CCMC Named Honorable Mention Recipient in Prestigious Employee Communications Awards

CCMC and The CONNECTION have been named an honorable mention recipient in the Best Newsletter and Most Improved Newsletter Design categories of Ragan Communications’ Employee Communications Awards.

Ragan’s Employee Communications Awards celebrate the teams, organizations and consultants who have redefined the field with their groundbreaking work. As an honorable mention recipient in the program, CCMC joins an elite group of past recipients, including Con Edison, AT&T, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, GoDaddy, Whirlpool Corporation, Humana, the Department of Veterans Affairs and MasterCard. This year’s winners included the Howard Hughes Corporation for Best Newsletter and Paycom for Most Improved Design.

“Out of many outstanding submissions, we found CCMC’s work to truly set a new standard of excellence for all practitioners. We congratulate them and look forward to seeing their future successes in this field,” said Justine Figueroa, senior marketing coordinator for awards programs at Ragan Communications.

“Last year, we reinvented The CONNECTION as a resource magazine and received tremendous response from our team members,” said Nicole Engelmann, CCMC vice president of corporate communications. “To be recognized in these awards alongside major national companies such as Dell, Nationwide Insurance and the Howard Hughes Corporate is a remarkable achievement for a first-time award entrant. Thank you to our team members across departments who have contributed to The CONNECTION and helped make this recognition possible.”

Read more about Ragan’s Employee Communications Awards.

About Ragan Communications

Ragan Communications operates two of the top news and information sites for the corporate communications and PR industries: Ragan.com and PRDaily.com. Together, these daily news sites attract more than 700,000 global visitors monthly. The Chicago-based company also covers the health care industry at HealthCareCommunication.com. Ragan is the leading provider of conferences and online training for PR, media relations and corporate communications professionals. The company also produces RaganTraining.com and PR Daily’s PR University, the industry’s leading video and online education portals.

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Katherine Erstad Presents at NAHB Conference in Las Vegas

Our lifestyle team members play an integral role in fulfilling our purpose of bringing people together in the neighborhoods where they live and in the offices where we work. Last week, one of our team members had the opportunity to take the national stage at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Showcase conference in Las Vegas.

Katherine Erstad, lifestyle director at Anthem Ranch in Broomfield, Colorado, presented “Lifestyle Directors: Your Community’s Most Powerful Marketing Tool” alongside Mike Aguilar from Toll Brothers and Alana Cobb from Bailey Harris. The 75-minute session focused on lifestyle in the active adult segment and highlighted qualities of a great lifestyle director, trends in the 55-and-over market, must-have amenities for active-adult communities and the impact lifestyle directors have on sales and marketing.

“I learned so much from the entire process,” Katherine said. “We started planning our panel early last fall and had several meetings to make sure our presentation was polished and full of valuable information for the audience. Being a speaker at IBS was an incredible opportunity to share what I’ve learned at CCMC and Anthem Ranch. I also left invigorated and filled with new ideas from the others.”

We’re proud of Katherine for representing CCMC so well on the national stage and grateful to NAHB for including CCMC and one of our team members in this annual event.

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Airess Eatmon Wins Lifestyle Director of the Year Award

Congratulations to Airess Eatmon, lifestyle director at Windsong Ranch in Prosper, Texas, for claiming the title of Lifestyle Director of the Year at the Nationals, the annual award program presented by the National Sales and Marketing Council, a council of the National Association of Home Builders. Airess was selected from five Silver Award finalists to receive this top honor at The Nationals Gala in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Airess’ biography in the gala program speaks to her commitment to CCMC’s vision, mission, purpose and commitment to lifestyle programming. “Creating memorable experiences, building the connections between neighbors and helping residents realize there is nowhere else they want to live, that is what it means to be the lifestyle director at Windsong Ranch,” it reads.

Airess joined CCMC in 2015 as lifestyle associate at Windsong Ranch; she was promoted to lifestyle director in November 2017. Her path to being a lifestyle director, however, may be different than most. As an educator for more than nine years, she served as the co-chair for school-sponsored events and an event committee member for local charities, such as Make-A-Wish.

She always had a desire to work in events, but it wasn’t until she moved into a neighborhood with lifestyle programming that her career goals and dreams changed. She learned firsthand how invaluable a lifestyle director can be in a homeowner’s life and made becoming a lifestyle director her career goal.

“We’re extremely proud of Airess for this much-deserved recognition,” said Central Division president Andy Babbitt. “Watching her live her dream and serve the residents of Windsong Ranch has been a pleasure. Her dedication to creating memorable experiences and building connections between residents is a testament to CCMC’s vision, mission and purpose and reinforces the value a strong lifestyle program adds to a community.”

In addition to Airess’ Gold Award win, Windsong Ranch also received Silver Awards for Best Lifestyle Annual Program and Master-Planned Community of the Year.

Several CCMC Team Members Earn Awards from CAI San Antonio

As America prepares to celebrate the best in movies and music with awards ceremonies this month, the San Antonio chapter of the Community Associations Institute recognized top achievements in community association management at its awards gala this past weekend. We’re proud to announce several CCMC team members were among those recognized.

Award recipients include:

  • Elizabeth Beers | Portfolio Manager, Central Division | President’s Award
  • Cassie Merrill | Community Manager, Cibolo Canyons | President’s Award
  • Neil Bresnahan | Community Manager, Hill Country Retreat | Dee McGee Manager of the Year Award
  • Candace Sparks | Community Manager, Valley Ranch San Antonio | Rising Star Manager Award
  • Brenda Tate | Community Manager, Stillwater Ranch | On-site Manager of the Year Award

Additionally, Neil accepted the Mega Community of the Year Award on behalf of Hill Country Retreat.

“Seeing five of our community managers recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to not only CCMC, but our industry as a whole, made for a special night,” said Central Division president Andy Babbitt. “Each of these managers have proven themselves leaders of both their communities and their teams. They’ve all earned this recognition, and I’m proud to serve alongside each of them in our efforts to build community by bringing people together in the neighborhoods where they live and in the offices where we work.”

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CCMC Serves Seven of the Nation’s Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities of 2018

Two leading real estate organizations have released their annual lists of the Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities, and we’re proud to serve seven of the featured communities.

The lists were compiled by RCLCO and John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

“When homebuyers choose to live in a particular neighborhood, they’re endorsing that community and taking pride in their new home,” said CEO D. J. Cole. “We’re excited for all those who have moved into the communities we serve to become involved and connect with their neighbors. As they settle in, we know they’ll find out what makes these neighborhoods, in particular, feel like home.” 

RCLCO’s 2018 list includes:

  • Inspirada | Las Vegas, NV (No. 9 | No. 8 in 2017)
  • Daybreak | South Jordan, UT (No. 12 | No. 19 in 2017)
  • Estrella | Goodyear, AZ (No. 17 | No. 30 in 2017)
  • Cadence | Las Vegas, NV (No. 20 | No. 22 in 2017)
  • Vistancia | Peoria, AZ (No. 26 | No. 20 in 2017)
  • Viridian | Arlington, TX (No. 37 | Not ranked in 2017)

John Burns’ 2018 list includes:

  • Inspirada | Las Vegas, NV (No. 9 | No. 8 in 2017)
  • Daybreak | South Jordan, UT (No. 13 | No. 20 in 2017)
  • Estrella | Goodyear, AZ (No. 17 | No. 30 in 2017)
  • Cadence | Las Vegas, NV (No. 19 | No. 23 in 2017)
  • Vistancia | Peoria, AZ (No. 27 | No. 21 in 2017)
  • Viridian | Arlington, TX (No. 42 | Not ranked in 2017)
  • Alamo Ranch | San Antonio, TX (No. 48 | No. 31 in 2017)

“Congratulations to the developers, homebuilders and team members in these communities,” D. J. said. “We’re proud of the great partnerships that have resulted in a true sense of community and a feeling of belonging in each of these top-selling neighborhoods.”

Read more about the RCLCO rankings.

Read more about the John Burns rankings.

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BackCountry, Anthem Ranch Honored with CAI Awards

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Community Associations Institute recently recognized the efforts of CCMC teams at BackCountry and Anthem Ranch with top awards. BackCountry was named Community of the Year, while Anthem Ranch earned the Outstanding Community Building prize.

Situated among the beautiful Colorado landscape in Highlands Ranch, BackCountry allows its residents an opportunity to connect with nature, as well as their neighbors. Miles of trails wind through the surrounding area, providing amazing experiences for hikers and bikers alike.

A thriving lifestyle program focuses around activity at the Sundial House, a world-class amenity center equipped with fitness rooms, a pool and an on-site pub. The community transitioned to homeowner control earlier this year and is nearing its buildout of 1,267 homes. The community is led by community manager Jeff Powles; Ben Smith serves as lifestyle director.

 

 

Anthem Ranch’s Outstanding Community Building award reflects the community’s commitment to building relationships and connections between its active adult residents. Set in the picturesque mountain landscapes of Broomfield, the community engages residents through a variety of events and programs. The 32,000-square-foot Aspen Lodge, the community’s amenity center, features facilities for swimming, exercising, relaxing and spending quality time with friends and neighbors.

Community manager Sue Santos leads operational efforts, while lifestyle director Katherine Erstad facilitates events, activities and programs.

The honor of BackCountry being named Community of the Year is a testament to this team’s commitment to CCMC’s vision of providing the absolute highest-quality service to residents in the communities we serve.

Anthem Ranch’s recognition with the Outstanding Community Building award also exemplifies the commitment of that community’s on-site team to fulfilling CCMC’s purpose of bringing people together in the neighborhoods where they live and in the offices where we work. This award recognizes a community association for outstanding demonstrations of community resourcefulness and enhancement and application of team members’ strengths.

“The efforts of our teams at BackCountry and Anthem Ranch continue to showcase what sets CCMC apart, and awards such as these are a testament to our philosophy of service,” said division president Delores Ferguson. “We couldn’t be more proud of these teams and thankful to CAI for continuing to recognize excellence in our communities.”

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Airess Eatmon, Windsong Ranch Named As Nationals Awards Finalists

A CCMC lifestyle director has been recognized as a Silver Award finalist for Lifestyle Director of the Year at the Nationals, the annual awards program presented by the National Sales and Marketing Council, a council of the National Association of Home Builders. 

Airess Eatmon, lifestyle director at Windsong Ranch in Prosper, Texas, is one of five recipients for the prestigious Silver Award. Silver Award winners are the top vote recipients in each category and finalists for the Gold Award. Winners will be announced at The Nationals Gala on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas. Airess joined CCMC in 2015 as lifestyle associate at Windsong Ranch; she was promoted to lifestyle director in November 2017.

In addition to Airess’s nomination, Windsong Ranch also received Silver Awards and will vie for Gold Awards in Best Lifestyle Annual Program and Master-Planned Community of the Year.

“Seeing Airess and the Windsong Ranch team recognized for their outstanding efforts to build community through service and lifestyle programming is amazing,” said Central Division president Andy Babbitt. “No matter what happens at February’s awards ceremony, we’re proud of what Airess and the rest of the team has accomplished and excited to see what comes next.”

Learn more about The Nationals awards program. 

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Neighbors Unite to Raise Funds for Local Cause

By serving communities, we serve the greater community. Our teams empower residents to give back to important causes close to their own hearts. At Power Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona, this manifests itself in the annual Quartermania fundraiser.

A partnership between the community association and the Association of Power Ranch Entrepreneurs (ASPiRE), the Quartermania auction raises funds for a local charity. This year, the event benefited House of Refuge, a faith-based organization in Mesa helping homeless families in crisis by providing transitional housing and supportive services.

Together, ASPiRE, the on-site team and Power Ranch homeowners raised $12,635.97 – exceeding this year’s goal of $11,000. These funds allowed the Power Ranch Community Association to adopt a House of Refuge home for one year. This adoption includes safe housing, utilities, monthly food boxes, community center access, financial literacy programs, comprehensive support services and more.

Last month, members of the Power Ranch Board of Directors, on-site CCMC team and ASPiRE presented a check to House of Refuge. A plaque recognizing the community’s contribution now hangs on one of the organization’s 88 transitional homes. 

“We set a high bar for Quartermania this year, and our community came together to shatter expectations,” said Rebecca Hill, lifestyle director at Power Ranch. “We’re grateful to everyone who helped make this possible and excited to see how our contribution enables House of Refuge to serve those in need in our community.”

Learn more about House of Refuge

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CCMC Named Management Company for Del Webb at Union Park

CCMC is pleased to announce that our relationship with PulteGroup continues to grow. “We have recently completed our consulting services for Del Webb at Union Park and will begin providing community management services to this active adult community,” explains central division president Andy Babbitt. “Featuring signature Del Webb amenities and fraternal lifestyle programming, this community is the perfect fit for CCMC.” 

Located in the Dallas suburb of Little Elm and situated within the master-planned community of Union Park, Del Webb at Union Park will grow to approximately 600 homes. It will feature amenities that are designed to encourage an active and engaged lifestyle. Our relationship with this developer began more than a decade ago and this will be our fifth active adult Del Webb project. The others include: The Village at Frisco Lakes (since 2006), Hill Country Retreat (since 2007), Del Webb Sweetgrass (since 2010) and Del Webb The Woodlands (since 2016).

PulteGroup has been delivering the American Dream of homeownership to families for more than 60 years. What started as a single home, built and sold by company founder Bill Pulte, has grown into a multi-brand homebuilding company with the ability to serve customers in all phases of life. Today, PulteGroup operates in approximately 50 markets throughout the country. 

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Debra Wyatte Appointed to ULI Health Leaders Network

The Urban Land Institute’s Health Leaders Network empowers real estate and land use professionals to improve health outcomes in their professional practice and communities. We’re proud to announce the appointment of Debra Wyatte, vice president of lifestyle services for our Central and Eastern divisions, to the program’s second panel.

Debra is one of 26 professionals representing real estate development, planning, design, engineering, finance and health from across the country to serve. Fellow panel members include representatives from the New York University Stern School of Business, Fannie Mae and Tennessee Department of Health, among others.

As part of the program, Debra will attend an introductory forum during ULI’s Fall Meeting in Boston; participate in a series of webinars instructed by leaders in land use in health; work in small groups on issue briefs; and participate in a final forum in spring 2019.

“Debra’s appointment to this national panel is a testament to her hard work and dedication to the communities we serve, as well as the greater community,” said Central Division president Andy Babbitt. “We’re proud to see CCMC recognized alongside leaders in the land use space and even more proud of Debra for taking this initiative to give back in such an honorable way. We look forward to seeing what this group is able to accomplish and what role Debra and CCMC can play in making this vision a reality.”

Learn more about ULI’s Health Leaders Network.

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