The Shelter Group and Brightview Senior Living Hire New President

The 37th-largest senior housing provider in the U.S. has a new high-ranking executive, and he hails from a somewhat unlikely industry: wireless products and solutions.

Baltimore-based The Shelter Group has named Doug Dollenberg, Jr. as its new president, according to a company press release. In doing so, The Shelter Group also named Dollenberg president of the organization’s senior housing portfolio, Brightview Senior Living. 

The news comes a little over a month after The Shelter Group exited the affordable housing sector to focus on expanding its senior housing portfolio. Currently, Brightview operates 33 senior housing communities in six states: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.


Dollenberg most recently led commercial product management organization at TESSCO, a Maryland-based, value-added distributor of wireless solutions and products. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and as an engineer at Whitman, Requardt and Associates. 

Following his addition to The Shelter Group’s senior leadership team, Marilynn K. Duker, who used to be The Shelter Group and Brightview Senior Living’s president, is now the CEO of both organizations. Arnold I. Richman, meanwhile, will still act as chairman of The Shelter Group and Brightview Senior Living.

The Shelter Group is currently planning to open four or five new Brightview communities every year, Jeffrey Hettleman, executive vice president and CFO of The Shelter Group and Brightview Senior Living, told Senior Housing News in August. Dollenberg represents the “next generation of leadership” that will lead The Shelter Group in these endeavors, Duker said in a press release.


“While Doug’s specific work experience is in a field very different from ours, we quickly became convinced that he has all the right capabilities, attributes and cultural values to help lead Brightview Senior Living into our next phase of growth,” she added.

The Shelter Group had not responded to SHN’s request for comment as of press time.  

Written by Mary Kate Nelson

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