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Elevate: 2023 High Rise Conference

Network and learn from colleagues managing high rise buildings.

Elevate: A One Day Conference for High Rise Buildings

Take your high rise building to the next level.

Join us at this unique, one day conference for high rise buildings. Learn and networking from colleagues, meet with sponsors, and tour a high rise building. 

CAI’s inaugural Elevate High Rise Conference, presented by FirstService Residential, will take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA. FirstService Residential Logo

This event is approved by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) to fulfill continuing education requirements for the CMCA® certification.  This course will earn attendees five (5) continuing education credits.  

Date and Location

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Arts Ballroom, 1324 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Schedule at a Glance

8:45 AM Registration and continental breakfast. Networking with sponsors.

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Welcome & Opening Panel Discussion: Elevate: Take Your High Rise to the Next Level

11:00 AM Break

11:10 AM to 12:00 PM Breakout Sessions

Session 1: The Building Envelope: How to Protect What’s Inside

Session 2: Elevated Inflation & Rising Costs: Does Your Capital Improvement Project Planning Need to be Re-Calibrated?

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM Lunch, networking with sponsors

12:45 PM Session and Tour of Arthaus Condominiums, Broad & Spruce Streets

Group 1 – Tour
Group 2 – Session

Session: Planning for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

1:45 PM Session and Tour of Arthaus Condominiums
Group 1 – Session
Group 2 – Tour

3:00 PM Closing Session: Collapse of the Condo: Understanding the Rights, Responsibilities and Remedies of the Condominium and Homeowner Association

4:45 to 6:15 PM Happy Hour with Sponsors

Happy Hour Sponsors

Alliance Association Bank Logo



  Smith Insurance Associates

Breakfast Sponsors


Lunch Sponsors

M&T Bank logo


Breakout Session Sponsors

Klein & Hoffman


Closing Session Sponsor

Sessions & Speakers

Elevate your community to the next level with an in-depth panel discussion on important topics impacting high rise buildings. This panel discussion will focus on the common issues that plague many high rise buildings.  Panelists will answer questions presented by the moderator regarding roofing, plumbing, sanitation, outside / facade maintenance and staffing. This presentation will be open to questions from the audience and will promote collaborative learning.


Moderator: David Velasco, JGS Insurance
Steven J. Lang, R.A., AIA, The Falcon Group
Daniel Reilly, Planned Companies
Ryan Fleming, JGS Insurance
Michael Vennitti, FreshFoam


At this presentation you will learn about the components of the Building Envelope and why is it so important that condominiums not defer inspections, maintenance, and repair projects.

Topics covered include:

  • Components of the Building Envelope: Roofs, Walls, Windows, Doors, and Waterproofing
  • Common Issues and Deterioration
  • Recommended Maintenance Tasks and Schedules
  • How and When to Perform Inspections and Assessments
  • Planning for Building Envelope Maintenance, Repair, and Replacement Programs


Caitlin Maggiano, PE, Klein & Hoffman Architectural & Structural Engineering

Do you think your capital reserve budget is still adequate? Community associations are experiencing sticker shock as a result of elevated inflation that is affecting even the most well-prepared communities. During this session, the presenters will address capital budget concerns in this inflationary market, by discussing:

  • Do you think the reserve funding for your high rise is adequate ? What does this really mean and why is it more critical for a high rise than other building types?
  • The cost of energy and maintenance. Why is this so important and how do you incorporate these costs?
  • What do the recent revised national standards say as it reflects on high rises?

You are ready to begin your project, now what? Important factors to know before soliciting bids and discussing financing with your lenders.


Seth Frumkin, RS, Kipcon, Inc.
Dawn Kearney, M&T Bank

Electric vehicles, and the infrastructure to support them, are coming. In fact, they are already here in many places. This session will review the following topics that are important to consider for your condo building:

  • Is your building ready for charging stations?
  • Should electric vehicle charging stations be in garages?
  • Is it a fire hazard?
  • Should sprinklers be installed in garages?
  • Should condominium unit owners have their own charging stations?


Andrew Batshaw, Business Development Director, FirstService Residential
Chris Normandeau, Director, Energy Management, FirstService Energy

Collapse of the Condo: Understanding the Rights, Responsibilities and Remedies of the Condominium and Homeowner Association

The tragic collapse of Champlain Tower South in Surfside, Florida last year has triggered a host of significant legal issues for the practitioner in the field of community association law.  In this timely and interactive course, our experienced faculty will address the various rights, responsibilities and remedies of the condominium and homeowner association with respect to conditions of the common facilities and building structures and offer important insight into the current "best practices" to avoid the occurrence of, or liabilities associated with, any collapse of the condo or HOA.


Steven L. Sugarman Esq., CCAL, Steven L. Sugarman & Associates

Carl N. Weiner Esq., CCAL, Hamburg Rubin Mullin Maxwell & Lupin PC

Jennifer L. Wojciechowski JD, CCAL, CIRMS, CLMP, ACP, Community Association Underwriters

Table Top Sponsors

First Citizens Bank Logo

 Fresh Foam Cleans & Deodorizes  National Cooperative Bank  The Falcon Group     County Action Restoration logo