Attracting Talent to the Community Association Management Industry

The Foundation for Community Association Research launched two surveys in December 2020 to understand the need for attracting talent to the community association management profession and identify the benefits and challenges of the profession. In the first survey, CEOs/hiring managers shared where they have found success recruiting new people for positions and what benefits/perks are most attractive to new industry hires. In the second survey, community managers revealed how they learned of the industry, what line of work they did before accepting this position, what attracted them to the position and what they like most about the industry. Results will be available in early 2021.

From these results, our outcomes will include:

  • Identifying barriers to entry into a community manager position
  • Outlining industry recommendations/best practices on where to find and hire new talent. We believe our data will improve current recruitment strategies.
  • Producing promotional material that will educate and attract new people to the industry.

Project Sponsors

Brett Anderson, CMCA, PCAM, Cadden Community Management
CAI Illinois Chapter
Cat Carmichael, CMCA, PCAM, STRATEGY 1 2 3
Kathy L. Christensen, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, KC & Associates, LLC
Beverly Coghlan, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Neighborhood Management, Inc.
Elizabeth Comando, CMCA, PCAM, Taylor Management Company
John Hammersmith, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Hammersmith Management, Inc.
Mark Jones, AMS, PCAM, Avalon Management Group, Inc.

Margey Meyer, CMCA, PCAM, CADRExperts, LLC
Robert Nordlund, RS, Association Reserves, Inc.
Bradley Pomp, Sentry Management, Inc.
Asa Sherwood, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, FirstService Residential Illinois
Howard W. Solomon, AMS, PCAM, United Community Management Corporation
Michael B. Stonestreet, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, CAMS
Cary Treff, Keystone Pacific Property Management, LLC

Task Force Members

Adrian Adams, Esq., Adams Stirling
Cat Carmichael, CMCA, PCAM, STRATEGY 1 2 3
Paul Grucza, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, CWD Group
Mark Jones, AMS, PCAM, Avalon Management Group

Margey Meyer, CMCA, PCAM, Cadre Experts
Jonathan Sucher, PCAM, Cardinal Management Group
Jessica Towles, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, First Service Residential
Larry Thomas, PCAM, Taylor Management

To learn more about this project or to become a funder, please contact Melinda Kelejian at

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