Associa Carolinas VP Melissa Merritt-Darden Appointed to Chairwoman

20:00 EDT 5 Aug 2015 | Globe Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Associa Carolinas, one of the newest branches of Associa, will be represented at next year's Community Associations Institute (CAI) Annual Conference and Expo by Vice President Melissa Merritt Darden. She was recently appointed as the 2016 NC-CAI Steering Committee chairwoman.

"Melissa is a smart choice to lead this committee as she has served multiple roles for them in the past four years and is one of the foremost community management experts in this region," says Associa Senior Vice President, Field Operations Chris Harrison. "She will be the youngest ever to serve as a chairperson but as the current CAI members know, she is the best person for the job and we are proud to have her represent Associa."

Merritt-Darden joined Associa Carolinas as its vice president in 2014 has previously had roles in portfolio management, client relations, transition & education. She most recently served the NC-CAI as part of the Education Sub-Committee and as the onsite committee chairperson for the 2015 conference in Charlotte. Merritt-Darden is currently an active committee member of the Piedmont Regional Council for NC-CAI. She has attained her CMCA, AMS, and a PCAM designations from CAI and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from Georgetown University.

Building and managing successful communities for more than 35 years, Associa is the worldwide leader in community management with over 9,000 employees operating more than 170 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Based in Dallas, Texas, our industry expertise, financial strength, and innovation meet the unique needs of clients across the world with customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to or

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