Big Bear Lake, California / September 11, 2009 – Big Bear‐based timeshare and resort management group Alderwood Resort Management, part of The Alderwood Group (collectively, “Alderwood”), announced today that Kelsey Evans, Association Services Manager, has been awarded Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) accreditation. The certification process is extensive with an in‐depth study of industry ethics, laws and standards of practice as well as a detailed application procedure.
The certifying agency for CCAM is the California Association of Community Mangers, Inc. (CACM), the leading resource for community managers and resort timeshare management companies for ethics education, services, governance and creating relationships with qualified affiliate organizations. In addition, CACM plays an active role in Sacramento, working with State officials in connection with new legislation and regulations effecting community and homeowner associations.
“While accreditation is not required in California for homeowner association professionals, the State is leaning towards requiring certification given the potential for fraud in the industry,” states Stephanie Lawrence, Director of Administration for Alderwood. “Regardless of requirements, we think it is essential to offer our client associations our best,” Lawrence adds. Course work for certification focused on legal issues, principles of business practices, governance and enforcement, Board of Director roles and fiduciary responsibility. “The level of complexity has evolved in the industry and we need to stay informed and up‐to‐date on all issues our Association’s face,” states Evans. Alderwood is the only local Association management firm with personnel CCAM certified and notes Evans is one of nine Certified Community Association Managers in San Bernardino County.
In addition to Evans, Alderwood’s team of daily timeshare management personnel includes Joanna Cockrell. Cockrell recently joined Alderwood as Association Services Coordinator. “I am excited by the opportunity to work with Association Board members and to continue to deliver professional service to our homeowners,” says Cockrell. Cockrell is currently completing her coursework to receive CCAM accreditation and expects to receive certification in early 2010.