By Rafael Aquino

Published March 16, 2022  


Many industry leaders thought this would be the year of change. After the tragedy at Surfside, we all believed that our legislators would do what was right for our industry so the lives lost at Surfside would not be in vain. Unfortunately, our legislators could not reach a common ground to do what's been overdue for years.


While some associations were fearful of the potential changes and the financial impacts of such modifications, many were ready to embrace them because they knew it was the right thing to do. For years, many associations have gotten away with just doing the bare minimum to get by, and I'm concerned that many associations have kicked the can so far down the road that it's only a matter of time before it will catch up with them. 


The truth is that associations have a voice; however, it's just not being used. Associations have over 13M voters who live within a community association of the 19M registered voters in Florida. If we all stood up, heck, if only thirty percent stood up and told our legislators that this was unacceptable, I can guarantee that change would happen. Then the question becomes, which side would you stand on? The side that states everything is ok within our communities and no change is needed? Or the side that understands that reserve studies are essential,  reserves should be required for every association, that board certification courses should be a requirement for all board members, that buildings should be inspected every thirty years (statewide)?


I know that I stand on the side that change is needed, and we can't keep doing things the way we've done them. Tough decisions don't come with much glory; however, you are thanked by many in the long run. 

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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.

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