Ability is what you’re
capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how
well you do it.
Most, if not all, well-run community associations will have
three components in place: an educated and informed board of directors,
interested and enthusiastic residents, and a caring and dedicated manager. All
three working in close harmony result in a community that is transformed from
just a place to live into a great place to live.
As we have gotten to know our Florida Communities of Excellence
finalists and winners during the first three years of the awards, we have found
the three components to be present in almost all. We continue to applaud these
communities that are thriving and moving forward, even during the uncertain
times we have faced the past few years. And while these communities’
accomplishments have greatly benefited our readers, we felt that there was an
opportunity we were missing.
This year we introduced the inaugural Managers of Excellence
awards. We recognize that the manager of an association is the vital link to
keeping the community running smoothly. He or she must oversee the day-to-day operations
and handle all the problems that occur. A good manager is the ambassador for
the community—keeping everyone happy—and as such, deserves special recognition.
It is quite natural that the Managers of Excellence are
chosen from among Communities of Excellence winners and finalists. After all,
we consider these high-achieving communities as benchmarks in the industry. To
be considered for the award, the manager must represent a community that was a
multi-year AND multi-category winner or finalist.
We are proud to recognize and congratulate the first annual
Managers of Excellence winners and the communities they represent. They bring
ability and motivation to the job day after day, and their award-winning,
can-do attitudes represent the best of what community association management is
You will find the winners on page 12.