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Sugarloaf homeowners awarded “Volunteer of the Year”

Bob Lee & Steve Banahan, CAI-NE Volunteers of the Year. Not pictured: Kay Storch, Dick Dane, Dev Culver, Margaret Curran & Chris Jones.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY – The New England Chapter of the Community Association Institute (CAI-NE) announced that seven Board members of the Snowbrook Village Condominium Association, located on Sugarloaf Mountain, have been selected as this year’s recipient of the “Association Volunteer of the Year” award.

The seven current and former Snowbrook Village Board members who received the award are Steve Banahan, Dev Culver, Margaret Curran, Richard Dane, Chris Jones, Robert Lee and Kay Storch. The award recognizes individuals whose volunteer efforts ensure that the best interests of their association are served and who seek out opportunities to improve their association and community. The awards were presented at the annual CAI-NE banquet on March 2 attended by hundreds of association volunteer leaders and industry professionals from all over New England. The recipients’ story will also be featured in the May issue of Condo Media Magazine.

When he learned of the award, former Snowbrook President Dev Culver responded by saying, “It certainly was an honor and a pleasure to have served on the Board and to have worked with the Mountain Valley Property team. I would never have expected any outside recognition for this labor of love.”

Snowbrook’s property manager, Mountain Valley Property, Inc. of Carrabassett Valley, submitted the nomination because since 2005 these Board members have turned Snowbrook around in every area from communications, conservation, planning, curb appeal, property values and special events. Mountain Valley Property has worked hand in hand with the Board to shepherd in the Board’s “Vision for our Village”. Part of the Vision was to create and adequately fund a 30-year long range plan. With that done, the Board then invested heavily in improvements to the Association’s siding, roofs, decks, lighting, pool dehumidifiers, tennis courts, chimneys and alarm & sprinkler systems. The Board’s accomplishments continued with the establishment of a competitive bidding process, the receipt of grant monies for energy conservation, the rebuilding of Snowbrook’s website, tighter financial controls & reporting, a better insurance claim history and a more social and sophisticated annual meeting event. Cindy Hammond, President of Mountain Valley Property said, “What we have accomplished at Snowbrook, under the guidance of this intelligent and thoughtful Board, is amazing.” The Condo Association Institute agreed that these volunteers’ tireless efforts were so impressive that they deserved recognition as Association Volunteers of the Year.

Snowbrook Village is the largest condo association at the Sugarloaf ski resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Construction commenced in the early 80’s and was completed in 1998. It consists of 18 residential buildings with 216 condos, sits on 30+ acres with a pond, tennis courts and an indoor pool.

Community Associations Institute (CAI) is the nation's voice for condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations advocating and providing for better living through community associations. The Institute is a national, not-for-profit organization created in 1973 to educate and represent America's residential community associations, related professionals and service providers. CAI estimates that more than 57 million Americans live in a common interest community and at last count there were more than 286,000 community associations in the United States. CAI-NE, the “recognized voice for New England condominiums”, headquartered in Wellesley, MA, is one of 55 local CAI chapters. Established more than 20 years ago it is the 3rd largest chapter with nearly 2,000 members.

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