Today's blog is not written for people who currently have or have had problems with their association managers. Naturally, there are those people and those problems out there and past blogs (and future ones to be sure) have discussed and will discuss what can and should be done when those difficulties occur.
However, today's blog is written for those lucky communities who have an unsung hero in the form of their community association manager. You know the type to whom I am referring-the manager who makes the directors' and members' lives a lot easier not only with their constant preparation and attention to detail but also as a result of his or her personality and passion for what they do.
A great manager can make the difference between a dysfunctional community and a highly functioning community. A great manager can make the difference between having to pass a special assessment for budget shortfalls and not having to do so. A great manager can create a community where the residents are happy, property values are high and life is good.
Showing someone your gratitude usually reaps innumerable benefits to the grantor as well as the grantee. So the question is: do you know of any great community association managers who deserve a little recognition? I know of many who deserve to be recognized and now is your chance. The Manager of the Year is a national awards program sponsored by Association Reserves to honor community association managers who are inspired, inspiring and creative leaders for the communities they serve.
Two lucky managers will win $5,000 each for the best On-Site Manager and the best Portfolio Manager. Managers can nominate themselves or they can be nominated by someone else. Nominations are open until January 15th. Winners will be broadcast on May 14, 2014.
For more information about this national awards program, please visit www.ManageroftheYear.org.
Good luck to all the unsung community association manager heroes out there!