Four CCMC Community Managers Earn GEM Awards from AACM

The Arizona Association of Community Managers (AACM) presented its annual Guided Excellence in Management (GEM) Awards at a banquet earlier this month. We’re proud to announce four of our community managers were recognized for their contributions to the industry. 

2019 GEM Award winners included: 

 

  • Kristina Allen | Gladden Farms | Marana, AZ | Spirit Award
  • Holly Aguilar | Windgate Ranch | Scottsdale, AZ | Community Impact Award
  • Michael Fee | Grayhawk | Scottsdale, AZ | Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Meghann Hill | Plaza Lofts | Scottsdale, AZ | Rising GEM – Condominium

Congratulations also to Desert Mountain community manager Jacob Marshall, who was a finalist for Manager of the Year, and Power Ranch operations manager Jennifer Campbell, who received her CAAM certification.

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Delores Ferguson Elected to Serve on Community Association Managers Council

CCMC is proud to announce that Western Division president Delores Ferguson has been elected to serve on the 2020 Community Association Managers Council for Community Associations Institute (CAI). “Serving in this capacity is a testament to Delores’s commitment to our industry. Her character and professionalism will have an extremely positive effect on this important organization,” says COO and president Todd Davidson.

The Community Association Managers Council represents all CAI community association manager members. The Board consists of twelve members and provides input on policy matters to the CAI Board of Trustees. Additionally, the Council serves as a key resource to staff, as they make recommendations on education curriculum, designations, and best practices, as well as help to identify what is of value to manager members.

Delores will begin her two-year term in January 2020. “It is truly a privilege to serve the community management industry on a national level. I am looking forward to working with my fellow Council Members to help managers across the country become stronger, more well-rounded and more strategic leaders in their communities,” she says.

CAI provides education and information to community associations and the professionals who support them. The organization’s mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, responsible citizenship, and legislative advocacy. Learn more.

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Six CCMC Communities Featured on RCLCO Mid-Year Top-Selling Communities List

Home sales at the nation’s 50 top-selling master-planned communities continue to rise, exceeding expectations and averaging 3% growth over last year, according to RCLCO Real Estate Advisors. We’re pleased to announce six communities served by CCMC are included on RCLCO’s mid-year top 50 list.

Featured communities include:

  • Daybreak | South Jordan, Utah | No. 10
  • Inspirada | Henderson, Nevada | No. 12
  • Cadence | Las Vegas, Nevada | No. 14
  • Estrella | Goodyear, Arizona | No. 28
  • Vistancia | Peoria, Arizona | No. 29
  • Towne Lake | Cypress, Texas | No. 33

“We’re proud to serve each of the six featured communities, as well as others across the country,” said Chairman and CEO D. J. Cole. “Our focus remains on providing the highest quality of service possible and creating experiences that connect people. By doing so, we help showcase what makes each of these communities feel like home.”

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Megan Conklin Named Lifestyle Director of the Year at Silver Nugget Awards

Congratulations to Megan Conklin, lifestyle director at Inspirada in Henderson, Nevada, for being named Lifestyle Director of the Year at the 2019 Silver Nugget Awards, hosted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association.

Megan joined CCMC in 2016. This is the first year the Silver Nugget Awards have featured the Lifestyle Director of the Year category.

“Congratulations to Megan for this much-deserved recognition,” said Debra Wyatte, vice president of Lifestyle Services. “She has proven herself a valued partner with the builders at Inspirada, and the community has embraced the spirit of lifestyle she fosters in the community. Being the inaugural Lifestyle Director of the Year is an accomplishment, and this award gives Megan and our other Las Vegas lifestyle directors something to strive for in the future.”

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Daybreak Named ‘Masterplan Community of the Year’ by Pacific Coast Builders Conference

The Pacific Coast Builders Conference hosted its annual Golden Nugget Awards ceremony last week, and we’re pleased to announce the judging committee named Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah, as “Masterplan Community of the Year.”

The annual awards competition drew more than 600 U.S. and international entries. Judges selected merits winners in more than 50 categories. The Golden Nugget Awards recognize those who improve communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.

In addition to Daybreak, Headwaters in Dripping Springs, Texas, earned top honors for Best Community Land Plan.

“Daybreak continues to raise the bar for master-planned communities,” said Mountain Division president Tony Ledvina. “This award recognizes the efforts of Daybreak Communities, community leadership and the on-site management team to build on a reputation of excellence in the community. We’re proud to serve this community and grateful to the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for the recognition.”

Learn more about the 2019 Golden Nugget Awards.

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Home Builders Association of Austin Names Candice Roy Lifestyle Director of the Year

Congratulations to Candice Roy, lifestyle director at Travisso in Leander, Texas, for being named the 2018 Lifestyle Director of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Austin. The HBA chapter hosted its annual MAX Awards ceremony this past weekend.

In addition to Candice’s recognition, Travisso also placed as a finalist for Best Design for a Community, Lifestyle Program and Master-Planned Community of the Year.

Bryson, also located in Leander, claimed top honors for Best Design for a Community and placed as a finalist for Lifestyle Program and Master-Planned Community of the Year.

The Lodge at Heritage at Vizcaya, located in Round Rock, earned honors as a finalist for Amenity of the Year.

“Congratulations to Candice, who is more than deserving of this recognition, and the teams at Travisso, Bryson and Heritage at Vizcaya, too,” said division president Andy Babbitt. “Being recognized by the Home Builders Association of Austin is a great achievement, and we appreciate having the opportunity to serve these and many other amazing communities in the Austin area.”

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WaterColor, Florida, Book Club Gives Back to Hurricane-Affected Students

Six months have passed since Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle of Florida. The violent storm impacted the Gulf Coast less than two weeks before WaterColor’s annual homeowner meeting. The Santa Rosa Beach community’s Board unanimously agreed to cut back on meeting expenses so the Association could make a donation toward relief efforts. 

Representing the community association, members of the WaterColor Book Club recently presented a check for $12,882 to the Bay County School System. The donation will assist with the purchase of classroom technology items and classroom rugs at Cedar Grove Elementary School. The donation will also help provide some fun for the students, who have been through so much, by funding a field trip to Shipwreck Island Water Park.

The Association’s donation is in addition to the $8,307 in donations already made by members of the WaterColor Book Club. Since November of last year, less than a month after the hurricane hit, the WaterColor Book Club has been working closely with Cedar Grove Elementary, which had taken in students from the heavily damaged Springfield Elementary, creating “Cedarfield” Elementary.

The WaterColor Book Club established the Adopt-a-Class program, which is chaired by homeowner Jamie Williamson. During the next six months, the book club visited the school monthly and supplied each second grader at Cedarfield (90 students in all) with school supplies, books and special gifts. Supplies were also provided to the teachers. Members visited classrooms to read, play games, create reading challenges and offer love and support to the children of the Title I school.

The book club selected second graders for a very specific reason. They wanted to make sure the students had all the extra help they could get at this important time in their education, regardless of time lost in school as a result of the hurricane.

“The idea was to focus on second graders because in the second grade students ‘learn to read.’ And, in the third grade, students ‘read to learn.’ Not being able to read at grade level at the third grade sets students back for their entire program of education. It sets them up to fail, or in the least, be a lower achiever than they would be if they had strong reading skills,” Williamson said. 

On behalf of the students and teachers, principal Sheila Wojnowski said the WaterColor community and its Book Club have gone above and beyond other donors to the school because they have not only provided much needed supplies but also their love and personal attention to the students.

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Province Community Manager Helps Resident Secure AACM Hope Grant

After receiving a late fee on her fourth-quarter 2018 assessments, a Province homeowner reached out to community manager Debbie Harper. Doctors recommended the 75-year-old undergo hip replacement surgery, forcing her to take time off from her job and leaving her with limited income.

For Debbie, such a call wasn’t completely unexpected.

“I looked at it as an opportunity,” she said. “When I talk to my homeowners, they always have a story to tell. And, being in an active-adult community, it usually has to do with someone close to them battling illness. I always try to find a way to help.”

In this particular instance, Debbie knew just how to handle the situation. Debbie serves on the Homeowners Outreach Program Enterprise (HOPE) Grant Committee of the Arizona Association of Community Managers. This committee reviews applications from homeowners living in community associations who are unable to pay their assessments for one of three specific reasons: treatment of a severe health problem, a death in the family resulting in financial loss, or financial hardship due to being called to full-time active duty for one or more years by the Arizona National Guard or other Reserve unit.

Debbie reached out to the resident to verify she met the grant’s other criteria: the owner must reside in the home, be in good standing with the association and be current on assessments for at least one year prior to the qualifying event. Upon verifying this information, Debbie set out to help, reaching out to the AACM committee for an application on behalf of her resident.

The committee pre-qualified the woman for a grant, and Debbie provided additional information on behalf of the community association. Debbie was absent from the meeting when the committee voted, but her request received approval for not only the fourth-quarter 2018 assessments but also the first quarter of 2019.

The HOPE Grant only covers assessments, not late fees or other fines that have been incurred. To assist even further, Debbie worked with the Province Board of Directors to waive the resident’s late fees.

“It’s heartwarming,” Debbie said of being able to support a resident in need. “It’s a win for everyone. The resident receives the help they need, the association receives its money and AACM is able to give back to a resident in need.”

Funding for HOPE Grants comes from AACM’s annual charity golf fundraiser. The amount of grants awarded each year varies, but Debbie said it has been between five and 12 each year she has served on the committee.

Learn more about the AACM HOPE Grant Program.

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CAI Nevada Recognizes CCMC Team Members with Awards

The Nevada chapter of the Community Associations Institute recently recognized the best of the best in community association management, and we’re proud to have three CCMC team members among this year’s award recipients.

Award recipients include:

  • Sharon Bolinger | Community Manager, Red Rock Country Club | 2018 Southern Nevada On-Site Manager of the Year and Golden Star Award
  • Julie Nagy | Community Manager, V at Lake Las Vegas | Association Management Specialist Manager of the Year
  • Garrett Roberts | Facilities Director | Providence | Ambassador of the Year

“Each of these team members represents CCMC and our commitment to exceeding expectations with Boards and residents in the communities we serve,” said Mountain Division president Tony Ledvina. “Seeing them recognized for their efforts brings a smile to my face. I’m proud to work alongside such dedicated and compassionate servant leaders.” 

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CCMC Earns Spot on Best Place to Work List and Celebrates our Top Ranking Arizona Communities

Publisher AZ Big Media recently released the results of the 2019 Ranking Arizona Survey, which recognizes the top Arizona businesses in a variety of categories. CCMC, for the very first time, ranked among Arizona’s Best Place to Work; while no less than 12 of the communities we serve were recognized as Arizona’s best Master-Planned Communities.

Vistancia in Peoria maintained its place atop the list of Master-Planned Communities (2,501 Homes or More), which it has held for several years. The announcement read, “Set among the stunning backdrop of mountain ranges with views of the natural Sonoran Desert, Vistancia offers some of the best in new home options and community living.”

All CCMC-served communities placing in this category’s top 10 include:

  • 1 | Vistancia | Peoria (client since 2004)
  • 2 | Morrison Ranch | Gilbert (client since 2004)
  • 3 | Estrella | Goodyear (client since 2000)
  • 4 | Power Ranch | Gilbert (client since 2000)
  • 5 | Grayhawk | Scottsdale (client since 1997)
  • 6 | Las Sendas | Mesa (client since 2018)

Unranked in 2018, Ironwood Crossing in Queen Creek claimed the top spot in the Master-Planned Communities (2,500 Homes or Fewer) category. “Lush landscape creates the perfect backdrop to bring a sense of community alive. Whether a new family or newly retired, Ironwood Crossing has something to offer everyone,” the announcement read.

All CCMC-served communities placing in this category’s top 10 include:

  • 1 | Ironwood Crossing | Queen Creek (client since 2016)
  • 3 | Terravita | Scottsdale (client since 2000)
  • 4 | Mountain Bridge | Mesa (client since 2013)
  • 6 | Fulton Ranch | Chandler (client since 2016)
  • 8 | Spectrum at Val Vista | Gilbert (client since 2003)
  • 9 | Desert Mountain | Scottsdale (client since 1985)

“We are extremely proud to see so many of the Arizona communities we serve included in this year’s Ranking Arizona Survey,” said Todd Davidson, COO and president of client fulfillment. “This accomplishment – 12 communities represented overall and the top spot in each Master-Planned Communities category – is truly remarkable and is a testament to the commitment of the teams in these communities to our purpose of bringing people together in the neighborhoods where they live and in the offices where we work. Thank you to everyone who voted for CCMC and these amazing communities in this year’s Ranking Arizona Survey; we appreciate your continued support.”

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