Readers’ Choice Awards Spotlight—June 2019

Readers’ Choice Awards Spotlight

Published June 2019

     Editor’s Note: Congratulations to these four outstanding Readers’ Choice Awards winners! (For a full list of RCA winners, please read the March 2019 issue or visit www.fcapgroup.com/flcaj/readers-choice/.)


ADT Community Association Program
Diamond Level Winner—Safety and Security
(Winner 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014)

     ADT Community Association Program is the first choice in security for community associations and the nation’s premier provider of electronic security services, providing world-class customer care and service to more than 100,000 residences through bulk agreements. This includes 24/7 monitoring by our own state-of-the-art monitoring centers and “concierge level” customer care and service provided by our exclusive community association service center. Our technicians are our own highly-trained employees. They are vetted, FASA/BASA-certified security professionals.

       The ADT brand is among the most well-known and trusted brands in the security industry today and is a full-service provider for intrusion, fire, video surveillance, access control, Pulse® home automation, interactive services, video, and two-way voice systems. ADT has 143 years of experience.

       For more information on ADT, visit www.adt.com/community-associations.


Gold Coast Professional Schools
Diamond Level Winner—Organizations
(Winner 2019, 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 www.GoldCoastSchools.com.


Landex Resorts International Inc.
Diamond Level Winner—Management
(Winner 2019)

       We are honored to receive the FCAP Diamond Readers’ Choice Award. We thank our loyal customers and vendors for voting for us; it is a pleasure knowing and working with you.

       Landex began in 1981 and currently has 18 employees, including the incredible six-woman team who runs the corporate office. They manage a total of 17 associations (HOA, POA, commercial and residential condominiums) and vacation properties and timeshares that comprise $96,200,000 in property values with aggregate annual budgets of $4,718,000. In addition, their sister company, Landex Realty, produces another $1,200,000 in rental revenue for the vacation properties and timeshare owners in associations they manage. Landex’s services go beyond asset protection and association business management. We have all been involved in helping with personal property loss, insurance, and the welfare and well-being of our customers over the years. We also give back to the community more than $20,000 a year through monetary donations and auction items.

       Landex provides full services as a certified association management firm taking care of more than 4,000 customers. We handle all the day-to-day operations, including but not limited to creating budgets, full accounting, property management, billing, collection, financial reporting, legal proceedings, governmental liaison, board and membership meetings, capital improvements, and routine maintenance. We are celebrating 56 years in the business industry.

     Our Motto: “We are a People-Pleasing Company Where a Handshake Means a Lasting Friendship.”

For more information on Landex Resorts International, call (239) 369-5848 or visit www.landexresorts.com.


Seacrest Services
Diamond Level Winner—Management & Landscaping
(Winner 2019)

       Since 1968 Seacrest Services Inc. has consistently provided premium quality service in a professional manner, achieving customer satisfaction to community associations. Through steady planning, Seacrest has brought its unique approach to property management to Martin County, Palm Beach County, and Broward County while offering the same commitment of excellence today as we did more than 40 years ago. The longevity of our client relationships is matched by the tenure of our employees. We maintain one of the highest levels of experienced employees in our industry, ensuring that your property or association gets the professionalism and knowledge it deserves.

       From full-service property management services and professional accounting services to complete landscaping and property maintenance needs, Seacrest Services can tailor a specific streamlined service plan for your community association.

       As a proud recipient of the 2019 Diamond Level award for Property Management and Landscape services, we would like to thank you for honoring us with your vote and trusting our services for more than 40 years!

       Discover the Seacrest difference, and let us lead your community into the future today!

       For more information on Seacrest Services, contact us at (561) 697-4990 or visit us at www.seacrestservices.com.


Southern Chute Inc.
Diamond Level Winner—Maintenance
(Winner 2019, 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 a product 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. Eighteen 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. The pride that they felt last year in winning this award is doubled to win again in 2019! We cannot thank you enough for this honor.

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

       For more information on Southern Chute, call (866) 475-9191 or visit www.SouthernChute.com or www.TrashChuteParts.com.


Lake and Wetland Management
Platinum Level Winner—Pools, Lakes & Parks
(Winner 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015)

      Lake and Wetland Management Inc. is a full-service environmental resource company  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 homeowner 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 service provider of SOX Erosion Solutions™ and use groundbreaking products such as Dredgesox® Erosion Control, which uses multi-functioning amphibious work boats to pump shallow pond sediment into a shoreline containment system which immediately stabilizes and restores eroding shorelines. Lake & Wetland Management is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, and has eight additional regional offices throughout the state of Florida.

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


Sentry Management Inc.
Platinum Level Winner—Management
(Winner 2019, 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 www.sentrymgt.com.