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CAI Recognizes Industry Professionals with Annual Volunteer Awards

5/14/2018  -  Falls Church, VA

Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading international authority in community association governance, management, and education, announced the recipients of CAI's highest honors at the Annual Awards Dinner, held on May 11 in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with CAI's 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition. The honors presented throughout the evening salute individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership to advance community association living.

Robert M. Diamond, Esq., was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, CAI's most prestigious recognition, and is the first person to receive this honor twice. A past president of CAI and of CAI's Washington Metropolitan Chapter, Diamond is a member of the Board of Governors of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) and has served in numerous other CAI volunteer roles. One of his key contributions has been as CAI's liaison to the Uniform Law Commission's Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Property Acts.

Gregory Smith, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, CAI's 2017 president, honored Mike Packard, PCAM, with this year's President's Award. Given solely at the discretion of the immediate past president, this award recognizes an individual who has displayed exemplary service and commitment to CAI and who has been instrumental in helping the president achieve CAI's goals. In presenting this honor, Smith said Packard “has been a model of education, relationship building, and leadership to CAI members for decades, and has been instrumental in helping me reach where I am today."

Matt D. Ober, Esq., received CAI's Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes a member who demonstrates outstanding leadership and long-term dedication to CAI. President-elect of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), Ober is a past president of CAI's Greater Los Angeles Chapter, a two-time past president of the Greater Inland Empire Chapter, and a member of CAI's California Legislative Action Committee and CAI's Government & Public Affairs Committee, among many other endeavors.

“Yet again, CAI's volunteers have set the bar very high for those who follow them and continue to add to CAI's excellent reputation and remarkable achievements over the years," said CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, in presenting the various awards. “CAI's success serves as a direct result of our volunteers' dedication, commitment, vision, and hard work."

For a complete list of honorees and award recipients, including chapter awards, visit


About Community Associations Institute
Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in 342,000 homeowners associations, condominiums, and co-ops in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With nearly 40,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 63 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in several other countries including Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @CAISocial. 

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