By Rafael Aquino

Published November 4, 2020  


Civility, Collaboration, and Communication are key items dwindling in our society. While we grow increasingly attentive to national events and politics, we must also notice that the tone of national politics has somehow taken hold of how local issues are handled in our very own community associations. We have all seen or heard of board, budget, or annual meetings going completely wrong involving disrespectful, inappropriate, or disruptive conduct.


There has to be a realization that the very concept of association living is, in fact, a cooperative approach to living. Neighbors are coming together to share common spaces, experiences, resources, and decision-making processes. The pragmatic realization of this single truth provides absolute clarity to how people should be dealing with each other to fulfill the purpose of association living,


Whatever the outcome of contentious elections, decisions, debates, discussions, it is essential that there be a rational and positive process that allows all points to be communicated and evaluated on its own merits. Most importantly, that whatever the outcome is, it is respected and supported in good spirit because it only strengthens the free democratic system that allowed it. Additionally, maintaining a positive environment can avoid apathetic civic attitudes and increase overall engagement in the local community. This increased participation also improves overall community conditions.


The very reason civilization exists is through the process of people coming together to share ideas, efforts, and resources. We must all see the strengths and value of each other’s participation and opinions.

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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 www.ManagedByAffinity.com 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

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