The Community Associations Institute of Minnesota (CAI-MN) recognized top industry professionals at the 5th Annual CAI-MN Vision Awards Gala at the Metropolitan on June 17, 2009. The Vision Awards were established to honor community association industry leaders who made outstanding contributions to the communities they serve and to the industry as a whole. Awards are given in the areas of Property Enhancement Vendor of the Year, Excellence in Service, Rookie of the Year, Outstanding Volunteer, Service Professional of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement. This year’s winners were:
OUTSTANDING CHAPTER VOLUNTEER
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.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
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.
Chris Campbell, Gittleman Management Corp.
EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD
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.
Jeff Peterson, Gittleman Management Corp.
PROPERTY ENHANCEMENT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Matt Schoenfelder, Schoenfelder Painting
SERVICE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Dan Denekamp, US Bank
RECRUITER OF THE YEAR
Mark Gittleman, Gittleman Management Corporation
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.