Movers & Shakers: HCP Board Chair, Benchmark CFO, Ryan Cos. CEO

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HCP Names Brian Cartwright Chairman, Appoints Two to Board of Directors

Real estate investment trust (REIT) HCP, Inc. (NYSE: HCP) has announced it appointed Brian Cartwright as chairman of the board. Mike McKee, former executive board chairman and former interim CEO of HCP, announced his retirement earlier this year.


Most recently, Cartwright served on the public company board of Investment Technology Group, an independent broker and financial technology provider. He also served as general counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2006 to 2009.

The REIT also added Lydia Kennard and Kent Griffin to its board of directors, effective immediately.

Kennard will serve as a member of the board’s audit committee and its compensation and human capital committee. Griffin will also serve as a member of the audit committee, as well as the investment and finance committee.


Kennard served as President and CEO of KDG Development Construction Consulting since 2011, and a principal of Airport Property Ventures, LLC, since 2007.

Griffin, meanwhile, has served as managing director of PHICAS Investors since 2016. He also previously served in the roles of president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of BioMed Realty Trust, Inc.

Additionally, HCP’s board adopted a mandatory retirement age of 75 for directors, with “certain exceptions necessary to ensure an orderly transition of new board members,” the company noted.

Benchmark Senior Living Appoints New CFO

Benchmark Senior Living recently announced that Jerry Kemper has joined the company as senior vice president and CFO.

In his new role, Kemper oversees all financial aspects of the company, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, and managing tax, internal audit, treasury and investor relations functions.

Kemper joins Benchmark from Kindred Healthcare, where he was senior vice president and CFO for that firm’s nursing center division. Prior to joining Kindred, Kemper was an officer for ADDIT and for 11 years served as vice president of finance for Genesis Healthcare.

Overall, he brings to Benchmark more than two decades of operational and strategic financial management experience in the health care and long-term care industries.

Ryan Companies CEO to Step Aside, Assume Chairman Role

Senior living, health care and real estate development firm Ryan Companies US announced that its president and CEO, Pat Ryan, will step aside from his current duties on June 1 to become chairman of the company’s board of directors.

Brian Murray will assume the CEO position in Ryan’s place. Along with owners Jeff Smith and Mike McElroy, Murray has helped lead the company’s day-to-day operations for the last five years. As part of the transition, Smith will take on the role of president, while McElroy will be the company’s CIO. Tim Gray, who currently chairs the company’s board of directors, will assume the title of chairman emeritus.

The transition, which was part of a succession plan developed over several years, marks the first time in Ryan Companies’ 80-year history that non-family members will lead the company.

Morning Pointe Senior Living Announces New Executive Vice President

Morning Pointe Senior Living has appointed Aaron Webb as its new executive vice president. The company is the developer, owner and manager of 30 communities in five states in the Southeast.

Webb now oversees the company’s developmental strategies and lead in the daily management of Morning Pointe’s operations.

He comes to Morning Pointe from Life Care Centers of America, where he provided business counsel as the executive vice president. In total, he has more than 20 years of strategic business, financial and legal experience.

Atria Promotes Employee to Lead North Jersey Region

Atria Senior Living has promoted one of its executive directors, Karol Gorniak, to the role of regional vice president. The move is part of Atria’s strategy to enhance its presence and increase its business support in the North New Jersey markets where it does business, the company said.

Atria’s newly formed “North Jersey” region in New Jersey now includes the Atria Cranford in Cranford; Atria Roseland in Roseland; Atria Norwood in Norwood; and Atria Waldwick in Waldwick, which is scheduled to open early 2019.

In his new role, Gorniak will oversee operations, service and care delivery for the region. Gorniak previously served as executive director for Atria Roseland and has 25 years of experience in leadership, customer service and operations management.

Isakson Living Hires Vice President of Operations

Isakson living has named Donna Moore to the role of vice president of operations.

In her new role, Moore will oversee operations and work closely with the executive director and associate executive director in charge of health services at the company’s Park Springs and Peachtree Hills Place communities.

Prior to joining Isakson Living, Moore served as the registrar and director of Georgia’s Office of Vital Records. She also ran her own consulting business for 14 years. In total, Moore has 30 years of management and leadership experience.

Ziegler Adds Senior Vice President to Senior Living Investment Banking Team

investment bank and full-service brokerage firm Ziegler recently announced the addition of Aaron Schroeder as senior vice president to its investment banking team in senior living finance.

Schroeder, who is based in Ziegler’s Milwaukee office, is now responsible for providing investment banking services to not-for-profit senior living providers in the Midwest, as well as credit, covenant and deal structuring oversight for the firm’s national senior living practice.

Schroeder previously worked at Ziegler from 2003 to 2014. During that time, he provided technical and documentation support for more than 50 bond underwriting and bank placement transactions.  Prior to rejoining Ziegler, Schroeder was assistant director of corporate strategy at Northwestern Mutual.

KeyBanc Names Managing Director for Municipal Underwriting Team

KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. has appointed Matthew O’Grady as a managing director with its municipal underwriting team.

O’Grady, who will be on Key’s trading desk in New York City, is a 20-year industry veteran who will be involved with high-yield trading and underwriting for senior living and health care markets. He will also serve as the primary contact for Key’s public finance bankers in the health care space.

Most recently, he was a managing director at Piper Jaffray. Previously, he was responsible for the creation and sale of bonds for senior living and healthcare entities at Red Capital and H. J. Sims & Co.

HDC MidAtlantic Appoints New President and CEO

Affordable housing nonprofit HDC MidAtlantic has appointed Dana Hanchin as the organization’s new president and CEO. HDC MidAtlantic owns, develops and manages more than 3,700 affordable apartments for seniors, people living with disabilities and families in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

Hanchin comes to the nonprofit from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) of Philadelphia, where she served as deputy director for five years and oversaw strategic priorities, business development and community development lending.

Integral Community in Houston Names Executive Director, Marketing Director

The Shores at Clear Lake Senior Living, a Houston senior living community set to open this summer, has named LaTanya Jules as its new senior executive director and Vera Steinmetz as director of sales and marketing.

Jules is a 16-year veteran of the the senior living and care industry, and has been with The Shores at Clealake’s management company, Integral Senior Living, since 2006. Prior to joining Integral, she managed the business operations for a produce company and was an administrator for an adult dementia program.

Steinmetz has 15 years of experience in the senior living industry and has held positions such as business office manager, marketing mentor, and regional sales and marketing manager.

Dallas CCRC Gets New Executive Director

Presbyterian Village North, a faith-based continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Houston, has named Bryan Cooper to the role of executive director.

Cooper, who brings to the CCRC more than 10 years of experience in the senior living industry, is now responsible for overseeing the community’s daily operations, managing marketing, community outreach, financial operations, programming and strategic planning.

Previously, he served as the executive director of The Forum at Park Lane for a period of about four years.

California CCRC’s Health Center Hires Administrator

OakView Health Center, which provides skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care services to the University Village Thousand Oaks CCRC in Thousand Oaks, California, has appointed Jeannette Ruggiero as its new administrator.

As administrator, Ruggiero will manage day-to-day operations, including resident satisfaction, regulatory compliance, financial management and employee engagement. Prior to joining OakView in 2010, Ruggiero worked in a human resources capacity at United Imaging in Woodland Hills, California, and at Amgen in Thousand Oaks.

EPOCH Community Hires Food Service Director

Waterstone at Wellesley, an independent and assisted living community managed by EPOCH Senior Living in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has named Kevin Shimer as its food service director.

In his new role, Shimer will oversee all dining room operations, create daily menus for residents, manage food ordering and assist the dining team with cooking and plating.

Shimer, who has more than 40 years of culinary experience, previously served as executive chef for the Massachusetts State House as well as for several gubernatorial campaigns. He also spent seven years as chef manager for Wellesley College’s Stone Davis Dining Hall.

National Lutheran Communities & Services Names Sales Director

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) recently announced it named Allison Combs as its sales director. This is a newly created position that will help the provider oversee sales efforts and initiatives throughout its family of brands.

Combs brings over 20 years of sales experience to the role, including seven with the National Lutheran family. Previously, she held the role of sales counselor at The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Virginia, before taking a corporate marketing specialist position at NLCS. She then returned to Orchard Ridge in 2013 as director of sales and marketing, where she led the sales and marketing efforts for the community’s second expansion phase.

Frampton Construction Adds Preconstruction Manager, Administrative Assistant

Frampton Construction, a regional construction firm with senior living clients throughout North and South Carolina, has added Brandon Denney as assistant preconstruction manager and Hailey S. Gilbert as administrative assistant.

Denney previously worked with Balfour Beatty Construction is a graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University. Gilbert is a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University.

Written by Tim Regan

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