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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.