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Howard Heads Slate of 2014 CAI Leaders

1/2/2014  -  Falls Church, VA

Community Associations Institute (CAI) begins its 41st year under the leadership of Julie McGhee Howard, a five-year member of the Board of Trustees, past president of the Georgia chapter, chair of the Georgia Legislative Action Committee and member of CAI’s prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers.

An attorney with the Atlanta law firm of Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco PC, Howard is serving a one-year term as president of the 32,500-member international organization. She leads a slate of 23 newly elected, re-elected or reappointed members of CAI’s 2014 Board of Trustees and three Membership Representation Groups.

David I. Caplan, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, chief executive officer of Community Association Management LLC, AAMC, in Pikesville, Md., will serve as the 2014 president-elect.

Howard has been a member of CAI for more than 16 years. She has served on CAI’s Community Association Law Seminar Planning Committee and spoken at several law seminars and numerous chapter events. She spent six years on the Georgia chapter board, serving as president in 2003.

"CAI had a tremendous first 40 years," Howard says. "From best practices and professional education to events and advocacy, CAI has become—and needs to remain—the preeminent organization for homeowner leaders, community managers and other industry professionals."

Adopting the theme CAI Next, Howard sees two overriding objectives in the years to come: engaging all community association stakeholders and inspiring a new generation of CAI leaders. "Many challenges and opportunities await," she says. "There is so much potential, not just for CAI, but also for ourselves, our communities and our professions. We need to connect effectively with our stakeholders, and we need to inspire strong, visionary leaders at the national and local level.

"Our work, individually and collectively, impacts tens of millions of Americans who live in common-interest communities,” Howard adds. “That speaks to the scope and critical nature of our mission."

More than 60 million Americans make their homes in an estimated 325,000 association-governed communities.

"We’re exceptionally fortunate to have so many member volunteers committed to CAI’s success, and Julie is certainly among them," says CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, CAE. "Her community association advocacy and chapter leadership speaks volumes about her ability to guide CAI in 2014. Julie's leadership will prove invaluable to CAI, our 32,500 members and the industry."

2014 Board of Trustees

Howard and Caplan will be joined by eight new or reappointed members of the Board of Trustees.

  • Elbert Boothby, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Boothby Realty Inc., Birmingham, Ala.
  • Julie Hardy Cramer, Oakwood Homeowners Association, Westmont, Ill.
  • Vanessa Dreyer, PCAM, Capital Consultants Management Corp., Peoria, Ariz.
  • Bruce R. Gran, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Gran Community Association Consulting, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • John Hammersmith, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Hammersmith Management Inc., Greenwood Village, Colo.
  • James P. Magid, CMCA, LSM, PCAM, FirstService Residential, AAMC, Eatontown, NJ.
  • Jeffrey Van Grack, Esq., Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered, Bethesda, Md.
  • Joseph Patrick Waldron, AMS, PCAM, CIRMS, Robins Insurance Agency, Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

In addition to Howard and Caplan, the following members return to the 14-member board:

  • Pamela D. Bailey, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Chaparral Management Co., AAMC, Spring, Texas
  • Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., Richardson & Harman P.C., Pasadena, Calif.
  • Robert Rothwell, Village Green Homeowners Association, Henderson, Nev.
  • Gregory G. Smith, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Colorado Association Services, AAMC, Colorado Springs, Colo.
     

2014 Membership Representation Groups (MRGs)

CAI’s three primary member constituencies are represented by the Association of Professional Community Managers (APCM) Board, Business Partners Council (BPC) and Community Association Volunteers Committee (CAVC). MRG representatives are elected by CAI members in that membership group.

2014 APCM Board (*elected to a first term; **re-elected to second term):

  • Gregory G. Smith (chair), CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Colorado Association Services, AAMC, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Elbert Boothby (chair-elect), CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Boothby Realty Inc., Birmingham, Ala.
  • Nicole Armstrong, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Hammersmith Management Inc., AAMC, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Katie Bikshaeva, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, AMI–Advanced Management LLC, Denver, Colo.
  • **John Joseph “Joey” Carona Jr., CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Associa Inc., Dallas, Texas
  • James H. Dodson IV, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Ewa by Gentry Community Association, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
  • **Vanessa Dreyer, PCAM, Capital Consultants Management Corp., Peoria, Ariz.
  • Marge Imfeld, PCAM, I & I Property Management, AAMC, Fresno, Calif.
  • Michael Johnson, AMS, PCAM, FCS Community Management, AAMC, Draper, Utah
  • *Jeffrey N. Kutzer, CMCA, PCAM, The Management Trust-PMA Colorado Division, Aurora, Colo.
  • James P. Magid, CMCA, LSM, PCAM, FirstService Residential, AAMC, Eatontown, NJ
  • *Jessica Towles, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Grand Dominion by Del Webb, Mundelein, Ill.
  • *Scott Williams, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, East West Resorts­­­­—Tahoe, Truckee, Calif.
  • Vanessa Wuestewald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Empire Management Group LLC, Redlands, Calif.

2014 BPC (*elected to a first term; **re-elected to second term):

  • **Bruce R. Gran (chair), CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Gran Community Association Consulting, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Joseph Patrick Waldron (chair-elect), AMS, PCAM, CIRMS, Robins Insurance Agency Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
  • Brendan P. Bunn, Esq., Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn P.C., Fairfax, Va.
  • *Ursula K. Burgess, Esq., Rees Broome P.C., Tysons Corner, Va.
  • Cat Carmichael, CMCA, PCAM, Pacific Premier Bank, Golden, Colo.
  • Heather L. Cozby, CPA, Cozby & Company LLC, Plymouth, Mass.
  • *Cyndi Koester, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, CommerceWest Bank N.A., Irvine, Calif.
  • Thomas W. Larson, RS, Facility Engineering Associates P.C., Fairfax, Va.
  • Joel W. Meskin, Esq., CIRMS, McGowan Program Administrators, Fairview Park, Ohio
  • *Brandi Reynolds, The Law Offices of John Chaix, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • **Donna Seidenberg, CPA, Fuoco Group LLC, Boca Raton, Fla.
  • *Christi K. Wells, Mutual of Omaha Bank--Community Association Banking & CondoCerts, Fairview, Texas

2014 CAVC (*elected to a first term)

  • Robert A. Rothwell (chair), Village Green Homeowners Association, Henderson, Nev.
  • Julie Hardy Cramer (chair-elect), Oakwood Homeowners Association, Westmont, Ill.
  • Sharon D. Brimer, Cedar Glen Homeowners Association, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
  • *John Connors, Canyon Creek Homeowners Association, Austin, Texas
  • *David Holt, Bridgestone at Legends Neighborhood Association Inc., Clermont, Fla.
  • Robert Riddick, CMCA, Sunnymead Ranch Planned Community Association, Moreno Valley, Calif.
  • *Judy Silva, Heritage Park Owners Association, Sacramento, Calif.

With more than 32,500 members dedicated to building better communities, CAI works in partnership with 60 chapters, including a chapter in South Africa. CAI provides information, education and resources to community associations and the professionals who support them. CAI’s mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in communities that are preferred places to call home. Visit www.caionline.org or call (888) 224-4321 for more information.


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