Movers and Shakers: People and Positions For July 30, 2010

End of July is already here…how the summer flies.  See this week’s high flyers on Movers and Shakers…let us know about the VIP’s on your staff, community and world.  Send us the details at movers-shakers@seniorhousingnews.com

Amica CEO Nominated for E&Y Entrepenuer of the Year

Samir Manji, Chairman, President and CEO of Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. (ACC:TSX) has been named a finalist in the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Awards.  The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards honor outstanding Canadians who have turned their unique business vision into successful reality. Presented in over 50 countries, and now in its 17th year in Canada, Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.

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Marla Gilson Appointed president and CEO of the Association of Jewish Aging Services

The Association of Jewish Aging Services of North America (AJAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marla Gilson as president and chief executive officer.   As of June 21st, Ms. Gilson assumed the leadership of AJAS. An expert with over 30 years of expertise in legislative lobbying and public advocacy, her experience includes working on Capitol Hill and leadership roles with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and as Washington director for National Hadassah. Ms. Gilson also has an extensive background in the political arena, including several democratic presidential campaigns, and she served on numerous boards and other charitable organizations.  

Senior Living Communities Names Saunders as New President

Senior Living Communities, an owner and operator of 11 luxury retirement communities located throughout the Southeast, has selected Wallace M. Saunders to be the company’s new president.  Mr. Saunders joined Senior Living Communities as chief financial officer following a career in investment banking with Wachovia Securities and Edgeview Partners.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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The Amsterdam at Harborside Names Executive Director

Margaret Minichini The Amsterdam at Harborside recently announced that it has named Margaret Minichini as its new Executive Director.  Minichini is returning to The Amsterdam after previously holding the positions of Marketing Director and Director of Community Relations. She has been involved with life care communities since 2001, and worked overseas prior to that as an economic development consultant in emerging economies. Minichini earned a master’s of business administration from the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, N.C. She also holds a bachelor of arts degree in Russian Studies from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. 

 

Immersion Active Announces Staffing Changes

Caroline Nash, an Immersion Active employee since January 2008 has been promoted to Email Marketing Manager. Working in conjunction with Immersion Active’s Strategy, Analytics and Creative teams, Caroline drives email initiatives by providing strategy, execution, testing and tracking. With a background in SaaS, training and project management, Caroline offers experience with a variety of enterprise email platforms. Caroline has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi.

Ross Hollebon joins Immersion Active as a Senior Web Producer/Solutions Architect. Ross’s responsibilities include transforming campaign strategies into tangible projects. In shaping those projects, he defines the information architecture and other documentation, such as site maps and requirements documents. Prior to joining Immersion Active, Ross worked as an account strategist at Digitaria Interactive in San Diego, CA. A graduate of McDaniel College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Ross also spent 12 years with the National Football League doing digital video and new media marketing.