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Cardinal’s Own Tina Zurrica is Honored as One of the Newest PCAM Designees

Tina Zurrica, a 15-year Cardinal employee, recently received the prestigious Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation. She was honored at the CAI-OC Annual PCAM Reception held to celebrate both the newest and past recipients of the PCAM designation. The reception was held at McCormick & Schmick’s in Irvine.  Ms. Zurrica was supported by a full contingent of Cardinal staff at the reception held to honor and congratulate recipients on their outstanding accomplishment.

Ms. Zurrica has been a member of the Cardinal staff since 1997. As the on-site manager for a historical high-rise building in downtown Long Beach, she is responsible for the daily operations of the building, from general janitorial to complex, extended projects. The building also contains commercial properties owned by the association.  To be awarded the PCAM designation, Ms. Zurrica successfully attended and passed the required courses in CAI’s Professional Management Development Program (PMDP) and with at least five years’ management experience, was able to attend the Case Study as the final step in her achievement.

The Case Study requires the applicant to spend two days at a host community and learn the details of the community through interviews with its management staff and business partners, including legal counsel and insurance agent, as well as perform an extensive visual inspection of the property.  At the conclusion of the Case Study, applicants are given ten essay questions that require extensive research and documentation to answer.  Applicants are given 30 days to complete this comprehensive document.

Her PCAM designation illustrates Ms. Zurrica’s commitment to the industry and continuing education as well as dedication to Cardinal’s client Directors.  We are extremely proud of her. As of this writing, Ms. Zurrica is one of only 2,100 PCAMs in the United States and one of only 361 PCAMs in California.  We are honored to welcome Ms. Zurrica to this elite group of professionals.










Cardinal Staff Receives Distinctions at 2011 CAI-OC Annual Awards Dinner


Recently the Orange County Chapter of CAI held its annual Orange County Excellence in Community (OCEC) Awards & Wine Dinner at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.  Cardinal staff attended to support the firm’s nominees and to celebrate the success of the Chapter.   Each year the Chapter honors the members who volunteer countless hours to help the Chapter reach its goals and for bettering of the industry.

Cardinal is proud to announce nominees and winners from our distinguished workforce. In our book, all our nominees are winners.

Account Manager Christine Santisteban was nominated for the Rising Star Award.  Ms. Santisteban joined the Cardinal team in 2009 and was promoted to Account Manager in 2011.  She has earned the Certified Community Association Manager (CMCA) certification from CAI.

Maryanne Hurley, a member of the Cardinal team since 2008, was nominated for the Manager of the Year Award in the Portfolio Category and the Committee Member of the Year Award.  Ms. Hurley has earned the Certified Community Association Manager (CMCA) certification and the Association Management Specialist (AMS) designation from CAI and the Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) designation from CACM.  She is an active member of CAI-OC’s Programs Committee and the Community Outreach Committee and an avid supporter of Chapter Membership.

Theresa Hirschman began her Cardinal community association management career in 2000. Ms. Hirschman was nominated for the Outstanding Service Award for CAI.  She is an active member of CAI’s Orange County Chapter Community Outreach Committee, Community Manager Support Committee and Education Committee.  Ms. Hirschman has earned the Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) designation from (CACM), and the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), Association Management Specialist (AMS) and Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designations from the Community Associations Institute (CAI).

Cardinal’s President, Farrah Esquer, was nominated for both the Author of the Year Award and Speaker of the Year Award.  Ms. Esquer served on CAI-OC’s Community Manager Support Committee, Education Committee and Publications Committee.  She is the past Chair of CAI’s Manager Support Committee, was elected to the Board of Directors of CAI’s Orange County Chapter in 2010, and was appointed to the Secretary position in 2012.  CAI bestowed upon Ms. Esquer the prestigious John C. Kubas Manager of the Year award for 2009.

Cardinal is proud of each of our nominees for their dedication and support of both the Chapter and our industry.

And the Award Goes To…

Cardinal is pleased to announce that Maryanne Hurley was awarded the 2011 Recruiter of the Year Award for her efforts in recruiting eight new members to the Chapter.

Farrah Esquer was awarded the 2011 Author of the Year Award for her article titled Money Matters, which was printed in OC View. The article can be found on our blog page at  Ms. Esquer was also awarded the 2011 Speaker of the Year Award for her participation on a panel regarding ethics and personal behavior.  She shared this prestigious award with Debra Warren of Cinnabar Consulting and Sandra Gottlieb of Swedelson & Gottlieb as co-members of the panel.