By Rafael Aquino

Published August 11, 2021  


Being a seasoned association management company comes with many benefits, and one of those benefits is knowing who the industry experts are. As managers, our jobs are made much easier when we work with the right expert who understands our industry's intricacies and challenges. Unfortunately, you don't have this advantage when you sit on a board unless you have a strong management partner to guide you through the process. Further, things can get a bit more complicated when boards change, information isn't transferred over, and the accurate picture of the current situation is not communicated to the residents.

I've always believed that the state should require associations to provide its residents with an updated reserve study every two to three years. In addition, for condo associations, I also believe an engineer should be hired every five years to provide an overall assessment of the structure and its life safety components. Such a report should be required to be provided to the owners no different from the annual audit.

Having these safeguards in place allows for a transparent understanding of the condition of the building. It also provides leadership (the board) with the actual useful life and cost of maintaining the property.

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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

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