By Rafael Aquino

Published August 3, 2022  


Challenges are part of leadership and sitting on a board or being a community association manager; whether you like it or not, you are the leader of that community, and the residents count on you. The next few years will be the most challenging for many condo boards that live in buildings three stories or higher, closing in on being 25+ years old and having minimal reserves. 


Now is not the time to look backward and complain about what every other board or manager should have done. Instead, put your energy into understanding your current circumstance and putting together an action plan to get through it all. As I've mentioned in several blogs, the time is now to start planning, preparing, and communicating.


Some associations might try to go at this alone; however, in my humble opinion, that would be the wrong course of action. If there was ever a time to have or start to building strong partnerships, it's now. Some partners you should be talking to are your association attorney, engineering firms (w/ association expertise), reserve study specialists, project managers, community association managers, and management companies. Some may ask, how do I build these partnerships, or who should I contact? Well, I'm here to help, and I'm willing to open my Rolodex to help those in need. The resources are out there; however, it may not seem that way if you look through the wrong lens. Please don't run away from this situation because it will only increase the distance to the solution.

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

For more information about Rafael P. Aquino and Affinity Management Services please visit or call 1-800-977-6279

Doral Office: 8200 NW 41st ST

Suite 200

Doral, FL 33166

Broward Office: 150 S Pine Island RD Suite 300

Plantation, FL 33324

O: 800-977-6279 ● F: 305-325-4053

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