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About Us

Building Better Communities

Founded in 1973, CAI and its U.S. and international chapters provide information, education and resources to the homeowner leaders and professionals who govern and manage homeowners associations and condominium communities. CAI’s members include community association board members, other homeowner leaders, community managers, association management companies, and other professionals who support these communities.

The Western New York Chapter of Community Associations Institute was founded by George Grasser and Ruth DeRoo and received its designation in 1979. The chapter’s members range from Buffalo and Rochester to Syracuse. CAI-WNY believes community associations should strive to exceed the expectations of their residents. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship, ideals that are reflected in communities that are preferred places to call home.

How does CAI-WNY help communities and associations?

  • We offer seminars, workshops, conferences, and education programs
  • Publish a quarterly newsletter to keep members up-to-date on best practices, news that could impact them, and events that can help them in their communities
  • Advocate on behalf of New York State community associations and their residents before legislatures, regulatory bodies and the courts Nationally, CAI makes a difference for communities and associations.
  • Our national organization conducts research and serves as an international clearinghouse for information, innovations and best practices.
  • Publishes the largest collection of resources available on community association management and governance