This co-hosted video series and audio podcast, starring Flint Faulkner and Stephanie Romero, delivers an intimate insight into the stressful life of successful overachievers, by discussing the pros & cons of being a high performance working professional, as well as other challenges related to the non-stop action and inevitable fatigue of true professionals. Guest appearances provide additional perspective on how to overcome the dreaded obstacles of fear, doubt, lack of confidence, overwhelming stress, delivering essential alternative approaches to the daily battles our professional and personal pursuits tend to bring. Join us in our journey in becoming the best versions of ourselves. Listen to deep, inspirational, heart to heart discussions related to the humanitarian aspects of why we succeed and why we fail. Gain critical knowledge and application in order to “stay the course”. Build your own personal “persistence arsenal”, vital for crashing through those “uphill” moments.
Flint Faulkner, has spent the last several years as a successful, certified, Association Community Manager for a large management company in Southern California, focusing on the educational aspect of his industry.
He has extensive experience as an on-site Community Association General Manager with almost a decade of experience managing large, upscale, single family home communities, multi-billion-dollar high-rise condo projects, commercial associations, and mixed-use associations, along with consulting their respective board of directors & committees.
With this experience, he has been directly involved in managing large reconstruction projects including a $14,000,000.00 defect reconstruction for a 5-story mid-rise; a $1,000,000.00 re-piping project for a large condominium community; $700,000 asphalt replacement for a commercial association parking lot and several pool and clubhouse renovations, in excess of $500,000.00.
He has also been heavily involved in coordinating several active litigation matters involving lawsuits, small claims court matters, internal (IDR) and alternative (ADR) dispute resolution matters and even an embezzlement case against a prior management company. His participation includes attending several small claims court matters, in person, as the official representative of the Association, whereas the court considered the association as the prevailing party in each instance.
Flint has recently been hired as the on-site Community Association General Manager, controlling the day to day operations for a massive, multi-billion-dollar, residential condo-conversion project, involving a 10-story luxurious, upscale, condominium community in the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood area. As a successful leader of a 27 person onsite staff, Flint has mentored and inspired his staff to form creative ways to operate within the day to day. This approach includes empowering his staff to seek out opportunities for exceptions, welcoming and encouraging compromise, pushing the customer service delivery to the limits, in order to meet very high expectations, offering his residents a luxurious, legendary living experience, second to none.
Flint has a passion for both leadership and education. He continues to search for ways to strengthen the ethics and standards in his industry, keeping consistent, positive treatment of all industry members at the conversational forefront, resulting in a synergistic relationship for all.
Flint has also taken necessary steps to ensure he has an up to date knowledge of any changes in legislation within his industry, by regularly attending educational programs, legal seminars and networking with a slew of highly successful attorneys and city officials, who have shared their knowledge and expertise as a reliable resource.
In his continuous pursuit to master his craft, as well as, reinforce his dedication to his clients by striving to provide them with the best version of himself, Flint has achieved several designations within his profession. These include: the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) designation from the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB), the Association Management Specialist (AMS®) designation from the Community Associations Institute (CAI), and has recently earned the highest and most prestigious designation offered in his industry, who most consider to be the “masters of community property management”: the Professional Community Association Manager® (PCAM®) designation from the National Community Associations Institute (CAI).
Participating in his community and professional industry are at the top of his priority list. Networking with his fellow associates & business partners offers Flint the opportunity to effectively mentor his colleagues, encouraging professionals to become the best version of themselves. This includes maintaining their professional memberships, pursuing professional designations, along with offering a pathway into the highly rewarding service of others through volunteer work.
As an experienced, awarded, community leader, Flint understands how critically important it is to selflessly volunteer, and gives a large portion of his time serving his communities in a number of different capacities.
Flint is a current and active volunteer member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), Greater Los Angeles Chapter (GLAC). This well established organization provides the necessary education and certifications within the community management industry, allowing these professionals to excel in their professional careers. As the Co-Chair of the Programs Committee within this organization, Flint is ultimately responsible for leading committee members in the development and facilitation of monthly educational programs on a variety of different, useful topics, offered to all of its members; Homeowner association board of directors, community managers, and business partners alike. Flint’s leadership responsibilities include interpreting the proper direction instituted by the Board of Directors, encouraging committee member input and participation, and setting the tone of what is expected of them as committee members.
In addition to his current, active roles within the industry, Flint has previously served as a volunteer on the Orange County Chapter Community Associations Institute’s Education Committee, the Programs Committee, along with the California Legislative Action Committee, which allows the participants to join the industry’s lobbyists responsible for making legislative changes in the best interest of the communities they serve.
In his very first year as a community manager, Flint was awarded the “Rising Star Award”, at the 2016 annual awards ceremony, held at the Disneyland Grand Hotel, hosted by the Orange County Chapter Community Associations Institute, for his participation and volunteer work within the organization and the communities in which he worked.
Considering the effectiveness of mastering every aspect of his profession, combined with the consistent need to partner with real estate professionals in his day to day operations, Flint obtained his Real Estate Salesperson License, from the California Department of Real Estate, is currently active, achieving and maintaining the Realtor@ designation. Understanding the real estate profession has aided him in his success as a community association partner.
Flint is driven, goal oriented, and refuses to stop learning because he understands and has an intimate relationship with education, and applying this knowledge consistently for the greater good.
As a holder of the Professional Community Association Manager® (PCAM®) designation from the National Community Associations Institute (CAI), the highest designation in his industry, Flint is occasionally asked to speak at educational events, sharing his experience and insight with fellow driven professionals. With almost a decade of public speaking experience, Flint volunteers his speaking expertise as the President of the CAI Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter Toastmasters Club, where he mentors struggling professionals in gaining the confidence to master the fear of public speaking. Additionally, as a certified Professional Community Association Manager®, Flint is asked to occasionally write articles about the education and experience he has received, which are featured in the region’s Focus magazine.
As a result of his contributions to both the industry and community, Flint was nominated in several different categories at the industry’s 2022 annual awards ceremony, held at the J.W. Marriott, downtown Los Angeles, hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter Community Associations Institute. Flint, along with his fellow committee members, were awarded the “Committee of the Year Award”, for their participation and volunteer work within the organization. Other nominations for Flint included, “Article of the Year”, “Committee of the Year”, and the prestigious “Community Manager of the Year”.
Flint continues to look for additional ways in order to make a difference in society by offering resolutions to the issues and concerns within the city he currently works in. As a result, he has been elected to the City of West Hollywood, Board of Directors, Design District. Recently Flint was appointed to Vice Chair of the Board, and now assists the Chair in Executive responsibilities. Flint has also recently been appointed by the incoming chairperson as a Board Member for the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, whereas he provides valuable input regarding the day to day operations of the chamber.
Flint is a Campaign Service Medal Veteran of the Desert Storm War, a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) lifetime member with Santa Ana Post 10694, and has volunteered in the Emergency Room at the Veterans Affairs Hospital Long Beach, for over 12 years. Recently, Flint’s company learned of the impact he has had within the communities he serves, along with his previous military background. As a result, an article was written about Flint and was released in November 2022, a few days before the federal national holiday, Veteran’s Day. The article can be found by clicking the link below:
“A life dedicated to the pursuit of service can lead to many places.
Whether it’s service to country, service to community, or service to another person, Flint Faulkner has lived his pursuit, and nothing excites him more than bringing others along for the ride.”
Flint will continue to develop processes in order to bridge the gap between the traditional practices and the new & improved digital world currently growing in our industry. He is passionate in his journey to provide a legendary living experience for his residents, offering meaningful mentorship to his subordinates, pursuing his ultimate goal of making a difference during his lifetime, and strives to leave this earth with a positive, special legacy of helping others.
Build Your Crown.com began with ME.
At the age of 15 I began to bake and cater to small businesses and mid-size companies. As soon as I graduated High School my heart was set on becoming a Pastry Chef. I will never forget the day that my Pastry Chef Instructor looked at me and said, “What are you doing here? You need to go to Business School! How do you think you are going to run your business? You already know how to bake.” Jaw dropped, and I began registering for business classes. Yikes! I was struggling the first two years [I wanted to give up].
During this time my father was diagnosed with stage four: colon, stomach and liver cancer (oh yeah, we are so going there…). THIS was the most challenging experience of my life. I was tested in so many ways. ONE word: Resilience. That is how I got through it all! I was just a twenty year old wanting her pops to get better and live forever. He had a heart of gold and a business man himself. I lost him November 14, 2013 [forever in our hearts].
I became passionate about helping others. I launched "Jard" with my cousin shortly after, it was an organic body product company [deodorant, dry shampoo, body and home mists]. Cancer was no longer a silent word in my life, after extensive research I stopped using many products in my home and became cautious with what I was putting in my body. I began making everything from scratch… (oh yeah, ask my friends and fam, I WAS THAT GIRL… making EVERYTHING from scratch).
Fast forward a couple of years and I received my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources and a minor in Economics from California State University of Los Angeles. During this time I was working two retail jobs, babysitting and still baking for celebrations. I was itching for something more and went for my Masters in Business Administration and attended Woodbury University (Burbank, CA). Shortly after, I received my Real Estate License and now work with Investors in California as their Realtor.
So, here I am today, full of ideas, experiences and failures. I’m here to tell you that whatever it is you are going through, you are going to be okay. YOU ARE GOING TO BE MORE THAN OKAY.
Stephanie is a female name that comes from the Greek name Στέφανος (Stephanos) meaning “crown”.
I am building my crown and my empire… let ME help you build yours!