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Associa's Richard Emery to be Honored as Outstanding Business Leader

HONOLULU, May 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Richard Emery, Associa Hawaii regional vice president and former president and principal broker of Hawaii First, an Associa company, will be recognized by Mental Health America of Hawaii as its Outstanding Business Leader. The long-time community management professional will be honored at the 10th Annual Mental Health MAHALO Awards Luncheon on May 12 at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu.

"I am genuinely surprised to be selected to this honor and want to thank Mental Health America of Hawaii for all they do every day to support efforts toward education and advocacy," says Emery. "I've been fortunate in my career in the association management industry and I feel like supporting the mental health community is a great way for me to be able to give back."

Emery will receive his award at the luncheon which will be from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12. He has been supporting mental wellness for the most severely mentally ill for the past five years by providing hundreds of gourmet meals and gift certificates to all five Oahu Clubhouses (psychosocial rehabilitation programs for people with severe mental illness).

Emery holds the Community Associations Institute (CAI) designation of Professional Reserve Analyst®, one of only a few in the U.S. With expertise in this highly specialized field, he has been with Hawaii First since May 1997 where he helps prepare long-term financial plans for various associations throughout Hawaii in addition to overseeing management of dozens of communities.

Associa Hawaii, AAMC®, is committed to providing unsurpassed management and lifestyle services to more than 550 associations on five islands. In 2014, Associa Hawaii was selected as one of Hawaii Business Magazine's Best Places to Work, for the third consecutive year, the only Hawaii association management company to achieve this. To learn more, please visit www.associahawaii.com or find them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AssociaHawaii.

Building and managing successful communities for more than 35 years, Associa is the world's largest community association management firm with over 9,000 employees operating more than 170 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, Canada the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Based in Dallas, Texas, our industry expertise, financial strength, and innovation meet the unique needs of clients across the world with customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.

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Source: Associa Online