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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT A True Volunteer Richard Brooks Keeps Adding CAI-NE Members and Awards T he display of dozens of plaques that cover a wall in Richard Brooks' office recognizes more than two decades of volunteer contributions to CAI and the New England Chapter. They include the 2003 Hall of Fame Award - the chapter's highest honor - presented to members who have "selflessly volunteered their time and expertise to carry out and achieve the CAI mission." "He is a true volunteer for the chapter," one of his colleagues says of Brooks, a senior partner in the Massachusetts law firm Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks. "We quite frankly couldn't have achieved the level of success we have without his contributions," adds Claudette Carini, CAI-NE's executive director. In addition to serving two terms as president of the chapter and four threeyear terms on the board, Brooks has also chaired the Membership Committee, on which he has served continuously for more than 15 years, recruiting an estimated 500 members ("that's probably a conservative estimate," Carini says) and earning CAI's recruiter of the year award every year, "except for two," Brooks notes. Recruiting Star Why the intense focus on recruitment? "Maybe it's OCD," he laughs. More accurately, it's because he believes so strongly in the value of CAI to condominium owners and industry professionals. "I drank the Kool-Aid a long time ago," he admits. And his recruitment pitch hasn't changed. He tells prospective members today, as he told them 20 years ago, "There's a wealth of 56 Condo Media * May 2014 Richard Brooks has earned countless CAI-NE awards over the past two decades. information at CAI that you won't find anywhere else." The subscription to Condo Media alone "is worth the price of membership," he says. "It's the No. 1 reason to join CAI." Not surprisingly, Condo Media is another volunteer activity about which Brooks is passionate. He has served on the publication's board for more than 10 years, including a term as president. "I get to help ensure that the magazine has the right content, that it's not skewed one way or another" and that it provides the information owners and industry professionals need, he explains, adding, "I have always loved that magazine." Brooks' introduction to CAI and condominium law came early in his legal career and as a result of personal experience. "I was living in a condominium, and I saw what went on there," he says. When a condominium manager he knew "dragged" him into a case in which he was involved, Brooks began to think seriously about condominium law. He thought even more seriously about it when he realized there were only three or four attorneys in the state specializing in what was at the time a new area. "I was an undergraduate economics major," he says. "I understood supply and demand."

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Condo Media - May 2014

Condo Media - May 2014
From the CED’s Desk
Editorial Board
CAI News
CAI Regional News
Asked & Answered
Homeowner’s Corner
And the Winners Are ...
Vendor Spotlight
Industry Perspective
Volunteer Spotlight
CAI-NE Legal Directory
Classifi ed Service Directory
Advertisers Index

Condo Media - May 2014