New Construction + Condos

The right board: A personality contest

By Teri Karush Rogers  |
May 27, 2009 - 2:47PM

Most buildings hold board elections in late spring and early summer.  So who are you voting for?

Even in smaller buildings where elevator encounters can give you a sense of the people behind the ballots, you may not have devoted much thought to the composition of the board as a whole.  But the right balance can make all the difference. Think of it as a symphony: You don’t want an orchestra comprised only of tubas and oboes running your building.

Someone with decades of experience working with co-op and condo boards offered this personality-breakdown of the ideal board:   

“The protector is the best type, because he or she will protect their own interests and the interests of the building,” he said.  “You also want a nosy type.  You want someone with business experience but not someone with an agenda.  And no screamers—you want someone contemplative, who can articulate calmly and actually answer a question.”

A co-op dweller who has been president of his Upper East Side board for three years delivered a more skills-focused assessment:  “You need a lawyer, maybe an accountant, a retiree who has time and energy, and a no-nonsense president who can brush off all the petty stuff.”

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What kind of people do you think make or break a board?


Teri Karush Rogers

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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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