Kathy Townsend leads local chapter of National Professional Community Association Organization

Special to The Log

Kathy Townsend has been elected as president of the North Gulf Coast Chapter of Community Associations Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering competent and successful condominium and homeowner associations, cooperatives and timeshares.

Townsend is an alumnus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham receiving a BA in Political Science, and graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Sigma Alpha. She has more than 20 years of experience working with attorneys in both government and private practice and has most recently worked extensively with hundreds of community association boards of directors, managers and owners in the areas of governance, liens, foreclosures, covenant enforcement, employment matters and a variety of litigation. Townsend joined the law firm of Keefe, Anchors & Gordon, P.A. shortly after it was formed and works exclusively as the firm’s community association representative and liaison.

Joining Townsend on the 2013 Chapter Board of Directors are Past President Jay Gelder of Emerald Coast Association Management; President-Elect Pat Owens of The Continental Group; Treasurer Candy Cunard of Carr, Riggs and Ingram; Secretary Christine Carter of Carter and Company; Bill Bruening of Chesser & Barr; Mark Caron of Emerald Isle Gulf Front Condominium; Melissa Peters of Branch Banking & Trust; Bill Smith of Sandy Key Condominium; and Greg Smith of Mainsail Condominium.

The North Gulf Coast Chapter is one of 57 Community Associations Institute chapters throughout the country. Membership includes professional community managers, community association volunteer leaders (homeowners and community association board members) and businesses and professionals who serve these associations.

More than 60 million Americans live in an estimated 305,400 community associations, up from 45 million in 2000 and just two million in 1970.

The mission of the Chapter is to foster successful community associations in the North Gulf Coast by promoting and supporting professional management, education, services and networking.

The Chapter holds monthly luncheon meetings in Destin, Panama City Beach and Pensacola and quarterly lunch meetings in Fort Walton Beach and Navarre.

“Our goal is to fulfill our mission statement by ensuring access to professional training, continuing and advanced education and industry expert forums for our nearly 300 members so that we may equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary to better serve their respective communities,” said Townsend.

For more information about the North Gulf Coast Chapter of CAI, visit our website at www.mycai.org. Member services provided by CAI at the national level include conferences, education courses, periodicals, books, professional service directories, legislative and regulatory advocacy, professional designations and more. For more information, visit www.caionline.org.