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PLPOA has a new general manager

The Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association has a new general manager, Chip Munday.

I have been employed by PLPOA for 23 years and over that period of time have had the opportunity of working with five other general managers. Each of them has brought a fresh and unique perspective to that position. I like Chip and look forward to working with him.

I believe you can best serve what you know. Chip impresses me as a good listener who thinks things through thoroughly. And he wants to serve the association. It behooves property owners to openly and honestly share their thoughts and concerns with Chip so he can know PLPOA well.

I am taking this opportunity to introduce you, my readers, to Chip Munday. What follows are some questions I posed to Chip, and responses to them. Please join me in welcoming Chip and Marie to Pagosa.

Can you tell us about your work background?

“While my degree is in political science/public administration, my work history has taken me on a path that included wholesale selling, business owning/operating, property management, and over the last five years community association management. I have owned two businesses: one was a janitorial supply, commercial cleaning and property management business; the other was a consulting business for community associations, which include homeowners associations, property owners associations, condominium associations and the like. All of this has taken place in the Aspen area, where my wife and I have lived for the past 30 years or so.”

What other POAs have you been involved in?

“It depends on your definition of ‘involved.’ I have worked with many different associations as a consultant, and have been the executive director (association manager) of the River Valley Ranch Master Association in Carbondale, Colorado. I have also served on the board of directors for the Aspen Mountain View Homeowners Association and the Centennial Condominium Owners Association.”

How are they similar/different from PLPOA?

“The PLPOA is unique. First of all is the sheer size. The only association larger is Highlands Ranch in Denver. Every association is different in character, demographics and physical assets, but the core of association management is the same. That is, to preserve, protect and enhance the assets of the association for the benefit of the members, and to help build a sense of community in the place they call home.”

What are your hopes/mission for the first year with PLPOA?

“I hope that I can make a positive difference, not just within the PLPOA, but to the greater Pagosa Springs area. In the early weeks and months of my tenure, I expect to learn a lot about the workings of the PLPOA. There is a great deal of history to the development of Pagosa Lakes, and I will need to get up to speed as quickly as possible. An association of this size can make it difficult to build a sense of community. My primary goal for this year is to work at ways to improve communication. The staff and I will be looking to improve our information technology, with our website being the central element. By improving communication, not only can we enhance the sense of community, but we can educate our members about association living, stimulate interest in the community, and provide greater value to our members, guests and community at large.”

Relationship between POAs and the larger community … what is your philosophy?

“The relationship between POAs and the larger community in which they exist should always be strong, particularly if a community association is as large as the PLPOA. The PLPOA is not a gated, separate community. We are integral to and have much to contribute to the fabric of the Pagosa Springs community. By working closely with all of those with a vested interest in the quality of life here in Pagosa, we can leverage our efforts to provide value to the residents and guests of our area.”

If you and Marie are comfortable sharing … tell me what you would like this community to know about the both of you.

“My wife Marie and I are both native New Yorkers, although we met and have lived in the Aspen, Colorado, area for many years. Marie moved to Aspen in 1979 to have fun skiing and work in the restaurant industry. She intended to stay only one winter, but fell in love with the ‘spirit’ of Aspen, and never left. I moved to Aspen in 1982 to help establish a network of volunteers for John Denver’s Windstar Foundation and have called Colorado home ever since. We were married in 1985 in the large teepee at Windstar and love the outdoors, particularly if it means being on the water. We both are Rotarians, and love to travel and experience other cultures. Marie is now retired. She was a deputy sheriff and detective with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office in Aspen the last 15 years. Her focus was on smoothing the assimilation process for immigrants, particularly the Latino community. She is fluent bi-lingual (English/Spanish) and has also taught Spanish at Colorado Mountain College and as an independent contractor to law enforcement agencies around the country. We both look forward to being involved in, and serving the community at many levels.”

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