By Rafael Aquino

Published June 3, 2020  


Owning a peace of real estate within an Association can be viewed as a luxury. In some cases, one monthly fee includes a verity of amenities. Gym's, pool's, playroom's, and spa's are some examples. With everything going on in the world, from pandemic, to riots, and now possible Hurricanes, how can we determine if the Board Members are making the correct decisions. What would you do? When limiting access to what one may consider essential to them, many neglect to understand why the decisions are being made in the first place. This can be attributed to lack of participation. As different Counties are now opening, the question remains, should your Association Board do the same? The reality is that it may be more complex than one may think. As it stands, there are several requirements that may prohibit your community from reopen such amenities. How does the Board comply with the proposed requirements within a budget not designed for what is being mandated?  


Board Members are running around, taking care of their families, their businesses while volunteering to be your representative. In times like this, coming together and understanding the complexity of an issue can bring neighbors together making such decisions and processes much easier. Human nature is to send an email, or make a call, or even attend a meeting to argue about something that you may not agree with. But have you ever thought, that instead of arguing about an issue you feel strongly about, taking a step back and instead guiding the board with your findings, helping them with their decision process? Community is simply the definition of coming together, what a perfect time to do so. When you ask your Board why they haven't reopen, have you asked yourself that question?

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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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