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Vision Awards 2016

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2016 Vision Award Winners

Above & Beyond

Hannah Zornes
Specialist for Developing Communities, Associa Minnesota

Hannah has assisted with the 32 developer properties, increasing the homeowner and developer relationship while improving client relations. The success of this division within Associa could not be done without her. Developers and homeowners both are pleased with her timely responses, knowledge of the community and friendliness in her communications with them all.

The Above & Beyond Award is presented to someone who has performed tasks, services or humanitarian efforts above and beyond a typical job description. The winner of this award might have improved the quality of life for a community, exhibited “grace under pressure” and helped others in a particularly kind and understanding manner.

Association of the Year

Stonemill Farms Community

Stonemill Farms is more of a lifestyle rather than a homeowners association. The board of directors had a vision of creating a resort-like feel to the community giving the homeowners the best of both worlds. They host numerous community events throughout the year ranging from the Stonemill Farms 5K for Charity to outdoor movie nights at the Community Center.

The Association of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding team effort of an association board and homeowners whose members clearly understand their roles and fiduciary responsibilities putting the association’s interest ahead of and above all personal agendas. A board composed of effective volunteer leaders who are fair, responsible and reasonable in their decisions.

Business Partner Community Impact

Wade Vrieze
Owner, Shwaders Lawn Care and Landscape

Wade is more than happy to work with managers to ensure satisfaction. He goes above and beyond by taking multiple meetings with an association’s board of directors as well. His goal is to ensure complete satisfaction of the services his company provides. If his team fails in any capacity, which we all know can happen, Wade’s response time is highly-regarded.

The Business Partner Community Impact Award is given to company who has provided outstanding services to a Community Association.

Excellence in Service

Jessica Hamilton
Association Manager, FirstService Residential

Jessie has been a huge resource to the Board of Directors and Homeowners at Bright Keys of Stone Meadow. She guided the board through a difficult transition from our previous management company and maintained a positive attitude the entire time and kept reminding the frustrated Board of Directors “Onward and Upward”.

The Excellence in Service Award 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.

Financial Impact

Kristi Hoffman
Portfolio Director, Gassen Company

Kristi successfully (and peacefully) led her clients through an upwards of a $3.65 million restoration project that resulted in a community loan and large special assessment to homeowners. Not only did Kristi assist her clients in securing such a large loan, but she also dedicated her time to educate homeowners and keep them informed.

The Financial Impact Award recognizes a manager or affiliate member who has positively impacted a community in a significant manner from a financial standpoint. For example: budget management, capital improvement management, insurance claim management, etc.

Rookie of the Year

Chris Gosse
Community Manager, Sharper Management

Chris is a rookie performing at a seasoned all-star veteran level. The biggest attribute he has is that he truly, genuinely cares about his properties and the people with them. What makes him so great is the expectations he has of himself and how he takes to heart the importance of the people and functionality of the property. It is more than just a job to Chris.

The Rookie of the Year Award is given to a manager with fewer than two years’ experience in the management industry who has displayed exceptional abilities either generally or on a specific project.

Outstanding Community Building by an Association

Girard Park West

Girard Park West is a lovely Bloomington condominium consisting of 60 units built in 1976 by Mel Gittleman. The community was the first of several developments based on a design for individual condominium units, common areas, and extraordinarily beautiful site development that was years ahead of its time. The building and grounds are beautiful, the community is strong and vibrant, the replacement reserve study is fully funded, and there is a positive sense of belonging and community that is palpable and special. The community has done fantastic work to maintain the tradition of excellence in condominium living for the current and future communities based on the original vision and design of the property.

The Outstanding Community Building by an Association Award recognizes an association that does an outstanding job at community resourcefulness, has a strong sense of commitment to enhancing the neighborhood, and recognizes and uses the strengths of its individuals within the association.

Community Management Professional

Tim Broms
Director of Operations, Gassen Company

Tim shows dedication to clients and company by providing complimentary board training services, which means educated and professional board members. This makes board members are aware of their responsibilities, expectations and duties to their communities. They also learn proper board meeting etiquette and how to operate their meetings with order.

The Community Management Professional Award is given to an individual 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. Promotion of ethical conduct and competence are included as part of the qualifications for this award.

Outstanding CAI-MN Chapter Volunteer

Nancy Polomis
Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC

The Outstanding CAI-MN Chapter Volunteer Award is presented to a CAI-MN member who has contributed extraordinary service and time to the growth and development of the CAI-MN Chapter. The nominee has committed significant time, talent and/or resources to the achievement of programs to advance CAI-MN Chapter goals during the previous year.


(As of September 9, 2016)

Gala Sponsor


Regal Sponsors

Allstar Construction & Maintenance


Roell Painting

Xtreme Exteriors

Jubilee Sponsors

All Ways Drains
Building Reserves, Inc.
Clean Response, Inc.
FirstService Residential
Reseve Advisors

Celebration Sponsors

Gassen Company
Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC
Sela Roofing & Remodeling

Supporting Sponsors

American Family Insurance – Jeffrey Mayhew Agency, Inc.
Community Advantage
Mutual of Omaha/CA Banc
TruSeal America, LLC
Union Bank HOA Services

Contributing Sponsor

Carlson & Associates, Ltd.