Readers’ Choice Awards Spotlight

Readers’ Choice Awards Spotlight

Published August 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

Executive National Bank
Diamond Level Winner—Financial
(Winner 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015)

     Executive National Bank is a locally-owned financial institution that has proudly served Florida’s communities since 1972. We understand the challenges faced when managing associations and pride ourselves on providing premium products and personalized service. As a full-service bank, we offer an array of products tailored to your needs: expanded FDIC solutions such as CDARS and executive cash sweep (ECS) offer multi-million dollar coverage; lockbox services; accounts payable lockbox (AvidXchange), and property pay help streamline payment processing for your association. With more than 40 years of banking experience, our association specialists understand the unique challenges faced when managing an association. We are located in Kendall, South Miami, Tamiami, Bonita Springs, and Clearwater. Together, we develop personalized solutions to meet your ever-changing business needs and ensure success.

     For more information on Executive National Bank, call (305) 274-8382 or visit Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Southern Chute
Diamond Level Winner—Maintenance
(Winner 2018, 2017 & 2016)

     Southern Chute was born in 2001 from an idea Chet Ribner had when he was selling commercial maintenance supplies to condominiums. He was always being asked for something to clean the trash chute with or to counteract the odors. A little research and a lot of prayers later, we opened our doors on October 1.

     We founded Southern Chute on two principles: that happy employees are invested in their company, and that we will not take a customer’s money unless we can make a difference at their property. Seventeen years later, we have two offices and 20 employees, and we have you—our satisfied and loyal customers! We value the relationships and friendships that we have developed with you over the years.

     Most of our employees have been with us 10 to 15-plus years. Many of you comment on how nice it is to see the same faces every year. I cannot put into words how proud they all were to hear about this award. Everyone received a “diamond” paperweight for their desks, and the pride that showed in their faces proved to me that our principles were right.

Although Chet left us too early and is not physically here to celebrate this honor, he left us his work ethic and his honesty as his legacy. Sandy and I appreciate your continued support!

     For more information on Southern Chute, call (866) 475-9191 or visit or


Bakalar & Associates P.A.
Platinum Level Winner—Legal Services
(Winner 2018 & 2017)

     Since the firm’s inception in 1994, Bakalar & Associates PA has dedicated its practice to the representation of community associations. The firm’s attorneys and staff are dedicated professionals who understand that the practice of community association law is one based on relationships and mutual respect. The firm’s commitment to provide its clients with prompt, high quality, cost-effective, and practical legal guidance is unparalleled. With more than 65 years of combined experience representing condominium and homeowner associations, our attorneys regularly counsel hundreds of association clients throughout the state of Florida on all facets of community association law, including the recovery of assessments through collections and foreclosure, enforcement of association rules and governing documents, mediation, arbitration and litigation, contract review, and amendments to governing documents.

     For more information on Bakalar & Associates P.A., call (800) 495-4951 or visit the firm’s website at

Sentry Management Inc.
Platinum Level Winner—Management
(Winner 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014)

     Sentry Management was founded in 1975. We have grown to be one of the largest homeowners association and condominium management firms in the U.S., with our headquarters located in Florida.

     Sentry exclusively focuses on managing communities, homeowner associations, and condominiums. With 15 Florida offices, Sentry is a major presence in the state. Sentry is an Accredited Management organization (AMO®)—an assurance of integrity and expert financial systems. Only the top six percent of U.S. management companies earn this prestigious designation and only a handful of association management firms. Sentry has no ownership or affiliation with any HOA or condominium contractors or suppliers. We always negotiate the best prices for each community we manage, and the savings come back in the form of lower operating costs to residents. Integrity and transparency are part of our DNA. Planning and coordination of association meetings, site visits, enforcement of deed restrictions, contract supervision, and aggressive collection of assessments are all regular services, along with detailed financial and manager’s reports. Sentry invests heavily in technology and tools to help communities prosper.

     CommunityPro® is Sentry’s exclusive management and communications software. It makes the community manager more productive and board members better informed. CommunityPro® PORTAL is the free, password-protected website available to every community. All the CommunityPro® technology, online payment acceptance, and real-time online financial and management reports are standard.

     Sentry offices are in Brevard County—Space Coast, Clermont, Fort Myers, Kissimmee, Longwood—Orlando, Naples, Pasco County—Tampa North, Ponte Vedra—Jacksonville, Sarasota, Tampa Bay—Clearwater, Tavares—Ocala, and Volusia County— New Smyrna Beach.

     For more information on Sentry Management, call (800) 932-6636 or visit

Allied Property Group
Gold Level Winner—Management
(Winner 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014) 

     Allied Property Group is a full-service property management company providing service to South Florida since 2003. We understand the challenges faced by the board of directors to maintain low costs, increase property values, and enhance the community experience for their fellow neighbors. Our experienced and talented staff can help you achieve those goals by helping you save time and money. You will find that we genuinely care about your community and its goals. We provide a personal touch to increase positive relationships with our board members and homeowners alike.

     Our team consists of licensed community managers with extensive experience in the industry, dedicated property accountants, and a qualified customer service staff. Together our team has the tools and skills they need to help you make the best decisions for your community.

     We are a technology focused firm which allow us to provide outstanding customer service while being efficient. Our team works closely with the board of directors to run efficient meetings, generating comprehensive and easy-to-read financial and management reports.

For more information on Allied Property Group, call (305) 232-1579 or visit