A message from the President..
It has been another great year for Leland Management and the communities we serve. As we begin 2014 we would like to thank you for continuing to choose Leland. Whether you are a new community or a long standing association, we appreciate having the opportunity to work alongside you.
Leland Management was busy in 2013. We continued to grow, opening two new locations (Satellite Beach and Citrus County). Additionally we are extremely proud that we have received our AAMC® (Accredited Association Management Company), won the Best Places to Work competition for the third consecutive year, had an Association Manager as a finalist for the Manager of the Year, and have grown the family business with the addition of our sons Colin and Daniel Furlow to the team.
In 2014 we are focused on providing exceptional service to community associations throughout Florida. We are enhancing our educational programs by providing additional courses in the areas we serve. We will remain focused on the legal issues surrounding homeowner and condominium associations, and will remain active in our efforts to protect associations from negative legislation.
Once again, thank you for choosing Leland. From our family to yours, we wish you a healthy, happy, new year.
Rebecca Furlow, President, Leland Management
Insider Edition Highlights
- Welcome Wagon
- Kudos Korner
- Leland Management Earns AAMC Designation
- 9 Tips To Be an Effective Board Member
- Water Conservation in Your Community
- Community Shows Heart
- Solar Energy in The Sunshine State
- Education Opportunities
Team Kudos Korner
Congratulations to the following team members for their outstanding service.
- Amanda Schraff, Jacksonville, earned her AMS designation
- Saria Gomes, Chad Peck, Angel Alfonso, and Vivian Carvalho named superstars
- Melinda Pacecca earned a B.S. degree in Psychology
- Greg Ashworth promoted to Director of Management Development
- Gary Van Der Laan promoted to Vice President
- Diane Braswell promoted to Manager of Information Technology
- Chad Peck, Tracy Durham, Adina Lewis, and Traci Bradford named in Top 25 Onsite Managers Nation wide
Kudos to the Tampa Division for being the 8th highest earning team in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk.
Continuing Education Opportunities for Board Members
Leland Management takes the continuing education of our staff and the Board Members in the locations we serve seriously. We have developed training programs for association boards to assist directors in better understanding their roles and responsibilities and to increase their skills and knowledge.
Our State approved Board member certification programs have had over 2,000 Board members attend and have consistently received excellent remarks. The instructors bring a wide range of industry experience to the program with both Management and Accounting qualifications.
Attendees of our training classes are also qualified for, and will receive upon request, the CFCAL (Certified Florida Community Association Leader) designation from the Florida Community Association Professionals. This designation entitles the community leader to a number of benefits including a free subscription to the Florida Community Association Journal.
We have recently begun offering the certification class in a webinar program exclusively for our clients. Our last class was offered on January 31st. We will contact you shortly with the information on our next class.
In addition to our Board certification classes we also offer lunch and learn programs at many of our office locations. These programs allow us to bring a wide range of experts to speak on various subjects for our association Board members.
Dates for the first quarter certification classes are listed below. Please check with your community manager for dates and topics in each of our offices lunch and learn series.
Board certification class:
Ocala: March 12
Orlando: March 20
Jacksonville: March 25
St. Augustine: March 26
Avalon Aglow 2013
On December 7th, residents of Avalon Park in Orlando, FL were able to gather in downtown Avalon for a free night of family fun. It is no surprise that Avalon Aglow has become a holiday tradition for many families over the last 12 years and is one of the community events that make Avalon incredible. Nearly 10,000 attendees enjoyed sipping hot apple cider as Mrs. Claus told stories and taking sleigh rides over to the elves to make balloon animals or decorate gingerbread houses. Wrapping up the evening was a firework show and amusement rides.
Leland Management would like to take a moment to say thank you to Mary for consistently sending us interesting, and well-written material for our newsletter and company blog.
Mary also hosts a blog “Delicious Divas” with her daughter Kristine and writes weekly columns for Spruce Creek Golf & Country Club’s The Villages Daily Sun.
Sinkholes in Your Community?
Sinkholes appear across every region of the United States; however, Florida has one of the highest sinkhole populations in the country. A sinkhole is a hole in the ground that forms when water dissolves surface rock. Often, this surface rock is limestone, which is easily eroded, or worn away, by the movement of water over time. Thanks to frequent rains and marshy terrain, sinkholes are a constant concern for Floridian communities. Board members should know the statistics on sinkholes in their area and consider adding sinkhole coverage to their community’s insurance policy. Homeowners can help prevent this natural disturbance by looking out for these tell-tale
· Cracks in exterior block or stucco
· Depressions in yards or streets
· Deep cracks and separation of paved areas
· Circular patches of wilting plants
· Sediment in water
Sinkholes do not get better; they only get worse with time. If you suspect you may have a sinkhole forming, contact your community association manager as soon as possible to start the process of repairing the cavity if necessary.
In Early December the Ocala Division celebrated another year of success with their vendors and Association boards at their 2nd Annual Holiday Social. The event was well attended with the participation of over 75 Association Board Members, Managers and Association Vendor partners who worked together throughout 2013.
It was a terrific end to a fantastic year of partnership and was fitting to be celebrated with refreshments and best wishes for a prosperous 2014.
Organize A Community Tool Library
How often do you need a pressure washer? Or a leaf blower? And how often do you use that electric cake mixer? Tool libraries answer this dilemma by creating a space where neighbors can donate rarely used appliances to share. Times are hard and home ownership can be expensive. Sharing with your neighbors can help alleviate some of those financial burdens and help curb delinquencies in assessments or ongoing covenant violations. Check with your board of directors or clubhouse manager about a space that can house your tool library.
Solar Energy in the Sunshine State
Florida, the warmest state in the country, is affectionately known as the Sunshine State. With a range of 2,800 to 3,200 hours of sunshine a year, one would think Florida has embraced solar technology. Yet we have one of the lowest solar energy consumption rates in the nation trailing
Massachusetts and New Jersey. However, Jim Fenton, director of UCF’s solar energy center, believes that is about to change. Stating “It’s the solar tsunami and the waves are coming” Fenton claims that changes in solar business models, federal tax credits and plummeting equipment prices are opening up a new market for solar energy in Florida. Right now, solar installations currently benefit from a 30 percent federal income tax credit that remains in effect through 2016, plus an early depreciation benefit that expires this year. But even without the tax benefits, Fenton said economic trends — including a steady drop in up-front costs — show that solar will become increasingly affordable.
Florida statutes protect your right to install solar panels on your home and cannot be denied by your community’s architectural review board. Although, you must still submit your request for approval before installation as the HOA does retain the right to enforce stipulations
For more information on solar panels in your community please
contact your community association manager and/or Leland’s architectural review department.