PCM CEO Donny Disbro Offers Best Practices on Mediation for Community Associations at CAI Legal Conference

TEMECULA, Calif., Oct. 22, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM) chief executive officer Donny Disbro addressed community association professionals on Friday on the benefits and pitfalls of mediation as an alternative to costly litigation.

As part of an expert panel discussion at Community Association Institute’s annual Legal Forum, Disbro offered first-hand insights on how association boards can best manage and resolve disputes between HOAs and management companies.

“There’s no question that mediation is far superior to litigation in resolving disputes between associations and residents,” explained Disbro. “Mediation saves substantial time and resources, and mitigates the tremendous emotional costs that can take their toll due to the uncertainties of litigation.”

Indeed, 95 percent of cases that involve mediation are settled before trial. But Disbro cautioned that there are several critical items a board must consider prior to engaging in mediation.

“A mediator’s job is not to determine a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’ but instead bring the two parties together,” said Disbro. “Because of this, there must be Board consensus going in as to what they are and are not willing to give up as part of a negotiated settlement, and what is the minimum they must gain in order to qualify it a success.”

Additional considerations Disbro suggested: “Association boards must be clear as to who is empowered to represent them at the bargaining table, and have absolute confidence that that person understands and can effectively execute the will of the Board throughout the mediation process.”

Other recommendations included ensuring that the mediator understands all facts of the case as well as the history of dispute not only between the parties but on similar issues within the community.

“Never assume,” Disbro stressed regarding a mediator’s understanding of details in a dispute.

CAI Legal Forum: California Communities is a special, one-day event hosted by the Community Associations Institute addressing key legal topics affecting California’s community managers and homeowners. The two-track event – one community managers and another for homeowners includes expert panel discussions featuring government officials, seasoned management professionals and legal experts specializing in community association industry.

About Professional Community Management of California:

Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM), an Associa company, specializes in the management of Common Interest Developments of homeowner associations for family oriented master-planned developments, resort-style master-planned communities, active-adult master-planned communities, condominium associations and boutique communities throughout Southern California and Southern Nevada.

With headquarters in Lake Forest, Calif., PCM and its companies employ a staff of more than 1,500 people. PCM has offices in serving all of Southern California and Southern Nevada and is recognized by the Multi Housing Council as one of the county’s largest managers of common interest developments. Management services by PCM are backed by state-of-the art Internet technology and comprehensive financial and management systems. For additional information, please contact PCM at 800.369.7260 or at http://www.pcminternet.com/ .

About Associa:
Building successful communities for more than 30 years, Associa is North America’s largest community association management firm and serves its clients with local knowledge, national resources and comprehensive expertise. Based in Dallas, Associa and its 8,000 employees operate more than 150 branch offices in the United States, Mexico and Canada. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com and www.associacares.com. Find us on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/associa ), follow us on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/associa ), LinkedIn ( http://www.linkedin.com/company/33264 ) and Pinterest ( http://pinterest.com/associa/ ), and watch us on YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/associamarketing ).

About CAI:
Community Associations Institute (CAI), an international organization dedicated to building better communities, provides education and resources to community association homeowner leaders, professional managers, association management companies and other businesses and professionals who provide products and services to community associations.

With more than 31,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 60 chapters, including a chapter in South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

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Steve Ribultan Designated a ‘Top 25 Most Connected Mortgage Professional’

TEMECULA, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Steve Ribultan, a veteran of the mortgage banking industry, has been named to National Mortgage Professional magazine’s “Top 25 Most Connected Mortgage Professionals” list.

National Mortgage Professional magazine cites individuals that earn a spot on the list as being strong networkers and influencers in the mortgage industry that are esteemed by their peers as continually forging relationships which grow their careers and help others in their network do the same.

Ribultan is largely commended for establishing numerous business relationships and forming strategic alliances with complimentary mortgage technology providers, among other accomplishments. Ribultan’s connections have been key in his ability to successfully drive a number of technology-centric partnerships that resulted in complex integrations and product rollouts that better residential mortgage lending.

“I am honored to be recognized by National Mortgage Professional magazine as one of the industry’s Top 25 Most Connected Mortgage Professionals,” remarked Ribultan. “I love what I do, am completely committed to the industry, and I really enjoy interacting with different people in all facets of the mortgage lending supply chain. The individuals in my network are passionate about working in the industry and collaborating with them has helped greatly in my ability to be successful with each company I work with. I look forward to a long and prosperous career in the mortgage banking space.”

Ribultan is currently the director of business development at Document Systems, Inc., a leading provider of automated loan document production, eDelivery, eSignature, and compliance solutions. Prior to that, he was the vice president of sales at OpenClose, a recognized loan origination system (LOS) vendor. Before OpenClose, he was a business development manager at Portellus, Inc., at the time one of the fastest growing LOS providers in the mortgage industry. Previous to that, Ribultan was also a business development manager at Commerce Velocity, Inc., a mortgage technology software firm. His career has rapidly advanced in part due to his networking abilities.

In 2010 National Mortgage Professional magazine named Steve to its annual “Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professional” list. He was also voted to Orange County Metro magazine’s prestigious “Top 40 Under 40″ list in 2011.

Steve is an active member of the Mortgage Banking Association of America, the California Mortgage Bankers Association, the Mortgage Action Alliance and the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals. Steve attributes his success to constantly striving for greatness, operating with a passion for what he does and remaining 100 percent committed to the mortgage banking industry. He says that his love and support for his family, friends, colleagues and partners is what drives his determination to leave a positive, lasting impact in the mortgage industry and in life.

Joe Bowerbank
Profundity Communications, Inc.

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Farm of the Future Opens to the Public on Saturday, March 17

EnviroIngenuityTEMECULA, Calif., March 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California’s first commercial hydroponic urban vertical farm, partners with EnviroIngenuity to promote new production techniques. On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the public will experience the future of farming at the grand opening of Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California’s first hydroponic vertical strawberry farm. More than 11,250 Verti-Gro “towers” produce large sweet strawberries, using less than 85 percent of the water required in traditional row production.

The Grand Opening celebration is open to the public on Saturday March 17, 2012, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms (in Rainbow Valley), located at 5452 5th Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Tel (951) 212-5805

Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms is the first commercial strawberry farm in Southern California to employ vertical hydroponic farming, which promises to change agricultural technology. The Fietz’s three-acre farm, located in Temecula’s Rainbow Valley, would not have been possible due to a lack of water. After drilling their well, they were able to pump just 20 gallons per minute, not nearly enough to grow strawberries commercially.

“An unforeseen water shortage rendered this property unfarmable without vertical hydroponic technology,” said Ken Fietz, Sr. “The Verti-Gro equipment is far more cost effective than the competition and uses 85 percent less water than row farming.”

Vertical farming methods save space, energy and water resources. Just as important, the berries are picked by the consumers on site, removing fuel and transportation costs.

“People no longer have to visit the Epcot Center to see the future of farming,” said Fietz, Sr. “I’ve been in the strawberry industry for 40 years and water and pesticides have always been huge issues. Add in lots of manual labor and it’s tough to make a dime at the end of the day. Since my son, Kenny, was willing to take the reins, I helped him implement this highly efficient system that does away with lots of extra expense and reduces the use of pesticides.”

Kenny Fietz, Jr., an agricultural graduate from California State University at Chico, operates the farm with his dad and together they now nurture 45,000 strawberry plants of varying varieties on one acre using the automatic drip system and limited pesticides.

“Because the Verti-Gro system doesn’t use soil, there are no issues with soil borne diseases or pests,” said Fietz, Jr. “The hydroponic process doesn’t require the use of pesticides for these common problems. Energy requirements are also dramatically reduced and harvesting is much easier to perform when you can stand upright instead of stooping over to pick the berries.”

Future plans include developing an urban agriculture learning center offering education on growing a wide range of fruits, microgreens and vegetables using advanced hydroponic processes.

“Our vision is for families to come and enjoy a warm day outside, pick strawberries and dip them in chocolate, picnic under the shade trees, enjoy a healthy experience together and even learn about the future of farming,” said Fietz, Sr.

Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms is open seasonally March through August, Thursday through Sunday. Check their website at www.TemeculaValleyStrawberryFarms.com for availability. There is no cost to visit. Visitors will receive a warm hello, a bucket and scissors, a quick education about strawberry harvesting and then be set free to select and harvest their own berries. The U-pick berries are priced at $3 per pound.

Last month, EnviroIngenuity announced a partnership with Verti-Gro® to represent and promote hydroponic vertical farming systems throughout Southern California.

Verti-Gro Inc. designs and manufactures cost-effective, high density hydroponic growing systems. It offers stacked towers to suit large-scale commercial production needs which can be downsized for residential use and Community Supported Agriculture.

About Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms:
The family-owned and operated farm produces strawberries using the highly efficient Verti-Gro hydroponic system. This innovative farming process provides many earth-kind benefits. Their U-pick model offers families the opportunity to pick the freshest, sweetest berries, as well as experience first-hand how they grow. The fun, interactive farm is a great place for the whole family. Whether you come to pick sweet fruit, learn more about farming, enjoy a picnic or grab a few strawberry goodies at their strawberry store, The Fietz family promises you won’t be disappointed. Plan your visit at http://www.TemeculaValleyStrawberryFarms.com .

About EnviroIngenuity:
EnviroIngenuity was founded in 2009 by Erik Cutter. The company is comprised of forward-thinking professionals, whose goal is to take advantage of the growing demand for more efficient, cost effective sustainable energy solutions, employing solar PV, hi-efficiency LED lighting, green building and vertical food production technologies. EnviroIngenuity’s mission is “advancingreenergy” and reducing waste, thus better utilizing limited natural resources. As we invest in a lower carbon future, the EnviroIngenuity team is focused on helping organizations move forward to deploy sustainable energy solutions using disruptive technologies. More information: http://www.EnviroIngenuity.com .

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