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FirstService Acquires Y Cross Management Group

FirstService Residential, the leading residential property management company in North America, today announced it has acquired Y Cross Management Group, a leading Tucson-based community association management company.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Enhancing our leadership position in Arizona was a strategic priority and we are encouraged about the prospect of strengthening our leadership team with the addition of Andrew to the team,” said Chuck Fallon, CEO of FirstService Residential.

Founded in 2004, Y Cross Management currently manages 60 associations, representing 9,000 units in Tucson and southern Arizona.  The company is headed by Andrew Way, who will continue to manage day-to-day operations as FirstService Residential’s Senior Vice President, Southern Arizona Division.

“We are excited to join the FirstService Residential family and share its resources, technology and best practices to benefit both our employees and communities,” said Way.  “Y Cross has set a very high standard for 10 years and we know this move will help us deliver on our promise of outstanding service to our communities.”

Dreyer joins FirstService Residential as VP

Vanessa Dreyer, FirstService Residential

Vanessa Dreyer, FirstService Residential

FirstService Residential, the leading community management company in Arizona, has named Vanessa Dreyer as its new Vice President of the Large Scale II Division. She brings over 14 years of homeowner’s association industry experience to FirstService Residential. Dreyer will be primarily responsible for oversight of the company’s high rise condominiums and several large scale communities.

“Vanessa brings with her strong leadership, communication and management skills as evidenced by her involvement in many community organizations, boards and councils. We at FirstService Residential Arizona are excited to add Vanessa to our team and we are confident that she will help us continue to evolve and deliver exceptional service and solutions to our clients,” said Jason Proudfit, FirstService Residential Arizona President.

Prior to joining FirstService Residential, Dreyer was responsible for the management of several of the Valley’s leading master planned communities, including DC Ranch and Vistancia. In addition, with her background in land development, she has worked to grow communities from startup, through transition and beyond. Her strong non-profit background allows her to provide boards with training, goal setting, and strategic planning.

“FirstService Residential has such a long standing and respected presence in Arizona. I am excited to be joining an outstanding team of committed industry professionals,” said Dreyer.

As a dedicated member of the industry, Dreyer currently serves on the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Board of Trustees and on the board for the Association of Professional Community Managers. Committed to professional development, she has earned the prestigious PCAM designation and plans to complete the elite LSM (Large Scale Manager) designation this fall. She also holds the CAAM designation from Arizona Association of Community Managers (AACM) and a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Arizona University.

FirstService Residential provides full-service community management solutions to a wide range of homeowner and condominium associations including some of Arizona’s most beautiful and recognizable communities. Since 1968, its team has worked hard to serve the homeowners of Arizona, and today, the company is recognized as the leading HOA management company throughout the state. FirstService Residential has been selected as Arizona’s top choice of HOA management companies by Ranking Arizona for eight consecutive years.

Dana Schmidt

Schmidt Joins FirstService Residential

FirstService Residential, the leading community management company in Arizona, has named Dana Schmidt as its new Vice President of Human Resources. Schmidt possesses nearly 20 years of strategic and hands-on HR expertise acquired in public, Fortune 100 and privately-owned organizations. Schmidt will be primarily responsible for defining, developing, managing and implementing strategic and operational HR initiatives that align with FirstService Residential’s vision, mission and values.

“FirstService Residential is very excited to welcome Dana Schmidt to our executive team. I am confident that Dana’s extensive HR experience and educational background make him the ideal candidate to lead our Human Resources Department and instill the FirstService Residential core values throughout the Arizona region,” said Jason Proudfit, FirstService Residential Arizona President.

Prior to joining FirstService Residential, Schmidt held a variety of HR leadership roles. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Compensation and Employee Relations for National Bank of Arizona. Throughout his career, his key accountabilities have included strategic HR planning, talent acquisition, leadership and talent development, employment law, benefits, compensation, payroll, rewards and recognition and HR technology.

“I am genuinely excited to be leading the HR function for FirstService Residential Arizona and grateful for the opportunity to build upon the award-winning workplace culture that inspired me to join the team”, said Dana Schmidt, FirstService Residential Arizona Vice President of Human Resources.

Schmidt’s strong commitment to continuing education propelled him to achieve the Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and his Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation from the WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals. Schmidt stays connected with his HR community by serving as an active member of the Valley’s Senior HR Executive Council and volunteering his efforts to various non-profit organizations.

FirstService Residential provides full-service community management solutions to a wide range of homeowner and condominium associations including some of Arizona’s most beautiful and recognizable communities. Since 1968, its team has worked hard to serve the homeowners of Arizona, and today, the company is recognized as the leading HOA management company throughout the state. FirstService Residential has been selected as Arizona’s top choice of HOA management companies by Ranking Arizona for eight consecutive years.