subject of utilizing Board Members and their company, or their
friends company is one that comes up on a regular basis. There
is no law that prohibits this practice, yet there are guidelines
that must be followed.
it good business practice? As a Management Firm, I was recently
asked why we don’t offer “Buying Power Savings” to our
Associations? My response was simple; we do, when we can get our
Boards to use the vendors on our lists.
other Management Firms have created a very bad taste for many
Associations regarding this practice, as they secretly have
ownership in these vendors and by portraying ”Bank Saving”
they have really only been self serving by double dipping and
the Associations have received sub-par service or products. And
not a lot of savings at that! In addition, it seems that every
Board Member has a friend who can do it faster, cheaper and
better! But that is never really the case!
Board can use anyone to perform a service, as long as the
protocol set forth in the state statute and bylaws are followed
and they are using sound judgment in their decision-making. A
Board should never make the decision to use someone simply
because they are who they are or who they know. But instead,
consider what is in the best interest of the community as a
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