September 25, 2019

Home owner's Association meetings are rarely as simple as they should be. They often devolve into chaos if not handled correctly, so it is the Board of Director's job to ensure that the meeting goes smoothly. The way to ensure this is to make a plan beforehand and to set forward an agenda. All of this should be tackled long before the meeting is ever in session.

The first thing the Board of Directors need to determine is, what sort of meeting is it? Town meeting, annual membership meeting, party, special meeting, etc. These are all different types of gatherings with different meanings and purposes. They each have their time, but to confuse one purpose with another can be incredibly distracting. If people show up expecting to be able to participate but the Board of Directors is in Executive Session the whole time, problems could arise. Paul Mengert, President of Association Management Group, has seen this happen again and again.

So, how to plan? It is important that the Board understand that meetings should not be called for no reason, but neither should they be scared to call one. They have a purpose and should be used for that purpose. Effective communications and notices are also essential.

March 17, 2019

Paul Mengert

From the perspective of Paul Mengert, Association Management Group (AMG) CEO, his company has always served and continues to serve an important educational function. The firm serves as an important reminder of his where his roots. Paul Mengert’s life has been spent in service to his community of Greensboro, North Carolina especially when it comes to education. He founded Association Management Group in Greensboro in 1984 because he had been born and raised there and wanted to support his community.

His community involvement doesn’t stop there, however. Under Paul Mengert’s leadership, AMG participates in activities designed to make the community better, such as a food drive for Greensboro Urban Ministry, which collected more than 1 million pounds of food for the poor in The Carolinas, primarily in Greensboro. The love he has for his community is strong and it leads him to give back whenever he can. Paul Mengert doesn’t only run AMG, he also teaches what he knows extensively to anyone who sees value in education. He loves being part of such a great program because he likes both sides of education, in that he not only teaches others, but he learns from others, as well.