Monday, August 30, 2010

Insurance Seminar Attracts Talent From Large Regional Law Firm, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP

ACM is happy to announce that Tiffany Releford and Joseph Douglass from the prestigious law firm of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP has joined our team of speakers for the Insurance Seminar on September 11, 2010.

Tiffany and Joseph will be speaking along with Wayne Pachol about community association law as it relates to property and liability insurance as well as answer any questions.

Mr. Douglass is a partner and head of the firm's Community Association Section. For more than 25 years he has worked with condominiums, housing cooperatives and planned communities throughout the region. He is the past President of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

Ms. Releford is an associate who works with the firm's community association clients as well as handles a variety of litigation matters.

Both Tiffany and Joseph are active members in the Community Association Institute.

We are excited to have such a distinguished law firm attending this important and informative seminar.

Friday, August 27, 2010

NEW Employee Spotlight: Katie, Administrative Assistant

My name is Katie and I am 23 years old. I just moved back to Maryland (where I was born and raised) from New York where I attended St. John's University right outside of Manhattan.

I graduated in May with a dual degree in both Communications and Journalism while also holding an internship with "Entertainment Tonight". I absolutely loved New York, but it is true what they say, "home is where the heart is". I moved back to Maryland to be closer to my family and friends.

I come from an amazing family. I have an older sister and two younger brothers. I also grew up surrounded by over twenty pets, so I am a huge animal lover. I have an adorable pug who is like my child and is now slightly over a year old.

I love reading, writing, cooking, photography, singing and playing my guitar. I am also a die-hard Ravens fan. I love football and come from a family that takes it very seriously. Sadly, this is one of the reasons I felt compelled to move back to Maryland. I could not take another season of cheering by myself.

I am still re-discovering Maryland and all the different areas, but I really like Timonium and am excited to to get to work with ACM.

Katie is the Administrative Assistant in the Timonium office. We are excited to have Katie join the ACM team!

Power Down, Save Money

Looking to cut back due to a tight budget or ready to go green? Here are 10 quick and easy tips to accomplish both:
  • Unplug appliances and electronics. TVs, computers and kitchen appliances, as well as cell phone and lap top chargers, all use energy when they are plugged in -- even if they are turned off.
  • Use power strips. "Smart" power strips automatically turn off when electronics are off or when one main unit (like your personal computer) is powered down.
  • Turn off lights. When you're not in the room or not in the house, there's no need for all the lights to be on.
  • Clean and replace furnace or air conditioner filters. Dirty filters block air flow, increase energy bills and shorten equipment life.
  • In the warmer months, keep the shades and blinds down on south-, east- and west facing windows. In the colder months, open them up and let the sun in.
  • Activate"sleep" features on your computer and office equipment. When they go unused for a long period of time, they power down.
  • Lower the thermostat. Wear a sweater around the house and put an extra blanket on the bed at night.
  • Use fans instead of air conditioning when possible or combine their use to turn down the air temperature a bit.
  • Close vents an doors to unused rooms.
  • Wash your laundry with cold water. It's just as effective.
Check with the Alliance to Save Energy at for more energy and money saving tips.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NEW Employee Spotlight: Crislyn, Community Association Manager

Crislyn joined the ACM team in July 2010 as a Community Association Manager with seven years of community management experience. Here's some interesting information about Crislyn:

My name is Crislyn. I have an eight year old son D.J. (pictured with me above). He loves sports and plays a little bit of everything. My goal is to have him begin martial arts by the end of this year not for the purpose of learning to fight, but to practice the art of physical, emotional and spiritual balance with contributes key importance to learning patience, strength, perseverance, and determination all at the same time. I say all of this because at one point in my life, I was a practice dummy and a work out partner to my big brother who practiced the art of jiu-itsu and thai boxing. As a result, it has helped me to understand that martial arts can assist in a healthy lifestyle of personal and physical growth and of course having fun at the same time.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, outdoor activities, traveling, volunteering, helping people, and spending time with family and friends.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

CAI's Chesapeake Chapter Publishes ACM Article

"The Electronic Neighborhood", written by ACM's Erin McCullin and Mel Herzberger, was featured in the CAI Chesapeake Chapter's spring newsletter, "The Beacon".

To read the article, please CLICK HERE