Maria NeSmith earns CMCA designation, continues education in career development

LAS VEGASIn a constant effort to continue her education, Maria NeSmith, community manager with Community Management Group, recently earned her Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) designation, a national certification for community management and general practices of community management professionals.

Since NeSmith has already earned a Supervising Community Manager’s License, which is the top-rated requirement to practice community management in Nevada, obtaining the CMCA designation was purely optional. However, additional certifications are proof of a manager’s commitment to the profession and the communities they serve.

“I felt it was important to further my education for the benefit of the communities and volunteer board of directors to help them in their task of making sound decisions for their communities,” NeSmith said. “Holding more certifications and actively showing examples of educational benefits help encourage board members to consider the advice of the community manager more when making decisions for their community.”

To earn CMCA designation, community managers enroll in a professional management development program course, which studies the essentials of community association management. After completion of the course and the application, students complete an exam.

In addition to CMCA, NeSmith also has completed the requirements for the Associate Management Specialist (AMS) certification, the second level of career development for community association managers, and is currently completing the application process.

“It goes to show our community managers take their careers seriously, and it’s comforting for homeowners to know they have true professionals working for their best interests,” said Courtney Murphy, president and supervising community manager for Community Management Group. “Continuing education also makes me certain our community managers are as up to date on their career field as possible as well as it shows a commitment to quality.”

Established by longtime Las Vegan Courtney Murphy in 2009, Community Management Group is a Nevada-based community association management company serving assorted planned unit developments in the Las Vegas Valley.

Providing top customer service in all facets of its work, CMG works with homeowners, HOA board members and vendors to assist in decisions to maintain communities’ property values and ensure the preservation of associations’ financial health. The company’s services – handled by a team of certified managers – balance fiscal responsibility, cutting edge technology (which is unique in the field), homeowner education and a positive atmosphere for all its clients, from single family and business parks to condominiums and master planned communities.

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