Meet the 2017 Board of Directors
Gina Holbrook, CMCA President
Premier Association Management of Central Florida Inc.
As a Central Florida Chapter member for nine (9) years, I would like to bring a new, fresh perspective on ways to grow and continue to improve relationships with current and future CAI members. I would like to promote a more open door procedure with round table discussions between management executives and managers and create events that encourage a relaxed environment for business partners to attend to meet management executives and managers.
My employment as a CAM with Premier Association Management of Central Florida Inc. as well as service on HOA Boards gives me a good perspective from both angles.
I volunteer for many philanthropic organizations and I currently serve on a not for profit foundation Board “Premier Gives Back,” which I founded in 2009.
Lou Biron President-Elect
Sihle Insurance Group
Lou Biron is a professional insurance agent and insurance counselor who has 40 years of experience in his trade and has worked throughout Florida during this time serving the insurance needs of his clientele. He currently carries the designation of Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI) and previously maintained the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor. Lou is a past President of the Central Florida Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI) and is a past Chairman of the Florida Legislative Alliance (CAI’s LAC for Florida). In his role with CAI and the Florida Legislative Alliance, Lou is actively involved in the legislative process and has participated in the formulation of and passing of several bills designed to benefit community associations and commercial property owners. He is currently chairing the insurance committee of the Florida Legislative Alliance and is an exclusive partner of Brevard Community Association Management, Inc.
More recently Lou has joined with Sihle Insurance Group as an Elite Corporate Sponsor of Community Advocacy Network (CAN). Lou specializes in the insuring of condominiums, condo-tels, time shares, homeowners associations and other types of community associations within Florida and takes pride in his knowledge of the marketplace for proper placement and pricing of coverage and in the professional management of the special needs of the many communities that he serves. While community association insurance is his specialty, Lou is a capable underwriter and risk manager for all lines of insurance and classes of business typical to Florida.
Erik Whynot Vice President
Garfinkel Whynot Association Law
Brian Peck Treasurer
Association Capital Recovery
Through my Central Florida Chapter CAI membership by my employment with business partner HOA-Capital Advisors, LLC., I have seen the significant impact the organization has across all facets of the industry. Its ability to bring people and businesses together in a cooperative way has helped shape the overall industry into what it is today. The renowned CAI Orlando tradeshow showcases just how effective CAI can be. I am committed to continuing the legacy previously established by direct outreach to the communities we serve, allowing the community manager, the board member and the business partner to meet in a professional environment, where everyone can collectively share their ideas to the benefit our entire industry.
I currently serve as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and have mentored hundreds of Scouts through the sometimes decade-long investment to becoming an Eagle Scout. I believe the core tenets of the Scouts are very similar to that of CAI:
– Say what you mean and mean what you say – Remain dedicated to what is right – Help people wherever possible – Ensure loyalty through actions.
Kent Taylor, CMCA, AMS, PCAM Secretary
As a licensed Community Association Manager I take great pride in our profession and want to do what I can to help further the leadership of the Central Florida Chapter of CAI to continue to be a valuable resource to all managers, volunteers, and business partners.
One of the many areas I believe that CAI can have a vital impact for managers is providing a high level of continuing education through the programs geared to achieving the various designations and on-going chapter events. As a member of the Education Committee I have participated in establishing the courses and panels that get on the annual schedule for the Central Florida Chapter.
I have been a manager for over ten years and have been with Leland Management during that time as a portfolio manager. My affiliation with CAI has clearly impacted the choices I have made in my professional career, continuing education, experience gained from the colleagues I am able to network with regularly, and many friendships made that are invaluable.
Our local chapter is absolutely a great organization and I am excited to be involved and have the opportunity to participate in the continuing growth and excellence of our programs.
Suzan Kearns, CMCA, AMS, PCAM Past President & Board Member
The best decision I ever made was to change careers into the Community Association arena. After over 20 years of accounting in the service industry, with a proven track record in customer service, I joined a national association management firm eventually becoming it’s Central Florida Regional President.
Becoming involved with CAI was a turning point for me as Community Association Manager and I quickly knew that this was where I could partner with those firms that are the best and brightest and understand our needs as managers of communities in Central Florida. I have become increasingly aware of what an integral part the Central Florida Chapter of CAI plays in making us all (Board Members, Managers and Business Partners) successful. I currently have my CMCA, AMS, and PCAM.
Chris Martinez Board Member
Chris is currently employed as a construction project manager for a local general contractor and has sat on the board of his community HOA for 11 years, currently serving as President of the HOA.
Chris has grown up on job sites since he was a small boy. He tried hard to get away from the industry, but its engrained in his soul. As a second generation general contractor with over 25 years experience, Chris has had a great collection of experience in different types of building platforms and assemblies which include: custom residential and production home building, residential and commercial mill working, class A office, industrial, and retail building development and construction, insurance restoration and remediation, direction of construction and maintenance for a large HOA management company, and as assistant program manager for a housing maintenance contract on an active military installation in Alaska.
Paul Melville Board Member
Prior to relocating to Florida in May 2013, I worked primarily in the not-for-profit and public sector; from being a youth pastor for 11 years to working as an educator in schools and community settings. I have a BA in Community Education with a primary focus on educating and empowering those you have the privilege to work with. I also have a M.Sc. (Master of Science) in Leadership & Management that enables me to use my skill set to work with people within any setting.
I lead the GC Commercial Business Development department for Universal Contracting who have over two decades of construction experience and a team of 90+ employees. My focus is to support the Condo, HOA and commercial marketplace with all their construction needs. This includes full building construction services from, roof repairs & reroofing, construction defect emergency repairs & restoration, waterproofing & painting to new construction.
Serving on the Board of CAI-CF gives me the opportunity to serve the chapter in developing the experience visitors and new members have in attending CAI-CF and working with the membership committee to influence the growth of this chapter.
Dr. Diane Rullo Board Member
My 34 years in practice as a psychotherapist (22 years teaching at a graduate level) as well as extensive experience as a board member to both condominium associations as well as my current homeowners association prepares me to contribute to the leadership of the Central Florida Chapter of CAI.
My interest lies in assisting the Chapter to find remedies and push legislative changes to the challenges facing multi-family and single family communities. My past volunteer activities have been to the American Cancer Society as well as other fund raising for not-for-profit organizations.
Chuck Strode, CAM Board Member
Robert L. Taylor, Esq. Board Member
Becker & Poliakoff
Robert Taylor is the Office Managing Shareholder of the Firm’s Orlando office and the founding partner of Taylor & Carls, which joined Becker & Poliakoff in December 2013. Mr. Taylor has concentrated his practice exclusively in the area of community association law, providing a variety of legal services to condominium, homeowner, cooperative and timeshare associations since 1981.
Mr. Taylor is a Board Certified Real Estate Attorney, and is approved by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a provider of continuing education for Community Association Managers. Mr. Taylor has been rated “AV” Preeminent, the highest possible rating, by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a Certified Mediator for both circuit and county courts.
Previously, Mr. Taylor was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Orlando practicing in the areas of zoning, planning and public works and in private practice. He also practiced in the areas of commercial and corporate law and in real property including foreclosures, condominium and homeowner association law, and eminent domain.