My name is Rick Eckenrode. I have been a full time resident here in Vistancia for almost eight years, having purchased my home in Village A in March, 2010. While searching for a home in Arizona, we were impressed with the scenery and amenities here in Vistancia.
Soon after moving here, my initial involvement was to serve on the Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC). My involvement in the NAC resulted in my heighted understanding of how Community Associations work. To enhance my understanding, I attended monthly classes and presentations outlining all aspects of community management and expectations of Board Members. I was involved in many special projects the former builder-run board tasked us with, including recommendation of changes in CC&R’s as a result of resident surveys. I enthusiastically continued my commitment to the NAC and Vistancia until the NAC was dissolved when the resident board took over in 2016.
I continued service to my community by volunteering on The Landscape Committee, where I now serve as the committee chairman. The most recent accomplishment of the Landscape Committee has been the successful Request For Proposal process, taking approximately nine months, and the successful recommendation to replace our (then) present landscape partner.
My full-time job description is Quality Control Specialist for CEI Fleet Driver Management. On a daily basis, I must follow the policies and procedures of my clients while fostering positive relationships with our vendors. I also look for opportunities for process improvements. I have been married to my wife Claire for 32 years and have two grown children. We are proud to call Vistancia our home and I am committed to maintaining and increasing quality of life in our excellent community.
I look forward to continuing my commitment to serving Vistancia Village A by serving on the Resident Board.
Do you currently or have you previously served on a board or committee?
I have served on the Neighborhood Advisory Committee and currently serve on the Landscape Committee. I currently serve as the chairman.
How will you be able to put aside personal biases and desires to make decisions for the betterment of the entire community?
I have done so since I first served on a Vistancia committee.
What is the most important issue facing the community in the next two years?
Vistancia has a new landscape partner to work with. We must have a successful transition.
What can the Association do to help maintain or improve current property values?
The Association can uphold the CC&R’s.
- Encourage volunteerism.
- Continue to offer activities that appeal to residents.
- Ensure residents’ concerns are given due process and consideration.
How do you feel about the collaborative-partnership approach between the Board, community members and the management team? What would you do to support and/or improve these relationships moving forward?
I feel it is a unique advantage for Vistancia with so much collaborative involvement. Residents are inspired to get involved.