Kathleen C. Buske
Kathleen Buske is one of many community association managers that claim the profession found them. “Honestly,” Kathleen began, “I answered a blind help wanted ad for a non-profit organization manager. When I found out it was a homeowners association, I didn’t even know that that was!” Kathleen went on to tell the interviewer that she was not qualified. “He assured me that with my communications and public relations background I would succeed, so I decided to give it a try.” Kathleen is now the President and CEO of Platinum Management, Inc. in Arizona.
Kathleen considers her success to be the craziest thing that has ever happened to her. She recalls, “I was working for one of my competitors and I was let go. There was no reason for the termination and I was so distraught! I had never been fired in my life. I decided to form my own company and just manage a few associations to pay my bills. It’s ten years later; I have a staff of 18 and approximately 75 associations.”
Kathleen fondly remembers the story of an age restricted community that had some problems finding a good match for them in the management arena. “When I got them their association had been ‘dissolved’ by a judge and the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) had been declared null and void. The owners had signed an agreement to pay assessments to maintain the common area and to retain the property as 55 and older. The Board was faced with drafting new CC&Rs and ‘selling’ them to the membership.” The association contracted with Kathleen’s management firm to help them with this project and the day-to-day management of the association.
“It has been wonderful to help these people who genuinely needed our guidance to assist in the protection of not only their property values, but also their way of life. They had a wonderful board president who was a retired attorney that I worked very closely with to get CC&Rs drafted and to date over half of the 80 owners have signed them. The property is in much better condition than it has been in many years and the owners are happy that much of the peace in their neighborhood has been restored,” said Kathleen.
Kathleen earned her CMCA credential in 2005. CMCAs are trained professionals building relationships and better communities. CMCA-certified managers have the skills to safeguard the assets of homeowners’ associations, giving homeowners peace of mind that their home values are protected.
Like all managers, Kathleen has learned valuable professional lessons from each of her association experiences. She signs each email with words to work by: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”