CAI is proud to host the largest international gathering of homeowners, community managers, and business partners serving community associations worldwide at the 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition, starting today, in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park. Nearly 2,000 attendees are gathering for the three-day conference to share ideas and network with community association peers from around the world.

“This year’s record-breaking attendance numbers are inspiring,” says Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, CAI’s chief executive officer. “With so many association professionals from all over the world meeting together this week in Washington, D.C., we expect communities worldwide to achieve long-term success from the new information, tools, and resources these highly educated leaders will take back to their communities.”

Cam Marston and Katty Kay are headlining this year’s conference as keynote speakers. Marston is recognized as the leading expert on generational changes and their impact on the marketplace, and Kay is a BBC World News America anchor who will offer global insights on economic and political trends reshaping organizations today.

CAI understands that community associations increasingly are being called on to play a significant role in the way we live, learn, work, and play. Through this year’s theme, “We the Community,” CAI recognizes that the community as a whole—with its unique mix of cultural identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and more—represents the truly physical and social reality of today’s world.


  • Laura Otto

    Laura Otto is the senior editor of CAI’s award-winning Community Manager. A seasoned journalist, Laura previously worked for a creative, advocacy agency in Washington, D.C., where she wrote and edited content for a variety of public health clients. Prior to that Laura served as a senior writer and editor for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Laura is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. She currently resides in Alexandria, Va., with her husband and two small children.

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