• April 4, 2017
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    Meet Rod Burkett, CEO of Gardant Management Solutions, based in Bradley, Illinois. With the senior housing options available today largely not able to meet the needs of the “middle market,” Gardant has pioneered a very viable model for meeting that need through Illinois’ state Medicaid waiver program. Originally founded as BMA Management, the company now counts more than 40 senior living properties. We sat down with CEO Rod Burkett to hear about his original ambitions for BMA/Gardant, how he views middle

  • April 4, 2017
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    Meet Terri Cunliffe, president and CEO of Covenant Retirement Communities, a longtime senior living provider dating back to 1886. Cunliffe began with CRC in 1988 as a community administrator and took the helm as CEO in 2015. Now with 15 communities in 10 states, the company has made strides in its approach to technology, navigating the ACO landscape and inspiring its staff over time. We sat down with Cunliffe to learn about what drew her to senior living in the

  • March 7, 2017
    by shnleader 
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    Meet Bob Kramer, founder and CEO of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care, or NIC, based in Annapolis, Maryland. As the data hub for the seniors housing industry through its NIC MAP service and provider of one of the industry’s largest annual conferences each year, NIC was founded as a non-profit to enable access and choice for America’s elders in seniors housing and care by informing debt and equity investors on seniors housing, and helping the industry

  • March 7, 2017
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    Meet Sue Farrow, founder and owner of Carlsbad, Calif.-based Integral Senior Living. Now with 60 contracts, the pure-play senior living management company has grown from a single memory care contract Farrow and her fledgling company signed in 2001 to what it is today. With experience across all facets of the senior housing business, Farrow has taken her expertise to grow the management platform from a small business in California to a presence across the United States. We sat down with Farrow in

  • February 6, 2017
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    Meet Dan Madsen, chairman & CEO of Seattle-based Leisure Care. Over the course of his 28-year career in senior living, Madsen has grown his role within Leisure Care from being the general manager of one community to being an owner. Paying close attention to hospitality organizations, Madsen has helped shape various brands under the company including expansion overseas. With a philosophy around putting people first, he has grown the culture of the company with a close focus on its employees. We

  • February 6, 2017
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    HomeSlider-Justin-Hutchens

    Meet Justin Hutchens, president of HCP Inc. Prior to his current role, he was chief investment officer for the publicly held real estate investment trust, and previously held roles as CEO of National Health Investors and chief operating officer for Emeritus Corp. and Summerville Senior Living, among other industry positions. Now in the C Suite of one of the "Big 3" owners of health care real estate, Hutchens is applying his operations and financial experience toward HCP's growth path. We sat down with

  • December 28, 2016
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    Meet Thomas Wellner, president and CEO of Mississauga, Ontario-based Revera. The company is an owner, operator and investor in senior living with more than 500 properties across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, including ownership of a 76% stake in Sunrise Senior Living. With a background in healthcare through previous roles as co-CEO of LifeLabs, and president and CEO of CML HealthCare, Wellner brings a non-industry perspective to his senior living leadership, which began in 2014. We sat

  • December 28, 2016
    by shnleader 
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    Meet John Rijos, chairman and CEO of CPF Living Communities and co-founder/operating partner of Chicago Pacific Founders, an investment fund focused on senior housing. Rijos is a senior housing leader with strong hospitality roots who has recently reemerged in the industry with the new company that some are calling “the next” Brookdale. Rijos, who spent more than a decade as president of Brookdale and worked to grow the company’s portfolio from about 20 communities in 2000 to 650 communities, today

  • October 19, 2016
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    Meet Ken Jaeger, founder and CEO of Denver-based MorningStar Senior Living. Ken's senior living operations career spans more than 25 years, including a role as VP of Sunrise Senior Living from 1998 to 2002. There, he worked on new community launches—experience he later brought to his own startup: MorningStar. Today the company counts more than 20 communities in seven states, and it's still growing. Jaeger has also recently gained recognition from Ernst and Young as a recipient of the Entrepreneur Of

  • October 19, 2016
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    Meet Larry Cohen, CEO of Capital Senior Living (NYSE: CSU). As one of the handful of publicly-held senior living operating companies, Capital Senior Living went public in 1997, serving as Cohen's first experience working on an IPO. At the time, he was CFO—a position for which he had been approached while working for a large real estate company that had an interest in senior housing. He later took the CEO position in 1999. Since then, Capital Senior Living has grown its

  • September 20, 2016
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    Meet John Cochrane, President and CEO of Cornerstone Affiliates: the parent company of non-profit senior living companies American Baptist Homes of the West, be.group, Beacon Communities, Inc., and the for-profit firm Seniority, Inc. Cochrane recently took the helm of the organization following a coming together between be.group and ABHOW that created the largest nonprofit senior living provider in California, and placed the company among the largest non-profit senior living  providers in the nation. While he became involved in senior living

  • September 20, 2016
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    Meet Loren Shook, CEO, Chairman and President of Silverado Care, a specialized provider of at home care, hospice care and memory care communities. Across its portfolio of memory care communities, which now counts more than 30 properties, Silverado has risen as an industry leader and a national expert in care and housing specifically designed for memory care residents. In fact, the company’s emergency room visitation rate is less than 3% nationwide compared to reported statistics of many times that rate for

  • August 30, 2016
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    Meet Mark Parkinson, President & Chief Executive Officer of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. Parkinson's background spans not only policy and government (he served as Lieutenant Governor of Kansas from 2007 to 2009 and served as Governor from 2009 to 2011), but he and his wife, Stacy, also owned and operated assisted living communities for more than 15 years. As the leader of an organization that serves more than 13,000 for- and not-for-profit nursing homes, assisted living residences,

  • August 30, 2016
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    Meet Patricia Will, co-founder and CEO of Houston, Texas-based Belmont Village Senior Living. From the company’s first community opening in 1998 to today at 24 operating properties and counting, Will has led Belmont Village from the early startup days through the launch of the operating company and first community opening to today as a thriving senior living pioneer. We sat down with Will to learn about why she got into senior living in the first place, some big lessons learned

  • July 19, 2016
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    This Customer Spotlight is brought to you by PointClickCare. Here, we explore a customer implementation of PointClickCare's Electronic Health Record solution including insight into the process and the leadership behind taking team members through the transition to a paperless platform. Meet Heather Fritz, assistant director of Cedar Creek Assisted Living Residence in Crystal River, Florida. Fritz started in assisted living in 1995 as a caregiver and has worked in the business ever since. She has been with Cedar Creek for

  • July 19, 2016
    by shnleader 
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    Meet Wendy Simpson, CEO and President of LTC Properties, Inc., a Westlake Village, Calif.-based real estate investment trust focused on senior housing and health care properties. Simpson became LTC’s CEO in 2000 after a career that started in public accounting and led her to specialize in health care. Since taking on the top leadership position for LTC, Simpson has overseen the company through the great recession and several ups and downs for health care REITs. After employing a strategy that

  • July 19, 2016
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    HomeSlider_Mulloy

    Meet Pat Mulloy. After happening upon the senior living industry purely by accident, Mulloy took his roots in law and government service to lead several senior living organizations. As CEO of Elmcroft Senior Living, Mulloy and his partner, company President Tim Wesley, led the company’s management team to purchase the company in 2014; making a mark both on Elmcroft and the industry. Today, they operate approximately 80 communities across 18 states. The Louisville-based operating company continues to target calculated growth

  • June 26, 2016
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    TASmith

    Meet T. Andrew “Andy” Smith, president and CEO of Brookdale Senior Living, the nation’s largest senior living operator. Though he came into senior living from outside the industry, he has for the last 10 years held roles in Brookdale, being named CEO in 2013 and president earlier this year. Smith has led—and continues to lead—Brookdale through the largest merger in industry history, in which Brookdale acquired Emeritus Corp. in a deal that closed in 2014. The company now lays claim

  • June 20, 2016
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    HomeSlider_Schless

    Meet David Schless, president of the American Seniors Housing Association, ASHA. Schless has been at the helm of the association since its inception when it initially spun off from a large multifamily housing association, the National Multifamily Housing Council. He has led the industry through rough patches and boom times, all while begin tasked with gaining membership over the years and collecting data to help drive business forward. We sat down with Schless to hear about some of ASHA’s top

  • June 15, 2016
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    HomeSlider_Mendelhson

    Meet Eric Mendelsohn, president and CEO of National Health Investors, Inc., or “NHI.” Now at the helm of one of the industry’s major real estate holders, Mendelsohn got his start in senior living not in the REIT business, but working for Emeritus Corp. on its real estate portfolio and later on the company’s merger with Brookdale. We sat down with Mendelsohn to learn about the growth trajectory of NHI, why there are still plenty of opportunities for senior housing REITs

  • May 20, 2016
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    Meet Lynne Katzmann, founder and president of Juniper Communities. Juniper operates 18 communities across New Jersey, where the company is based, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Florida. An entrepreneur at heart, Katzmann comes from a long line of businesswomen and credits her upbringing in part for making her the successful businesswoman she is today. Taking a forward approach, Juniper is making strides with its approach to technology and staffing, among other areas that often challenge senior living providers. We sat down with

  • May 20, 2016
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    Meet Ed Kenny. With the second-longest tenure of any employee at LCS, Kenny truly has risen the ranks of senior living. Today, the company provides a number of functions across the nation including senior living management, development, real estate investment, home health and procurement services. Under his leadership, in 2010 LCS went from being an employee-owned company to pursuing a minority investment. Today it remains a privately held company. We sat down with Kenny to learn about changing the ownership

  • April 21, 2016
    by shnleader 
    Balda

    Meet James Balda, President and CEO of national industry association Argentum. Balda has led the association since early 2015 (when it was still called ALFA: the Assisted Living Federation of America), after an executive role with the National Restaurant Association. In his time at the helm, he has worked with the industry to lay out some pretty big plans for the future including a professional credentialing program for executive directors and developing new industry standards. He has also learned quite

  • April 21, 2016
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    Meet Brenda Bacon, co-founder, President and CEO of Brandywine Senior Living and Board Chairman of Argentum. Bacon’s dual roles make her one of the most visible leaders in senior living: New Jersey-based Brandywine serves more than 2,800 residents across 27 communities, while Argentum is one of the largest national trade groups for senior housing operators. [Note: Bacon turns over the association reins this year to incoming Argentum Chairman Loren Shook, CEO of Silverado.] But while Bacon has long been at the helm

  • April 21, 2016
    by shnleader 
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    Meet Arnold Whitman, founder and chairman of Atlanta-based Formation Capital. Whitman founded the company in 1999 after a “tsunami” of negative events, including the credit crisis of 1998, a change in the prospective payment system and a host of liability issues. Having spent 15 years in the senior housing business at that time, Whitman decided to shift his approach from debt to equity. With more than $6 billion in transactions to date, he hasn’t looked back. Today, Formation Capital is

  • March 29, 2016
    by shnleader 
    DebraCafaro

    Meet Debra Cafaro, CEO and chairman of Ventas, Inc. The $26-billion-plus REIT has risen to become a senior housing investment powerhouse, securing its place in the “Big Three” healthcare REITs among industry peers Welltower and HCP, Inc. But Ventas did not always have such solid footing in the industry. When Cafaro took the CEO helm in 1999, the company looked quite different. From her career change in the legal profession to managing a multi-billion-dollar international company, Cafaro says she has

  • March 29, 2016
    by shnleader 
    HomeSlider_DeRosa

    Meet Tom DeRosa. DeRosa took the helm of Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) (then Health Care REIT) two years ago and has since led the company through several major partnerships and acquisitions, as well as a company name change and rebranding. As one of the "Big Three" health care REITs, Welltower is hyper-focused on the operations behind its properties. At the same time, the company is facing forward toward the future of health care, including the use of technology. We sat

  • March 29, 2016
    by shnleader 
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    This Customer Spotlight is brought to you by PointClickCare. Here, we explore a customer implementation of PointClickCare's Electronic Health Record solution including insight into the process and the leadership behind taking team members through the transition to a paperless platform.  Meet Karen Decker, executive director of Spring Hills Hunter's Creek in Orlando, Florida. Decker has held the ED position since August of 2010 and has worked in the Assisted Living space since 1999. She began her healthcare career working in Albany Medical Hospital in upstate New

  • February 29, 2016
    by shnleader 
    Mackey

    Meet Bruce Mackey, president and CEO of Five Star Senior Living (NYSE: FVE). Mackey brought a background in accounting and REIT management when he joined the national senior living provider in 2001 as CFO. He later worked with management to take the provider public, became CEO in 2008 and now with 274 communities under his leadership, has not looked back. We sat down with Mackey in his Newton, Massachusetts office to hear about how a celebrity chef is changing the

  • February 29, 2016
    by shnleader 
    Grape

    Meet Tom Grape, chairman and CEO of Benchmark Senior Living. Grape started Benchmark from the ground up almost 20 years ago, and essentially brought the assisted living concept to Massachusetts, where the company is based. He has seen the senior living industry evolve through recessions and booms and is readying for the next phase ahead. We sat down with Tom in his Waltham, Mass. office to get his take on an entrepreneur’s approach to the senior living business, where Benchmark

  • February 1, 2016
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    Meet Jack Callison, CEO of Enlivant. Callison is no stranger to the industry: he brings two decades of multifamily and senior housing experience to Enlivant, including his most recent role as CEO of Holiday Retirement. Callison joined Enlivant during a time of flux, concurrent with the company’s acquisition and privatization by TPG Capital in 2013 and a complete name change and rebranding a year later. We sat down with Callison in his Chicago office to hear about leading a company

  • February 1, 2016
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    Meet Dan Hermann, head of investment banking for Chicago-based specialty investment bank Ziegler. The company is credited with providing financing expertise to hundreds of senior living clients, particularly in the non-profit sector. Hermann has spent nearly his entire 30-year career with Ziegler, during which he has learned a thing or two about senior housing. We sat down with Dan to learn about weathering the recessionary times, why non-profit senior living is on the cutting edge, and what it means to

  • January 13, 2016
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    Meet Jon DeLuca, president and CEO of Senior Lifestyle Corp. As someone who comes from outside the industry, DeLuca is considered a thought leader and innovator not only to the 179 communities he oversees, but to the industry as a whole. We sat down with Jon in his Chicago office to learn about where senior living can take a cue from the hotel business, why affordability will be the next big challenge, and how we can best develop the next

  • January 13, 2016
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    Meet Zeke Turner, founder and CEO of Mainstreet. Turner left Wall Street at age 25 to pursue the launch of Mainstreet and has not looked back. As the pioneer in reinventing the post-acute care experience, Mainstreet is considered a major innovator of senior housing and care. We sat down with Turner in his Carmel, Indiana, office to learn about what risk means to Mainstreet, why entrepreneurship isn’t everything, and how today’s leaders can attract the next generation to senior living.

  • January 13, 2016
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    Meet Mary Leary, president and CEO of Mather LifeWays. In addition to overseeing Mather LifeWays’ communities, Mary also spearheads the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, focused on wellness, aging, trends in senior living, and successful aging service innovations. We sat down with Mary at The Mather, a Life Plan Community in Evanston, Illinois, to learn about leading one of the best places to work in Chicago, what’s next for Mather LifeWays, and her crusade to rebrand the CCRC. How long