Movers & Shakers: Maplewood, Morning Pointe

Maplewood Senior Living Promotes Gaston, Herlet

Westport, Connecticut-based Maplewood Senior Living has promoted Tom Gaston to chief investment officer, and Shane Herlet to chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Gaston joined Maplewood Senior Living in March 2011 as executive vice president of acquisitions and development. He has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, with 20 of those years dedicated to the luxury senior housing sector. Under his leadership, the Maplewood business expanded from a single upscale senior community in Danbury, Connecticut to 15 communities across three states, with several new developments under both the Maplewood and Inspir brands in the works.


In this new role, Gaston will continue to lead acquisitions and developments for Maplewood Senior Living, with a sharp focus on the Inspir brand of urban senior living communities, as well continue to expand the portfolio footprint of suburban Maplewood Senior Living communities throughout the U.S.

In conjunction with Gaston’s appointment, Maplewood has promoted Herlet to chief operating officer. He joined Maplewood Senior Living in April 2011 as executive vice president of operations. In his tenure, he has led the development of Maplewood Senior Living, spearheading a number of initiatives focused on organizational growth, leadership, resident satisfaction and resident care.

He holds a master’s degree in gerontology from Miami University of Ohio and has more than 25 years of experience in the luxury senior housing industry.


Haddock Assumes Professional Development Role for Morning Pointe Senior Living

Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Morning Pointe Senior Living, an operator of senior living communities, has appointed David Haddock Jr., CPA, Ed.D., as professional development and leadership executive, and consultant to Morning Pointe founders Greg Vital and Franklin Farrow.

Haddock, a university administration veteran, professor of accounting and recent retiree from a national top-50 CPA firm, will oversee, evaluate and further develop the company’s business and teamwork strategy.

Haddock has more than 35 years of faculty and administration experience in higher education, and holds a doctorate of education in administration of higher education from Auburn University.

He recently retired as the director of training for Brentwood, Tennessee-based financial services firm Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC.

Previously, he retired from Chattanooga State Community College as the associate vice president for academic affairs. Haddock’s career at the college included serving as a tenured full professor, dean of two divisions and president of the faculty senate. He is also a long-time author with McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. His most recent textbook College Accounting is in its 15th edition. A Lifetime Member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs, Haddock served as the 2012-2013 chair of the professional association after serving on the board of directors for more than 10 years.

Meilleur Promoted to Marketing Director of Wingate Residences at Brewster Place

Tina Meilleur has been promoted from business office manager to marketing director of Wingate Residences at Brewster Place, an assisted living community owned and operated by Wingate Healthcare.

As marketing director, Meilleur will conduct community outreach, plan educational and promotional events, and build a network of community and professional referral sources for Brewster Place.

Meilleur began working at Brewster Place as the community’s dining services manager in 2008 and moved into the role of business office manager in 2012.

Prior to her work in senior living, Meilleur held various roles in the hospitality industry. She served as food and beverage director for resorts in upstate New York and in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Meilleur holds a bachelor of science degree in business from Boston College.

K4Connect Appoints Romick to Director Role

Raleigh, North Carolina-based K4Connect, a provider of technological solutions serving the senior care industry, has named Chris Romick as its director of growth. Romick will report directly to Derek Holt, president of K4Connect.

Romick brings more than 20 years of experience across the senior living industry. In his role at K4Connect, Romick will oversee the expansion of the company, working directly with senior living communities.

He began his career as a licensed nursing home administrator in Ohio. Afterwards, he advanced in his career and managed multiple communities, as well as coordinated community expansions. He has been involved in senior housing projects in five states, including holding pre-sales and leadership roles at two full-service continuing care retirement (CCRC)  communities. Further, he has also served as part owner of an assisted living and memory care community.

Romick is a U.S. Navy veteran and holds a bachelor of arts degree in gerontology administration from Kent State University, and an MBA in marketing from American Public University.

Frampton Construction Names Knight as New Director

Frampton Construction Company, LLC, has named Chris Knight as a new director.

The Charleston, South Carolina full-service construction firm provides planning and design support, pre-construction and construction services, among other services, to clients from a variety of industries, including seniors housing.

In his new role, Knight is responsible for managing the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina office, assuming the role previously held by Keaton Green, who recently relocated back to the company’s Charleston office.

As director, Knight will manage project acquisition, operations and delivery. Prior to joining Frampton Construction, he spent eight years with Lendlease, a multi-national construction, property and infrastructure company, where, as general manager, he focused on the origination and delivery of fully integrated large-scale communities, hospitality and utility scale renewable energy projects.

Knight is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a bachelor’s degree in management.

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Adds Gould to Firm’s Senior Living Practice

John Gould, AIA has joined Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, serving as the architecture firm’s market leader for its senior living group.

Gould has more than 30 years of industry experience, specializing in the design of environments for aging populations. His work encompasses master planned life plan communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and transitional care facilities that have resulted in award-winning and published projects.

Gould has served as lead designer and design principal firms in Phoenix and Minneapolis, including Ryan A+E, Inc., KKE Architects and BKV Group, Inc. His recent projects include Clarendale of Chandler Arizona and Cadence Senior Living in Mesa, AZ.

Gould joins the firm’s team of board certified healthcare interior designers, WELL Associated Professionals and architects who specialize in both medical and housing design.

GMK Interiors Welcomes Grossman, Whisenant to Interior Design Division

GMK Interiors has added Kara Grossman as an interior designer, and Ashely Whisenent as a procurement coordinator, for its interiors division. In these roles, Grossman will support design teams on both hospitality and senior living projects, while Whisenant will oversee the procurement of all furnishings from initial purchase order development through delivery and final installation on a variety of interiors projects.

Based in Columbia, South Carolina, GMK Interiors is a planning, design and construction services firm focused on the senior living, healthcare and education industries, among others.

Prior to joining GMK, Grossman served as an interior design intern at Scarboro Designs located in Tampa, Florida, where she assisted in the planning, budgeting, selection of materials, and other elements of interior designs, primarily for high-end residential clients. Grossman is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Akron with a bachelor of arts degree in interior design, and is a member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Whisenant brings close to five years of experience as a supply chain professional to her new role with GMK, specializing in product development, inventory purchasing, vendor negotiations, customer relations and supply chain management. Prior to joining GMK, she served as a merchandising assistant and an import and planning specialist for a firm focused on textile products for the rental, healthcare, retail and hospitality markets. She holds a bachelor of science degree in retail management from the University of South Carolina and is a current member of the Aiken Young Professionals.

Written by Carlo Calma

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