Atlanta, GA – June 29, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is proud to recognize Daniel J. Williams, Senior Project Manager, for earning his Reserve Specialist (RS) designation from the Community Associations Institute (CAI). The RS designation is the only national credential for community association reserve study providers. The designation is only awarded to experienced, qualified professionals who help condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations plan for the long-term repair and replacement of major components.

“Community association roofs, street paving, pools and other common elements must be placed on a replacement reserve schedule that enables the association to fulfill these major obligations without resorting to huge special assessments,” explains Williams. “Reserve studies not only help ensure the timely repair or replacement of property, they can prevent surprise costs that can be an expensive and unanticipated financial burden for residents.”

Requisites for the RS designation include preparation of 30 reserve studies within the past three years and a bachelor’s degree in construction management, architecture or engineering (or equivalent experience and education). RS designees must adhere to a code of ethics and are required to perform reserve studies according to CAI’s National Reserve Study Standards.

Williams joined zumBrunnen in 2001 as a Senior Project Manager. His depth of experience includes 29 years of professional work in the industry. He holds a B.A. Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Williams is also recognized as a Certified Level I Thermographer.

“When it comes to the best assessment and reserve studies, it is all about three words – experience, experience, experience,” explains John zumBrunnen, founder and president of the firm. “The zumBrunnen team of professionals each averages 30+ years of construction, engineering and consulting experience. We encourage continuing education, and I am very proud of Dan for earning his RS designation. His credentials help demonstrate to our clients we are nationally recognized as reserve study experts.”

zumBrunnen specializes in providing community associations and community management professionals with critical services such as: reserve studies, reserve study updates, transition reports, thermal imaging and moisture detection services. The firm offers clients a satisfaction guarantee for their assessments, studies and funding plans. zumBrunnen’s clients also have access to the firm’s proprietary FacilityForecast® software system as part of their reserve study service. This easy-to-use software package provides the required industry standard funding plans and allows clients the ability to generate a funding model that best serves the home owners and association.

About CAI:

Community Associations Institute (CAI) is a national organization dedicated to fostering vibrant, responsive, competent community associations. CAI and its more than 55 state, regional and local chapters work on behalf of the professionals and volunteers engaged in the management and governance of homeowner and condominium associations, cooperatives and other planned communities. CAI’s more than 28,000 members include community association volunteer leaders, managers, management companies and businesses that provide products and services to these communities. For more information, please visit

About zumBrunnen:

zumBrunnen, Inc. was founded in 1989. The Atlanta-based firm specializes in construction consulting, facility assessments, property condition assessments and long-range capital reserve planning services for a diverse list of national clients. The firm is also recognized for their proprietary FacilityForecast® Software System, a unique facilities condition assessment and budgeting tool designed to forecast and manage long-term capital replacement expenses and to provide custom reserve funding plans designed to their client’s business model.

The firm has completed notable projects in a variety of market sectors including multi-family, residential, senior living, healthcare, educational, institutional, mixed use, retail, office, warehouse, industrial, hospitality and public assembly.

zumBrunnen is a member of the national chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) as well as a member of the Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina chapters. The firm is also a member of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC), Association of Professional Reserve Analysts (APRA), LeadingAge (formerly known as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging or AAHSA) and various state chapters, American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), Life Services Network (LSN), Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLAS), Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information about zumBrunnen, please call 404.601.4050 or email

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