Merit Announces Promotions and New Executive Leadership

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Merit realigns organizational structure to increase client access to leadership

“In taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer of Merit, one of my top priorities was to assemble a leadership team with tremendous experience and talent, as well as a shared attitude and approach to customer service,” said Bob Cardoza, CEO.

Merit, a FirstService Residential Management company, announces the promotions of Andrew Schlegel to Executive Vice President Community Management Central Region; Katie Ward to Executive Vice President of Community Management, Southern Region; and, Isaiah Henry to Vice President of Business Development. In addition, Scott Mehlberger will expand his role as CFO of Merit and assume the additional responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer.

“In taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer of Merit, one of my top priorities was to assemble a leadership team with tremendous experience and talent, as well as a shared attitude and approach to customer service,” said Bob Cardoza, CEO. “By realigning each member’s scope and responsibilities, we can ensure that the executive leadership of the company is consistently engaged with our clients and management teams.”

“Cultivating relationships with our clients and employees means increasing access to all levels of Merit," he added. “These well-deserved promotions put in place an infrastructure that better focuses on our core values surrounding service and accountability. In addition, we have implemented a regional model that is designed to effectively support both growth and scale.”

About
Scott Mehlberger
CFO/COO
Mehlberger adds to his responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer and will also serve as Merit’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the oversight of Corporate Accounting; Client Accounting; IT/Innovation; Facilities, the Customer Care Center; On Call; and, Merit Rental Management.

Andrew Schlegel, CCAM
Executive Vice President Community Management, Central Region
Schlegel will oversee all operations, client relationships, staff development, and new business launch and business development for Merit’s Orange County, Greater LA, Downtown LA and Valencia regions. He brings over 20 years of finance and leadership experience and has served as Vice President of Finance for Merit for more than six years.

Katie Ward, CCAM
Executive Vice President of Community Management, Southern Region
In her new position, Ward will oversee all management operations for three of Merit’s largest regions, San Diego, Inland Empire and Palm Desert. She has held a number of key roles within the company during her 16 year tenure, including responsibility for Merit’s key client relationships.

Isaiah Henry, CCAM
Vice President of Business Development
Henry is now responsible for leading and managing all business development for Merit. This role encompasses all regions, as well as both existing takeover opportunities and new development business. Previously, Henry was the business leader for Merit’s San Francisco office operations.

About Merit
Since 1980, Merit has grown to be one of the foremost providers of professional community association services in the Western States. Merit specializes in the forward planning and management of master planned, single family home/condominiums, active adult, and urban high- and mid-rise communities as well as rental property management for investors (http://www.meritrental.com). Merit was voted as one of the “Best Companies to Work” for in 2009, 2010 and 2011, as recognized by the OC Business Journal.

Merit is a subsidiary of FirstService Residential Management (FSR). FSR is the largest manager of residential communities in North America, overseeing more than 5,600 properties and over 1.3 million residential units.

FSR is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSRV, TSX: FSV), a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector, providing a variety of services in commercial real estate, residential property management and property services. More information about FirstService is available at http://www.firstservice.com.

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