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4th Annual Vision Award Winners and Nominees Back to Index

2008 Vision Awards

This award is presented to the member who has contributed extraordinary service and time to the growth and development of the Chapter. The nominee must have committed significant time, talent and/or resources to the achievement of programs to advance Chapter goals during the previous year.

Linda WilkinsWinner
Linda Wilkins
Community Manager, Owner,
Lighthouse Beacon Management
Linda works tirelessly on the education committee and has contributed to the Vision Awards Committee this last year. Linda was the originator of the idea of a CAI For Hire curriculum, Star Tribune column and radio show and is working on achieving these items. Linda is an enthusiastic spokesperson for CAI.

Tom Engblom
Community Association Banc
Tom contributes to the MN CAI Chapter through speaking, through instruction at a National level and his eagerness to share his vast knowledge in Association Management.

Holly Johnson
Vice President of Community Operations
Community Development, Inc.
Holly has taken a lead in coordinating national speakers, CAI’s 2007 & 2008 Annual Meeting, chair of Educating Committee – all while maintaining her professional workload and responsibilities.

Recognition is given to a manager with fewer than two years experience in the management industry who has displayed exceptional abilities either generally or in a specific project.

Anthony RochefordWinner:
Anthony Rocheford
Community Manager
Rockford, Inc.
A property manager since late 2006, Anthony has successfully melded his retail and CIC experience together to provide excellent service to each of his properties. Anthony takes a hands-on approach, according to a board president, “providing a service a cut above the rest.”

Angie Blazek
Community Manager
Community Development, Inc.
Angie began working with Community Development in January of 2007, she has proven success in her position by excelling and becoming a great asset and role model to other new managers. Angie successfully worked with a developer on a condominium conversion project. During this first year and a half, Angie has achieved her CMCA and continues to complete her 200 level classes.

Recognition is given to a manager or affiliate member who displays integrity; reliability; commitment to the industry; loyalty to consumer clients and the ability to interact well with board members, managers, service providers and other industry professionals. Contributions to the CAI-MN chapter and promotion of ethical conduct and competence are included as part of the qualifications for this award.

Jane BristowWinner:
Jane Bristow, Community Manager
Gittleman Management
Having been involved in association management for nearly 20 years, Kay has experienced many interesting and rewarding situations. Her commitment to service was demonstrated when a townhome was destroyed by a fire. Kay followed the process of notifying the insurance company, setting up vendors to complete the repairs and successfully providing peace of mind to the homeowner.


Steve Hoogenakker
Taylor Made Landscape
Steve has aggressively pursued every avenue to support CAI and to contribute to the organization. Steve’s goal were to improve the magazine and web site for easier use by members. Steve also strives to improve opportunities for vendors and providers.

Sandy Lattu, Vice President
Paradise and Associates
Over the past year with a small hiatus, Sandy was able to delegate her duties and keep moving the proverbial managing train down the correct path. With a managing style that keeps everyone in the loop, she was successful by not disrupting the flow of service. She is outstanding in communication with a passionate eye for detail.

Candy Lee, Community Manager
Community Development, Inc.
With the decline in the housing and development market, Candy has been able to help project future projects and budgets, while still attending to her client’s active, yet still not transitioned Associations. Not only does Candy provide the utmost in “custom” customer service for her clients, she has been a leader within Community Development.

Peggy Runyon, Community Manager
Gassen Management
Peggy has an outstanding way of comforting homeowners through difficult challenges while still keeping a professional line that allows her to serve them from both a professional standpoint as well as on a more personal level the homeowners trust.

Kay Thiel, Community Manager
Gittleman Management
Kay effectively carried a large association through a repair project. Kay handled all concerns professionally, promptly, and with a courteous balance between the homeowners and the contractor.

(from left to right) Steve Yurick, Sherman Devitt , Marj Peterson, CCAM, PCAM, David Eide, Esq
Lifetime Achievement Award Winners 08

Created to honor those members of CAI-MN who have provided a superior commitment to the advancement of the Chapter and the Community Management Industry through leadership, service and dedication to the mission of CAI. The Lifetime Achievement Award is not presented annually. It is awarded only in special instances to recognize individuals whose conduct and professionalism model the ideals of the industry. Inductees have contributed substantially to the growth and perpetuation of the Chapter through their individual efforts. This year CAI-MN recognizes the Original Founders of our Chapter in 1977 who are still active members today.


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