Associa Leaders Elected to Community Associations Institute Board Positions

DALLAS, TEXAS, Sept. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Associa, the worldwide leader in community management, congratulates Associa President Joey Carona and Associa Carolinas Vice President Melissa Merritt-Darden on their election to Community Associations Institute (CAI) Association of Professional Community Managers (APCM) Board of Directors. Carona was re-elected to the management company CEO position and Merritt-Darden to an at-large position.

Both will serve in the APCM division of the Management Representation Group (MRG) which is elected by CAI membership in that category. Elected members give their constituencies a voice in crafting CAI policy and work to ensure that CAI continues to provide services and benefits that members need and value.

"I'm honored to have been selected by my peers at CAI and look forward to being able to provide insight on behalf of Associa and the community management industry," says Merritt-Darden.

Carona adds, "Having a voice on the MRG is vital to Associa as we are the largest firm in the industry and decisions made by the board of directors can potentially affect our company as well as the other companies involved in CAI."

Carona is Associa's president and COO. He holds a seat on Associa's investment committee, serves as president of the company's 501(c)3 charitable organization, Associa Cares, and has earned his CMCA, AMS and PCAM designation from CAI. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Baylor University in addition to a Master in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Merritt-Darden serves as the vice president of Associa Carolinas and will also serve as the 2016 North Carolina-CAI Steering Committee chairwoman. She has attained her CMCA, AMS, and PCAM designations from CAI and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from Georgetown University.

Building and managing successful communities for more than 35 years, Associa is the worldwide leader in community management 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 or

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