Readers’ Choice Awards Spotlight—May 2019

Readers’ Choice Awards Spotlight

Published May 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

Absolute Patio Furniture Restoration
Diamond Level Winner—Pools, Lakes & Parks
(Winner 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015)

     As many South Florida community associations and property managers can attest, their patio is very important to their communities. The problem with South Florida is that the weather is particularly hard on the furniture. The combination of the sun, humidity, and, in some cases, sand and salt for beachfront properties can wear out the furniture and wreak havoc. It is for this reason that patio furniture restoration becomes an essential part of property management. Restoring outdoor furniture is a green process, which saves money and also helps save the environment. Not only is this process green, but it’s also very cost effective and allows a unique opportunity to customize a community’s restoration and handpick from a large selection of metal finishes, fabrics, and color schemes. This selection includes hundreds of colors, patterns, and fabrics for slings, straps, and cushions, which allows a community association or property manager to select something they feel will fit with their already established décor, effectively creating an overall coordinated and polished look. The flexibility of powder coating makes it a great choice for any metal restoration project.

Is Your Property a Candidate for Restoration?

     Condominiums, country clubs, and HOAs with old and worn patio furniture should consider a powder coating restoration process instead of taking on the greater expense of furniture replacement. If the finish on the frames is still in great condition, then simply re-strapping or re-slinging is also an option. If your furniture is in good structural condition and only requires some minor welding repairs, then your furniture is a great candidate for restoration. You can completely update the look of your furniture and save your property a lot of money at the same time! Now offering new commercial patio furniture—Call for details.

     For more information on Absolute Patio Furniture Restoration, call (954) 917-2715 or visit

Envera Systems
Diamond Level Winner—Safety & Security
(Winner 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2014)

     Envera Systems is an all-inclusive security service company that specializes in technology-based security solutions for communities. Always innovating in the pursuit of increased security and decreased cost, Envera is a leader in Next Generation asset protection. Through the use of cutting-edge technology and proprietary software, Envera provides more effective security than traditional guards for a fraction of the cost.

     Envera focuses on making sure that community entrances, clubhouses, pools, and other amenities are protected in a way that is not intrusive to the quality of life. Our state-of-the-art Central Station oversees it all, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with licensed Class D Virtual Guards.

     With the revolutionary Virtual Gate Guard, Envera uses strategically-placed cameras with two-way audio to allow remotely located guards to verify visitors or deny entry into gated communities. Auto-verify technology enhances the Virtual Gate Guard to immediately verify repeat and permanent visitors with driver’s license recognition and license plate recognition. Envera also secures resident lanes with access control solutions that prevent sharing of credentials, can be easily deactivated when needed, and can be managed by the licensed Virtual Security Guards.

     While the Virtual Gate Guard greets and screens visitors at a community entrance, Envera’s Active Video Surveillance keeps pools, parks, clubhouses, and other amenities clear of trespassers and vandals. When the area closes at night, video analytics monitor the asset and alert Envera’s guards when anyone enters. A Virtual Guard voices down to the trespassers to tell them the area is closed. If trespassers refuse to leave, Envera can contact the local authorities.

     In addition, Envera offers accompanying solutions to secure all areas of a community when needed. Envera provides all services from implementation to installation, servicing of equipment, and monitoring. It’s the Envera difference.

     For more information on Envera Systems, call (855) 380-1274, email, or visit

Kaye Bender Rembaum
Diamond Level Winner—Legal Services
(Winner 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014)

     The award-winning Kaye Bender Rembaum is a full-service commercial law firm concentrating on the representation of 1,000-plus community associations throughout Florida, providing prompt, effective, cost-efficient, high quality, and understandable legal advice. With offices in Broward and Palm Beach and now Hillsborough counties, the Firm assists clients in all matters of association representation including, but not limited to, collection of assessments, contract drafting and negotiation, covenant review and amendments, covenant enforcement, and construction defect claims. The team also consists of several attorneys Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

     KBR hosts free education for community association board members and CAMs through their “Ask the Attorney” sessions now in its eleventh year. They also provide free monthly educational programs out of both offices and a monthly and weekly radio show to assist attendees with operating their communities better and educate them on their responsibilities and duties under Florida law and their governing documents.

     For more information, call (800) 974-0680, visit or follow

Ramco Protective Services
Diamond Level Winner—Safety & Security
(Winner 2019 & 2018)

     Ramco Protective Services has been a leading security force since 2008, with established operations in more than one-third of Florida’s counties. A single-source provider of comprehensive security and access control solutions, Ramco operates through its guard, gate, and intelligence divisions. The organization fortifies residential and corporate security with a complete range of physical and technology-based packages tailored to the client’s needs. Family-owned and operated, Ramco prides itself on its team-wide dedication to professionalism and integrity; its commitment to secure residences, corporations, malls, hospitals, and other facilities and its treatment of all with honor and respect.

     We promise the following:

  • To provide the highest standard of guard service combined with being able to cater to any other facet of the security industry. Our growth throughout Florida is by not simply selling particular products but building packages to fit the client’s needs.
  • To be associated with outstanding communities, companies, and other firms. Through planning and innovation, we will help each customer reach their maximum potential.
  • To be a firm that is enjoyable to work for and rewarding to work with.
  • To significantly contribute to the profession to which we belong and to the areas in which we live and work.
  • To grow, but to continue to retain our identity and provide those special products and services which were our hallmark from the beginning.

     While companies in the security industry pursue revenue and size, we pursue excellence. Where others pursue profit, we believe in a long-term relationship to provide your community with a state-of the-art group of products and services that help all of its residents and management be successful. Moreover, we believe that quality blended with excellent service is the foundation for a highly successful partnership. This is the tone we carry into 2018 and all of our years ahead.

     For more information on Ramco Protective Services, call (888) 398-9700 or visit

Vesta Property Services
Diamond Level Winner—Management
(Winner 2019 & 2018)

     Founded in 1989, Vesta Property Services has worked tirelessly to provide unmatched services to community board of directors and residents. Quickly becoming Florida’s first choice for community management, Vesta has regional offices located throughout the state of Florida, employing more than 1,200 professionals providing a wide spectrum of services to more than 250,000 residents and unit owners.

     Vesta Property Services specializes in providing the ultimate management services to condominium associations, planned communities, active-adult communities, and commercial properties.

     The Vesta Difference: Vesta is NOT just a community management company. We are also an amenity management company, providing lifestyle services, such as pool services, spa and wellness services, food and beverage operations, special events, theatre operations, and more.

    In addition to all of this, Vesta’s Financial Services Division offers financing, comprehensive financial tools, fiscal management, low closing costs and expert strategic planning, and consulting services.

    “We don’t have any boundaries to what services we’ll provide our clients. I don’t know any other company in Florida that’s doing what we’re doing,” says Frank Surface, CEO, Vesta Property

     Vesta is proud to have received another FLCAJ Diamond Readers’ Choice Award in 2019. This distinction is a direct result of the unwavering dedication of every member of the Vesta team to each one of our clients.

     For more information on Vesta Property Services, call (877) 988-3782 or visit

GCI Consultants LLC
Platinum Level Winner—Construction & Engineering
(Winner 2019, 2018 & 2017)

     GCI has specialized knowledge in every aspect of the building envelope and vast experience with construction claims, natural disaster assessments, and forensic investigations. GCI offers cost-effective development and project oversight of envelope systems with a proven track record of engineering expertise and building risk mitigation. We work closely with clients and architects to assist with development of project specific plans that optimize each building’s envelope, and we act with pre-emptive precision to eliminate potential problems that could occur during the design and construction phase.

     GCI’s building envelope professionals provide consulting services to ensure clients receive maximum value and return on their investment in the firm’s services, which include the following:

  • Design Assistance
  • Field Testing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Forensic Evaluations
  • Roofing and Waterproofing Consulting
  • Litigation and Claims Consulting
  • Façade Assessments
  • Catastrophic Damage Evaluations
  • Due Diligence Surveys

     For more information on GCI Consultants, please visit or call (877) 740-9990.

Mike Douglass Trenchless Technologies
Platinum Level Winner—Service and Repairs
(Winner 2019, 2018 & 2017)

     Mike Douglass Trenchless Technologies is the certified cured-in-place-pipe leader in Florida. Our state-of-the-art specialties include pipelining, re-piping, high pressure jetting, video technology, mapping, and robotic cutting. We use the highest-quality materials, we utilize the latest technology, and we have an exceptional and professional service team. Our main focus is to exceed our customers’ expectations by genuinely caring about their needs.

     Doug Curtis became sole owner in 2017, and there has been a steady and rapid growth in all aspects of the company. Doug stresses the importance of investing in the latest technology to be utilized by top-notch employees, and the company carries a fleet of fully-stocked vehicles to handle any job. Much like the entire staff at Mike Douglass, he goes above and beyond and has acquired the sharpest-minded people in the industry, including the top trainer from one of most successful CIPP lining supply companies in the world to train and work with our incredible field crews.

     David Ray, Executive Vice President, believes one of our biggest strengths is our technicians. They understand the scope of every job, and each project is managed with a detailed plan to develop tactical roadmaps and strategies for success.

     Doug’s philosophy and morals are evident throughout the company. We stand behind our word, and the evidence can be found throughout many of our highly-rated testimonials. Our popularity and growth throughout Florida have demanded expansion, so we have opened an office in Pompano to meet the needs of our east coast customers. Doug, Dave, and the staff are excited for the future of Mike Douglass Trenchless Technologies.

     For more information on Mike Douglass Trenchless Technologies or Mike Douglass Plumbing, please contact us at (877) 426-8660.