Family fun. Community partnerships. Human connections. You’ll find it all at the Marana Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 25 from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Marana Heritage River Park. The event, which is a collaboration between the Town of Marana and the Gladden Farms Community Association (managed by CCMC), is completely free of charge and will feature rodeo demonstrations, live music, farmers market, petting zoo, steak fry, s’more roast, rock walls, and after-dark hot air balloon glow! To learn more, CLICK HERE to watch the news clip from KGUN 9 Morning Blend, featuring CCMC community manager Kristina Allen.
Meeting needs. Finding solutions. Demonstrating heart. That’s what CCMC is all about! So it comes as no surprise that two CCMC community managers were recently recognized by the Arizona Association of Community Managers (AACM) at the Guiding Excellence in Management (GEM) Awards ceremony. Designed to highlight the individual efforts of CAAM®-certified managers, GEM Award winners and nominees represent the high standards of both their company and the communities they serve. “CCMC is delighted to have our managers recognized in this way,” explains division president Delores Ferguson, “They represent our firm’s commitment to excellence and our collective purpose of creating experiences that connect people.”
This year, AACM’s “Manager of the Year” GEM was awarded to Bill Overton. Bill joined CCMC in 2002. As the community manager for the exclusive golf community of Desert Mountain in Carefree, Arizona, Bill is always looking for new ways to enhance service and improve amenities. So three years ago, when his homeowners presented the idea of constructing 15 miles of private hiking trails throughout the association’s common area, he agreed to investigate. This month, five different trails of varying degrees of difficulty, all interlinked to one central trail spine, opened for the enjoyment of 2,000+ residents and their guests. No small feat, considering nearly $420,000 in private donations needed to be raised to complete the project. Ultimately, this new amenity will help attract new members and increase community value. “Everyone doing their respective jobs well along the way leads to this type of team success. Our team has made an achievement like this possible for Desert Mountain. In my mind, I am just accepting this award on behalf of the entire team. Thank you for everything you do to make CCMC the greatest management company in the industry, and for helping the onsite Desert Mountain Team effectively serve the Desert Mountain Community,” says Bill.
This year, CCMC also took home the AACM “Humanitarian of the Year” GEM. This GEM was awarded to Marsha Hove, who joined the CCMC team in 2009. She currently serves as the community manager for Aviano in Phoenix. Under her leadership, the Aviano community has hosted an annual fundraising event called The Baehr Challenge for the past three years. Designed to build awareness of the importance of physical fitness as a treatment for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, this event includes a silent auction, entertainment and 5K obstacle course. Monies raised are donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Marsha has successfully rallied residents, team members and community partners to volunteer their time, participate in the event, and support this important cause. In 2013, approximately $11,000 was raised by 375 participants. This year, participation jumped to 500 and donations increased to $15,000. Bill Overton explained it best when he said, “It was a huge honor to stand with Marsha Hove and represent CCMC yesterday, as GEM Award winners. Major kudos to Marsha, who has grown so much in her time with CCMC and has blossomed into an exceptional manager, public speaker, and leader.”
Congratulations to our CCMC GEMs!
CCMC has been named the community management firm for Inspiration Colorado. Developed by Wheelock Street Capital, Inspiration Colorado is a metropolitan district near Denver. With beautiful space defined by nature, this community will feature breathtaking mountain views, 485 acres of open space, and more than 12 miles of hiking and biking trails. Located just minutes from the Denver Tech Center, Inspiration will include both multi-generational and age-qualified neighborhoods. It currently has 225 households, but will eventually grow to 1,700. Residents can expect an innovative assortment of amenities and lifestyle programs.
“Our work at Anthem Highlands and Ranch has proven our abilities to Wheelock. Our relationship with this client is based on a solid foundation of performance and trust,” explains division president Delores Ferguson. “We are very pleased they have asked us to manage this new project.” Our services will begin on October 1, 2014.
Wheelock Street Capital is a private real estate investment firm, founded in 2008. Its asset classes include hospitality, residential land and home building, and other opportunistic investments.
CCMC has been named the community management firm for Vizcaya. Developed by Taylor Morrison, Vizcaya is a new, 477-acre, master-planned community near Austin, Texas. Eventually, the project will include 1,200 homes, ranging from 1,500 to 4,400 square-feet. Designed to welcome all generations of homeowners, the community design includes active adult and family neighborhoods. “No matter what your life stage, this community truly represents a fresh approach to active living,” explains division president Todd Davidson. “Grandparents can live in neighborhoods built especially for them; while kids and grandkids can live just down the road.”
Vizcaya will offer many lifestyle amenities including a large pool, clubhouse, fitness center, playground, and walking trails. Its ideal location makes Vizcaya convenient to medical facilities, shopping, restaurants, transportation and downtown Austin. A CCMC lifestyle director will be hired by November 2014, just before first homeowners are expected to arrive. Read more
CCMC has been selected by Freehold Communities to provide pre-development consulting services for three of its new Vital Communities™. With an emphasis on healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship, and design; these communities will boost unique amenities and a shared energy that brings neighbors together to make life better. These three projects include two near Austin, plus a third near Nashville Tennessee. “This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate the CCMC difference in an entirely new market,” explains division president Todd Davidson. “We are thrilled to begin doing business in Nashville — but even more thrilled to be doing it with a client that is so closely aligned with our own purpose.”
Highland Meadows is located in the Austin suburb of Liberty Hill, between the north and south forks of the San Gabriel River. An outdoor lover’s paradise, this neighborhood offers breathtaking views of sunsets and wildflowers, across 248 acres of Texas Hill Country. Highland Meadows will eventually include 695 households, walking trails, playgrounds, neighborhood parks, and community pool.
Headwaters is located in Dripping Springs, just 30 minutes from downtown Austin. Neighbors will enjoy 1,500 acres connected by walking trails along the scenic Barton Creek, multiple parks, open lawns and picnic areas. The community will ultimately include 1,000 households and a community recreation center with a resort-style pool, water playscape and gardens.
Durham Farms is located in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville. With a relaxed, small-town vibe, this neighborhood will include 1,100 households and feature quiet, tree-lined streets, generous green space, front porches, playgrounds, neighborhood parks, walking trails, and community pool.
Freehold Communities is currently developing approximately 8,000 residential lots in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida. The company creates Vital Communities™ that embrace healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts; Freehold also has offices in St. Augustine, Florida and Austin, Texas.
Estrella by Newland Communities will host “The Moving Wall™,” a half-size traveling replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial beginning at noon on October 2 through noon on October 6 and is free to all attending. The Wall will be open 24 hours a day, with volunteers stationed at The Wall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to assist guests in finding names. The monument was created by John Devitt, Norris Shears, Gary Haver and other Vietnam veterans to share the powerful experience of visiting the memorial with those who may never have an opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. Standing six-feet tall and 252-feet long, The Wall’s memorial site will encompass approximately half an acre of land just to the west of Starpointe Residents Club at 17665 W. Elliot Rd in Estrella.
Specifically, designed to honor the 2.7 million men and women who served in the U.S. Military in Vietnam, The Wall contains approximately 58,283 names – 1,300 of those are still unaccounted for prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA). Volunteers will be reciting these names over a P.A. system 24 hours a day, for the duration of the exhibit.
Over the past two years, the CCMC team at Estrella has worked with residents, Newland Communities and the City of Goodyear to realize the dream of bringing The Moving Wall to Estrella. The team’s goal is to create experiences that connect people, turn neighbors into friends and demonstrate the power of community. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.lifeinestrella.com. To make a donation, please contact The Moving Wall Foundation at (906) 885-5599. CLICK HERE to read more.
CCMC is pleased to announce the promotion of Debra Campbell to vice president. A proven leader, Debra brings sixteen years of CCMC history and experience to her new role. “Debra knows how to build and develop effective teams,” explains division president Todd Davidson, “She understands the CCMC way of conducting business and is passionate about growing others in their personal appreciation of our philosophy.” In her new role, Debra will be responsible for equipping several Dallas-area CCMC teams to deliver the highest-quality service in the industry; while creating experiences that connect people.
Debra joined CCMC in 1998. Most recently, she served as community manager for Johnson Ranch in Queen Creek, Arizona. Under her leadership, this mixed-use, master-plan grew from 2,800 to 5,760 households; and successfully transitioned from developer to homeowner control. Impressively, she implemented several solutions which allowed the association to improve cash flow and increase the reserve fund balance despite a market downturn and significant foreclosures and short sales. Previously, Debra served as community manager for a 1,671-home active-adult community in Gold Canyon, Arizona. She has also served as an executive, overseeing multi-family and commercial projects. Debra holds her Certified Arizona Association Manager (CAAM) designation from the Arizona Association of Community Managers (AACM), and Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). “I am honored by this new opportunity and look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion with our team, as we strive to find new ways to say ‘yes’ to our customers and exceed their expectations,” she says. Debra will assume her new role on September 22, 2014.
CCMC is proud to announce that vice president Jenna Perkins has been selected to serve on the 2015 board of directors for the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Central Arizona Chapter. “Serving in this capacity is a testament to Jenna’s commitment to our industry. Her character and professionalism will have an extremely positive effect on this important organization,” says division president Delores Ferguson.
Officers will be elected at the 2014 chapter annual luncheon on December 9. Jenna will begin her service in January 2015. “I am honored to be chosen for this high-profile role, and look forward to serving my industry and my colleagues in an entirely new way,” 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. The Central Arizona Chapter is one of nearly 60 chapters worldwide that administers a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of its members.
CCMC has recently entered into an agreement with Crescent Bay Holdings to provide pre-development consulting services for its project in the city of North Las Vegas named Park Highlands East. The 1,765-acre master-planned community will eventually include 10,000 households with a park system that includes regional sports fields, schools, library, commercial space, and nature preserve. It is the largest master-planned community in North Las Vegas and one of the largest in the greater Las Vegas Valley. Construction will begin in 2015 with first home sales anticipated in 2016.
“Park Highlands is one of the few remaining large-scale opportunities in this market,” explains division president Tony Ledvina. “This project has come to represent economic hope and stability for the city of North Las Vegas. CCMC is honored to partner with Crescent Bay Holdings on this significant project.”
Crescent Bay Holdings is a multi-disciplined real estate investment and development firm, focused on the Southwestern United States. The firm’s principals possess nearly 50 years and more than $1 billion of real estate transaction experience. This includes the acquisition, entitlement, development, and asset management of land, multi-family, office, hospitality, and mixed-use projects. The firm actively seeks to acquire and develop residential and commercial land in the Southwestern United States.
CCMC has been named the community management firm for The Lakes at Centerra, a lakeside retreat surrounded by the natural beauty of the Front Range. With 275 acres of protected wetlands, connected by a vast network of trails, this neighborhood will offer outstanding recreational experiences. Developed by McWhinney, this neighborhood will eventually include 791 households and is conveniently located within the award-winning mixed-use master plan of Centerra. “Our exceptional work at Anthem, Colorado opened the door to this new business, proving that our dedicated team members are instrumental in growing our firm” explains division president Delores Ferguson. Our service will begin on August 1, 2014.
Planned with partnerships in mind, The Lakes at Centerra will directly connect with a future K-8 grade school. Students will benefit from many outdoor learning opportunities within High Plains Environmental Center. The private Lake Club will include an outdoor swimming pool, fireplace, barbecues, and playground. A full-time lifestyle director will offer a robust calendar of engagement opportunities for all ages.
Founded in 1991, McWhinney is an independent, full-service real estate development, investment and management company. Comprised of a team of more than 80 talented associates, the company is passionate about creating great places for people.