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Every Week Different Stories On Timely Topics

The “HOA – It’s A True Story” podcast was created as an educational platform in order to help spread knowledge and insight from the HOA and multifamily industries, from the perspective the team at G.B. Group Construction. The guests we bring onto the podcast include industry experts that will help shed light into our niche industry, and of course – we have to throw in a couple good stories.

“I realized it would be best to get to know us and educate our clients through conversations with industry partners, especially during this pandemic when we can’t meet face-to-face.”

REGAN BROWN

“This approach allows our current customers to stay informed and plan their next project, and potential customers to learn about our industry experience & knowledge.” – Bill Mann, President GB Group

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The HOA Podcast
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Leadership

In House Project Management

GBGROUP April 6, 2021

Regan Brown and Russell Brown sit down with Marnie Collier, Senior Vice President & Market Leader, East Bay at Common Interest Management Services and Marisol Velazquez, Senior Director, Developer & Project Management Services at Common Interest Management Services, to discuss in house project services and what it means for the manager and the HOA. Make sure to stick around for another wonderful HOA story! “It’s not just ‘how are we going to fund this project today’ it’s ‘how is it going to affect us in the future.’” MARISOL VELASQUEZ

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Interviews

HOA Feeling Insecure? Guest: Scott McDonald

GBGROUP March 23, 2021

Join us as we discuss whether your HOA is Secure Enough with Scott McDonald, Executive Account Owner of Garda Security. Scott had a show on the Food Network and BBC, and his nationally known company has been influential in discovering security risks for HOA’s. Scott explains some of the ways your HOA can start working together to prevent break ins, how to look at lighting and landscaping for security, and the benefits of working with the police in your neighborhood. Make sure to stick around for another jaw-dropping HOA story at the end! “The more your HOA has community, where […]

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Reserves

Inside Reserve Studies: The Helsing Group

GBGROUP March 16, 2021

Regan Brown and Bill Mann sit down with Ryan Leptien, President of the Helsing Group and Roy Helsing, CEO of the Helsing Group to discuss the benefits of a reserve study for an HOA budget, how to conduct a reserve study, how to vet a professional, and how the reserve study can save you time and money. Make sure to stay tuned until the end where Roy tells it all in his HOA story! “Everybody gets hung up in California about being 100% funded, and thinks if they’re 100% funded they’ll never need a special assessment…which isn’t true you could be 100% […]

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Inspections

Part 2 – How to Fund Your SB326 Inspection

GBGROUP March 9, 2021

Regan Brown and Russell Brown sit down with Robert Browning, RS, PCAM of Browning Reserve Group and Fred Walovich of Wallovich Architects Group to discuss how to fund your SB326 inspection, how to help your architect and engineer get the information that they need, special assessments and the need to start saving now. Make sure to stick around for the end when Bob Browning tells his hilarious “Premature Irrigation” HOA true story! “The funds should already be there but if they’re not – you need to start saving sooner rather than later even if it means tweaking your budget.” BOB […]

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The HOA Podcast
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Communication

Guest: Susan Novak – From the Board Members Perspective

GBGROUP March 2, 2021

Regan Brown sits down with Susan Novak, Director at Large for Whalers Village Association, to discuss the homeowners perspective on running an HOA, working with vendors, and managing the direction of the organization to create a sustainable community. Make sure to stick around until the end for one of the funniest HOA stories we’ve heard! “She said (the homeowner) ‘I didn’t want a stinky goat on our beach, so I thought I’d take care of it’…and you know, that’s community.” SUSAN NOVAK

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Painting

Guest: Lachelle Bouvier – When To Use A Designer

GBGROUP February 23, 2021

Regan Brown sits down with Lachelle bouvier, principle designer of Lachelle Bouvier Designs to discuss when to use a designer, the role of the designer in your next HOA project, and some design tips and tricks. Don’t forget to stick around for the HOA story near the end of the episode, it’s a good one! “If I do my job correctly, I should make it look very easy to make it look good.” LACHELLE BOUVIER

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The HOA Podcast
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Painting

Guest: Judy O’Shaughnessy and Greg Morgan – Overcoming paint challenges for a successful project

GBGROUP February 16, 2021

In this episode Regan Brown sits down with Judy O’Shaughnessy and Greg Morgan of Kelly Moore Paints Co. to discuss painting myths and how homeowner associations can work with painters and contractors to achieve better results. Make sure to stick around until the end for some hilarious paint stories! If you wait until the building shows that it needs to be painted, you’ve waited too long Judy O’Shaughnessy “When it comes to color, as Judy mentioned, it’s personal – and we all see it differently.” Greg Morgan

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Reconstruction Projects

RFP’s Behind the Scene with GBG

GBGROUP February 9, 2021

On this episode The G.B. Group team, Ryan Brown, Russell Brown, Bill Mann and Regan Brown sit down to give you an inside look on an RFP, the bidding process, and how to ensure your RFP gets reviewed and submitted quickly. Make sure to stick around for the end, where everyone shares their HOA true story – and trust us, these are stories you won’t want to miss! With a little bit more planning in sending out the RFP it would actually speed a lot of the process up Russell brown “It’s always good to meet with the association for what they’re […]

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Interviews

Guest: Dan Christison – The Owners Perspective: Managing a Management Company

GBGROUP February 2, 2021

This week you won’t want to miss when Regan Brown and Lauren Caliz sit down with our guest, Dan Christison, Owner of Christison Company, to discuss The Owners Perspective: Managing a Management Company. Dan shares his insight on community management, a brief history of Christison Company, industry education opportunities in the virtual world, and the value of trusted partnerships with vendors. We offer on site training, but also things like this podcast…we’ve tuned in in absence of the in person learning that typically had been there in years past Dan christison “In Business a flower grows towards the son… in […]

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Managers Corner
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Insurance

Guest: Dave Miller – Insurance and Risk Management

GBGROUP January 26, 2021

In this podcast Regan Brown sits down with Dave Miller of Bolton Insurance. He answers questions regarding what kind of Insurance the HOA should request, what general liability policies do and don’t cover, Insurance costs and how to file a successful claim. Don’t miss this informative conversation on Insurance filing and risk management. Insurance is really just a glorified bank account Dave Miller  “So what happens in the other states does impact our overall cost?” – Regan “Absolutely.” Dave

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Reconstruction Projects

Guest: Mark Greening – How To Fund your Construction Project

GBGROUP January 19, 2021

Regan sits down with guest, Mark Greening, Owner of RFI Construction Management to discuss ‘How to Fund your Construction Project’. Mark shares everything from where to start, how to utilize your reserve study, pros and cons of special assessments and so much more. “A contingency is there to be spent… If you put a contingency in place and you plan to spend it, a change order is just the function of how you spend the money, how you monitor and keep track of it.”  Mark Greening

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The Apartment Podcast
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Painting

Guests: Danny Pittl & Jon Hinz

GBGROUP January 12, 2021

Regan Brown and Russell Brown sit down with Behr Paint reps Danny Pittl and Jon Hinz.  They cover the differences between paint specifications and products, not just sheen.  They also describe who writes the scope and how to paint during the pandemic. Listen in to this fun and lively discussion on all things paint! “We want contractors that we know that are applying the paint and products the way they are supposed to be applied… so if something happens later on we want both the contractor and the painter involved in the conversation.” John Hinz

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Legal & Legislation
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Legislative Updates

Guest: Andrea O’Toole, Principal at Berding & Weil

Regan Brown January 5, 2021

Regan Brown sits down with Andrea O’Toole, a Principal at Berding & Weil Law Firm, to discuss rent restrictions as laid out by AB 3182. Andrea untangles the complex details of the bill that outlaw’s rental bans in HOAs, voiding rental limits below 25% of the members. She shares with us how the law will be enforced, which HOA’s will be affected and any possible penalties. Associations who don’t jump on this now and try to address the issue now with respect to what happens come January 1st – How are we going to deal with that? ANDREA O’TOOLE

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Legal & Legislation
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Litigation Support

Remastered: Construction Defect Litigation Part 1 & 2

Regan Brown December 22, 2020

Digitally Remastered Construction Defect Litigation Part 1 and Part 2: Regan Brown sits down with Steve Weil and Chad Thomas from Berding & Weil Law Firm to discuss the construction litigation process. Berding & Weil Law Firm is one of the largest construction defect and common interest development law firms in California. In this episode, the team discusses when and how to move forward with the construction litigation process, in addition to what signs homeowner associations should be looking for when they begin to experience building failures. Problems don’t go away. And they can all be dealt with, with a […]

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Good Vibes Only
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Health & Wellness

Happiness and the Brain: A Discussion with Dr. O’Connor

Regan Brown December 14, 2020

Regan sits down with her mentor from college, Dr. O’Connor, to discuss Happiness in the Brain. Dr O’Connor is a leisure educator at Pensacola University in Florida..  This fact-filled podcast shines light on not only the history of brain research, but also the anatomy of the brain that controls mood and personality traits. Dr. O’Connor also touches on the physical effects that happiness can have on the body. Happiness is not some unobtainable, all-important thing to be desired and pursued, but a temporary, positive signal from our brain. DR. CONNIE O’CONNOR To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious […]

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Legal & Legislation
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Decision Making

Construction Defect Litigation Part 1

GBGROUP December 3, 2020

Regan Brown and Russell Brown sit down with Steve Weil and Chad Thomas from Berding & Weil Law Firm to discuss the construction litigation process. Berding & Weil Law Firm is one of the largest construction defect and common interest development law firms in California. In this episode, the team discusses when and how to move forward with the construction litigation process, in addition to what signs homeowner associations should be looking for when they begin to experience building failures. Reconstruction is not pretty until paint goes on the wall. RUSSELL BROWN This episode is a 2 part series – […]

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The GBG Approach
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Leadership

Guest: Jon Miller, Golden State Lumber

GBGROUP November 24, 2020

Regan Brown, Bill Mann, and Ryan Brown sit down and chat with Jon Miller, Senior Sales Executive at Golden State Lumber. Golden State Lumber has been family-owned and operated for 3 generations and is one of the leading building material suppliers in the Bay Area.  In this episode, Jon Miller discusses what factors are responsible for the drastic pricing fluctuation with current building materials, and the associated troubles himself and his clients are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The one thing that I appreciate about a product is… that it’s one and done you don’t come back and do it […]

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Legal & Legislation
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Featured

Guest: Rachel Miller, The Miller Law Firm

GBGROUP November 12, 2020

In this episode, Regan Brown and Bill Mann sit down with Rachel Miller, partner at The Miller Law Firm — a construction defect law firm that is a leader in the HOA industry.  In this exciting episode “The Balcony Backstory”, Rachel touches on her first-hand experience with the Berkeley Balcony incident and how her firm was directly involved. Rachel also goes in depth about the nuances between SB326 and SB721, and what parties should be involved during this process. We always say, ‘turn to council’ … they’re going to have a resource on all of the licensed experts. RACHEL MILLER […]

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The GBG Approach
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Lunch & Learns

Nogcast Ft. GBG Sales Team

GBGROUP November 4, 2020

This is our very first Nogcast episode! Our sales team, comprised of Regan Brown, Bill Mann, JP Sanchez, Lauren Caliz, and Megan Hupe sit down together and discuss the upcoming holidays.  We talk about the origin of our famous eggnogg and the typical feedback we get from our clients when we deliver it. We talk about favorite stories from making the nog, as well as share our favorite industry stories from the HOA holiday season events. Also, tune in to see what were doing in lieu of nog deliveries this year. How is it leaving Costco with all that booze […]

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The GBG Approach
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Leadership

Guest: Chris Sigler, C.L. Sigler & Associates

GBGROUP October 27, 2020

Regan Brown and Bill Mann sit down with Chris Sigler, owner of C.L. Sigler & Associates – a construction management firm that specializes in CM services for HOA construction projects. Chris explains when a Construction Manager should be used, as well as what services they bring to the table when brought on to a construction project. Chris sheds light on his background in civil and structural engineering, and how he got started into the HOA industry. I don’t know anyone who’s even mostly funded. That’s an industry wide thing….people are afraid to raise their monthlies and so they’re underfunded and […]

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Legal & Legislation
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Decision Making

Guest: Roger Grant, Fenton Grant Law Firm

GBGROUP October 21, 2020

Regan Brown sits down with Roger Grant, Partner at Fenton Grant Mayfield Kineda & Litt LLP to discuss Highrise Litigation. In this week’s episode, Regan and Roger elaborate on Highrise construction defect litigation and how it differs from residential construction defect litigation. They go in depth about the typical struggles that are faced in the destructive testing phase, and the specialty reconstruction that takes place after settlement is reached. Roger discusses first-hand, the hurdles that he and his firm dealt with during their successful record-breaking settlement of the Millenium Tower Highrise in San Francisco. What we did differently was get […]

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Managers Corner
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Featured

Guest: Julia Souza, Alliance Community Resources

Regan Brown October 14, 2020

This episode features Julia Souza of Alliance Community Resources and Regan Brown of G.B. Group. The topic of discussion this week is community management pet peeves. Julia and Regan discuss the HOA board’s perception of community managers, managing expectations, board/management company collaboration, and some tips and tricks for becoming an effective manager.. The best way to build your resume and your network is to get to know the people in our industry. JULIA SOUZA

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The HOA Podcast
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Featured

Guest: Kelly Zibell, Associa Northern California

GBGROUP October 5, 2020

On this week’s episode of the HOA – It’s A True Story, The G.B. Group team sits down with Kelly Zibell, Branch President of Associa Northern California. We have an in depth dialogue about Kelly’s experience beginning as a community manager, to managing an entire branch of a community management company.  We also chat about virtual meetings and if they’re here to stay, and what do managers wish that their board members knew about their job. Your manager is advising you on how to run a multimillion-dollar corporation… They have the best of intentions and they’re trying to make sure […]

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The Apartment Podcast
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Interviews

Guest: Fred Walovich, Walovich Architects Group

Lisa Peacock October 1, 2020

Regan Brown, Russell Brown, and J.P. Sanchez sat down with Fred Walovich from Walovich Architects Group to discuss SB 326 – The Balcony Inspection Bill.  The discussion in this episode touches on the ins and outs of SB 326 as this inspection law matures into the HOA industry. Listen as we talk about how we are approaching these laws from the contractors’ point of view, as well as the architect/engineers’ point of view. That’s the whole point… so that we’re not doing more than we need to in order to come to that 95% conclusion. Fred Walovich #SB326

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The GBG Approach
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Leadership

Construction Boom

Regan Brown September 23, 2020

On this episode, Regan Brown and Bill Mann give you a sneak peek into their presentation, “Construction Boom and Labor Shortages”, presented at the 2020 ECHO Virtual University Conference. They touch on the current state of the HOA construction industry, material supply, and labor shortages that our industry is experiencing. Lumber is at an all-time high and they won’t give you a price list that is good for more than a day. BILL MAN “There is going to be a need now more than ever to be very transparent with boards, talk with them, make sure they understand… how fluid […]

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COVID 19 Compliance

Guest: Jennifer Jacobsen, Baydaline & Jacobsen, LLP

Regan Brown September 16, 2020

Regan sits down with Jen Jacobsen of Baydaline Jacobsen, LLP. A law firm that specializes in general counsel services for Common Interest Developments. On this episode, Jen speaks on the challenges that her clients are facing in dealing with work/life balance complications, all while working from their homes in their respective HOA. Jen also talks about complications with sitting in on virtual board meetings and the struggles of keeping meetings running in an efficient and professional manner. Lastly, Jen shares personal stories from the pandemic that will be sure to make you laugh. We can control some of those costs […]

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COVID 19 Compliance

Guest: Rachel Selwan, CAI CA North Chapter

Regan Brown September 8, 2020

Regan Brown sits down with Rachel Selwan, Executive Director of the California Association Institute Northern California Chapter.  CAI is a nationally recognized networking group that brings together HOA vendors, business partners, and HOA professionals alike. Rachel speaks in depth about how the CAI chapters in Northern California are handling their annual networking events effectively in addition to utilizing online tools to reach the CAI members during the pandemic. National was providing a lot of communication…and because we did those chapter chats when we eventually did transition our actual luncheons to virtual our membership was already familiar with it. Rachel Selwan

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Featured

HOA: It’s A True Story

GBGROUP September 1, 2020

On the premiere episode of The G.B. Group’s, “HOA: It’s A True Story”, the team discusses the hiccups and hurdles that were overcome due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   This episode shares the personal and professional stories from the perspective of the upper management G.B. Group employees, Regan Brown, Bill Mann, Ryan Brown and Russell Brown. In addition, this episode sheds light on how The G.B. Group had to pivot business processes/operations in order to stay compliant and healthy amidst this unique pandemic. If we didn’t have a team to lift each other up during some of the darker days […]

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Featured

Construction & Painting Pros for the HOA Industry

GBGROUP August 31, 2020

The GB Group provides construction services for Homeowners Associations, Apartments, High-Rise and Mid-Rise Communities along with select Commercial projects throughout California.  We are highly creative and dedicated people providing quality reconstruction with fairness and integrity to our customers, employees and suppliers. So much more comes out in the interview (process) that helps the board understand what they’re paying for. Not just in the scope of work but the team that they’re bringing on site. RUSSELL BROWN

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Reconstruction Projects

Construction Lingo

GBGROUP January 23, 2019

Get ready to learn and laugh! On this week’s episode of HOA – It’s A True Story, Regan Brown sits down with Russell Brown, Jeff Farnsworth, Megan Hupe and Bill Mann of The G.B. Group, Inc. to go over some of the creative names involved with construction. They look at the building from roof to foundation and explain some of those more common terms you may hear at your association. Make sure to stick around for another wonderful HOA story! “If you think about it as starting from the roof, everything is like an onion peeling downward – it is […]

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