Recipe for a Successful Management Company

Posted by Stefanie Ford on September 16, 2013

A recipe for Community Association Management Success

It can take a long time to cook up a successful business, like roasting the marshmallow in a campfire s'mores, it takes patience and care to get that perfect golden brown outside.  Here is a recipe for a successful management company:

  • One Part Knowledge; know what you are doing and have a plan.
  • Stir in Experience; a person make mistakes along the way but with a quick and proper recovery comes the knowledge to grow from that experience.
  • Mix with some great Connections; make friends with the right people, real-estate agents, developers, etc.
  • Add a bushel of Dependability; being consistent establishes trust and trust makes people want to pay their fees on time because they are happy!
  • Sprinkle with Marketing; Word of mouth is best marketing and its free!!  Happy owners tell their friends.  There are other avenues too such as, print media, the Web and professional organizations.
  • Drizzle with (most important) Technology; to have a competitive advantage over the thousands of other companies out there you have to have the best system to take care of your client’s needs.  The best system will help bring clients in, by instantly developing trust because they know you have the tools to give them what they need.

Getting the proper mixture and the right amount of these ingredients takes time.  So don’t give up, keep at it, and you will achieve your desired results!

s'mores bars...yummy!

Now enjoy these S’ mores bars they are AMAZING!!!!  I have made them several times and they are dangerously delicious.  

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 king-sized milk chocolate bars (e.g. Hershey’s)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (not melted marshmallows)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined.

Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place chocolate bars over dough. 2 king-sized Hershey’s bars should fit perfectly side by side, but break the chocolate (if necessary) to get it to fit in a single layer no more than 1/4 inch thick. Spread chocolate with marshmallow cream or fluff. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together).

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars.