobiliaria Valenzuela cia. & Ltda, Colombia. Luis is a community manager for more than 20 years, a real estate consultant and an international speaker. He is the founder and president of Inmobiliaria Valenzuela cia. & Ltda. Member of the National Community Managers' Association in Bogota. He has founded several real estate companies and is a renowed advisor to investors of real estate.
Shahram joined Afridi & Angell in 2002. His practice consists of corporate law, real estate law and disputes. He also advises on private equity and venture capital transactions. He heads the firm's real estate and venture capital teams and has been highly sought after by boards and shareholders for strategic legal advice. He is active in lobbying for and providing constructive feedback to government organizations regarding regional laws and regulations pertaining to venture capital investment, corporate governance and real estate.
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 event was structured, organized and presented in a great manner. The sequence of activities, ancillary arrangements, choice of topics, meet and greet were professionally done. The social gathering after the conference was an absolute delight.
I got hands on information from the speakers and it was exciting to share ideas with colleagues and see how other companies are doing. It was a great event to meet new people in the same field and the business opportunities that come with it.
It was a pleasure to be part of MEAMCON conference organized by set of professionals. I personally believe that this is a good platform for community management professionals and excellent opportunity for those individuals and organization and/or industry.
MEAMCON was a fantastic event that brought together all industry experts under one roof. It was the perfect platform to network and collaborate whilst sharing new ideas as well as knowledge to further enhance the community association management industry.
Emrill is proud to support MEAMCON. MEAMCON has proven itself as a unique opportunity for Community Association Professionals from across the region to get together to network alongside relevant discussion and content.
Lattice Computers would like to thank you for all of your efforts to make the Successful Event of Middle East Association Managers Conference (MEAMCON 2016), the most spectacular event we have ever hosted. Your attention to detail, ability to read a client’s needs and vibrant energy are unparalleled. We are so grateful to you and your entire team for all of your efforts and for making our job so easy.
Merali’s would like to express gratitude to MEAMCON for giving us the opportunity to sponsor their conference for its 2016 edition. We had a pleasant experience working with them as they were nothing but incredibly capable and they executed the event flawlessly. We would also like to acknowledge the generosity of the speakers who shared their skills, ideas and expertise with all the attendees of this one of a kind event.