2018 Board of Director Candidates
Vote for 3
KW Property Management & Consulting
Pilar Willis DIxon, CIC, CIRMS
Commercial Insurance Advisor
Vice President, Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc
1. If elected, what are your goals as a Board Member If elected, I would serve in a manner to continue the cohesiveness of the board. Participating and representing our chapter to accomplish the goals set forth by the Board President and Executive Director.
2. In your view, what are the biggest challenges facing the NE FL CAI Chapter and the community association industry, how do you believe the chapter should address these challenges? One of the biggest concerns of any trade association is to sustain and grow its membership. A healthy balance of volunteer leaders, managers and business partners must be achieved as we expand to all of the counties in our chapter.
3. What unique skills and abilities do you possess that if elected, would contribute to the growth and advancement of the chapter? The experience I have gained by serving on the Board of Associated Builders & Contractors for over 15 years has given me a unique prospective. Setting goals and being certain every activity of the chapter keeps those goals moving forward is critical. GOALS must be achieved in order serve the members and the communities in our Chapter. I was instrumental in creating a chapter matrix breaking down the goals into achievable task.
4. How many hours per month are you able and willing to contribute to further the NE FL CAI Chapter? My motto is to work smarter not harder! So, to me it isn’t a number it is about getting the job done. I fully understand the commitment involved in serving an organization in a leadership position. A Board of Directors responsibility to its members is not to be taken lightly, but to fully engage. If elected, I will be fully engaged with the NE FL CAI Chapter.
First Coast Mulch
1. If Elected, what are your goals as a Board Member?
My primary goal would be to continue the membership growth the current board has accomplished. I’d do this through innovative outreach to promote the Chapters Educational and Networking opportunities. I also think it would be beneficial to have a new member program, to help get people involved in Chapter events and/or on committees quicker.
2. In your view what are the biggest challenges facing the NE FL CAI Chapter and the
community association industry, how do you believe the chapter should address these
I think the biggest challenge facing our Chapter is recrui.ng both new and current members to committees. I think by starting the new member program we will increase involvement by promoting a welcoming and inclusive agenda.
3. What unique skills and abilities do you possess that if elected, would contribute to the
growth and advancement of the chapter?
For the past 10 years I’ve been in charge of operating budgets and new business development. I think this experience will help the chapter remain sustainable as we continue to grow.
4. How many hours per month are you able and willing to contribute to further the NE FL
I would be able to dedicate 10-12hrs monthly planning toward the Chapters future and/or meeting with Committees. However, in addition to this I’m almost always open for attending Happy Hours and/or Chapter Events.
Since studying Business Management at the University of North Florida I’ve spent the last 10years in the landscape industry. Currently I’m a Partner at First Coast Mulch, a blown mulch installation company. In 2014 I became involved with CAI and for 2015 & 2016 served as the Chapters Social Committee Chair. CAI is the first professional organization that I have been involved with, since joining I have learned a lot and met even more great people. I’d like to be a part of helping this Chapter continue to succeed in the way I have seen these past 3 years.
Patricia Truax Stewart, CMCA, AMS, PCAM CAM
General Manager, Castle Group
1. If Elected, what are your goals as a Board Member
If elected, I would like to work with the Executive Director to
increase membership by at least 10 – 20% each year, bring in more events for the Chapter and increase awareness with managers, business partners and community homeowners. I also would work to partnering events with other CAI chapters.
2. In your view what are the biggest challenges facing the NE FL CAI Chapter and the community association industry, how do you believe the chapter should address these challenges?
I believe one of the biggest challenges for this chapter is expanding the membership and bringing a broader spectrum of business partners into CAI NE. Additionally, I would like to see more continuing education forums and interest in the legislative alliance be integrated into the chapter.
3. What unique skills and abilities do you possess that if elected, would contribute to the growth and advancement of the chapter?
If elected, I believe I have the leadership skills to expand the membership and recruit more members and business partners and introduce new events and grow the annual expo. As the Education Events Chair this past year, I believe I have brought some new programs to the chapter which have hopefully expanded some growth.
4. How many hours per month are you able and willing to contribute to further the NE FL CAI Chapter?
I can dedicate as many hours as needed but would anticipate I could successfully dedicate at least 10 hours per month to the growth of the chapter.
EDUCATIONAL AND CAREER BACKGROUND
My career background includes the following:
• An experienced senior executive with excellent project and people management skills
• A results oriented leader with strong operations and account management skills
• A retention specialist with proven strategies for retaining clients that may be at risk for changing
• Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to build healthy functioning teams to encourage high
productivity and exception customer and royal service
• Offering more than 30 years’ experience ranging from commercial property management to
condominium, homeowner and cooperative property management
My educational background includes the following:
• AA Degree in Psychology
• CAI Member with designations for CMCA, AMS and PCAM
• Leadership in Mentoring and Teaching Property Management Classes
INVOLVEMENT IN CAI
I have been in the property management industry for over 30 years including both
commercial and residential property management. I have been involved in both the
local and national CAI organizations
• CAI Manager Committee for CAI-Suncoast Chapter for several years;
• Volunteered at trade shows for CAI-Suncoast Chapter
• Coordinated events for CAI-Suncoast Chapter
• Events Coordinator for 2016-2017 for CAI NE Florida
• Attended CAI National Events for last several years including designations for CMCA, AMS and
Involvement in Other Professional Activities
I have been involved in the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce as well as the
Network of Women for Nassau County for the last several months
Other Leadership Activities
• I have been involved in the Jacksonville Chapter for ALS Foundation for the last year in
helping create awareness and solicit corporate sponsorships;
• I have been involved in the local chapter of Pink Ladies for Breast Cancer to also help
create awareness. As a breast cancer survivor, this cause is dear to my heart.
Professional Awards and Recognitions Received
• I have received recognition from my current employer for receiving my PCAM
Designation and hope to continue more education through the CAI programs. In 2016,
I also received a Leadership Management Award from Castle Group.