Readers’ Choice Awards Spotlight

Readers’ Choice Awards Spotlight

Published July 2018

       Editor’s Note: Congratulations to these six outstanding Readers’ Choice Awards winners! (For a full list of RCA winners, please read the March 2018 issue or visit

Forge Engineering Inc.
Diamond Level Winner—Construction and Engineering
(Winner 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015)

     For 21 years, Forge Engineering has literally built the foundation of southwest Florida. A full-service engineering firm whose expertise has touched nearly every major construction project in the area, Forge Engineering itself is constructed upon rock-solid principles of ensuring clients’ requirements are resolved efficiently by assessing needs and providing meaningful answers.

       “We don’t turn anyone away. Our company culture is to offer solid advice and help clients take care of their assets, spend their dollars wisely, and minimize wasteful expenditures because of a lack of maintenance,” says Matt H. Nolton, CEO and Principal Engineer.

     Forge Engineering offers expertise in geotechnical reporting, testing and inspection, environmental site remediation, bank draw inspections, materials testing, and construction inspection. Their forensics team is often called upon as expert witnesses in court cases. Where other companies might assess an issue and offer “their” way of resolving it, Forge consultants consider all parameters relevant to the client.

     Yet, as instrumental as Forge Engineering has been in the construction, development, and maintenance of southwest Florida’s buildings, they’ve also been community builders. Every employee is in some way involved with charity or civic groups, such as Rotary and Habitat for Humanity. “We contribute, get involved, and make our community a better place for everyone,” says Nolton, who adds that work-life balance for all employees is key. “We take care of our customers, but we have a big emphasis on family. Everyone knows everyone and cares. It’s truly a team. And we take that responsibility seriously.”

     For more information on Forge Engineering Inc., call (239) 514-4100 or visit

Gold Coast Professional Schools
Diamond Level Winner—Organizations
(Winner 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015)

     Gold Coast Professional Schools began offering real estate courses from a single location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the 1970s and has grown to become Florida’s largest provider of professional education for real estate, community association management (CAM), insurance, construction, mortgage loan origination, and appraisal. By providing both classroom and a growing number of online courses, students across the state turn to Gold Coast Schools to achieve, maintain, or enhance their licenses and careers. Patricia Rogers, Director of CAM Education for Gold Coast Schools, explains her program’s success: “We have dedicated our entire CAM program to not only teach our students the information they need to pass the state exam and obtain their CAM license, but also prepare them with the knowledge needed to excel in their careers.”

     If you are looking to advance your career, the education provider you choose is of utmost importance. Gold Coast encourages everyone to do their research when selecting a school for pre-licensure and renewal education because selecting the right school is the first step toward success. To learn more about the courses offered at Gold Coast Schools, contact a helpful career counselor.

     For more information on Gold Coast Professional Schools, call (800) 732-9140 or visit

HIG Insurance Group
Diamond Level Winner—Financial
(Winner 2018, 2017 & 2016)

     HIG is one of the largest condominium and homeowner association insurance and certified risk management insurance agency providers in Florida, and we are honored to again win the prestigious “Diamond Level Readers’ Choice Award.” Star and Chase Herbig have more than 50 years of combined insurance expertise and insure hundreds of association properties throughout Florida. Star Herbig is president of HIG’s Association Insurance Division and is recognized as one of the most educated and knowledgeable professionals in the association insurance field. She holds the Certified Risk Management (CRM) degree; has a B.S. in Business Finance, Magna Cum Laude; and is a State Certified Property Manager Continuing Education Trainer, the author of multiple association insurance articles, and an expert speaker on association insurance.

     For a no obligation consultation call Star Herbig direct at (407) 920-1116 or visit


Kings III Emergency Communications
Platinum Level Winner—Safety & Security 
(Winner 2018)

     Kings III Emergency Communications has been providing complete, compliant, and affordable emergency phone solutions for elevators, poolsides, stairwells, parking areas, and more for nearly three decades, monitoring more than 50,000 help phones across the U.S. Our all-inclusive turnkey solution includes equipment, installation, maintenance, and 24/7 monitoring at our very ownEmergency Dispatch Center for one low price. Two key differentiators include our smart-line seizure technology, which eliminates costly dedicated emergency phone lines, and our digital recording and storing of all calls. These coupled with advanced operator training and many other value-added benefits allow us to reduce risk, liability, and costs for our customers.

       Designed, assembled, and supported in the USA. 

       For more information on Kings III Emergency Communications, visit

Lang Management
Platinum Level Winner—Management
(Winner 2018 & 2017) 

       Lang Management Company, founded in 1980, has been a leader in the management of homeowner, property owner, and condominium associations along the Gold Coast. Lang’s tenured staff is comprised of dedicated professionals with the resources and network of experts who help identify and solve property management challenges quickly and effectively. With portfolios ranging from a community of 10 units to more than 5,000 units, Lang Management adapts to client needs by providing customized property management services. Board members are free to choose only those services that meet their needs.

       Lang Management’s longevity in the industry and extensive approved vendor list provide a competitive edge in the contractor bidding process. When you call our customer service department, you will always reach a Lang employee, not a third-party service, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our professional and affordable management services include comprehensive financial reporting, technologically-advanced systems, risk management services, customized website services, and emergency preparedness and disaster recovery programs. In-house professionals and strategic partners include a repair and maintenance affiliate, janitorial service contractor, landscape architect, certified arborist, licensed aquatic weed control specialist, and irrigation and pest control contractor.

       “Our mission is to create a better lifestyle for our clients by providing them with exceptional management and maintenance services, utilizing a team approach to problem solving, and providing innovative solutions.”

For more information on Lang Management, call (561) 750-8800 or visit


Lake & Wetland Management
Gold Level Winner—Pools, Lakes & Parks
(Winner 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015)

       Lake and Wetland Management Inc. is a full-service environmental resource providing aquatic weed and algae control, invasive plant management and removal, erosion control services and shoreline restoration, sediment removal, wetland mitigation services, native plant nursery and plant installation, and environmental monitoring. Our team leads the environmental services industry and has an exemplary reputation with many government agencies, builders, developers, golf courses, property managers, and homeowners associations.

       Incorporated in April 1992 by brothers Stuart and Brian Fischer, Lake & Wetland Management has gained vast experience working in a variety of Florida’s natural environments and on various project types. This versatility gives us a competitive edge with serving clients across the entire state of Florida.


       Our success comes from our knowledgeable team of state-certified biologists and our continued commitment to education and certifications. We are a certified installer of SOX LLC™ Erosion Solutions and use groundbreaking products such as Dredgesox™ Erosion Control—which uses multi-functioning amphibious work boats to dredge shallow sediment into a shoreline containment system which permanently restores eroding shorelines. Lake & Wetland Management is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida and has eight additional regional offices throughout the state.

       For more information on Lake & Wetland Management, call (855) 888-LAKE (5253) or visit