Leland Management Announces Vivian Carvalho Superstar

vivian2Leland Management was pleased to announce Vivian Carvalho as a superstar for the month of December. Vivian has been with Leland for 2 years as a Community Association Manager in our Brevard Division and brought over 10 years of experience in the industry with her when she joined the Leland Team. When she is not at the office she enjoys relaxing, entertaining her family and friends, and spending quality time with her two children. Vivian is the lead manager in Leland’s Satellite Beach office and also manages her own portfolio. Additionally, Vivian took the lead with the Brevard Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team and led us to be Silver Striders in 2013. When asked what her favorite part of working at Leland is she stated: “Working for a company in which the owners are truly sincere and genuine people and having a great boss to report to, Gary. Gary is always challenging my ability to continue and pursue for more within myself and my work.” Vivian says being named superstar means she has reached a milestone of accomplishment within the company and demonstrates the credibility of work that she provides to clients.


Leland Management Announces Angel Alfonso Superstar

angel superstar2Leland Management was pleased to announce Angel Alfonso as a Superstar for the month of December. Angel has been with Leland for a 1 ½ years as a community association manager in our Orlando division. Prior to his employment with Leland, Angel worked for 5 years with Pulte Homes in customer relations. This customer based experience allowed Angel to thrive in his interactions with co-workers and board members. When he is not at the office, he enjoys playing golf and watching professional sports. Senior management cited his positive attitude, quick learning ability, and goal to go above and beyond as factors in his being named a superstar. Angel says the human interaction associated with being a community association manager is his favorite part of working at Leland and states “having a great attitude no matter what the circumstances are” is his definition of a Superstar.

Leland Management Announces Saria Gomez Superstar

DSC_0162Leland Management is pleased to announce Saria Gomez as a Superstar for the month of December. Saria has been with Leland for nearly 2 years as a customer service specialist. Saria has previous experience in the field having worked as a homeowner liaison with Larson & Associates, PA for 2 years. She enjoys baking, going to church and interior design when she is not here at the office. Senior management cited her positive attitude, incredible work ethic, and professional representation as key factors in her being named a superstar. Saria says the team environment is her favorite part of working for Leland and being recognized as a superstar really made her feel that her hard work and dedication to the Leland team is appreciated.

Royal Highlands Wins First Place in Annual Scarecrow Buildoff

Congratulations to the Royal Highlands Community for winning First Place in the Leesburg Partnership’s Annual Scarecrow Buildoff.  Kudos to Dina Brown, Community Association Manager, Rosemarie Paeth, and Royal Highlands Resident, Sharon Prefore.   Way to kick off the fall season!

Royal Highlands Scarecrow
Royal Highlands Winning Scarecrow


Golf Tourney Benefiting Vets Filled with Fun, Competition

Written by: Mary Chartier

This article first appeared on September 9, 2013 in The Villages Daily Sun

Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club

Spruce Creek, Folds of Honor
Jim Hartmann hits a long shot down the Champions #1 fairway .

Labor Day weekend, golfers across the nation were teeing up to play a fun round of golf and, at the same time, raise funds for the Folds of Honor Foundation.

The foundation provides services and scholarships to the families of military personnel who have been killed in service to our country.

The Patriots Day golf tournament was sponsored by the Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club Veterans Association, David Blackston Financial Advisory, title sponsor, and Brown Golf at Eagle Ridge and host of others.

Over 206 golfers came together for this fun golfing event, an event that pits the Army and Air Force against the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.

Registration started early Sunday morning with everyone enjoying a quick breakfast of coffee and muffins.

I walked around a bit, talking with several golfers, wanting to know why they were participating.  I was not surprised at their responses.

To a person, they all agreed that it would be a fun day and that it was for a very worthy cause.

Then I spotted two younger participants, Drew and Kyle Blackston, and learned that they were the sons of the title sponsor of the event and would be playing in a foursome with their dad, David and mom, Andrea.

“Why is your family so involved in this event,” I asked.

“This is our home and we are just trying to help out the community and like to get involved,” Drew responded.

Drew added, “We support the military and everything they do.  My grandfather on my dad’s side served in the army in France during WWII.  My grandfather on my mom’s side fought in WWII in the navy”.

Opening ceremonies started with event chairperson, Jack Cherry, introducing Dave Blackston, who sang the national anthem, and team captains Ron Spencer, leading the Army and Air Force, and Bill Stewart, leading the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.

In a moment of levity, Ron reminded everyone that their team had been defeated by the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard team last year then said, “Today is the day of redemption”.

Ron followed that up by telling all the golfers, “I want you to go out there and have some fun today”.

During the announcements, Jack also mentioned that there would be several ROTC cadets volunteering during the event.

I spoke briefly with Belleview High School teacher and Air Force ROTC sponsor, retired Lt. Col. Terry Dickensheet about the cadet program and the cadets who would be working the event.

“The mission statement of the program is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community,” Terry said.

He told me that senior Anthony Beckzo, junior Alisha Stamm, sophomore Zakary Solgut, and freshman Zachary Stamm had volunteered to be at the event.

“As each team comes up to hole number 9 on each course, they will salute the veterans, pull the pins while they putt and put the pin back,” Terry explained.

After a beautiful day on the golf course, the golfers returned to the clubhouse and were greeted by the great down-home, toe tapping music of the Last Time Out Band.

Once everyone was settled in their seats, Jack requested all the veterans to stand up and be recognized.  He then asked everyone else to stand and, “give a moment of silence to all those brave men and women who have served this country and given their last measure of devotion”.

Veterans Association Chaplain Jay Welty gave the blessing before everyone sat down to a delicious lunch of pulled pork and chicken-salad sandwiches, scoops of macaroni and cheese, potato salad, three bean salad, cake and ice cream catered by Toppers Tavern.

Anticipation mounted as everyone wanted to hear who this year’s winners would be.

Director of golf Dale Smauder announced that after a friendly competition between the services, the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard had once again taken the trophy, and that the trophy would be on display at the pro shop.

The rest of the afternoon was filled with heartfelt thank yous to all the volunteers who had contributed to the success of the event, chance drawings and a wonderful silent auction.

Tony Hagwood, general manager of Brown’s Golf, took a few moments to thank everyone for their participation in such a fantastic cause.

Thanks to all the hard work of all the volunteers, sponsors, golfers from Spruce Creek and surrounding communities, and generous donations the event raised over $17,000.

Club activities and events are for Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club residents.

Mary Chariter is a resident of Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club.  She can be reached at mec7864@yahoo.com.


Pictures taken by:  Mary Chartier


Leland Management Activities Director Chris Olney becomes a Published Author

Chris Olney
Chris Olney

Chris Olney, Activity Director for SummerGlen in Ocala, has published her first book entitled: “Whispering Quail and the Lost Ankh Ring.”  She began writing the young adult fiction/fantasy 3 years ago on a creative whim. Chris is also the illustrator for the book and designed the cover.

The book tells the story of a bitter man that is taught the act of kindness and humility with the help of a few odd and unusual creatures. He travels back in time through a spinning vortex and lands in another realm where time stands still.  The man’s journey is thwarted by an evil witch, and a conniving thief that are both on a quest for a powerful ancient ring.

You can read “Whispering Quail and the Lost Ankh Ring.” through Amazon.com. Click Kindle books and type her name in the search engine.

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Leland Management Wins the 2013 Best Places to Work Award

bestplacestowork20134c600Leland Management was recently named a the winner of the large company category of the Orlando Business Journal’s Best Places to work awards.  Leland has been a finalist in this contest for the past two years and this year will featured as one of the winners in the Best Places to work edition of the Journal.

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Leland Management’s Rebecca Furlow – A Woman Who Means Business

Leland Management is pleased to announce that our President, Rebecca Furlow, has been selected as one of eight honorees in the Business Owner category for the Orlando Business Journal’s 15th Annual Women Who Mean Business awards.

To those who know Rebecca, it does not come as a surprise that she is being honored.  Throughout her career, Rebecca has excelled in business, starting Leland Management over 15 years ago, growing it to over 350 employees and serving more than 100,000 homeowners throughout Florida.  She is a pioneer in her profession, as well as an advocate for the Community Association Management industry.  She is actively involved in implementing and maintaining high standards of professionalism for Community Association Managers both in Leland Management and throughout the state of Florida.

Rebecca has developed an excellent reputation for Leland Management based on honesty, respect, trust, and customer service.  She takes an active role in all aspects of the company and leads by example.  Please join us in congratulating Rebecca on receiving this honor.

Leland Management is an Association Management firm serving over 350 community associations throughout Florida.  With offices located in Orlando, Rockledge, Satellite Beach,  Ocala, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Flagler/Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Clearwater and Tampa.  Leland Management is a family owned company with all of the resources of a large Association Management firm but with the focus and personal customer service of a family owned business.  For more information on Leland Management please visit them online at www.lelandmanagement.com.