By Rafael Aquino

Published December 15, 2021  


Online meetings were common practice within the business community; however, it was less seen in the association world.  Some would say because the technology was too difficult for many, others would say, our owners wouldn't allow it, etc. The reasons against certain groups were plentiful.  However, after the challenges we dealt with Covid, many Board Members quickly realized the vast benefits of hosting online meetings.  Some advantages are increased attendance, more accessible access to foreign/out-of-state buyers, and more transparency. 


From a management perspective, there have been many advantages as well.  It is much easier for management to present to the membership, invite vendors/contracts to attend meetings, and provide a better quality of life for the CAM.  For instance, the CAM no longer has to worry about staying after work for a Board meeting; now, they can drive home, spend some time with the family and then jump on the meeting from home.  Further, they don't have to worry about the potential drive home after the meeting.  These small perks are enormous for the quality of life for the CAM.  Happier CAM equals happier staff and higher productivity for the association's operations. 

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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

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