Merit Community Managers Win Three Industry CACM Vision Awards

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Managers recognized for excellence in the field of property management

"Vision Awards represent the highest honor in the community association industry and we are proud to be recognized by the California Association of Community Managers," state Bob Cardoza, CEO or Merit.

Merit Property Management, a FirstService Residential Management company, announced today that staff members Bonnie Brose, Natalie Valdez-Smith and Francesca Lasorsa were presented with Vision Awards by the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) for excellence in their field. This year's nominees and winners were honored at the Vision Awards Dinner and Ceremony on July 26, 2012, which was held in conjunction with CACM's Statewide Expo and Conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

Bonnie Brose, CCAM, General Manager for 200 Brannon Homeowners Association, received the "Physical Management Level I" award for assisting her community to realize more than $100,000 in savings along with improving vendor services, staff professionalism and an overhaul of the look and feel of the building.

Natalie Valdez-Smith, CCAM, General Manager for Oceanview Village Homeowners Association, received the "Rookie of the Year" award for demonstrating strategic thinking, execution and determination to help her community realize nearly $150,000 in savings during her first year in the field of community management.

Francesca Lasorsa, CCAM, noticed that a community was paying water bills at the “excessive use rate” every month. After extensive research she successfully negotiated with the water company to refund the association $44,000. Francesca was hired as Senior Community Manager for Merit’s Inland Empire Office.

"Congratulations to Bonnie, Natalie and Francesca on this incredible accomplishment," stated Bob Cardoza, CEO of Merit. "Vision Awards represent the highest honor in the community association industry and we are proud to be recognized by the California Association of Community Managers."

The CACM Vision Awards honor community association managers and industry professionals who demonstrate excellence in community service and dedication to their communities. The 2012 awards competition and annual CACM statewide trade show featured over 200 exhibitors, well-known speakers, workshops and networking opportunities for industry professionals.

About Merit
Since 1980, Merit has grown to be one of the foremost providers of professional community association services in the Western States, with nine regional offices throughout California. Merit specializes in the forward planning and management of master planned, single family home/condominiums, active adult, and urban high- and mid-rise communities.

Voted “Best Companies to Work” 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 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, 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

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