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Minnesota Community Living September/October 2009

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486 Professionals Earn CMCA Credential

Almost 500 professionals received the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) credential from the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM) in the first half of 2009.

Professionals must complete a 16-hour course and pass NBC-CAM’s national examination to earn the certification. They must demonstrate competence in developing association budgets and financial reports; providing administrative, operational and managerial counsel to association boards and residents; enforcing covenants and restrictions; overseeing payment for community association services; and managing association personnel.

Certified managers must take continuing education courses and adhere to the CMCA Standards of Professional Conduct to maintain the certification.

The following Minnesota managers received their CMCA during the first half of 2009:
  • Lisa Astleford, Saint Michael
  • Tracey Bernier, Forest Lake
  • Jane Bristow, Bloomington
  • Dawn Butler, Bloomington
  • Christopher Campbell, Minneapolis
  • James Chanaka, Minneapolis
  • Michael Cleary, Eagan
  • Jan Curtis, Eden Prairie
  • Kim Dare, Bloomington
  • Stana Gerlach, Minneapolis
  • Kim Gilmore, Andover
  • Renee Gowan, Bloomington
  • Polly Gravelle, Zimmerman
  • Bill Hauge, Minneapolis
  • Rox Ann Hazelton, Cedar
  • Andrea Hemingway, Bloomington
  • Charles Hesse, Hopkins
  • Timothy LaCroix, Champlin
  • Colleen Nesseth, Golden Valley
  • Jeff Peterson, Savage
  • Kristi Ryan, Minneapolis
  • Brandi Schuknecht, Minneapolis
  • Kay Thiel, Hugo
  • Sher Trombley, Bloomington
  • Hamlet Vazquez, Minneapolis
  • Carolyn Wendell, Hopkins

CAI has also awarded designations to almost 300 industry professionals, which includes recipients of the AMS, PCAM, and RS designations. The AMS is the second tier of professional certification and designations for community association managers. The PCAM is the third and highest designation for professional managers. The RS designation recognizes a high level of competency in the conduct of reserve studies.

Professional Community Association Managers (PCAM)
  • Jill McMahon, Bloomington
  • Halo Stafford, Minnetonka
Association Management Specialists (AMS)
  • Angie Blazek, Golden Valley
  • Jennifer Campbell, Golden Valley
  • Jennifer Carr, Fridley
  • Michael Cleary, Minneapolis
  • Joseph Crawford, New Market
  • Michelle Gaskill, Golden Valley
  • Bill Hauge, Minneapolis
  • Mark Karason, Bloomington

Reserve Specialists (RS)
  • Jonathan Pettersen, Minneapolis

"Where You Live” Radio Program Featuring the CAI-MN Minute

The weekly radio program (Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), "Where You Live,” with Gene & Toni now features a one minute segment from CAI-MN every week. The program, featured on AM 1570 KYCR, is the Twin Cities’ only radio show that tackles issues and concerns faced by owners of homes, condos, townhomes or apartments. The program is produced by New Concepts Management, a member of CAI-MN.

Here is a listing of the scheduled broadcast topics:

Handyman Horror Stories, Sep. 12
Rights & Responsibilities for Better Communities, Sep. 19
Establishing a Budget for Your Property/ Tax Laws, Sep. 26
How to Improve Your Credit Score: Establishing Financial Stability, Oct. 3
How to Get Started in Buying & Owning Rental Property, Oct. 10
Answering Renter Hotline Questions (from the pros), Oct. 17
Navigating Financial Problems in HOAs – part II, Oct. 24

"Where You Live” to have CAI CEO Tom Skiba as a Guest on September 19

Tom Skiba, CEO of CAI, will be a guest on the "Where You Live” radio program on Saturday, September 19. He will be on starting at 11:00 a.m. The topic is "Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities”

CAI Offers Flu Clinics for Members

CAI members can now schedule flu vaccination clinics at their companies or in their communities, eliminating the need for residents and employees to schedule appointments with their doctors.

Vaccination clinics will be held between Sept. 14 and Dec. 1 in conjunction with CAI’s new partner, Maxim Health Systems. There is no fee for community associations or companies that sponsor the clinics if a minimum of 40 people participate. Influenza, FluMist and pneumonia vaccinations will be offered for $25, $35 and $45, respectively. Medicare Part B and a growing number of managed care organization members can be billed.

Vaccinations for the H1N1 virus (more commonly known as "swine flu”) will be available later in the year in accordance with the federal priority lists. Availability will be announced to CAI members via e-mail.

"We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to our members,” says CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, CAE. "This is an easy, no-cost way for community associations to provide a valuable service to their residents, and for businesses to provide a convenient and important benefit to their employees.”

"The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 200,000 people are hospitalized every year in the United States due to flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.

While the community or business will be primarily responsible for promoting the clinic, Maxim Health Systems will provide flyers and posters to promote the clinic, as well as language to use in other promotions.

To sign up, members need to complete and return a short online form. It can be accessed in the members-only section of the CAI website at The form can be faxed to (304) 776-2047 or e-mailed to before October 1, 2009.

Hellmuth & Johnson Adds New Attorney

Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC is pleased to announce that Jack Bouquet has joined the firm.

Bouquet joins the firm as Of Counsel with more than 40 years of experience. He practices in the areas of real estate law, community association law, corporate and business law, estate planning, and probate. Jack is licensed to practice law in the state of Minnesota.

Jack is a certified real property law specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), past chair of the Hennepin County Real Property Section, member of the MSBA’s MCIOA committee (charged with reviewing all proposed changes to the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act), past chair of CAI-MN and currently a member of the CAI Legislative Action Committee.

Thomsen & Nybeck to Relocate Offices on October 1, 2009

Thomsen & Nybeck, P.A. is pleased to announce that it will be moving its offices to the Northland Executive Office Center effective October 1, 2009. The firm’s new address will be 3600 American Blvd, Ste. 400, Bloomington, MN 55431. The firm’s phone and fax numbers will remain the same.

Mary Felix Promoted to Property Manager Supervisor

Mary Felix was promoted to Property Manager Supervisor at Gassen Company on July 1, 2009. Mary joined Gassen Company in 2007 with extensive experience in the building trades and customer service business. In January 2009, she assumed the position of Trainer for new Property Managers. Mary continues with the training program, serves on the Membership Committee for CAI-MN and is working on obtaining her PCAM designation. Congratulations to Mary Felix!

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