CAI-NC 2018 Annual Conference and Expo

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Congratulations to Rachel Gold, of Hawthorne Management Company Charlotte, on winning a brand new Yeti Cooler! Rachel entered our drawing at the 2018 Community Associations Institute’s (CAI) Annual Conference and Expo. Our Director of Operations, Tom Pullaro, had the pleasure of presenting her with her gift at the Hawthorne Management office. Hawthorne Management manages community associations throughout Charlotte. We are grateful for all of our partnerships in North Carolina and beyond! Check out our Facebook page for some pun fun!


Rachel Gold and Tom Pullaro, they've never looked cooler!

Rachel  Gold won a Yeti Cooler from our drawing at the CAI Conference and Expo.

The 2018 Annual Conference and Expo was held on July 19th and 20th. Every year the CAI brings together North Carolina’s community managers, board members, and business partners to network, learn, and discover new resources. The CAI-NC, “fosters vibrant, competent and harmonious communities through education and community building.” This year was the 30th anniversary celebration! This year’s conference included a look back at CAI’s 30 year history. The conference also included a look ahead at challenges today’s community association leaders and partners face with a key agenda providing advice and preparation.


Dragonfly Pond Works is a proud business partner of CAI-NC. Dragonfly Team members that participated in the conference were Tom Pullaro, Thomas Moore, Tyler Cooper, and Scott Blevins. The Dragonfly team enjoyed providing resources to community members at our exhibit during the expo. We always look forward to connecting with others, building new relationships, and continuing to develop existing relationships. In addition to our exhibit, we had the honor of Tom Pullaro presenting at the conference. Tom co-presented with Kris Bass of Kris Bass engineering. Their presentation was titled, “How to be Smart & Effective with Local & State Governments on Key HOA issues”. We are already looking forward to next year’s conference!

Dragonfly Pond Works helps clients discover their sanctuary. We are an environmental services company that customizes water beautification solutions, creating natural pond, lake, and wetland refuges for residents, property owners, and community members to enjoy. Our practices work in harmony with nature, but also within your budget.


As experienced specialists in pond and lake management, our designs transform retention ponds, sand filters, stormwater basins, underground detention facilities, and other types of aquatic systems into healthy and integrated waterscapes.

From Maryland to Florida, Dragonfly Pond Works serves clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including corporate, commercial, and public accounts, residential customers, and homeowner associations. We provide services throughout North Carolina, in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Charlotte, and Wilmington. We can be found throughout Florida, in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Naples, Sarasota, and Fort Myers. We also provide services in Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia; in addition to services in Virginia and Maryland. We strive to develop long-term relationships based on quality work, timely service, cost efficiency, and of course, trust. Please contact us if you would like to learn how we can help you create a beautiful space and sanctuary.

For more information regarding Community Associations Institute-NC, visit their Facebook page

For more information regarding Hawthorne Management Company, visit

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