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Minnesota Community Living March/April 2009

From the President
By Mark Schoenfelder

The Rain Garden: A CIC’s Contribution to Cleaner Water
By Steve Hoogenakker and Jenn Morrow

CAI Minnesota Commissions 2009 Manager Survey
By Steve Hoogenakker

Board Training an Unqualified Success!

Surviving Job Loss

A Vendor’s Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup
By Tom Engblom

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Community Development, Inc. Earns Top Industry Professional Designation
Community Development, Inc. recently joined the elite group of Community Association management companies who have earned the Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) designation from Community Associations Institute (CAI). Community Development is one of only 150 management companies nationwide and one of only two in Minnesota who have earned the highest level of professional recognition in the Community Association field.

The AAMC accreditation demonstrates a company’s commitment to providing the unique and diverse services Community Associations need. An Accredited Association Management Company ensures that their staff has the skills, experience, and integrity to help Communities succeed. Its Community Managers have advanced training and demonstrated commitment to the industry — just the type of professionals that Community Association Boards seek to hire!

To earn the AAMC distinction, management companies need a minimum of three years of experience providing Community Association management services, a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designee as the company’s senior manager, a staff of which at least 50% of Community Managers hold a professional designation (CMCA, AMS, or PCAM), they must maintain fidelity, general liability, and worker’s compensation insurance in addition to meeting federal, state, and local laws and comply with the CAI Professional Manager Code of Ethics.

More than 270 Earn CAI Designations
Fifty recipients of the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation are among more than 270 industry professionals awarded designations by Community Associations Institute (CAI) during the second half of 2008. The following were also awarded:

202 Association Management Specialists (AMS)
4 Large-Scale Managers (LSM)
10 Reserve Specialists (RS)
6 Community Insurance and Risk Management Specialists (CIRMS)

In addition, five attorneys were admitted to the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), bringing that group’s membership to 115. The new members are:

Julie McGhee Howard, Esq. Michael Inman, Esq.
Myra Lansky, Esq. Matt Ober, Esq.
Augustus Shaw, Esq.

The PCAM is the third and highest designation for professional managers. The AMS is the second tier in the hierarchy of professional certification and designations for community association managers. The first tier is the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) credential, administered by CAI’s affiliate organization, the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM).

CAI’s designation programs were established in the 1990s and early 2000s to elevate the level of professionalism in the community association marketplace, a dynamic segment of the U.S. housing market that now encompasses more than 60 million Americans in an estimated 300,000 association-governed communities.

Almost 4,300 managers have earned the AMS designation since it was established in 1990. More than 1,700 managers have earned the PCAM and 43 have obtained the LSM. More than 170 professionals have received the RS designation, while 62 have earned the CIRMS designation.

CAI designation programs have elevated the professional stature of those who earn designations, and that has made CAI designations increasingly visible and valuable in the marketplace. Information on designations and CCAL membership can be accessed at

The following professionals from Minnesota earned designations between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2008:

Association Management Specialist

Theresa Diekman, Minneapolis
Mike Leimer, Golden Valley
Lisa Sack, Edina

Certified Manager of Community Associations

Courtney Babcock, Minneapolis
Michelle Dearing, Plymouth
Joslynn Gramse, Minneapolis
Bradley Larson, Minneapolis
Nicole Mjoness, Plymouth
Keith Myrmel, Arden Hills

CAI-MN Board Nominations
CAI-MN is seeking nominations for the 2009-2010 Board of Directors. If you would like to nominate a CAI-MN member to the board of directors, or if you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Paul Hanscom at or call 651-290-6274.

Nominations of individuals to serve as Directors may also be made by written petition signed by no fewer than fifteen (15) members and mailed to the CAI-MN office, attn: Nominating Committee. The 2009-2010 Board of Directors will be announced at the Annual Meeting on June 17, 2009. Register for the annual meeting today.

New members on your association’s board of directors?
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Amy Dullum was incorrectly listed in the previous issue as a CPA. We apologize for any confusion.

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