Managers at Southern Community Services earn credentials

Larry Ridlehoover is coprincipal of Southern Community Services.

Two top officers of a company that oversees homeowners associations in the Carolinas, including the Charleston area, earned leading designations from a trade group.

Larry Ridlehoover, president and coprincipal of Southern Community Services; and Mary Helen Settle, vice president, Upstate region, gained Professional Community Association Manager credentials in the second half of 2015. The designations derive from the Community Associations Institute.

Columbia-based Southern Community Services assists with homeowner association management at Park West, I’On, Dunes West and Hamlin Plantation in the Charleston area and Port Royal Plantation in Hilton Head Island.

Separately, Southern Community Services managers Stacy Foster of Florence and Mike Meadows of Columbia earned the Association Management Specialist credentials from the institute.

The Community Associations Institute, located near Washington, D.C., counts nearly 34,000 members worldwide that provide “information, education and resources to community associations and the professionals who support them,” the group says.

“We’re very proud of our team,” Ridlehoover says. Southern Community Services “takes professional development very seriously.”

Ridlehoover says the knowledge gained from the accreditation process helps the company to fulfill Community Associations Institute’s mission “to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship within our own ranks.” At the same time, the program ensures clients “receive the best community management services in the Carolinas,” he says.

Southern Community Services is celebrating its 15th anniversary of providing professional business, governance and management services to more than 160 communities across South Carolina and North Carolina, the company says.

The firm positions its corporate headquarters in Columbia, a satellite office in Mount Pleasant and Upstate office in Spartanburg. Learn more at

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