CAI launched a major membership transition beginning in July 2005, placing strong emphasis on individual memberships for community association managers in an effort to elevate the status of the profession. Since that time, manager memberships have increased from about 1,200 to more than 4,000.
"We're reminded everyday of the complexities of community association management and the type of professionals we need to succeed," says Debra A. Warren, who chairs the board of CAI's Association of Professional Community Managers (APCM). "We know the value of true professionalism because we rely on these professionals to meet the expectations of our clients—and to grow our businesses."
"Management companies engineered the culture of professionalism that exists in our industry, but we cannot become complacent," Warren adds. "Industry stewardship is continuous—and contagious. We need to be leaders when it comes to the future of this profession. We created APCM to instill a mindset of professionalism and give our managers a home within CAI so they can take full advantage of the education and resources available to them."
Manager members of CAI receive benefits designed to enhance their professional growth and elevate their value as employees. These benefits include:
A complete list of membership benefits can be accessed at www.caionline.org/benefits/Pages/Manager.aspx.
APCM was created based on the conviction that managers who belong to professional organizations are more likely to learn, excel and become more effective community managers—and better long-term ambassadors for both their companies and the profession as a whole. This reality has been demonstrated in countless professions, including accounting, human resources, communications and law enforcement.
"By purchasing individual CAI memberships for their managers, management companies are contributing immeasurably to the growth and vitality of the community management profession," said CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, MBA, CAE. "Management company executives who support their managers in this important way are sending a strong message that they place a high value on professional development, personal growth and customer service."
Adds Warren: "By elevating the value of professional management, we are stimulating greater marketplace respect for the management companies that serve community associations. Our success will be measured not just by our business achievements, but also by strength of the profession and the success of our clients."
The following CAI management companies were providing memberships to their professional managers as of May 1, 2006:
Note: Many of the firms listed above have earned CAI's Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) designation. This accreditation demonstrates a company's commitment to providing the unique and diverse services community associations need. An AAMC ensures that its professional staff members have the training, skills, experience and integrity to help communities succeed. For more information, go to www.caionline.org/career/designations/Pages/management.aspx.
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