A well-functioning community association board requires dedicated directors who are all doing their part to help make their enclave the best it could possibly be. Each of a board’s members and officers, which generally include the president, vice president, treasurer and secretary, play vital roles and make essential contributions to the administrative and financial wellbeing of their association.
With that in mind, the office which is often perceived to be most important is that of the association president. While the individual serving in such capacity may not cast a vote having a greater weight than other directors or officers, the president may set the tone for a well operated community or for one that leaves room for improvement.
Firstly, the president is generally required to sign many legal documents and official association records such as new amendments and contracts. As such, they should be very involved in the work that goes into the development of all the important documents and records, so they know exactly what they are signing – and so as to possess individual knowledge as to the purpose and consequence of each in order to be able to respond to any potential member inquiries about them.
Additionally, while the oversight of association budgetary and financial matters primarily goes to the treasurer, the president is usually very much involved in all major financial matters and often plays a lead role in vetting and approving any emergency expenses that may arise. That is one of the reasons why successful community association presidents should be versatile, possess a broad knowledge of association concerns, and be able to dedicate the time necessary to focus on such tasks.