Founded in 2000, Southern Community Services (SCS) specializes in the management of homeowner associations across the Carolinas, with a longstanding reputation as the leader in its industry. Staffed with accredited professionals who work diligently to accommodate the unique needs of each community, SCS provides turnkey solutions, state-of-the-art technology and decades of association management experience to boards, with senior-level involvement in every aspect of the business.
Our company offers a full range of services, including homeowner association management, billing and collections, newsletter publishing, architectural review, financial reporting and accounting, CC&R enforcement, budget preparation, vendor relationship management, event planning and more.
From professional business, governance, and community management services to the use of the most advanced technologies in the industry, we offer a complete and unparalleled solution for our clients.
We are proud of our Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) designation from the Community Associations Institute, and we understand how much work is required of those who volunteer to serve on homeowner association boards. Let Southern Community Services do the work for you, so that you can spend your free time enjoying life.
Our corporate headquarters is located in the capital city of Columbia, S.C., serving the Midlands and portions of North Carolina.
Our Upstate office serves the Upstate of South Carolina and Western North Carolina.
Our Lowcountry office serves Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Hilton Head and the remainder of the region.
Our company’s leadership team has an incredible range of experience in this industry. Before taking the helm at SCS in Columbia, S.C., the firm’s principals were involved in some of the Carolinas’ most visible and significant communities.
Larry Ridlehoover, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM®, President & Co-Principal, served as corporate controller for legendary developer Charles Fraser’s Sea Pines company, where he helped roll out communities such as Amelia Island, River Hills (Charlotte, N.C.), Palmas Del Mar (Puerto Rico), Brandermill (Richmond, Va.), Big Canoe (Ga.), Kiawah, Charleston Beach & Racquet Club (now known as Wild Dunes), Nantahala and Hilton Head Plantation. Later, Larry served as V.P. Finance and Administration at Seabrook Island, General Manager at DeBordieu, then CFO at Lake Carolina and Park West.
It was during his time working on the massive, 3,500-home Lake Carolina development that Larry led the formation of SCS in the year 2000, and in 2008, he and Chuck Munn became sole owners of the company.
Chuck Munn, Senior Vice President & Co-Principal, has been engaged at the senior management level and as a principal in the cradle-to-grave development process of small and mega mixed-use residential communities with such companies as Fripp Island Development Corporation, The Bos Corporation, U.S. Capital Corporation, The Paradigm Corporation, Tidewater Plantation and Golf Club, and Lake Carolina Development, Inc. These experiences in starting associations at the developer level, creating the association structure and managing them through turnover to the homeowners provides a unique perspective and valuable expertise to SCS clients.
With over 160 communities and 30,000 rooftops in South Carolina, North Carolina, SCS continues to enhance its service offerings, implement process improvements and strengthen its position as the industry-leading Accredited Association Management Company® in our region.
What we do for Homeowners
Simply put, SCS takes the load off of volunteer HOA board members.
Each homeowner association has its own board of directors, who set policy, approve annual budgets & assessments, and make all of the management decisions for that association. For those associations that have been turned over to homeowner control, these boards are made up of homeowners who have been elected to represent their communities.
It’s important to note that these are volunteer board positions and are typically held by residents who are already fairly busy working full time jobs and raising families.
Supporting Volunteer HOA Boards
When you volunteer to serve on the board of your homeowner association, there’s a lot to manage. Association boards are responsible for making sure that all of the labor-intensive community management jobs are handled, like billing, accounts payable and receivable; issuing and enforcing violations; hiring and managing vendors such as landscaping crews and pool cleaning companies; monitoring properties; running architectural review board services; fielding homeowner inquiries and property questions; and procuring insurance as required by the covenants for the various associations. There is a great deal of work involved.
Because that’s a lot to handle as a volunteer board, most association boards choose to hire a community management firm such as Southern Community Services.
Notably, while SCS is hired to take care of the community’s administrative and management tasks, SCS does not make the budget decisions for a community and only carries out policies as determined by each board. We take pride in the positive, long-term collaborations we have established with our customers to protect property values and ensure smooth day-to-day operations, and we encourage anyone interested in community management services to give us a call or email us learn more about how we can work together.