Awards Criteria

Chapter Advancement Awards

Chapter Appreciation Award
Presented to a CAI member who has provided continued dedication to the Chapter.  Active participation on the Board of Directors or a Chapter Committee is not a primary contribution of commitment to the Chapter.

Outstanding Service Award
Presented to an individual who has contributed outstanding service and dedication on a committee or board working to assist the entire Chapter in achieving its goals for the year.

Program of the Year
Presented to panelists from a luncheon or other Chapter program who exemplifies the primary goal of CAI - quality education to our members.

Committee of the Year
Presented to a Committee whose contributions have been outstanding and benefiting the Chapter.  They must demonstrate teamwork and the ability to accomplish their given task. 

Rising Star Award
Presented to a new Chapter member (within the last calendar year) or person in our industry who recently became involved in the Chapter and demonstrated a high level of commitment and participation.

Company Spotlight Award
Presented to a member company that has impacted the industry by going above and beyond through Chapter participation, industry involvement, and community outreach.   This the only award category that allows self-nomination.

Author of the Year
Selected by Publications Committee as the best article of the year.  The committee selects articles that not only educate the membership but entertain as well. 

President’s Award
Presented to an individual who the Chapter President has deemed to be instrumental in the success of the President in the pursuit of his/her duties and obligations. This individual has provided inspiration and support through either participation, influence, presence, or other significant value throughout the year.  2021 Chapter President selects this award.

Industry Advancement Awards

Individual Advancement Awards
Presented to an individual whose ideas have dramatically improved growth, cost savings, efficiency, or development of new services/processes for the company, association, or community they serve. 

·     Industry Advancement Award – Manager Category

·     Industry Advancement Award – Business Partner Category

·     Industry Advancement Award – Homeowner Volunteer Category

Industry Partnership Award
Presented to an individual or company who fosters a partnership with another company or organization to further the advancement of the industry or community.  

Individual Achievement Awards

Manager of the Year Awards
Presented to community managers who have exhibited and supported the value of education and ethics and have shown dedication to the industry, their company, and clients. The awards will be given based on the community manager's tenure.

Rookie of the Year 0-2 Years

Veteran of the Year 3+ Years

Board Member of the Year Awards
Presented to a community association board member who has made significant contributions to the association and promotes a sense of community.  The awards will be given based on a board member's tenure with their association.

Rookie of the Year 0-2 years

Veteran of the Year 3+ years 

Business Partner of the Year
Presented to a business partner individual that has impacted the industry by going above and beyond.  Based on the number of years the company has been a member.

Rookie of the Year 0-2 years 

Veteran of the Year 3+ years

May Russell Lifetime Achievement
Each year the Chapter recognizes an outstanding individual who has been instrumental in the organization's success.  The Chapter's most prestigious award is named after May Russell, a former Irvine Company executive, who helped found CAI and was its first national President.  The first recipient was awarded this honor in 1988 at the Chapter's first awards dinner.  Presented to an individual who has proved exemplary leadership and demonstrated the ideals and objectives of CAI through active participation at the local, regional and/or national level.  This award encompasses a lifetime of achievement and not a singular contribution, no matter how monumental.