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.”
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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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CCMC is pleased to announce that its relationship with Harvard Investments is expanding, once again. “We are so pleased to watch our partnership with Harvard Investments grow, as we have just signed a consulting services agreement on their latest project, Verde Trails, in Avondale,” explains Western division president Delores Ferguson. The first homes are expected to be built in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Verde Trails will eventually grow to 865 households. Residents will enjoy a large, central four-acre park, pocket parks and an extensive trail system. This will be our fifth project with Harvard. We have also provided consulting services for Gregg Ranch in Marble Falls, Texas and currently provide management services to Mariposa in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Cadence at Gateway in Mesa, Arizona. Next month, we will begin managing Rancho El Dorado in Maricopa, Arizona.
Harvard Investments is a 100-year-old real estate investment and development company with holdings throughout Arizona, Colorado and Texas. Combining experience, integrity and financial stability, Harvard is known for creating high-quality, environmentally-sensitive communities, featuring thoughtfully-designed settings that promote community connections. Its planning philosophy emphasizes character of design and legacy building for all future residents. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Harvard Investments is the United States investment and development arm of the Hill Companies – the oldest land development company in Canada. To learn more about Harvard Investments, click here.
CCMC is pleased to announce our relationship with DR Horton-San Antonio continues to grow. We have successfully transitioned our consulting agreement for Copper Canyon to management. Our services will begin November 1.
Copper Canyon is located just south of Bulverde, minutes north of 1604 and east of 281. The community is planned for approximately 1,250 single-family homes. It will have an amenity center, pool, neighborhood parks and miles of trails. You can learn more about Copper Canyon at http://www.drhorton.com/Texas/San-Antonio/San-Antonio/Copper-Canyon.
This is the third DR Horton-San Antonio community we serve. The other two are Valley Ranch San Antonio (2016) and Whisper Falls (2018). CCMC also serves DR Horton’s Saguaro Bloom community in Marana, Arizona.
Our relationship with DR Horton in San Antonio began two years ago, when we began providing management services to Valley Ranch San Antonio. Under the leadership of community manager Candace Sparks and lifestyle director Austin Denson, Valley Ranch San Antonio has flourished in its early stages. “The work of Candace’s team at Valley Ranch San Antonio has demonstrated the CCMC’s difference to DR Horton in the San Antonio market,” said division president Andy Babbitt. “We’re excited to see the relationship between CCMC and DR Horton continues to grow as we partner with this client to help bring their vision for new communities to life.”
About DR Horton: Over 35 years ago, Donald R. Horton has a vision to offer quality, livable and affordable homes that families would passed down to future generations. Since then, the company has grown from a local to homebuilder, to a regional to homebuilder, to the largest homebuilder in the United States. To learn more, visit www.drhorton.com.