Movers & Shakers: The Goodman Group’s New CEO

The Goodman Group Promotes New CEO

The Goodman Group announced the promotion of Craig Edinger to CEO. He most recently served as COO and executive-in-charge and succeeds John B. Goodman, who led the company since 1976 and died March 20 from complications following a heart attack.

Edinger has been with Chaska, Minnesota-based senior living developer and manager The Goodman Group for 12 years. He worked closely with John B. Goodman and his father, Sidney A. Goodman, who founded the company in 1965.


“I am honored for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization and look forward to building upon the strong foundation that John and his father created,” Edinger said in a statement. “I am deeply committed to The Goodman Group’s mission of putting our residents at the heart of everything we do.”

Edinger assumed the role of COO in February and was responsible for the company’s operational and business functions of its 33 senior living and health care properties in eight states and 70 properties in its overall portfolio. Before this, he served as vice president of senior living and health care for The Goodman Group. He has more than 27 years of experience in senior living and post-acute care.

Heron’s Key Names Executive Director


Heron’s Key, a not-for-profit senior living development sponsored by Emerald Communities and located in Gig Harbor, Washington, welcomed James Antonucci as the community’s executive director ahead of resident move-in.

Antonucci will be responsible for daily operations at Heron’s Key, which spans 18 acres and is set to open in April 2017. He comes to the new role with more than 15 years of experience in senior care, most recently serving as executive director at North Florida Retirement Village, a Santa Fe Senior Living community in Gainesville, Florida. He was also executive director at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank, New Jersey and Marathon Health Group in Norwalk, Connecticut.

“James brings very high energy, passion, enthusiasm and experience to the position,” Emerald Communities President and CEO Lisa Hardy said in a statement. “We’re excited for him to join the Heron’s Key team.”

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Heron’s Key will consist of 194 apartment and cottage homes, 36 assisted living units and 45 private skilled nursing rooms. It will also feature multiple dining venues, a salon and harbor shop, nature walking trails, a fitness center and an onsite health clinic.

Village Concepts Announces New Community Relations Director

Village Concepts announced the hire of Tanya Laeger as the community relations director for the company’s Woodland Village community located in Chehalis, Washington.

In her new role, Laeger will work closely with the local community to strengthen the bond with the residents of Woodland Village. Most recently, she served as a real estate broker for Century 21 and launched “Inspire Communication,” where she specialized in website content, social media creation and management.

“Tanya brings a wealth of experience in hospitality and administration to the table with an unmatched passion for the Chehalis community, and we’re lucky to have her on board,” Stuart Brown, COO of Village Concepts, said in a statement. “Her ability to make people feel warmly welcomed, comfortable and heard will benefit the residents of Woodland Village greatly as she continues to develop their relationship with the community.”

Village Concepts owns and operates 16 residential and assisted living communities throughout Washington state and provides property management and consulting services for owners of assisted living communities.

The Waterford Hires Executive Director

The Waterford, a retirement community located in Juno Beach, Florida that is owned and operated by Lifespace Communities, Inc., hired Scott Nield as its executive director.

Nield joins the team at The Waterford with almost 15 years of experience in general management at luxury golf clubs and country club resorts. He has worked with Stowe Mountain Club, Inverness Golf Club, Hudson National Golf Club and Hamilton Farm Gold Club.

At The Waterford, he will be responsible for day-to-day operations at the community, which includes 400 apartments and villas, various amenities and access to onsite health care services. The Waterford is under the control of Lifespace, a not-for-profit that owns and operates 12 continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in seven states.

“Scott’s passion for service and care, along with his resume of successful managerial experience, make hime uniquely qualified for his role at The Waterford,” Lifespace President and CEO Sloan Bentley said in a statement. “We feel he’s a great fit for the vibrant and positive culture that exists at our Juno Beach community.”

Written by Kourtney Liepelt

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