Justify My Attendance

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Attendees will reap from these several conference benefits:

EDUCATION Sharpen your professional skills with 30 high-level education sessions and pre-conference professional development courses, including the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM®) Case Study and the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) Exam.

NETWORKING Exchange ideas, build your professional peer team, and socialize with fellow conference attendees at the annual welcome reception, chapter party, and CAI awards dinner.

DESIGNATIONS Earn continuing education credit for professional certifications and designations.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Find the insights you need to help your employees and associations succeed by transforming organizational culture. Keynote speakers Cam Marston, Katty Kay, Kathy Gonzales, and Steve Swafford share their mastery for building and leading a culture of high employee engagement.

EXPOSITION HALL Discover a world-class exposition hall where you can embrace the latest systems, tools, and technology to improve your community association.

Keep Applying Your Knowledge

The practical skills and professional insights you gain at the Annual Conference can keep contributing to your community all year long. Don’t leave the learning behind!

Be sure to visit the CAI Press bookstore for a full selection of the very best resources available for association managers, volunteer leaders, and industry professionals. You will find take-home solutions to issues in your community and reference materials to keep you up to date on community association trends. Spend $100 or more at the bookstore and we’ll ship your purchases home for FREE! (Free shipping to the 48 contiguous states only. International shipping available at cost.)


Coffee, Conversation, and Community

Open to all registrants

Begin each morning with coffee, conversation, and community. It’s your first networking opportunity of the day and a great chance to plan and prepare for the events to come.

CAI Washington Metropolitan Chapter Party

Join CAI's Washington Metropolitan Chapter on Thursday, May 10, 7–10 p.m., for a signature D.C. event Nationals Baseball Park. You won’t want to miss one of the most anticipated conference celebrations! Round trip transportation, entertainment, hour d'eourves, (2) drink tickets, private tours of at the stadium, mascot photo ops, and more are included in the ticket price. Visit www.caidc.org for more information. You can add this to your conference registration or you can register directly with the chapter. 

The chapter party is not included in your conference registration.
$99 - Early Bird by April 4
$125 - Standard after April 4


NEW - Welcome Reception inside Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, May 9, 5–7 p.m.
Open to all registrants. Guest tickets are $70 by April 4 or $90 after April 4.
Start the conference off right by mingling with attendees, exhibitors, corporate partners, and sponsors in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Be sure to plan accordingly when making your travel arrangements—you won’t want to miss this popular kick-off event.

President’s Club and National Corporate Member Reception
Wednesday, May 9, 4–5:30 p.m.
Invitation only
A special event for members of the President’s Club and National Corporate Members, this exclusive reception provides an opportunity for many of CAI’s biggest supporters to socialize, enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and conduct club business.

Professional Community Association Managers Reception 
Thursday, May 10, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Community Managers only
Open to all community association managers. This reception is to acknowledge PCAMs and welcome new inductees, connect and mingle with colleagues, develop contacts, and share experiences.
Sponsored by Kevin Davis Insurance Services

Insurance Professionals Reception
Thursday, May 10, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Insurance professionals only
Meet and mingle with Community Insurance and Risk Management Specialists and other professionals in the field. This is a great way to discuss the day’s sessions and build your professional network.
Sponsored by Ian H. Graham Insurance

Annual Awards Dinner
Friday, May 11, 7–10 p.m.
Open to all registrants. Guest tickets are $100 by April 4 or $115 after April 4.
Enjoy great food and fun with CAI friends as we honor our 2017 national award winners. This year, we’ve planned the awards for earlier in the evening so you can celebrate the accomplishments of your colleagues. Attire is cocktail optional. Have fun!


We want you to be able to share the value of conference with your supervisor to help justify your attendance. That’s why we created a sample letter to your supervisor.


  • All education sessions
  • All general sessions
  • Wednesday welcome reception (one ticket)
  • Thursday expo breakfast (one ticket)
  • Thursday expo luncheon (one ticket)
  • Friday luncheon (one ticket)
  • Friday awards event (one ticket)


  • Education sessions for the indicated day (Thurs OR Fri)
  • Expo luncheon on Thursday or luncheon and entertainment on Friday
  • Evening activities on Thursday OR Friday (if applicable)