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Elevate: 2024 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 JGS Insurance, will take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA.

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 5, 2024
Arts Ballroom, 1324 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Schedule at a Glance

9:00 AM Registration and continental breakfast. Networking with sponsors.

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Welcome & Opening Panel Discussion: Ensuring Stability: Maintaining High-Rise Building Infrastructure

11:00 AM Break

11:10 AM to 12:00 PM Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Cybersecurity for Building Automation Systems in High-Rise Condos

Session 2: Facades, Balconies & Fire Escapes: Inspections & Safety Compliance

12:00 PM to 12:40 PM Lunch, networking with sponsors

12:40 PM Session and Tour of Two Liberty Place Condominium

Group 1 – Tour
Group 2 – Session

Session: Preventative Maintenance: Preparing an Annual Calendar & Schedule

1:50 PM Session and Tour of Two Liberty Place Condominium
Group 1 – Session
Group 2 – Tour

3:00 PM Closing Session: Fire Safety in High Rise Condos

4:15 to 5:30 PM Happy Hour with Sponsors

Happy Hour Sponsors

County Action Restoration logo National Cooperative BankJBCI logo


Breakfast Sponsors

                Fineman Management Services

Lunch Sponsors

WIlkinGuttenplan Logo

Breakout Session Sponsors

Brown & Brown Logo

Klein & Hoffman Logo

Closing Session Sponsor

SERVPRO Team McCabe Logo

Sessions & Speakers

Join us for a comprehensive discussion on maintaining high-rise building infrastructure, where industry experts will delve into the intricacies of sustaining the structural integrity, safety, and functionality of tall structures. In this session, participants will gain valuable insights into the unique challenges posed by high-rise buildings and discover cutting-edge strategies to address them.

Key Topics Include:

  • Structural Health Monitoring: Explore advanced technologies and methodologies for real-time monitoring of the structural health of high-rise buildings, ensuring early detection of potential issues.
  • Maintenance Best Practices: Learn from seasoned professionals about the best practices in high-rise building maintenance, including routine inspections, preventive measures, and proactive strategies to mitigate wear and tear.
  • Safety Protocols: Understand the importance of stringent safety protocols in high-rise buildings, covering emergency response plans, evacuation procedures, and disaster preparedness.
  • Impact of re-insurance in relation to structural requirements of high-rise buildings.


Moderator: David Velasco, JGS Insurance

Jessica Clifford, P.E., Partner/President, Joseph B. Callaghan, Inc.

Mitch Frumkin, P.E., RS, Kipcon, Inc.

Robert G. Morgan, CPCU, CLU, ChFC, ARe, AIT, CIRMS, Philadelphia Insurance Companies

In late January of this year, Christopher Wray, head of the FBI, testified that hackers from the People’s Republic of China were well positioned to “wreak havoc and cause real-world harm” to American citizens and communities by attacking critical infrastructure. The “Commercial Facilities Sector”, which includes office buildings and condominiums, is a critical infrastructure sector.

With the move toward Smart Buildings, high-rise building facilities, such as elevators, HVAC and access control systems, which used to be stand-alone and hard wired, are increasingly controlled by computers, interconnected on networks, and more recently, accessible from the Internet for remote access, present an inviting target for hackers.

This panel session will explain the cyber threat, include a live demo of public websites which search the Internet for access to undefended BAS controllers, and present what progressive equipment vendors and systems integrators are doing to secure buildings


Moderated by Dave Teumin, MSChE, CPCC, Chair, Engineering Committee, Valley Forge Towers West

The City of Philadelphia requires high rise condominium buildings to perform property maintenance (façade, fire escape, private bridge and waterfront structures) inspections and file reports with the department of Licensing and Inspections (L&I). This presentation will highlight the requirements for high rise condominium buildings owners/managers and generally discuss the process for these inspections. The session will also discuss common best practices for high rise condominiums related to maintaining a safe building structure.


Kendall Eberhardt, P.E., The Falcon Group

Hear from high rise building engineers about regular maintenance schedules and calendars to insure building operations and safety.


Joe Dansette, Engineering Manager, The Philadelphian;

Joseph Trout, Operations Manager, Society Hill Towers



Lt. Michael Jackson, Philadelphia Fire Department

Marc Levinson, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, General Manager, The Philadelphian Condominium

Table Top Sponsors

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