Bay Area Professionals Earn Statewide Certifications

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Association of Community Managers (CACM) announced that 15 community association managers from the San Francisco Bay Area were awarded the Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM®) designation for the second quarter of 2015. The CCAM is the only California-specific designation in the industry that certifies a community manager’s knowledge and expertise in California law, ethical standards and best practices in governing homeowners associations. CACM also awarded specialty certificates to two senior-level professionals.

Earning the CCAM designation were Valsamis Almalidis and Gregory Fox with PML Management Corp. in San Mateo, Mark Borson with Common Interest Management Services in San Mateo, Selina Bravo with Bay Area Property Services in Walnut Creek, Mark Bruce with A Superior HOA Management Co. in Santa Rosa, Arash Etemad and Melody Murray with Community Association Management in Pleasanton, Tony Gutierrez with Action Property Management Inc. in San Jose, Nancy Harlow with Hill & Co. Property Management Inc., James Hayes with Golden Rain Foundation in Walnut Creek, Kristian Hill with Collins Management in Hercules, Carolyn Ivancovich with Steward Property Services Inc. in Petaluma, Joanna Lam with CitiScape Property Management Group LLC in San Francisco, William Mazza with The Helsing Group Inc. in San Ramon and Lucille Sulano with Common Interest Management Services in Danville

Laura Goss, general manager of The Vineyards at Marsh Creek in Brentwood, earned CACM’s Specialty Certificate in Large-Scale Community Management. The specialty certificate is designed for experienced community managers and verifies Goss’s expertise in facility management, recreational amenity management, green management, strategic planning, finance and community-building.

In addition, Christine Alfaro with Collins Management in Brentwood was awarded CACM’s Specialty Certificate in Portfolio Management. The certificate program trains professional managers who manage more than one homeowners association in time management and communication, common area management, working with service providers, safety regulations and cost control strategies.

CACM also offers certificates in high-rise community management and new development community management. Additional options include education in age-restricted active adult community management and commercial and industrial association management.

“As California’s planned communities continue to evolve, we’ve recognized the need for specialized community association management education and training,” said David Zepponi, president and CEO of CACM. “High-rise communities function very differently than large-scale, master-planned communities, for example. Our educational curriculum has evolved as well with a new generation of coursework so managers can stay ahead of the curve. While continuing to encourage all California community managers to become certified through the CCAM program, we have expanded our training for more senior-level professionals who want to take their professional development to the next level.”

ased in Laguna Hills, Calif., CACM is the only community association management organization in the nation to offer a California-only educational program leading to the designations of Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM®) and Master of Community Association Management (MCAM®) for industry professionals. CACM’s membership is comprised of nearly 3,000 California-based professionals from the community association management industry. California is home to more than 50,200 associations. For more information on CACM, please visit

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