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Anthem Ranch, BackCountry Honored with CAI Awards

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Community Associations Institute recently recognized Anthem Ranch and BackCountry with top awards. Anthem Ranch was named Community of the Year, while BackCountry earned the Outstanding Community Building by an Association prize.

Anthem Ranch captures the essence of Colorado for its active-adult residents. Set in the beautiful mountain landscapes of Broomfield, the community engages residents through a variety of events and programs. The 32,000-square-foot Aspen Lodge, the community’s amenity center, features facilities for swimming, exercising, relaxing and spending quality time with friends and neighbors.

The CCMC team, including 11 full-time and two part-time employees, is led by community manager Sue Santos and work diligently to ensure this community feels like home for each and every resident. Their efforts to connect people have engaged neighbors and transformed residents into a vital force in the association’s governance. Resident committees, clubs and ambassadors are empowered to partner with the team and the board in order to realize their vision for community life. “It’s really this type of teamwork that makes Anthem Ranch such a special community,” explains community manager Sue Santos. “That is why this award is particularly meaningful. It belongs to all the people that make this community tick. This includes our team members, board members and especially all our active resident volunteers.”

BackCountry’s recognition for Outstanding Community Building by an Association also exemplifies the engagement of that community’s on-site team. This award recognizes a community association for outstanding demonstrations of community resourcefulness and enhancement and application of team members’ strengths.

The community’s nomination focused on the BackCountry team’s efforts to bring people together through lifestyle events and activities, engaging with committees and volunteers, and recognizing and partnering with resident entertainers and businesses. The BackCountry team is composed of six full-time and 10 part-time employees, led by community manager Gary Debus.

“To say we’re excited about these honors would be an understatement,” said CCMC vice president Denise Hogenes. “Our team has dedicated themselves to connecting and activating residents. The result of these efforts is a tangible sense of community at both Anthem Ranch and BackCountry. We couldn’t be more proud and thankful to CAI for this recognition.”