By Rafael Aquino

Published November 25, 2020  


2020 has been filled with so many unfortunate events that have grabbed headlines, our attention, and impacted our lives: coronavirus, unemployment, divisive politics, very active storm season, and more national and international events that make it easier to ask for an expedited new year's celebration. It is very easy to end the year with a mindset that there may not be much to be thankful for, yet that is precisely what should not happen.


There is no shortage of wisdom, articles, self-help books, and motivational speakers that will advocate the need to truly not dwell on the things that cannot be changed or have already happened. It is especially crucial during these challenging times to set aside all the negative things that have happened and focus on what positive things remain or have happened. Moreover, this should be done with a sense of humility that will allow for a real sense of appreciation for what may otherwise have taken for granted. Certainly, an introspective look may provide a newfound appreciation for good health, loved ones, and any peace of mind.


Another way to identify what to be thankful for this year is to immediately turn our attention to the community around us, especially during this pandemic. Society as we know it did not descend into a post-apocalyptic nightmare. Quite the opposite, those in board member roles stuck around knowing the great responsibility and difficult decisions that would have to be made. Service staff like the managers, maintenance, and other essential service providers needed to maintain quality of life standards reported to work every day during the pandemic. Yes, the pandemic at its beginning was scary, and it has been destructive in many ways. Still, we should be thankful for those few individuals who didn't shelter in place in their home's safety, which worked to maintain our communities functional, clean, and safe. 

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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

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