Chapter Presents Annual Recognition Awards

Dec 13, 2012

CAI honored various individuals and organizations with the chapter's Annual Recognition Awards, including the Robert Wise President's Award, at our holiday party on December 12, 2012 at Pinecrest Country Club in Lansdale.

Robert Wise President's Award

 The prestigious Robert Wise President's Award was established in 1996 to honor former chapter president Robert Wise, principal and owner of Wise Management

Company and who was an active member of this chapter for many years. The award is given out each year by the President of the Board to a chapter volunteer who has shown outstanding service and dedication to the chapter.

The 2012 Robert Wise President’s Award was presented to Nancy Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of Associa / MAMCO Property Management. Nancy has been a volunteer with this chapter for well over fifteen years, having served on the Annual Conference & Expo Committee and on the New Jersey Regional Council. Nancy was elected to the chapter board of directors in 2006 and just completed her second and final term on the board. In 2011, she served as President of the chapter. Nancy has helped the organization grown and prosper in countless ways and is a truly deserving recipient of the 2012 Robert Wise President’s Award.

Watch a video of the Wise Award presentation!

Business Partner of the Year Award

The Business Partner of the Year is awarded to a CAI Member Business Partner who has provided extraordinary service and support to an individual community association and the industry as a whole.

The 2012 Business Partner of the Year is Lemus Construction. Lemus Construction was a 2012 Platinum Plus Sponsor for CAI and a strong, active partner and participant with many CAI functions and events. Owners Victor & Cleydi Lemus are a real life example of hard work, dedication & love for what they do.  During 2012, Lemus pledged to donate $100 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every roof they installed. Lemus and their staff are also active participants in rebuilding homes with Habitat for Humanity, having dedicated over 200 hours of personal labor & donated several thousand dollars in roofing & window materials. In October, Lemus was publicly recognized for their efforts and achievements, and they proudly presented a check for $22,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and $9,300 to Associa Cares, a non-profit organization that awards monetary help to residents in community associations who have suffered a weather related loss, fire or similar catastrophe.

Lemus Construction was nominated by Rosy Brophy, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Community Manager at Blue Bell Country Club Community Association.

Rookie of the Year Award

The Rookie of the Year is awarded to a volunteer in his or her first year of service who has gone above and beyond what is asked and expected of chapter volunteers.

The 2012 Rookie of the Year is Melissa Hofmann, with Ruotolo Spewak & Company.  Melissa has risen to the occasion as a member of the New Jersey Regional Council and helped to assist in making the October South Jersey Happy Hour a success, with over 75 attendees, as well as helping with other New Jersey Council events.

Melissa was nominated by Kristine Clancy, CMCA, with MAMCO Management.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star is awarded to a volunteer with a minimum of two years of volunteer service who has displayed extraordinary commitment, leadership and contributions to the chapter.

The 2012 Rising Star is Jill Geiger, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, with Mid-Atlantic Management Corporation. Jill has served in the past on the Membership Committee and for the last few years on the Social Committee and has helped organize the annual Summer Networking Party, Manager Designations breakfast, and other chapter social. In addition, Jill joined the Legislative Action Committee in 2011, and now serves as the LAC Secretary. Jill has help the LAC with fundraising activities and was a tremendous help in making this year’s first annual LAC Wine & Beer dinner a big success. Jill is a terrific volunteer resource for the chapter and we look forward to her many years of involvement.

Jill was nominated by Gary Krimstock, Esq., 2012 Chapter President.


Community Association Volunteer of the Year Award

The Community Association Volunteer of the Year is awarded to an individual volunteer within a community association who has excelled in his or her volunteer capacity.

The 2012 Community Association Volunteer of the Year is Joan Batory, with The Philadelphian Condominium in Philadelphia. Joan Batory has been instrumental in helping Philadelphia condo and co-op residents conserve natural resources and save money through ongoing education and action programs.

As chairperson of the Green Task Force at the Philadelphian, Joan initiated many environmentally friendly and conservation projects that benefited all residents. These efforts included distributing CFL bulbs to all residents, developing an extensive recycling program and researching other green options like a green roof. Consequently, the Philadelphian saved thousands of dollars in electric bills. The building is recognized as a model “green” condominium complex.

Joan spearheaded the creation of a new organization called the Philadelphia Green Condo and Coop Initiative (GCCI). This citywide group advocates for policy change to enable condo and co-op owners to work together and offer sustainable operations to multi-family residential communities. As this group evolved, Joan collaborated with the Center for Environmental Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences to sponsor educational forums and workshops on environmentally friendly projects.  As a result of Joan’s efforts and organizational skills, the Inaugural Philadelphia Condo Congress was successfully held on October 23, 2012.

Joan Batory is an enthusiastic, tireless volunteer whose work has positively affected The Philadelphian and many other co-ops and condos in the Philadelphia region.

Joan was nominated by fellow residents Joyce Silberman and Susan Thompson.

Outgoing Board Members

In addition to the above awards, CAI also recognized three members of the chapter board of directors who are term limited or stepping down from the board.

Patricia Connolly, CMCA, PCAM, Board Member, 2007-2012

Meg Kitchin, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Board Member, 2010-2012

Dennis Metz, Board Member, 2007-2012

The chapter appreciates the contributions of each member as well as all award recipients.



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