Trestle Community Management today announced that Samantha Oldham, CMCA, AMS, Community Association Manager with Trestle’s specialized Single-Family Home Practice has received her 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.
“Association homeowners, board members and home developers seek qualified professionals to manage their communities,” said Bob Brencic, CMCA, AMS, MBA, President of Trestle Community Management. “They have fiduciary responsibilities that compel them to make decisions that can have profound financial and social impacts on their communities. To help ensure they have the expert guidance necessary to manage communities most effectively, Trestle Community Management continually invests in improving the skills and abilities of our Community Managers, and to earn credentials awarded by CAI.”
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 Single-Family Home Practice?
Oversight of compliance, architectural controls and adjacent natural area management are critical for the success of Single-Family Home communities. The Single-Family Home Practice understands that home values are persevered in communities with consistently enforced aesthetic standards.
Through the implementation of streamlined compliance and architectural processes, the Single-Family Home Practice is fully prepared to assist Homeowners and Board Members alike. Clear and concise Homeowner notices, and the full utilization of Trestle’s My-Community Web Portal allows the Team to serve its Clients, offering accessible resources in addition to the assistance of knowledgeable experts. Management for Single-Family Home communities requires experience in retention and detention pond management as well as natural area conservation including forested land and wetlands. The Team also proactively manages and maintains common areas, advising their Clients of preventative measures to reduce future expenses.
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 number 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. Six of Trestle’s Community Association Managers have been nominated for Manager of the Year by the Washington State Chapter of Community Associations Institute (WSCAI). Its President has also been named as a Small Business Hero by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and Trestle has been nominated as 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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