by Michael Hamline, Editor / Published March 2020
As I pen the words to my first ever Journal Notes, I reflect with appreciation on being involved in such a unique industry. This month I have been given the privilege to write the preview for our 7th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. For us, the Readers’ Choice Awards begin at the end of August when we open up voting. In September, we notify the companies of their nominations and provide them with information on how to promote voting. We continue this through the end of December until voting is closed. In January, the winners are contacted and given the opportunity to thank our readers for voting for them. The first two weeks of February our production team is organizing what has now become our largest issue of the year.
Congratulations to our 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners! Your accomplishments are well deserved! This year’s special section has more than 80 pages of short company profiles from our 2020 winners, providing our readers with insight into the individuals and companies assisting them in their role of community association management. This year we experienced a seventh straight year of increase in participation. There were more than 550 companies nominated, 8500 votes cast, and more than 300 service providers recognized as winners or finalists. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers and all of our service providers that assist us each month in our goal of educating our readers with quality and relevant information pertinent to the decisions they make each week.
Also, in this edition, we congratulate Greg Lekanides of Boynton Beach for completing the requirements to become a CFCAM. He is featured on page 94 in our FCAP Community Section, and Marcy Kravit has a must-read on page 94-96 in her article, “Exterior Renovations, Restorations, and Upgrades, Part II.” On page 136, Casey Crowther, the president of Target Roofing, provides us a nice case study on a condominium roofing project in Fort Myers; and on page 126, Beth Gilbert with AppFolio has written a timely piece on the importance technology has on hiring new staff.
Join us in April as we deliver to HOA managers and their boards a special issue that focuses on life inside HOAs.