Trestle Community Management today announced that Heather Clot, CMCA, AMS, Community Association Manager with Trestle’s specialized Condominium Practice has received his Association Management Specialist (AMS) designation as awarded by the Community Associations Institute (CAI).
Trestle prioritizes continuing education for all Team Members. This focus helps Trestle and its Team ensure they maintain up to date knowledge of the industry and in turn, provide the best possible advisory service to Trestle Clients.
“Board Members, Developers and Homeowners alike consistently look for adept professionals to guide their communities,” said Bob Brencic, CMCA, AMS, MBA, President of Trestle Community Management. “Community associations have a responsibility to their members and must make decisions which can affect the financial and social impacts of their communities. Trestle Community Management understand the unique challenges community associations face and as such, prioritizes ongoing education and the enhancement of our Team’s expertise and skills.”
What is the AMS Designation?
The AMS designation recognizes ongoing professional development and industry expertise for Community Association Managers. AMS designees must first pass the difficult Certified Manager of Community Associations exam, administered by the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM) to obtain their Certified Manager of Community Association (CMCA) designation.
In order to obtain the AMS designation, Community Association Managers must have at least two years of verified Association management experience, have successfully completed more than 16 hours of advanced specialized instruction by attending community Association-specific courses provided by CAI, and comply with CAI’s Professional Manager Code of Ethics. To maintain the AMS designation, they must meet continuing education requirements which allows them to remain current in industry-related matters, trends, and changes.
What is Trestle’s Condominium Practice?
Condominium communities require keen oversight of the maintenance and financial condition of the Association.
Washington State Condominium Associations are unique as they are subject to one of several different common interest Homeownership acts and the legal requirements for attached communities vary greatly. Trestle’s Condominium Practice thoroughly understands each act and the requirements they place on communities and Homeowners.
Through our advanced understanding of Condominiums, building structures and complex maintenance responsibilities, the Condominium Practice at Trestle excels at helping Boards manage their communities. The Team proactively advises Boards of Directors and community volunteers on recurring and preventative maintenance, and ensures grounds remain well-maintained year-round. Trestle also meets all of the communities’ legal requirements while supporting and guiding Homeowners. The Practice contains advanced expertise areas to address needs such as large-scale remediation projects, special assessments and loans, and complex insurance claim matters.
What are Trestle’s Management Practices?
In order to best meet the needs of its Client Associations, Trestle has created specialized Practice Areas. Each Practice is dedicated to a specific Client-type. Through this model, Clients receive a high level of service provided by a devoted and specialized Team of experts.
Trestle has six dedicated Practice Areas:
- Mid-Rise, High-Rise and Estate Communities,
- Single-Family Home Communities,
- Large-Scale Communities,
- Active-Adult Communities, and
- Home Developers.
How Does Trestle’s Prioritization of Education Support its Clients?
Trestle continuously invests in Team education and skill building. All of the firm’s Team Members attend continuing education courses offered inside and outside of the industry as well as conferences and educational seminars on an ongoing basis. Trestle approaches education holistically, ensuring that all Team Members are well-versed on the intricacies of the community Association management services industry.
Through this approach, the firm holds one of the highest numbers of prestigious Community Association management credentials in Washington State including the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), Association Management Specialist (AMS) and Professional Manager of Community Associations (PCAM) designations.
Trestle’s prioritization of innovation, leadership and Team support does not go unnoticed. Trestle’s Community Association Managers have been recognized for their efforts with annual nominations for Manager of the Year by the Washington State Chapter of Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) since 2015. Its President has been named as a Small Business Hero by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and Trestle has been awarded Business Partner of the Year by WSCAI.
Trestle receives regular recognition outside of the community management services industry, being named to Inc. 5000’s list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies, and Puget Sound Business Journal’s lists of Washington’s Best Workplaces, Eastside 50 Fastest-Growing Companies and Washington State’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2019 and 2020.
To best serve its Client Associations, Trestle has established partnerships both inside and outside of the community management industry. Through these well-nurtured working relationships, Trestle has identified trustworthy service providers. Proactively anticipating the future needs of Washington state’s community Associations, Trestle has also established relationships which allow it to access industry-leading technologies. These partnerships allow Trestle to implement exclusive and advanced technologies, meeting and exceeding its Clients’ needs. The value of these efforts is passed along to its Client Associations as they access vetted and dependable service providers and the most advanced services in the industry through Trestle.
Understanding the value of Board Member and Homeowner education, Trestle began releasing live Webinars and Webinars On-Demand for community Members in 2021. An overwhelmingly positive response has shown the value in extending accessible resources to Clients. Through the full deployment of Trestle’s My-Community Web Portal, the firm provides comprehensive access to endless resources including its webinars, detailed management reports, and user-friendly services for architectural request processing, compliance monitoring, and more.
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