Christiaan P. Melson, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Chris is President and Owner of CFM Management Services, Alexandria, Virginia. Chris has served as President of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute and is a WMCCAI Hall of Fame member. He also served as Vice Chair of the Common Interest Community Board after being appointed by Governor McDonnell in 2011.
Chet Hahne – Chet is President and Principle of Sequoia Management Co., Inc. With over 30 years of property management experience, Chet began his career with Paramount Communities Corporation in 1978 before joining Sequoia Management Co., Inc. in 1987. He has served on the CEO Committee of the Community Association’s Institute (CAI), is a past member of the National Council of the Multifamily Housing Industry and is a founding member of VACM.
Edward Alrutz, CPM, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Ed has over 39 years experience in the management of townhouse, garden, office, high-rise and mixed use community associations in the Northern Virginia area. Mr. Alrutz also has extensive experience as a consultant for the organization and creation of new community associations and condominium conversions.
Mr. Alrutz received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, majoring in management, from Memphis State University. He received the designation of Certified Property Manager (CPM) from the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Professional Community Association Management designation from The Community Association Institute. Mr. Alrutz has been a CAI faculty member for six years. In December 1989, Mr. Alrutz was voted Certified Property Manager of the Year by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Mr. Alrutz has also contributed to the Journal of Property Management and has been a frequent seminar speaker for both the Property Management Association and the Leadership Training Program of CAI. In 1987, he served as President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management.
In 1984, Mr. Alrutz joined Klingbeil Management Group, Inc. as Vice President in charge of the Community Management Division unit. In October 1987, he and Mr. Powell purchased this Division from their former employer and formed Klingbeil, Powell & Alrutz, Inc. In June of 2003, Mr. Alrutz became President of KPA.
Thomas A. Mazzei, President & CEO, AMS, PCAM, CMCA, Florida CAM
Thomas A. Mazzei has been the President and CEO of Cardinal since it’s inception in 1987. A graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Mr. Mazzei is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in Florida. He has been a recurring author and speaker on issues related to community management on both local and national basis and has addressed such topics as developer litigation strategies, management transitions, warranty investigation issues, personnel management, professional manager growth and dealing with difficult people. Governor McDonnell appointed Tom to the CIC Board in 2013.
Patricia Blackburn, Principal and President of Gates Hudson Community Management, LLC
Patricia Blackburn is a founding member, principal and current President of Gates Hudson, a private real estate investment group and management company and parent company of Gates Hudson Community Management (GHCM). In addition, she developed, formed and currently serves as President of Gates Hudson Services, a full-scale construction management company specializing in renovation and capital improvement/facility management projects. Pat holds a Principal Broker’s license in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. In 1996, she served as President of AOBA (Apartment and Office Building Association) and currently serves on the National Advisory Council of BOMA (Building and Owners Management Association). Pat was also an investing partner in Community Management Coorporation (CMC) and played a key role in its re-organization and capitalization to turn it into the nation’s largest company of its type. Prior to founding Gates Hudson, Pat was Vice President and Director of Multi-family Operations for the Mark Winkler Company.
Nicholas J. Mazzarella, MBA, CMCA, PCAM, LSM, Regional Vice President, East Region Associa Mr. Mazzarlla has over 30 years of experience in managing large scale common interest communities with extensive amenities including golf courses, restaurants, ski hills and equestrian facilities. He has been with CMC (an Associa Company) since November 2003.
Mr. Mazzarella was promoted to President & CEO of CMC and SCS in March of 2014 and Regional Vice President of Associa's East Region in August of 2017. Mr. Mazzarella previously served as the Executive Vice President in charge of management services and marketing. Prior to that, he served as CMC's Homeowner Association Division Director. Mr. Mazzarella supervised multiple portfolio managers and had oversight responsibility for one half of CMC's entire homeowner association client base. He developed an expertise in the highly specialized area of age restricted communities, and routinely worked with large scale communities that had extensive amenities, high service level expectations and multi-million dollar budgets.
Mr. Mazzarella is a regular writer for Community Associations Institute (CAI) as well as for Association Times and he is a faculty member for CAI's Professional Manager Development Program.
Iron Ox Consulting, John (Jack) H. Rust, Jr., Principal
With more than 180 branch offices across North America, Associa delivers unsurpassed management and lifestyle services to nearly five million residents worldwide. Our 10,000+ team members lead the industry with unrivaled education, expertise and trailblazing innovation. For more than 40 years Associa has provided solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more visit, www.associaonline.com.
Cardinal Management Group, Inc. (CMG)was established in 1987 by brothers Tom, Don & Patrick Mazzei as a privately held, family owned business, which has grown to become one of the most well respected, premier full service community management firms in the region. As founding members of the Virginia Association of Community Managers, as well as an Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) and member of the Community Association Institute (CAI), today the company proudly remains family owned. With corporate headquarters located in Woodbridge, Virginia as well as satellite offices in Springfield and Fairfax, the company is ideally suited to provide management services throughout the metropolitan region. The company also maintains an office in Collier County (Naples) Florida through its wholly owned subsidiary, Cardinal Management Group of Florida.
Our philosophy of treating our employees and community partners as family, not a number, has resulted in long term relationships with low turnover, creating a sound organization with a reputation for excellence and highly engaged community management services. With over 30 years of experience we are respected for our hands-on, results oriented approach, superior customer service, sound guidance and innovative management techniques. The success of the communities in which we manage is undeniably the result of providing our team with the most advanced community management tools and software, continuing education, training and a support staff that is second to none. Presently managing over 200 community associations of all types and sizes, the company’s mission and motto is “we manage to make a difference”.
Since 1988, CFM has been a leader in the management of premier community associations in the Washington, DC Metro area. Our success lies in the performance of our dedicated professionals and staff, and our commitment to them to provide every available tool to make their job as simple and efficient as possible.
Our people have faithfully served our clients through the years. They have often been cited as the primary consideration at contract award, and contract renewal. We make every effort to balance the needs of our clients and our employees, to produce a reliable team that can serve our clients’ needs today, and in the future.
We are selective in our choice of clients. We balance your community’s needs against our staff’s ability to address them. Once committed, you will not find anyone more devoted to your future than the people at CFM Management Services.
Gates Hudson Community Management, LLC (GHCM) is a premier full service association management company specializing in all types of association management throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan area. GHCM is honored to manage property for a diverse clientele, and with this, a diverse set of goals and objectives. The strength and experience of our team provides for the unique needs of each of our clients and communities. We have developed a very flexible style and structure which can accommodate a range of ownership styles and financial and operational objectives.
GHCM was created by its parent company, Gates Hudson, a local residential and commercial property management company with over 30 years of experience in professional property management. Gates Hudson has built its name and unparalleled reputation on providing superior customer service and satisfying client needs while responding to the rapidly changing landscape of the local real estate market. In 1985, Gates Hudson acquired Community Management Corporation (CMC,) the nation's oldest exclusive manager of condominiums, homeowners associations and cooperatives. Gates Hudson reorganized and recapitalized CMC with two investors, enabling the company to grow to the largest of its kind in the nation. Gates Hudson sold CMC in 2002 and began the plans to create their own association management company from the ground up, in 2005. This change in approach was brought about by Gates Hudson's recognition of the growing need in the industry for a flexible, service-oriented Association Management Company focused on maximizing investment value.
GHCM's mission statement:
"To provide quality service to our clients and to assist them in managing and enhancing the value of their asset through our experienced professional management team with our unique policies and procedures, up-to-date financial and management reports, training and leadership skills."
Our mission at Klingbeil, Powell & Alrutz, Inc. is to provide superior management services for our community association clients by maintaining and enhancing associations’ assets, commitment to personal attention, professional integrity, flexible to each individual community’s needs and exceeding the expectations of our customers. We want to be the employer of choice in the industry by providing our employees a pleasant, enthusiastic and enjoyable working environment, empowering employees to surpass expectations, share ideas and supply continuing training and education.
Legum & Norman has been providing comprehensive Real Estate Services since 1945. The company was founded in Washington, DC and is now headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia with regional offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Ocean City, Maryland. Legum & Norman is the area’s largest multi-family management company with a current portfolio of over 75,000 units under management in the Washington Metropolitan area and its satellite offices in Ocean City, Maryland; Bethany Beach, Delaware, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; and Chicago, Illinois.
Like the majestic redwood tree from which it takes its name, Sequoia Management Company, Inc. has its roots firmly established. Founded in 1986, Sequoia Management concentrates its services in the geographic area encompassing Arlington, Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties in Northern Virginia. Because of this geographic concentration, our professional and efficient Sequoia managers can spend more time on the property they manage and less time on the road.At Sequoia Management, our philosophy is simple: We believe the best professional management is found on your property, not behind a desk. Sequoia personnel currently work with homeowner, townhome and condominium associations to manage more than 90 residential communities comprised of more than 32,000 homes, as well as commercial buildings and associations representing over 300,000 square feet of commercial space. Sequoia Management has been an Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) through CAI since 1999.