As CAMICB continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary, we reached out to CMCAs who’ve held the credential for 25, or more, years. Many CMCAs graciously offered to share their experiences, highlights, career paths and advice with us.
Barbara E. Saxton, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, is the Regional Community Manager, for The Galman Group, in Jenkintown, PA. Barbara has been with The Galman Group for more than 16 years. Prior to that, she was a Regional Community Manager in New Jersey. Barbara has been managing community associations for more than 30 years and has been a CAI member for almost as long. Barbara also serves on the Board of CAI’s Keystone Chapter in Pennsylvania.
According to Barbara, “Regardless of your profession, I strongly believe in professional credentials. Earning the CMCA encouraged me to pursue my AMS and PCAM designations. Having these credentials tells my associations that I value my career and I’m prepared to guide them in the right direction.”
Barbara’s advice for managers entering the field, “Earn your credentials. Learn and continuing learning; this will make you the best manager possible.”
As a longtime credential holder, one professional moment proudly stands out in Barbara’s mind: “Receiving the Robert H. Wise, Sr. President’s Award from the Keystone Chapter of CAI (formerly the Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Chapter) in 2016. My name and credentials are prominently displayed on the plaque,” said Barbara.
The Robert H. Wise, Sr. President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement was established in 1996 to honor former chapter president Robert Wise, principal and owner of Wise Management Company and who was an active member of this chapter for many years. The award is presented each year by the president of the board to a chapter member who has shown outstanding service and dedication to the chapter.
Barbara’s favorite aspect of community association management are the people. “In this profession, there are so many different perspectives, and so many informed colleagues. This leads to a tremendous amount of satisfying relationships,” added Barbara.