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CAI Honors Members, Chapters and CEDs

5/21/2008  -  Alexandria, VA
Community Associations Institute (CAI) recognized 15 members, 18 chapters, three chapter executive directors and one staff member at its recent National Conference and Exposition in Orlando. Held at Disney's Contemporary Resort, the conference drew more than 1,200 participants—one of the most well attended CAI events ever.

CAI annually honors members for outstanding contributions to the Institute during the previous year. Chapters are recognized for success in various categories of achievement.

"It's an honor to recognize dedicated members and chapter leaders for their selfless dedication and countless contributions to CAI, our membership and the industry at large," says CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, CAE. "Without their exceptional leadership and commitment, CAI would not be the success it is today. They and others like them are the backbone of this organization."

Individual award recipients for 2007 are:

  • Author of the Year: Loura Sanchez, ESQ., Hindman Sanchez, P.C., Arvada, CO.
  • Award of Excellence in Chapter Leadership: Michael Johnson, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, FCS Community Management, Sandy, UT.
  • Award of Excellence in Designations: George E. Nowack, Jr., ESQ., Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, P.C., Atlanta, GA.
  • Award of Excellence in Government and Public Affairs: Rolf G. Berger, ESQ., Kirton & McConkie, Salt Lake City, UT; Thomas Moriarty, ESQ., Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C., Braintree, MA.
  • Award of Excellence in Membership: Jared McNabb, CMCA, PCAM, Crowninshield Management Corp., AMO, Peabody, MA.
  • CAI Rising Star: Jeffrey Van Grack, ESQ., Learch, Early & Brewer Chartered, Bethesda, MD.
  • Chapter Executive Director of the Year: Claudette Carini, New England.
  • Chapter Executive Director Rising Star(s): Kathy Gonzales, CMCA, Orange County Regional; Krystle Nguyen, Oregon.
  • Distinguished Service Award: Michael E. Packard, PCAM, CPM, Associa, Inc., Carlsbad, CA.
  • Educator of the Year: Ellen Hirsch de Haan, ESQ., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Clearwater, FL.
  • Legislative Action Committee of the Year: North Carolina.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Award: Edwin J. Vitrano, PCAM, Trilogy at Rio Vista Master Association, Rio Vista, CA.
  • Recruiter of the Year: Forest L. Balderson, One Hundred Central Condominium Association, Sarasota, FL.

CAI's prestigious President's Award was given to Jennifer M. Flynn, CAI's director of governance. The recipient of the annual award is selected by the CAI president. Flynn was recognized by 2007 President Ronald L. Perl, Esq.

"I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award," says Perl. "This award is given to an individual who has displayed exemplary service and commitment to CAI and has been instrumental helping the president achieve the Institute's goals. There's one word to describe Jen's consistent dedication, hard work and unwavering commitment to the success of CAI over the years: invaluable." Flynn has been with CAI for 13 years.

CAI's President's Club was the recipient of the Foundation for Community Association Research President's Award, which is presented periodically for dedicated service and outstanding contributions to the Foundation. The award was presented by Foundation President Robert W. Browning, PCAM, RS, to President's Club Chair Wilbert Washington II, Esq.

In addition to individual awards, 18 chapters earned achievement and excellence awards:

  • Chapter Management and Development: Minnesota; North Carolina; Pennsylvania/Delaware Valley.
  • Leadership: Southeastern Virginia; Washington Metropolitan; West Florida; Wisconsin.
  • Membership: Dallas/Ft. Worth; North Carolina; Rocky Mountain; Wisconsin.
  • Member Services: Greater Los Angeles; San Diego; West Florida; Wisconsin.
  • Public Affairs: Greater Houston; Oregon; Rocky Mountain; West Florida.
  • Best Net Growth: Connecticut (12 percent); Orange County Regional (13 percent); Utah (31 percent); West Florida (37 percent).
  • Best Net Retention: Northern Ohio (81 percent); Pennsylvania/Delaware Valley (81 percent); Southeastern Virginia (83 percent); Western New York (83 percent).

"Our chapters are the lifelines of CAI and play a vital role in the overall growth of our membership," says Crystal Danielson, CAE, vice president of membership and chapter relations. "We recognize and congratulate these chapters for their hard work and success."

CAI is a national membership association that provides information, tools and resources to homeowners and professionals who govern and manage community and condominium associations. CAI members include community managers, volunteer homeowner leaders and business and professionals who support common-interest communities. More information is available at

Phone: 703-970-9235