CCMC is proud to announce that vice president Andy Babbitt has been selected to serve on the Northern Suburban Member Council for Urban Land Institute (ULI) Austin, a multi-discipline real estate forum dedicated to creating and sustaining thriving communities through the responsible use of land. ULI is recognized as one of the world’s most respected sources of information regarding urban planning, growth and development. On the Northern Suburban Member Council, Andy will work alongside leader from across the fields of real estate and land use policy to exchange best practices and serve community need in Central Texas. “This is quite an honor for Andy and CCMC alike,” explains division president Todd Davidson. “Andy has clearly established the CCMC brand in Austin and continues to demonstrate the value of our service product to our local clients and partners.”
Local Member Councils are a mission-focused way of bringing together ULI members to make a positive impact on our communities and benefit local members. These Councils offer local industry leaders various opportunities to exchange information and share best practices. Council Members play a critical role in building communities, developing neighborhoods, bringing residential and recreation spaces to life, and designing facilities that are sustainable environments. This includes presenting, advising, publishing, educating, researching and serving.
Want to encourage residents to be more healthy and active? Why not organize cooking classes, outdoor activities or a 5K run? These and other lifestyle programs can make it easy for neighbors to get off the couch and on their way to healthy living. Read more ideas in this article, featuring an overview of Durham Farms by Freehold Communities and tips from vice president of lifestyle services, Debra Wyatte.
Educating homeowners. Successful problem solving. Overcoming adversity. Contributing to the local community. Community management excellence. That’s what CCMC is all about! Just ask the CCMC team at Hill Country Retreat, Texas. They represent these values in everything they do. No wonder their community was named Mega Community of the Year by the San Antonio Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI). “Our CCMC management team at Hill Country Retreat, led by community manager Neil Bresnahan, is dedicated to providing only the very best service to their members,” explains CCMC vice president Andy Babbitt, “Day after day, they operate with meticulous care and a personal touch that consistently sets their community apart.” Congratulations to Neil and his entire team, including Angel Perez, Anne Van Breedam, Barbara Kill, Becky Boss, Betty Naquin, Beverly Johnston, Birgit Anderson, Carolyn Milligan, Jorge Olguin, Joy Merrill, Lacey Beer and Sue Andriola. “The success of our Hill Country Retreat team would not be possible without the dedicated community leaders who serve on our board of directors and on community committees,” adds Andy. “It is our privilege to be involved with this exceptional community.”
In addition to this community award, Neil was named Community Manager of the Year. “It is extremely rewarding to be honored in this way,” explains Neil. “Personal recognition such as this is truly a testament to CCMC and the effectiveness of our unique brand of community management.”
Since January 2014, CCMC has experienced tremendous growth in our Central Division, fueled primarily by growth in the Texas markets of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. “Over the past three years, our growth in Texas has been incredible,” explains CEO D. J. Cole. “This is the direct result of our loyal client base, strong reputation, and the exceptional service delivered by all our teams across the country. After careful analysis of our growth in Texas, as well as our client’s needs in Florida, CCMC has made the strategic decision to build a fourth division into our organizational structure. This addition will ultimately allow our company to continue providing the best possible service to our clients as we experience growth in Texas, Florida and South Carolina.” The Eastern Division office will be located in the Orlando area and is expected to be fully operational by December 1, 2017.
CCMC has named Joe Cook Eastern Division president. Like many other members of CCMC’s leadership team, Joe has worked his way up through our organization over time. Since 2013, he has served as vice president overseeing all Houston area operations. Joe will begin learning his new role once his successor in Houston has been trained. This is expected to be complete by the end of June. Joe will relocate to Florida immediately afterwards. Pat Wasson will continue to operate as vice president, reporting directly to Joe. Todd Davidson will continue to lead our Central Division, including all CCMC operations in Texas, Tennessee and Southern California.
Joe’s CCMC story began more than 15 years ago when he joined our team as a club manager in Florida. He was later promoted to community manager for Hill Country Retreat, before being named vice president in 2011. Joe holds several professional designations, including his Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM), Association Management Specialist (AMS), and Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA). “Developing lasting, personal relationships with team members and clients is second nature to Joe,” explains Todd. “As vice president, he has proven his ability to grow new business by establishing trust and delivering a high-quality service product. This made him the obvious choice to become our new Eastern Division president.”
With Joe’s departure from Houston, comes the arrival of Cindy Spillane. In her new role as vice president, Cindy will be responsible for providing leadership and oversight to all CCMC communities and clients in the Houston area. Since 2011, Cindy has served as our community manager for Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah. She brings 23 years of industry experience to her new role. Like Joe, her CCMC story began more than 15 years ago when she joined CCMC as the community services manager at Celebration, Florida. Since then, she has served as community manager for two other CCMC communities in Arizona and been honored with several industry credentials, including the coveted PCAM designation from Community Associations Institute (CAI). “A CCMC leader, Cindy knows our service product, embraces our philosophy, and can propagate our culture,” says Western Division president Delores Ferguson. “These qualities will make her incredibly successful in her new role.” Cindy will begin transitioning to her new role in this spring, with her relocation to Houston scheduled for May 2017. She will assume full responsibility for our Houston operations by July 2017.
“CCMC is committed to the constant analysis of our growth and structure,” says D. J. “We are confident these changes will allow us to stay more connected to our clients, while providing more professional growth opportunities for our team members. Please join me in congratulating Joe and Cindy on their new roles.”
At CCMC, we love it when our communities shine! So, we were particularly pleased to see RCLCO’s list of the 50 top-selling master-planned communities of 2016, featuring no less than eight CCMC-managed communities. Coincidence? We’ll let you be the judge. In the meantime, we’d like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to all our top-selling master-planned communities. We truly admire your CCMC style.
CCMC is pleased to announce the promotion of Alyssa Wilson to director of lifestyle services for the central division. In her new role, Alyssa will serve as a resource and liaison to all CCMC lifestyle team members and clients throughout Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and California. She will partner with vice president of lifestyle services, Debra Wyatte, to create more avenues for learning and connection for the CCMC lifestyle team, so they may grow together and enhance our delivery of this unique service product. Her expected start date is April 3, 2017. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to empower and equip our lifestyle team members with new tools for creating and engaging their communities,” she explains. “Together, we will promote the CCMC culture by cultivating an environment where creativity and positivity are encouraged and rewarded.”
Alyssa was born and raised in the small coastal town of Rockport, Texas. She joined CCMC in 2013 as the lifestyle director for Towne Lake, Texas. During her tenure, she partnered with residents to launch a robust calendar of events, programs, classes and clubs, created a dynamic community communications infrastructure, led her team in the successful opening and operation of the Lake House and nurtured a vast network of like-minded partners. Previously, Alyssa was the events & marketing manager for the Houston Northwest Chamber. There she was responsible for planning and executing large fundraising events, outdoor community events and monthly networking opportunities. “Alyssa’s passion for CCMC lifestyle shows in everything she does,” explains Debra. “Whether it’s connecting with her peers, or training new team members, her energy is contagious. We are excited to watch her embrace this new role.”
Alyssa graduated from Texas A&M University in 2010 with a degree in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Sciences, specializing in Tourism and Event Planning. While in school, Alyssa was recognized for her leadership and service. She received the Michael Schmidt Award, Harold W. Gaines Excellent Service Award and completed an advanced leadership program.
The National Association of Home Builder’s National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC) recently announced Silver Award Winners for The Nationals new home sales and marketing awards. Among the winners was CCMC-managed Windsong Ranch, TX, receiving 2017 Silver Award honors in the following categories:
Master-Planned Community of the Year (third year in a row)
Best Landscape Design Master Planned Community (second year in a row)
Best Computer Generated Sales Tool
Best Signage (third year in a row)
This makes Windsong Ranch a finalist in these four categories for the Gold Awards, to be announced at the Nationals Gala on January 10, 2017 at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. To date, the community has been awarded seven Silver Awards and one Gold Award for its determination, integrity, creativity and endurance.
“The Nationals are the most prestigious awards of their kind, setting the benchmark for innovations in new home design, marketing and sales,” said Meredith Oliver, chairperson of the Nationals. “NAHB’s commitment to recognizing originality, imagination and success has been exemplified by its award winners since the competition’s inception.” Started in 1982 as the Institute of Residential Marketing, The Nationals award program continues to recognize superior new home sales and marketing achievements. With 57 categories across various disciplines of the new home industry, the awards honor excellence in product and community design, advertising, marketing and sales achievements by individuals and sales teams. To view all the Sliver Award winners, click here.
CCMC is pleased to announce the promotion of Cathy Pai to director of lifestyle services for the western division. In her new role, Cathy will serve as a resource and liaison to all CCMC lifestyle team members and clients throughout Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. She will partner with vice president of lifestyle services, Lisa Capriotti, in order to inspire team members to further CCMC’s purpose of creating unique lifestyle experiences that connect people and turn neighbors into friends.
“Over the past there years, the CCMC lifestyle team has grown by nearly 90% and we now have more than 100 on-site lifestyle professionals serving our communities. This number will only continue to grow,” explains CEO D. J. Cole. “Our rapidly-expanding lifestyle team will require more CCMC leaders on the ground to assist our vice presidents of lifestyle services with pre-development consulting, launching new communities and training our team members.” Cathy is the first of two directors that will be added over the next year. “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the CCMC family of team members, clients and residents,” Cathy explains. “I am committed to infusing kindness and optimism into our daily work experience and inspiring our people to work with passion as they share the love of lifestyle in their offices and communities.”
Originally from Chicago, Cathy joined CCMC in 2012. For the past three years, she has served as lifestyle director for Mountain Bridge in Mesa, Arizona, launching a robust calendar of events, programs, classes and clubs for this growing community. Previously, she served as lifestyle director for Spectrum at Val Vista in Gilbert, Arizona. Her professional background includes work with Desert Valley Urgent Care, C.T.Designs and UHaul Corporation. With a long history of public service, Cathy is dedicated to improving the quality of life in American neighborhoods. Her public service record includes serving on the boards for the Gilbert Education Foundation and Arizona Disabled Sports (AzDs). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Central Florida. “Cathy’s enthusiasm for building relationships and her talent for connecting with team members, residents and clients make her the perfect fit for this new position,” says Lisa. “We welcome her fresh perspective and are delighted to congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion.”
For 35 years, the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas reader’s choice awards have been recognizing the city’s best places to live, shop, eat and play. We are pleased to announce that two CCMC-managed communities made the 2016 list of best master-planned communities and best neighborhood parks. Congratulations to Mountain’s Edge and Cadence for standing out with your innovative community design, thoughtful recreational spaces and exceptional lifestyle programming! To view a list of all the winners, click here.
CCMC is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Girardeau to vice president for the central division. Jeff joined CCMC in 2012 and currently serves as the community manager for Belterra, Texas. “A true servant leader, Jeff recognizes that resident and team collaboration is essential to long-term success,” explains central division president Todd Davidson. “He is personally committed to building relationships that allow CCMC to activate the passion and talents of others, in order to benefit and evolve the communities we serve.” In his new role, Jeff will share his talents for community leadership, collaborative partnerships, proactive communications, financial acumen and operational excellence with our growing list of clients and team members throughout the Austin/San Antonio area.
Jeff served as the director of community association management for another management company in Austin, before joining CCMC in 2012. Initially, Jeff served as our community manager for The Hollows. For the past two years, he has served as community manager for Belterra. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University. He also holds his CMCA®, AMS®, and PCAM® designations from Community Associations Institute (CAI). Last year, Jeff was named 2015 Manager of Excellence by CAI’s Austin Chapter for his transformational leadership at Belterra. “I look forward to enhancing CCMC’s team support and customer care throughout the Texas Hill Country, as we further our company’s vision, mission and purpose in this market.”