“Designing Florida’s Newest Communities: A 10-year look ahead”

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Next week at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston the Seventh Annual Florida Communities of Excellence Conference & Awards are bringing together leading developers from throughout Florida for an unprecedented panel discussion:  “Designing Florida’s Newest Communities: A 10-year look ahead with our state’s most innovative developers.”

Here’s who you’ll be hearing from:

•        Teresa Baluja, Director of Property Management, Lennar Homes
•        Dr. Jennifer Languell, President, Trifecta Construction Solutions
•        Harvey Hernandez, President, Newgard Development
•        Chris Hasty, Director of Land Development, Pulte Group
•        Ronald L. Yuter, Senior Vice-President/COO, Ansca Homes

Mark Stempler, a shareholder in the construction law practice of Becker & Poliakoff, one of the founding sponsors of the Awards, will moderate.  Mark is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Construction Law and is a certified LEED Green Associate.

If you haven’t registered yet for the Seventh Annual Florida Communities of Excellence Conference & Awards, go ahead and register now.  There is no cost to attend if you are a board member, resident, or active association manager.  In addition to the panel and awards celebration, we’ll have the largest number of exhibitors in the history of the awards.  More details on the event, including the agenda and a link to register, are on the event page.

Gathering to honor communities throughout Florida

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The charter of the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards is to recognize the accomplishments of communities throughout the state and to document their success so that others might be inspired by what they’ve accomplished.

On May 15 we’ll gather to do just that.  The Seventh Annual Awards Gala brings together the board members and managers from communities throughout Florida.  So far we’ve had registrations from these communities:

  • Apogee Beach Condominium, Hollywood
  • Arlen House East, Sunny Isles Beach
  • Baldwin Park, Orlando
  • Bellaggio, Lake Worth
  • Bellalago, Kissimmee
  • Bermuda Springs, Weston
  • Beverly Arms Condo, Miami Beach
  • Beverly Hills Condominium, Hollywood
  • Blue Condo, Miami
  • Boca Glades Master Association, Boca Raton
  • Buckingham Estates, Sanford
  • Canyon Springs HOA, Boynton Beach
  • Carol Woods HOA, Apopka
  • Castillo at Westshore Yacht Club, Tampa
  • City 24, Miami
  • Coconuts of Bonaventure, Weston
  • Country Club of Mount Dora, Mt. Dora
  • Crandon Tower Condominium, Key Biscayne
  • Evergrene, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Fiddlesticks Country Club, Ft. Myers
  • Green Cay Village, Boynton Beach
  • Harwood D Condominium, Deerfield Beach
  • Heritage Park of St. Augustine, St. Augustine
  • Island Walk of Naples, Naples
  • Independence Community, Winter Garden
  • Island Pointe Condominiums, Bay Harbor Island
  • K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons of Delray Beach, Delray Beach
  • Key Colony No. 4 Condominium Association, Key Biscayne
  • Kings Point, Sun City Center
  • L’ Hermitage I Condominium, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Lakeview Townhomes, Miramar
  • Las Olas Beach Club Condominium, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Marilyn’s Condominium Association, Miami
  • MetroWest Master Association, Orlando
  • Milano at Deering Bay Condominium Association, Coral Gables
  • Mirror Lakes, a 55+ Adult Community, Boynton Beach
  • Misty Oaks Park HOA, Ocala
  • MyBrickell Condominium Association, Miami
  • On Top of the World Communities, Ocala
  • Overlook at Baymeadows, Jacksonville
  • Paramount on Lake Eola, Orlando
  • Pelican Lake POA, Naples
  • Pines of Delray West, Delray Beach
  • Preston HOA – PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Promenades East, Port Charlotte
  • River Dance Condominium, Bradenton
  • SouthWood Residential Community Association, Tallahassee
  • St. George Plantation, St. George Island
  • Star Lofts on the Bay, Miami
  • Stonecrest POA, Summerfield
  • Stratford at Kings Ridge HOA, Clermont
  • Sunrise Lakes Phase 1, Sunrise
  • TDR Tower I Condominium, Sunny Isles Beach
  • The Meadows, Weston
  • The Towers Condominium, Ft. Myers
  • Tierra Del Rey, Delray Beach
  • Timber Pines, Spring Hill
  • Town Homes of Harbor Oaks, Clearwater
  • Town Square Association, Lauderdale Lakes
  • Tradewinds at Metrowest, Orlando
  • Trump Hollywood, Hollywood
  • Turtle Cay HOA, Riviera Beach
  • Tuscany Bay HOA, Boynton Beach
  • Valencia Pointe Master Association, Boynton Beach
  • Vanderbilt Community Association, Naples
  • Venetian Condominium, Ft. Lauderdale
  • VeronaWalk of Naples, Naples
  • Wellington at Seven Hills, Spring Hill
  • Whitehall South, Boca Raton
  • Williams Island 2600 Condominium, Aventura
  • Willoughby Golf Club, Stuart
  • Windward Bay Condominium, Longboat Key
  • Wynmoor, Coconut Creek
  • Yacht Harbour Condominium, Miami
If you have already registered, we’ll see you there!

If you haven’t registered yet, regardless of whether your community is listed above, register now.  There is no cost to attend if you are a board member, resident, or active association manager.  In addition to the celebration, we’ll have the largest number of exhibitors in the history of the awards.  More details on the event, including the agenda and a link to register, are on the event page.

Hispanic American Professional Business Women’s Association welcomes 2015-2017 Board of Directors

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A Women’s History Month event celebrating Latina entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals, the Hispanic American Professional Business Women’s Association & HAPBWA Foundation, together with their membership, business and community leaders celebrated the Installation of the 2015 – 2017 Board of Directors.

The induction ceremony was presided by the Honorable Judge Wilfredo Martínez who administered the oath of office to the following Board of Directors:

President: Samí Haiman-Marrero, URBANDER

Vice-President: Maritza Beltrán, Radio Personality

Secretary: Vilma Quintana, Florida Blue

Treasurer: Deisamar De Soto, MBA/MKT, Accounting & Compliance, Inc.

Professional Development: Zanibel Melo, Higher Dreams Productions

Membership & Recuitment: Nancy Sharifi, e.l.l.a.s. International

During this event we also recognized and honored amazing women that have served as positive role models and have supported our mission to increase the leadership and management capabilities of HAPBWA members and female students in our community through mentorship programs, higher education and professional development.

A business development and marketing expert specializing in the U.S. Hispanic market, the newly inducted President, Samí Haiman-Marrero, also served as today’s keynote speaker, who within her remarks she said, “Today our organization is experiencing a transformation from within.  We are gearing up to take ownership of our position as the matriarchs of the fastest growing segment in our region, and in the USA: The Hispanic market.”

She went on further to say, “Hispanic American professional and business women are fueling the economy, raising a huge portion of the next generation of this country’s workforce, and it’s about time we have a place of influence. I ask you to join us and help us build a promising future for ourselves, and our CHILDREN.”

Florida Communities of Excellence announces finalists

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Water Conservation (Indoors and Outdoors): Small communities

  • Apogee Beach Condominium Association, Hollywood
  • Milano at Deering Bay Condominium Association, Coral Gables
  • Tuscany Bay Master Association, Naples
Water Conservation (Indoors and Outdoors): Large communities
  • On Top of the World Communities, Ocala
  • Stonecrest POA, Summerfield
  • Timber Pines Community Association, Spring Hill
Energy Efficiency: Small communities
  • Castillo at the Westshore Yacht Club, Tampa
  • City 24, Miami
  • Venetian Condominium, Ft. Lauderdale
Energy Efficiency: Large communities
  • On Top of the World Communities, Ocala
  • Royal Stewart Arms, Dunedin
  • Villaggio Homeowners Association, Lake Worth
Florida-Friendly Landscaping: Small communities
  • Dockside at Ventura Condominium Association, Orlando
  • Madeira Cove Condominium Association, Madeira Beach
  • Promenades East Condominium Association, Port Charlotte
Florida-Friendly Landscaping: Large communities
  • Evergrene, Palm Beach Gardens
  • MetroWest Master Association, Orlando
  • Wellington at Seven Hills HOA, Spring Hill
Civic Volunteerism & Advocacy: Small communities
  • K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Delray Beach Homeowners Association, Delray Beach
  • River Dance Condominium Association, Bradenton
  • The Solaire at the Plaza, Orlando
Civic Volunteerism & Advocacy: Large communities
  • Egret Landing at Jupiter POA, Jupiter
  • Fiddlesticks Country Club, Ft. Myers
  • Valencia Pointe Homeowners Association, Boynton Beach
Communications & Community: Small Community
  • Mirror Lakes, a 55+ Adult Community, Boynton Beach
  • Pines of Delray West, Delray Beach
  • Willoughby Golf Club, Stuart
Communications & Community: Large community
  • IslandWalk of Naples, Naples
  • Southwood Residential Community Association, Tallahassee
  • Stonecrest POA, Summerfield
Family Friendly Programs & Initiatives: Small communities
  • Buckingham Estates, Sanford
  • Misty Oaks Park Homeowners Association, Ocala
  • Paramount on Lake Eola, Orlando
Family Friendly Programs & Initiatives: Large communities
  • Heritage Park of St. Augustine, St. Augustine
  • Independence, Winter Garden
  • Pembroke Falls HOA, Pembroke Pines
Safety & Security: Small communities
  • L’Hermitage I Condominium Association, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Little Harbour Homeowners Association, Naples
  • Venetian Condominium, Ft. Lauderdale
Safety & Security: Large communities
  • Fiddlesticks Country Club, Ft. Myers
  • Island Walk of Naples, Naples
  • Country Club of Mt. Dora, Mt. Dora
Disaster Preparedness Initiatives: Small communities
  • Overlook at Baymeadows Condominium Association, Jacksonville
  • The Solaire at the Plaza, Orlando
  • Trump Hollywood, Hollywood
Disaster Preparedness Initiatives: Large communities
  • Kings Point, Sun City Center
  • On Top of the World Communities, Ocala
  • VeronaWalk, Naples
Financial Innovation: Small communities
  • Island Pointe, Bay Harbor
  • Tuscany Bay Homeowners Association, Boynton Beach
  • Venetian Condominium, Ft. Lauderdale
Financial Innovation: Large communities
  • Egret Landing at Jupiter POA, Jupiter
  • St. George Plantation, St. George Island
  • Turtle Cay, Riviera Beach
“The Comeback Kid”: Small communities
  • The Towers Condominium Association, Ft. Myers
  • Windward Bay Condominiums, Longboat Key
  • Yacht Harbour Condominium, Miami
“The Comeback Kid”: Large communities
  • The Charter Club, Miami
  • Tradewinds, a Metrowest Condominium Association, Orlando
  • Turtle Cay, Riviera Beach
“Trendsetter Awards”

In this category, no finalists are named in advance. Winning communities will be notified within the next three weeks.

Community Video Showcase

The deadline is April 1, so there is still time to enter.  The top three videos selected by our panel of judges will be shown at the Awards gala.

  • Theme: “A day in the life of our community”
  • No longer than 2 minutes (and not a second longer, please)
  • Include the name of the community in some way, either in a shot or as text, along with your city
  • Shoot, edit, and upload your video to YouTube, and include “2015 Communities of Excellence video submission” in the video description along with this link: http://communitiesofexcellence.net/. (YouTube is free; anyone can easily open an account and upload their video.)
  • E-mail a link to your video on YouTube to Alan Penchansky, by April 1. We will contact you if yours is selected to be shown at the Conference & Awards Gala.
Congratulations to all the communities that entered and to the finalists.

There is still time to enter the Community Video Showcase.  The deadline is April 1.  The theme is “A day in the life of our community” and videos must be no longer then 2:00 minutes.  You should include the name of the community in some way, either in a shot or as text, along with your city.  Shoot, edit, and upload your video to YouTube, and include “2015 Communities of Excellence video submission” in the video description along with this link: http://communitiesofexcellence.net/. E-mail a link to your video on YouTube to Alan Penchansky, by April 1. We will contact you if yours is selected to be shown at the Conference & Awards Gala.

And now is the time to register to attend the Conference & Awards Gala on May 15.    If you are a board member, resident, or active association manager, there is no cost to attend the Conference & Awards Gala, but you must register.

Entries are now open for the 2015 Florida Communities of Excellence Awards

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You can get started by downloading the PDF with the questions for all of the categories.

Have questions?  Here’s an FAQ that answers all of the major questions they’ve received over the last many months.

Wondering which categories to enter?  Here’s the full list: 

  • Water Conservation (Indoor and Outdoor)–Water management and conservation programs
  • Energy Efficiency–Energy management and conservation programs
  • Florida-Friendly Landscaping™–Presented by ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance–Environmentally sound landscape, wetland, preserve, and lake management policies
  • Disaster Preparedness–Protecting lives and property, as well as restoration in the aftermath of an emergency
  • Safety & Security–Programs to deter crime and ensure the safety of residents and property within the community
  • Civic Volunteerism & Advocacy–Presented by VolunteerFlorida–Supporting local and regional non-profit and charitable causes
  • Communications & Community–Promoting positive community relations
  • Family Friendly Programs & Initiatives–Promoting family participation and well-being
  • Financial Innovation--Policies and procedures to ease financial burdens during challenging economic times
  • “The Comeback Kid”–Recognizing communities that developed and implemented successful turnaround programs by revitalizing distressed properties
  • Trendsetter Awards–Innovation in any area not covered in the existing categories
  • Community Video Showcase–This year the top three videos will be shown at the Awards gala. Like last year, the maximum length is two minutes.  And if you entered last year, when we did this as an experiment to see if you were interested–you were!–you can enter the same video, if you wish, this year.

When you’ve decided what you want to enter, go online, set up an account, and enter your information.  You don’t have to do everything all at once.  You can save your work and go back and add to or edit an entry as well as enter additional categories any time up to the deadline of midnight on January 31, 2015.

Still have questions that weren’t already answered, please let them know.

“Manager of the Year” Applications Are Now Open

If the Manager of your homeowners’ association has an inspiring story to tell, the judges in the 2015 National “Manager of the Year” (MOTY) Contest would like to hear it. The MOTY award honors Managers who have been responsible for major improvements and/or turnarounds in the communities that they manage. Winners receive a prestigious trophy and a cash prize of $5000. The deadline for applications is January 5, 2015. On-Site Managers and Portfolio Managers are judged separately. There is no fee to enter.
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Anyone who desires to nominate a worthy Manager can use this link. Managers who would like to apply may do so online right here.

Entries are now open for the 2015 Florida Communities of Excellence Awards

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Last year was a record-setting year and this year promises to be even bigger.  Here are this year’s categories:
  • Water Conservation (Indoor and Outdoor)–Water management and conservation programs
  • Energy Efficiency–Energy management and conservation programs
  • Florida-Friendly Landscaping™–Presented by ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance–Environmentally sound landscape, wetland, preserve, and lake management policies
  • Disaster Preparedness–Protecting lives and property, as well as restoration in the aftermath of an emergency
  • Safety & Security–Programs to deter crime and ensure the safety of residents and property within the community
  • Civic Volunteerism & Advocacy–Presented by VolunteerFlorida–Supporting local and regional non-profit and charitable causes
  • Communications & Community–Promoting positive community relations
  • Family Friendly Programs & Initiatives–Promoting family participation and well-being
  • Financial Innovation--Policies and procedures to ease financial burdens during challenging economic times
  • “The Comeback Kid”–Recognizing communities that developed and implemented successful turnaround programs by revitalizing distressed properties
  • Trendsetter Awards–Innovation in any area not covered in the existing categories
  • Community Video Showcase–This year the top three videos will be shown at the Awards gala. Like last year, the maximum length is two minutes.  And if you entered last year, when we did this as an experiment to see if you were interested–you were!–you can enter the same video, if you wish, this year.

Get started by downloading the PDF with the questions for all of the categories.

When you’ve decided what you want to enter, go online, set up an account, and enter your information.  You don’t have to do everything all at once.  You can save your work and go back and add to or edit an entry as well as enter additional categories any time up to the deadline of midnight on January 31, 2015.

There is no fee to enter.

The Communities of Excellence Awards Conference and Gala will be held Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston.

On behalf of all of the organizations supporting this year’s awards, good luck!