Awards and Honors

cai il awards and honors

The CAI-IL Excellence Awards Program recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievements in the community association industry. Award winners and nominees illustrate high standards of management, certification, training and commitment to excellence.

National Achievement Awards

CAI National honor for outstanding Chapter achievements in best practices and innovative programs.

National Achievement Awards for CAI-IL Chapter
Date National Achievement Awards Category
2016 In recognition of overall Excellence in Public Affairs, Membership, Chapter Management & Development, Member Services and Leadership.
2015 In recognition of outstanding achievement in Leadership programming. ILAC Fundraiser
2015 In recognition of outstanding achievement in Leadership programming. Downtown Program Committee
2014 In recognition of outstanding achievement in Leadership programming. PCAM Mentoring Program
2014 In recognition of overall Excellence in Public Affairs, Membership, Chapter Management & Development, Member Services and Leadership.
2013 In recognition of outstanding achievements in Chapter Management & Development programming. Finance Policies and Financial Strength.
2012 In Recognition of Outstanding achievement in Membership programming. Community Association Manager Membership Drive
2012 In recognition of outstanding achievement in Leadership programming. Excellence Awards & Winter Gala
2011 In recognition of outstanding achievement in Member Services programming. Conference & Exposition
2011 In recognition of outstanding achievement in Public Affairs Programming. Legal Forum
2011 In recognition of outstanding achievement in Membership programming. Member Networking Events
2004 In recognition of outstanding achievement in Member Services programming. E-Newsletter
2003 In recognition of outstanding achievement in Member Services programming. Common Interest Magazine
2001 In recognition of outstanding achievement in Membership programming. Membership

CAI will also thank volunteers for their hard work, dedication and service by presenting individuals with several of the following awards:

CAI – Illinois Olympus Award

Honoring those Chapter members that have had a profound influence on the development of the Chapter. Given to one or more individuals per year at the Excellence Awards & Winter Gala.

CAI - Illinois Olympus Award Recipients
Year Award Winner(s)
2017 Jack Thew, DCAL
2016 Anthony Dister, Carrie Surratt, CMCA, AMS
2015 Pat Costello, Esq., Cindy Fitts, CIRMS
2014 Kerry Bartell, Jessica Towles, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
2012 Jeanette Catellier, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Tom Engblom, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Lou Lutz, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Sheila Malchiodi, Carol Marcou, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Steve Silberman, CPA
2011 Michele Gehrke, Erica Horndasch , CMCA, AMS
2010 William C. DeMille, PCAM  Andrea Sorgani
2009 Peter Santangelo, Karen Skoric, CPA
2008 Mark W. Burke, PCAM , Christine Friend, Timothy J. Haviland, CMCA , Diana Larson, AMS, PCAM
2007 Linda J. Schiff, CMCA, CTP
2006 Boyd Briscoe, Jennifer Eilert, Mindy Maggio
2004 Richard Daly, Allan Goldberg, Kathy Sicher, Keith Weber
2003 David M. Bendoff, Wayne Callham, Lynda Erickson, Raymond D. Faucher, CMCA, PCAM, Kara Gould, CMCA, AMS , Michael S. Kurtzon, Louis G. Lutz, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Chuck McCrimmon, Adrienne Melnichek, Morris Oldham, Jordan I. Shifrin, Andrea Sorgani
2002 Lillian Blankenburg, CMCA, CPM , Steven P. Bloomberg, William C. DeMille, PCAM , Marshall N. Dickler, Vincent Innocenti, PCAM, Francis Jara, PCAM ,Michael C. Kim, Chris Nyborg, CPA  Carol Paul, PCAM , Mark D. Pearlstein, Esq., Michael C. Majewski, Yvonne Raetzke, John Saletta, Clifford J. Treese, Barbara D. Wick, CPCU, ARM, AIS

Rising Star Awards

Awarded to newer committee members who have proven to be an asset to CAI – Illinois through their volunteerism. Awarded annually at the Excellence Awards and Winter Gala.

Rising Star Award Recipients
Year Award Winner(s)
2017 Jennifer Biancalana, Gidget Curtis, Brandon Grosz, CMCA, Brian Horndasch, Ken Metz, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Diane Pagoulatos
2016 Randy Grimes, Lea Marcou, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Charles Perry, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, George Toubekis, Jack Thew, DCAL
2015 Jennifer Bratzel, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Rose Jurczewski, CMCA, AMS, Amanda Paton, Cathy Ryan, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Siobhan Zawojski
2014 Carlo Caprio, CMCA , Kimberly Fivelson, CMCA, AMS , Megan Hart Gohsman, Toni Ivanov, Jerry McNamara
2013 Joshua Bowman, CMCA , Patrick Costello, Esq., Liz Foley, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Kristofer Kasten, Esq., Rachel Kegley, CMCA, AMS
2012 Jaime Candos, Lindsey Daehnke, Randy Levine, Rich Music, Carrie Surratt, CMCA, AMS ,Todd Walter, Steve White
2011 Tami Demitrowicz, Cindy Fitts, Sheila Malchiodi, Cyndi Rempert, Kinga Skowronek, Matt Sloan, James Trader
2010 Joe Cairo, Selvie Jaos, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Greg Lason, Gina Tierhold, Sara Denny Zink
2009 Jamie Falconer CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Michele Gehrke, Julie Guidry, Hans Hermann, Grace McCafferty, Michele Pawelek
2008 Jeanette Catellier, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Gabriella Comstock, Esq.,  Cindy Grinchuk, William Knee, Carol A. Marcou, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Suzy Martin, Cheryl Murphy, Gayle Simon, Mary Theile, Gina Tierhold
2007 Stacey Adams, Jim Cherep, Anthony Dister, Craig Finck, CMCA, Diana Larson, AMS,PCAM , Pamela Mullen, Brook Silvestri, CMCA , Timothy Snowden, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
2006 Frank Coleman, CMCA , Tom Engblom, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Erica Horndasch, CMAC, AMS, Dan Kissee, Robert Kowall, Dawn Moody, Matt Nichols, Denny Poer, Vlatka Puljic, Bruce Shankman, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Tom Wykle
2005 Al Bayer, Michaelene Conrad, CMCA , Tim Haviland, CMCA , Michael Mroz, John Schaller, Cathy Snyder, Cate Sullivan, Kathy Vranek
2004 Stacey Adams, Theresa Brick, Joel Davis, Mike Dobson, Jessica Fortich, Ellen Henderson, Diana Larson, Kim Merrigan, Mike Rogan, Shannon Schwarzwalder
2003 Mark Bohnhoff, Roni Dziedzic, June Edlund, Jessica Ernst, CMCA, AMS , Don Feeley, Sherm Fields, Christine Friend, Harley Halleck, Jennifer Ranieri, CMCA, AMS , Pete Santangelo, CMCA , Brook Silvestri
2002 Karen Filecia, Jay W. Joy, Mark Stelter
2001 Cathy Blake, CMCA, PCAM , Boyd Briscoe, Matt Dziedzic, Aleka Ernst, John Haniotes, Tim Snowden, CMCA, AMS
2000 Joe Cantore, Jeff Engvall,  Mindy Maggio, CMCA , Carol Metzen, David Paisley, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , Chris Pesek, Karen Riggio
1999 Ken Cook, Jennifer Eilert, Madeline Franklin, Bob Graf,  Doug Gould, Steve Kuyawa, Bob Tronsen, Dan Wells, Allan Werth
1998 Mark Burke, PCAM , Jim Callham, Mark Gehl, Maggie Hunckler, Kevin Hull, Rob Kogen, Lou Lutz, PCAM , Beth Manion, Matt Moodhe, Bill Palm, Jan Rzepka, Maria Sheehan, Andrea Sorgani, Gayle Sweers, Keith Weber

Outstanding Community Association Volunteer Leader

The Outstanding Community Association Volunteer Leader Award recognizes a CAI members who demonstrates outstanding contributions to CAI, the association they serve, and to their surrounding community.  This individual is committed to, and clearly understands their role and fiduciary responsibility as a community volunteer. Nominations due September 1, 2017 and awards are presented November 17, 2017.

Volunteer Leader Award Form

Extraordinary Acts of Service Awards

Honoring long term dedication and extraordinary contribution to the Illinois Chapter. Awarded occasionally when a candidate is selected.

Special Recognition & Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Award Winner(s) Category
Patricia A. Bialek, CMCA, AMS, PCAM Community Association Manager of the Year, 2014
Boyd Briscoe Barbara D. Wick Award
Wayne Callham Outstanding Services as a Board Member for CAI-IL
Kara Cermak, CMCA, AMS, PCAM Distinguished Service for Extra Efforts Made Assisting Chapter Office
William C. DeMille, PCAM Barbara D. Wick Award
Marshall Dickler, Esq. Barbara D. Wick Award
Mike Dobson Outstanding Services as a Board Member for CAI-IL
Timothy J. Haviland Special Recognition & Distinguished Service
Cindy Huddleston Recruiter of the Year, 2006
Vincent Innocenti, AMS, PCAM Barbara D. Wick Award
Diana Larson, AMS, PCAM Barbara D. Wick Award
Lou Lutz, CMCA, AMS, PCAM Barbara D. Wick Award
Jerry McNamara Community Association Volunteer Leader of the Year, 2015
Chris Nyborg, CPA Barbara D. Wick Award
Mark Pearlstein, Esq. Barbara D. Wick Award
Mark Pearlstein, Esq. Recognition for Efforts Made with ILAC & Manager Licensing
Judy Rowe, CMCA, AMS, PCAM Community Association Manager of the Year, 2015
 Linda J. Schiff, CMCA Barbara D. Wick Award
Barbara D. Wick, CIRMS Barbara D. Wick Award