Each year, the chapter presents awards to chapter members and volunteers in a number of categories. This year's award winners were recognized at the chapter's Annual Meeting & Holiday Party on December 7, 2017 at Talamore Country Club.
Rookie of the Year Award
The Chapter Rookie of the Year award is given to a chapter volunteer in his or her first year of service and who has gone above and beyond what is asked and expected of chapter volunteers.
The 2017 Rookie of the Year is Stefanie Pritchett, with The Falcon Group. Stefanie was nominated by Josephine Lee, Esq., with Clemons, Richter & Reiss, who was the 2016 recipient of this award. In her nomination of Stefanie, Josephine said “I was lucky to first meet Stephanie through involvement in the Communications & Content Committee this year, and quickly learned that she is hardworking, was always prepared with new article ideas and had knowledge as to community association trends in the engineering world. She is always volunteering and present at all CAI events. Furthermore, she carries with her enthusiasm for the industry and has quickly made many connections with managers, CAI staff and vendors alike. I feel there is no one more deserving of the Rookie of the Year Award!
Rising Star Award
The Chapter Rising Star award is given to a chapter volunteer with a minimum of two years of volunteer service and who has displayed extraordinary commitment, leadership and contributions to the chapter.
This year, we have two recipients of the rising star award!
The first 2017 Chapter Rising Star award is presented to Jamie Redden, CMCA, with Lehman Property Management. Jamie was nominated three times by three individual members. In his nomination, Glenn Lehman, from Lehman Property Management said this: In 2017 Jamie redden obtained her CMCA designation. Jamie served as a member of the Central PA Regional Council where she has helped to grow membership and organize outstanding training events. Jamie has spent time canvasing the area to meet with associations who have never heard of CAI to educate the community. At Lehman Property Management Jamie consistently stresses the importance of CAI to all board members. This commitment has resulted in a contract modification for LPM offering discounts on management fees to CAI member associations. Also, 85% of all RFPs are sent to CAI vendors. Finally, Jamie is insistent that all her managers pursue a professional designation if they want to advance in her department.
The second 2017 Chapter Rising Star award is presented to Nicole Skaro, with Alliance Bank. Nicole was nominated by Maria Elena Solis, with Lemus Construction, who said “Nicole demonstrated exceptional leadership in the Lehigh Valley Sub-Committee, organizing the panel discussion Finding the Right Professional for your Community Association. Unfortunately there was not enough attendance to pull it through... but the concept and the level of energy to make it happen was commendable and very professional.
Community Association Volunteer of the Year Award
The Community Association Volunteer of the Year is given to an individual volunteer within a community association who has excelled in his or her volunteer capacity. Nominees must be currently serving in a volunteer capacity with their community for a minimum of one year.
The 2017 Community Association Volunteer of the Year is Lou Franzini, past president and treasurer of Woodledge at Whitford Hills Community Association in Exton, PA. Lou was nominated by Jane Wismer, community association manager, with CCR Management. Jane said this in her nomination: During his first year on the Board, and despite battling cancer, Lou worked tirelessly to address a corrective amendment filed by the developer. In the hospital, while recovering from surgery, he drafted an amendment (later presented to and passed by an overwhelming majority of the homeowners) to the Declaration which addressed the previous amendment and at the same time lowered assessments for the homeowners (since 2015). That same year, Woodledge was awarded the Gold Star Award in part, because of Lou's visions. This is in addition to many other goals the community have realized because of Lou's efforts. I feel Lou is very deserving of Community Association Volunteer of the year, even now more than ever.
Business Partner of the Year Award
The Business Partner of the Year award is given to a CAI Member Business Partner who has provided extraordinary service and support to an individual community association and the industry as a whole.
The 2017 Business Partner of the Year is Barry Siburkis, with Mark 1 Restoration. Barry was nominated by Nicole Skaro, with Alliance Bank, and said this about Barry: I am nominating Barry because he showed me, first hand, what it's like to be a true CAI Member and help those in need. I have had the pleasure of working with Barry on the Lehigh Valley Committee this past year. Barry never gave up. He attended all meetings, always had suggestions and ideas and was willing to do the work to make those ideas happen. On a larger note, when I needed a restoration company, he was the first and only one to snap into action and save the day. He makes himself available, he works with you, he communicates, and he follows through on his word. He represents a company that goes above and beyond. Any association or management company should feel confident that they have a company that understands their specific needs and will help in any way that they can. He wants CAI to grow and be recognized for the great works that the organization and members do. His positive energy is contagious.
2017 Recruiter of the Year
This year’s recruiter rewards campaign has been very successful. Membership is growing successfully and many of you are to thank for that by referring potential members to the chapter. This year’s recruiter campaign comes to an end with the award of the final two prizes - $500 prize for the most new members recruited between July 1 and November 30; and a second $500 prize for the most new homeowner leader members recruited from between January 1 and November 30. I’m pleased to report that the same person has won both of these cash prizes. Please congratulate Deana Frederick, with Robert H. Wise Management, CAI’s 2017 Recruiter of the Year, for recruiting 21 new homeowner members this year.
Recruiter Club Inductees
In 2015, the chapter announced the formation of our chapter-level Recruiter Club. The Recruiter Club, like that at the national level, recognizes members who recruit colleagues and professionals to join CAI. In addition, the Recruiter Club rewards members who achieve progressively higher levels of new member recruitment. Recruiters also receive national and chapter recognition for recruitment milestones.
The Recruiter Club has six levels and tonight we are pleased to recognize two outstanding recruiters. First, we are inducting a new member into the first level – the Distinguished Recruiters, who have recruited between 25 and 49 new members, and we are elevating a member
Our newest Distinguished Recruiter is Patti Walton, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, with Associa Mid-Atlantic. Patti has recruited 28 new members over the course of her membership in CAI. Congratulations and thank you Patti.
The Elite Level of Recruiters is a special category of the Recruiter Club for members who have recruited between 50 and 74 new members to the chapter. We are please tonight to recognize our first Elite Recruiter – Kevin McGrath, PCAM with Benjamin Cobrin & Co. Kevin has recruited 70 new members during the course of his membership in CAI. Thank you and congratulations Kevin!
Robert H. Wise Sr. President’s Award
The Robert Wise President's Award was established in 1996 to honor former chapter president Robert Wise, principal and owner of Wise Management Company and who was an active member of this chapter for many years. The award is given out each year by the President of the Board to a chapter member who has shown outstanding service and dedication to the chapter.
The 2018 Robert H. Wise Sr. President’s Award recipient is Kevin McGrath, PCAM, Executive Vice President with Benjamin Cobrin & Co.
Kevin McGrath has been a dedicated and long-serving volunteer with the chapter. Kevin served a term on the chapter board in the late 1990’s and was a member of the chapter Advisory Council for many years thereafter. Kevin served two terms on the Philadelphia Regional Council before re-joining the Board of Directors in 2012. While on the board, and as chapter president in 2015, Kevin emphasized membership development and, since his term as chapter president ended, Kevin has served as chair of the Member Outreach & Engagement Committee, where his efforts have led to strong membership growth over the last two years. Kevin was recognized as the national CAI Recruiter of the Year in 2014 and is a member of the chapter Recruiter Club at the Distinguished level. Kevin has been a strong advocate for CAI and has served as a member for 29 years. The Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter is proud to have had Kevin as a dedicated member for many years and we are pleased to honor him tonight with the Robert H. Wise Sr. President’s Award.