BackCountry, Anthem Ranch Honored with CAI Awards

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

Situated among the beautiful Colorado landscape in Highlands Ranch, BackCountry allows its residents an opportunity to connect with nature, as well as their neighbors. Miles of trails wind through the surrounding area, providing amazing experiences for hikers and bikers alike.

A thriving lifestyle program focuses around activity at the Sundial House, a world-class amenity center equipped with fitness rooms, a pool and an on-site pub. The community transitioned to homeowner control earlier this year and is nearing its buildout of 1,267 homes. The community is led by community manager Jeff Powles; Ben Smith serves as lifestyle director.



Anthem Ranch’s Outstanding Community Building award reflects the community’s commitment to building relationships and connections between its active adult residents. Set in the picturesque 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.

Community manager Sue Santos leads operational efforts, while lifestyle director Katherine Erstad facilitates events, activities and programs.

The honor of BackCountry being named Community of the Year is a testament to this team’s commitment to CCMC’s vision of providing the absolute highest-quality service to residents in the communities we serve.

Anthem Ranch’s recognition with the Outstanding Community Building award also exemplifies the commitment of that community’s on-site team to fulfilling CCMC’s purpose of bringing people together in the neighborhoods where they live and in the offices where we work. This award recognizes a community association for outstanding demonstrations of community resourcefulness and enhancement and application of team members’ strengths.

“The efforts of our teams at BackCountry and Anthem Ranch continue to showcase what sets CCMC apart, and awards such as these are a testament to our philosophy of service,” said division president Delores Ferguson. “We couldn’t be more proud of these teams and thankful to CAI for continuing to recognize excellence in our communities.”