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December 2016 - Management Specialists Services named a Gold Level Winner of the Florida Community Association Journal's Reader's Choice Awards


November 2016 - Management Specialists Services named a finalist in the annual Business Awards as a Women's Leading Enterprise by the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce


August 2016 - Management Specialists Services named by Gainesville Sun readers a winner of the annual Gainesville Readers Choice Awards for the Community Management category


July 2016 - Management Specialists Services named Best Company to Work For - 2016


March 2016 - Team Member Catherine Holladay named one of the Top 10 Portfolio Managers in the nation in the National Portfolio Manager of the Year contest!


July 2015 - Management Specialists Services named Best Company to Work For - 2015


March 2015 - Team Member Eric Corcoran named one of the Top 10 Portfolio Managers in the nation in the National Manager of the Year contest!

The National “Manager of the Year” Contest is open to professional Community Managers across the nation who are actively engaged in managing association-governed communities. Managers are nominated by their peers and go through a rigorous selection process providing detailed information about their professional qualifications and responsibilities, answer key questions related to the management of communities, provide multiple letters of recommendation, submit an essay related to their experiences as a manager, and submit a video essay for selection. The final phase of the process involves online voting from the public.

Eric is proud to have been named a finalist and looks forward to the next round of the competition.

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January 2015 - Management Specialists Services named a Gold Level Partner in the Florida Community Association Journal's Reader's Choice Awards



 

July 2014 - Management Specialists Services named Best Company to Work For - 2014


June 2014 - Management Specialists Services selected as a 2014 Florida Company to Watch finalist!


 

May 2014 - Team Member Catherine Holladay named one of the Top 3 Portfolio Managers in the nation in the National Manager of the Year contest!

The National “Manager of the Year” Contest is open to professional Community Managers across the nation who are actively engaged in managing association-governed communities. Managers are nominated by their peers and go through a rigorous selection process providing detailed information about their professional qualifications and responsibilities, answer key questions related to the management of communities, provide multiple letters of recommendation, submit an essay related to their experiences as a manager, and submit a video essay for selection. The final phase of the process involves online voting from the public.

Catherine was honored to be among the nation's elite.

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December 2013 - Sarah Conner Named One of Gainesville's Forty Under 40 - 2013

GAINESVILLE, FL (December 10, 2013) - Management Specialists Services' owner, Sarah Conner, was recently named one of Gainesville's Forty Under 40.

This distinction from Business in the Heart of Florida Magazine was awarded to Conner at a gala held on December 2, 2013 for the city, press, and friends and family of the award recipients.

Conner shares the honor with 39 other business owners, managers, and the like around Gainesville. Business in the Heart of Florida accepts nominations for the award annually and carefully reviews each nominees qualifications, contributions to the community, business leadership, innovation, and several other facets in order to select the recipients of the honor.

Says Conner, "I am both honored and humbled to be on this list with the other fantastic individuals named. This list has come to represent the top Gainesville entrepreneurs and business-people, and I am proud to be listed as one of them." 

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July 2013 - Management Specialists Services Named Best Company to Work For

GAINESVILLE, FL. (July 25, 2013) — Management Specialists Services, a local small business, was recently named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For.

The award from Florida Trend and Best Companies Group was bestowed after in-depth evaluations of the company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics and also included a survey measuring employee satisfaction. 

While the community association management company is unique in many ways, its hiring process stands out. If you can make it through the interview process at Management Specialists Services, you are family. The company employs a rigorous recruiting process consisting of a three-tier interview phase, followed by a personality test, personal budget discussion and an interview with a potential candidates’ significant other. Chief Operations Officer and co-owner Corey Conner states that though this process is tedious, it results in quality staff who become part of the close-knit small company’s family. “We don’t care what your budget is or who you date, but we do know that personal lives play a huge role in employee satisfaction. If your significant other isn’t a supporter of the position, and your personal budget doesn’t align with the salary we can offer, it will never work long-term. It’s tough to get in the door, but once you’re in, we fight for our family,” says Conner.

The hiring process was instituted in 2009 when Conner and his wife, Sarah, purchased the company, which had previously been in business for many years. Says President and CEO Sarah Conner, “We purchased a great company, but we know the key to any good business is the people. We knew we could take community association management to another level with the right team.” Since taking over, the company has undergone a radical transformation starting with staff, implementing creative management strategies, migrating to a paperless office, instituting a green initiative, focusing on customer service and more. As a result, the company is growing – and hiring!

Openings tend to be for licensed CAM positions, and the company assists in licensure and additional training for its team members. While it uses job boards, the most recent hires have come from team member referrals. The company is looking for energetic, motivated individuals to become part of the team.

Says Sarah, “We are a small business – every hiring move we make has to count. We want to make sure that our team culture and values are represented in every individual.” A lifelong resident of Alachua county, Conner’s mission is to create a productive, happy team to best serve its clients. “Working together to ensure everyone wants to be here and do their best is crucial to ensuring we are the top company in our industry,” says Conner.

“We are very excited and proud of our team for this amazing accomplishment,” says Sarah.