2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Community Associations Institute of Georgia Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the chapter's operations and helping the Chapter accomplish the purposes and objectives of both the national organization and the Georgia Chapter. The CAI Georgia Board of Directors works closely with its Executive Director and the Chapter Committees to ensure that goals and objectives are achieved.
As an Atlanta community association lawyer for over a decade, Mindy Waitsman has helped community associations deal with covenant violations, updating documents, major service or repair contracts, government compliance, understanding and executing the roles of the Board of Directors and transitioning association from developer to owner control. As former in-house counsel for such Fortune 500 companies as Federated Department Stores and Kodak, Mindy brings significant business experience to advising condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations.
For many years, Mindy has volunteered with CAI, serving as chair of the program committee and a member of the golf committee, to provide quality events and seminars for community associations. She was the recipient of the CAI-Georgia Leadership Award in 2007.
Mindy has been a frequent guest speaker at Community Associations Institute (CAI) events, at Lorman Seminars and the Metro Alliance of Independent Insurance Agents. She is active in charitable groups, having served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lekotek of Georgia a 501 (c)(3) organization that seeks to include children with special needs into their families and communities. Mindy is a graduate of the 2013 Class of Leadership DeKalb and has received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell signifying the highest level of professional excellence in the legal field.
Mindy graduated from Cornell University and Emory Law School and is licensed to practice in Georgia and Florida. She and her husband Rick enjoy traveling and visiting their children in South Carolina and Maryland.
Originally from London, England, Mr. Mari has been a resident of Liberty Lofts and Town homes for more than 13 years and has served as President for the past 9 years. He is currently self-employed photographer. He has experience in sales, finance & global economics, budgeting and account management. Ian also has 16+ years of experience as a Stock Broker and Commodity Trader on the London Stock Exchange, including head of the London Stock Exchange for 1 year and head of the London Commodity Exchange for 2 years. He brings a rare blend of global management experience, and exceptional relationship cultivation talents.
Ian has been happily married for 12 years and has two Labradors named Beatrix Potter and Winnie the Pooh.
Jannette Shockley, Esq.
Lazega & Johanson, LLC
Mike Crew, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
Homeowner Management Services, Inc.
Michael Crew is the President of Homeowner Management Services, Inc., a company providing management services to community associations for over 22 years. He holds the Certified Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation and the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) designation. Mike is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Georgia.
Mike has been active in CAI at both the local and national levels. For the Georgia Chapter of Community Associations Institute, Mike has served on the Legislative Action Committee (LAC), has been the Program Committee Chairperson, served on the Manager Education Committee, been the Expo Co-Chairperson, and served on the Magazine Committee. Mike had been an educational speaker at CAVL classes and other programs as well as contributing to the Georgia Commons.
Mike has been honored by the Chapter, receiving the CAI Georgia - Rita Kennedy Service Award in 2012, the Leadership Award in 2009, and the Educator of the Year Award in 2008. Mike has been a Director, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chair of Finance Committee for The Foundation for Community Association Research. The Foundation for Community Association Research is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to common interest community research, development, and scholarship. Incorporated in 1975, the Foundation supports and conducts research in the community, homeowner, and condominium association industry.
Additionally, Mike has served on the CEOMC Committee as a Member in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He has been a Judge for North Carolina Community of the Year award for four years, and a member of the Licensing Task Force of Association of Professional Community Managers (APCM). Mike holds a BS Engineering from the University of South Florida, and has held professional and management positions for several national and international corporations during his almost 40-year career.
Lisa Turner, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
Silverleaf Management Group, LLC
Lisa Turner, Founder and Broker of Silverleaf Management Group, has served in the community management industry for 20 years both as a homeowner leader and a professional community association manager. She founded Silverleaf Management Group in 2009 after many years of professional community association management in the metro Atlanta area. She is a member of the local chapter of the Community Management Institute, CAI-Georgia, and is proud to serve the CAI-Georgia Legislative Action Committee for the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions. She served on the Georgia chapter's Magazine and Public Relations Committees, and chaired the Public Relations Committee in 2013 and 2014. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Alliance of Community Association Managers (ACAM), a national organization dedicated to providing information and education for management company executives.
Lisa is proud to have achieved designations of Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), the Association Manager Specialist (AMS) and the highest designation awarded by the Community Association Institute, the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM). Lisa was first runner-up to the National Manager of the Year in 2013. Silverleaf Management Group earned the Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) designation in 2016.
Lisa is a graduate of Berry College in Rome, Georgia, with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. Lisa also holds a MBA from the University of Phoenix. Lisa is married to Joel, EMS Director for the City of Forest Park Fire Department and they have two children; Ashlyn, 14 and Jared, 9. The family resides on a horse farm in Monroe, Georgia.
Director, Past President
Sean Ruthven, CMCA, AMS
Access Management Group
A native of Alpharetta, Sean enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters, and other family members. In his free time, he plays golf, hunts and fishes, CrossFits, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. As a member of the Georgia Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), he has served on the committee for the CAI's annual golf tournament benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta as both committee member and also as committee chairman. He was added to the CAI GA Board of Directors in 2013 and looks forward to contributing to this important organization for years to come.
Sean oversees all business operations at Access Management Group. He has been with the Company since 2006 and has held various positions in property management - including portfolio property manager, Company Controller, and currently serves as the Company’s COO. He earned his B.S in Consumer Economics from the University of Georgia and played baseball for the Bulldogs. His team’s accomplishments included an SEC Championship and a third place finish in the College World Series. Upon graduating college, Sean was drafted and played for a season in the Colorado Rockies minor league system before joining Access Management Group. Sean has several industry designations – CMCA, CAM, AMS - and is currently in the process of earning his PCAM designation.
Russell Landscape Group
Mike has lived in the Atlanta area since 1987. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathi and two sons, Griffin & Jacob (when they are home from college). He has strong passions for cooking along with playing tennis, and tries to find time to fit each one in every day. As an active member of CAI for over 10 years, he has chaired the Golf committee for the last two years and served on the Golf, Public Relations and Tennis committees in the past. He was awarded the 2015 CAI Georgia President Award and is excited about contributing to the chapter as a member of the Board of Directors.
Mike has worked in the Green Industry for over 25 years. With his position in Business Development, he heads up marketing for the HOA division of Russell Landscape Group. Mike has a strong passion for customer service.
Russell was born in a small town about an hour from Boston, Massachusetts, but has spent most of his years in Georgia. He's the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at RooterPLUS! Plumbing and has been a member of CAI-Georgia for nearly 10 years. He's also an animal lover and has served on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Forsyth County.
As a volunteer of CAI-Georgia, Russell has served on several committees including Membership, Tennis and has also chaired the Public Relations committee. CAI-Georgia honored Russell as he received the 2017 Rising Star Award.
Russell currently lives in Cumming and was recently married. In Russell's very little free time, he enjoys concerts, sporting events, movies and spending time with his wife and children.
Amanda Evans, CMCA, PCAM
Community Management Associates, Inc
Amanda is a native to the Atlanta area. She holds the Certified Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation along with theCommunity Association Manager (CAM) designation. Amanda has worked for Community Management Associates as a Portfolio Manager for over 10 years.
Amanda is very active in animal rescue, enjoys traveling and loves to spend time with family and friends. She has served as the CAI-Georgia Social Committee Chairperson and is currently the Board Liaison for the Program Committee.
Bill has been a successful entrepreneur and business executive for over 30 years in the technology, retail and automotive sectors. He has substantial experience in sales, marketing and operations and has built his career around innovation, common sense and logical business practices. He has always been a ground breaker, innovator and leader in new technologies but also strongly believes in preserving and learning from our past.
Bill has over 12 years of experience with community boards as well as being the chief architect of the fight against the City of Atlanta Watershed Department in 2009 leading to sweeping changes in that department with great benefit and relief to homeowners in the City of Atlanta. He was also instrumental in other counties and cities such as DeKalb County, Charlotte, N.C, Cleveland, OH and Birmingham, AL. He attended York University and Centennial College, and completed his CAM and broker's licensing requirements with the Georgia Real Estate Commission. Bill has added numerous training courses and property management education throughout his career. He has been a commercial property owner and developer and has substantial experience in residential construction.
Bill has been playing ice hockey for over 50 years and reached the a professional level before an injury cut his career short.
Kelley enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering for various charity organizations and experiencing the local arts.
Darren Thurmond, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
Atlanta Community Services
Mr. Thurmond is the President and Founder, Atlanta Community Services, Inc. and has served homeowners in the community management industry for over 20 years. Darren formed Atlanta Community Services, Inc. (ACS) in January of 1997, after several years managing great associations. Over the past years, Darren has grown ACS to become one of the top association management companies in Georgia.
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at Southern College of Technology, Mr. Thurmond continued his educational pursuits within the Georgia Real Estate Commission obtaining his Broker’s license and now serves as the qualifying Broker for ACS. Darren maintains the prestigious designation of Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM), the highest designation bestowed by the Community Associations Institute (CAI). Darren also holds the designations of Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) and the Association Management Specialist (AMS).
Over the years, Mr. Thurmond has successfully managed many communities with a variety of unique features. In addition to his management skills, Darren has marketed the management services for ACS as well as expertly trained other key personnel and managers in the community association management field. Atlanta Community Services continues to thrive under his leadership.