On April 18th, the Community Associations Institute’s California Legislative Action Committee (CAI-CLAC) convened in Sacramento to discuss legislation and its possible impact upon the over 50,000 community associations in California. CAI members from throughout the state attended this annual event, where CAI-CLAC takes the opportunity to honor the volunteers who serve the organization. Awards are given for individual volunteer time as well as group success in supporting the nonprofit through fundraising.

This year in the chapter fundraising category, the Greater Inland Empire Chapter of CAI won the “Top Chapter Supporter” award, contributing 117 percent of its total goal to win. The Orange County Regional Chapter came in second place at 106 percent. The Channel Islands Chapter and the Bay Area/Central California Chapter tied at third with 103 percent.

The Top Management Company Supporter award had three levels: third place was awarded to Optimum Professional Property Management from the Orange County Regional Chapter, second place went to Avalon Management Company Group, Inc., from the Greater Inland Empire Chapter, and the first place award went to Landmark Limited from the Bay Area/Central California Chapter.

Also awarded were the Chair’s Choice award, given to Nathan McGuire of the Bay Area/Central California Chapter and the Volunteer of the Year Award, given to Michael Huffman from Management Professionals, Inc., a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

Approximately one hundred members then attended meetings with legislators at the Capitol, educating legislators about the real-life impact of community association-specific bills, and community associations in general.

A special announcement was made by the CAI-CLAC advocate, Skip Daum, communicating his intention to retire in the fall after educating legislators on behalf of the organization for over 24 years.

“Skip Daum has been an integral part of our organization. He has helped to shape the organization’s role and impact in Sacramento,” says Vice-Chair John MacDowell. “We wish him the best as he enters this new chapter in his life.”

Thank you to our all our volunteers and the award winners! It was a terrific event and a huge success because you were there to lend your voice so that our legislators hear our message. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Kimberly Lilley


Kimberly Lilley CMCA, CIRMS is Director of Marketing at Berg Insurance Agency. She is the former PR Chair of the CAI-CLAC. She also held positions in several California chapters.  She served as CAI San Diego Chapter Delegate to CLAC and the PR Membership Chair for CAI Orange County Chapter. She is currently the Greater Los Angeles Chapter Delegate to CLAC. The Orange County Chapter gave her the 2010 Outstanding Service award and the 2008 Committee Member of the Year award. The San Diego Chapter named her Member of the Year in 2008. CAI Greater Inland Empire named her Rising Star in 2007 and she received the President’s Award in 2008.