November 20-21, 2024

Chicago, IL

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Executive Connect?
Qualified providers can get a complimentary ticket to the event through our new Executive Connect program. A qualified provider is a VP or higher title, your organization has greater than $5 million in revenue annually, and you are willing to take up to four 15-minute pre-scheduled meetings with our sponsors at the event, arranged by SHN. 

A $500 deposit is required to register for Executive Connect and will be refunded upon completion of meetings at the event. If a registrant fails to attend pre-scheduled meetings at the event, the deposit will not be returned. No refunds will be issued after 45 days out from the event - no exceptions.

Where will the event be held?
BUILD 2024 will be held at Venue Six10, 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL, 60605.

What ticket should I purchase?
Owner/operator tickets are for senior living owners and operators. Vendor tickets are for finance, technology, consulting and other roles that do not directly own and/or operate a senior living community.

My company or organization owns or is an active investor in a provider. Which ticket type can I purchase? 
 If your organization owns or invests in a provider or providers in this space, your firm is classified as a private equity investor. If you wish to get the provider pricing, you would need to use that organization's email system/ domain to register for the ticket to qualify as a provider. No exceptions. 

What is a audio recordings ticket?
The ticket provides access to audio recordings only. Audio recordings will be provided within 48 hours after the in-person event.

What does my ticket include?
A ticket to BUILD Conference includes access to all sessions, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, coat/bag check at the event as well as a networking reception. 

What is the refund policy?
For all tickets, no refunds are available 45 days before the event. No exceptions.

Are you offering hotel accommodations?
Please check back. 

Will there be vendor booths?
There are options for sponsor exhibit space. Please click 
here to request information on sponsorship opportunities.

How do I contact the organizer?
Email us at [email protected].

Have 2024 Event dates been announced?
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Senior Housing News presents BUILD, a conference dedicated to latest trends and challenges in senior living development.

BUILD will bring together operators, developers, capital providers, architects, interior designers and many other professionals involved in the building of senior living communities. With two full days of networking opportunities and forward-looking content, BUILD is a chance for industry operators and vendors to draft the blueprint for the next generation of senior housing

Who you can expect to meet at BUILD:

  • Senior living owners, operators and investors
  • Builders, developers and engineers
  • Architects and interior designers
  • Technology providers
  • Brokerage firms, M&A advisors
  • Banks, private equity and institutional investors
  • And more...

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Event Details

Hours
Doors Open at 8am
November 20: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT.  
November 21: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT.  

Location
Venue Six10, 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Dress Code
Business Attire

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Opening Remarks

Charting a course for the future: Fireside chat with Charter Senior Living CEO Keven Bennema

9:15 – 9:45 AM

2024 Conference Agenda 

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Early Bird Deadline

FInal Entry Deadline

November 20

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast & Networking

Sponsored Talk - Medtelligent

9:50 – 10:05 AM

Sponsored Talk - Coming Soon

11:00 – 11:15 AM

Networking Break

10:05 – 11:00 AM

Aging Buildings, Aging Society: Preventing senior living communities from becoming obsolete

11:20 – 12:00 PM

Mike Wang
Founder/Chief Clinical Officer
Inspiren, Inc.

1:00 – 1:30 PM

In the last 20+ years, many senior communities shifted from a reactive medical model that focuses on resident care to a proactive wellness model that fosters self-efficacy and supports healthy lifestyles to manage health conditions and enhance quality of life.  
Like any paradigm shift, change did not happen overnight. Early adopters of this new model had to continually justify the value of wellness programming. And there were limited resources for programming, e.g., wellness “centers” were often small, windowless rooms with cast-off or inappropriate fitness equipment.  
Over time, evidence-based research that validated the positive impact of wellness programming helped boost acceptance. Professional associations also advanced - and legitimized - the role of wellness in senior settings. Annual conferences offering professional development with educational sessions focused on older adult wellness helped provide a roadmap for communities ready to make the change.
Today, many communities have moved beyond the idea of wellness being a program in a room. It’s been integrated into the community’s culture.  And because they can identify the ROI (see below for Top Level Benefits), communities are investing in thoughtfully designed and well-equipped wellness spaces – not just for current residents, but for those coming 10 years down the road.  

Lunch & Networking

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Future Leaders Presentation

1:05 PM – 1:20 PM

Sponsored Panel - Coming Soon

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Networking Break

2:05 – 3:00 PM

Samantha Eckhout
Sr. VP of Development
American House/REDICO

In the Driver's Seat: How REITs are Seizing New Opportunities in a Tough Market

3:35 – 4:05 PM

In 2024, REITs and other deep-pocketed senior living companies are driving many new transactions. Learn what REITs are targeting and glean insights from their investment strategies during this panel.

November 21

Fee Stubblefield
Founder & CEO
 The Springs Living

Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Jim Coughlin
CEO
NorthBridge

Fireside Chat with Sentrics

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Over its 26-year history, The Springs Living has built a reputation as an innovative senior living provider building on a rich family heritage, with a wellness focus. Hear how the company is building for the future with ambitious projects in spectacular locations.

Tom Grape
 CEO
Benchmark

Networking Break

Hear from senior living visionary Tom Grape about Benchmark's plans to expand beyond the Northeast for the first time with a D.C. development. Learn what has changed, and what has not, in his approach to development over the years, and get his insights into some of the innovative building projects that the company has brought to market.

Tom Grape
 CEO
Benchmark

Networking Break

9:50 AM – 10:30 AM

Hear from senior living visionary Tom Grape about Benchmark's plans to expand beyond the Northeast for the first time with a D.C. development. Learn what has changed, and what has not, in his approach to development over the years, and get his insights into some of the innovative building projects that the company has brought to market.

Fireside Chat

Getting the right unit mix has never been more critical or complicated. Learn how developers and operators weigh multiple variables to maximize margins and occupancy.

Doris-Ellie Sullivan 
President
Retirement Unlimited, Inc.  

Lunch & Networking

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Richard Hutchinson
CEO
Discovery Senior Living

Fireside Chat with Discovery CEO Richard Hutchinson: Scaling Without Failing

1:40 PM – 2:10 PM

Discovery Senior Living is on the leading edge of several senior living development trends; the company is creating “experiential living” communities featuring more flexible pricing and access to nearby amenities, is building a multi-brand portfolio with largely autonomous regional businesses, and recently overhauled its memory care program, including physical plant updates. CEO Richard Hutchinson will discuss how the effort to “scale, not fail” is going, with development as one part of the growth strategy for a company that is now among the largest U.S. operators. 

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John Shafaee
Founder and CEO
Medtelligent

Ginna Baik
Senior Business Development Manager
Alexa Smart Properties, Amazon

Larry Graeve
Senior Vice President
The Weitz Company

Richard Ackerman
Chairman & Sr. Managing Principal

The Weitz Company

9:10 – 9:25 AM

Judy Budi  
President and CEO 
Graceworks Lutheran Services

David Fik
President
Lantz-Boggio

Justin Dickinson
President
Anthology Senior Living

Seizing the Moment for Development

11:25 AM – 12:00 PM

Despite the current challenges in new development, including tighter lending and higher costs, Anthology has closed on seven new construction deals since July 2021. Hear from the company’s newly named president, Justin Dickinson, about his first priorities while at the helm, and how Anthology is growing in new directions. 

Session Coming Soon

1:35 – 2:05 PM

Tom Grape
 CEO
Benchmark

*Executive Connect

Ticket Prices
Executive Connect: Complimentary*
Provider: $600
Vendor: $
1200

*Early Bird Rates End: Friday, October 4, 2024

Executive Connect

Get access to select conferences and events at no cost for your ticket*. As part of the Executive Connect program, qualified executives from providers or operators may apply for this ticket type and participate in a set number of meetings with pre-screened vendors at the event. If accepted, you will be granted a complimentary ticket to the event and required to attend scheduled meetings at the event and provide feedback on those meetings. *A refundable deposit is required to register and is refunded if you attend the required meetings at the event. No show or cancellations will forfeit the deposit, no exceptions.

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Past Attendees

Companies

Amazon
Atria Senior Living
Best Buy
Bethesda Senior Living Communities
Brahms Construction
Brightview Senior Living
CBRE
Contour Real Estate Development
Dover Development
Harbor Retirement Associates
Huntington National Bank
Lifespark
Lighthouse Investment Group
Mansions Senior Living
Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC
NexCore Group
Vi Living
Watermark
Welltower, Inc

Titles

Chairman & CEO
Chief Design Officer
Chief Development Officer
Chief Economist
Chief Impact Officer
Chief Investment Officer
Director Business Analysis

Director of Marketing 
Director of Design Development
Director of Development & Construction
SVP, Sales and Marketing
Vice President - Design and Construction
Vice President - Development
Vice President of Design
Vice President of Operations
Vice President of Property Management
VP - Real Estate Development - Senior Living
VP Sales & Marketing

VP Senior Design Development

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Track ATrack ATrack ATrack A

With baby boomer demand set to surge, a large proportion of U.S. senior living communities are 25 years or older. Explore the options and opportunities for breathing new life into nearly obsolete buildings, when that is possible and impossible, and the threat of what will happen if action is not taken.

Track B

Designing for Wellness: Providers upgrade communities to meet a new senior living paradigm

Many senior living providers are going big on new models that are guided first and foremost by the goal of fostering resident wellness. Learn how they are rebuilding their infrastructure to support this new wellness paradigm through innovative designs.

Track A

Sponsored Talk - Senior By Design

Track B

Sponsored Talk - Coming Soon

Track A

Gain insights into how much to budget for CapEx and the factors that should drive those determinations, as well as best practices for staying on budget during renovation and repositioning efforts, and current construction cost trends.

Track ATrack B

Sponsored Panel - Coming Soon

Track ATrack B

Adaptive Reuse Case Studies: Inside a hotbed of senior living innovation

Converting hotels, schools, offices and other types of real estate into senior living is not for the faint of heart, but such projects offer unique opportunities and have spurred creativity in design, construction and operations. Delve into some recent and ongoing adaptive reuse projects for insights into this exciting area of development.

Daniel Perez 
VP of Real Estate Development and Construction
SRG

Nick Herrick 
Vice President/Director of Development 

LCS

James Adams 
SVP, Real Estate Development and Acquisitions
Maplewood Senior Living

Continental Breakfast & Networking 

SHN+ Breakfast

Track ATrack B

David Eskenazy
USA CEO
Cogir

Charter has been in growth mode, having added about 20 communities to its management portfolio in 2024, with development projects in the works as well. Hear from CEO Keven Bennema about the company’s expansion strategy, how it is approaching renovation projects, and prospects for development going forward.

Keven Bennema 
CEO
Charter Senior Living

Larry Rouvelas 
CEO
IntegraCare

Jon Fletcher
Sr. Vice President
Presbyterian Homes and Services

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Hotel Accomodations
The Bohemian Hotel

9:05 – 9:10 AM

Future Leaders Presentation Presented by:

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Networking Reception

4:05 – 6:00 PM

Track ATrack B

Sponsored Panel - Coming Soon

9:00 – 9:10 AM

Panel Coming Soon

Cogir is one of the leading senior living developers and operators in Canada, and its US arm is being led by industry pioneer David Eskenazy. Learn how these two leaders work together, and what US-based companies can learn from the Canadian model.

Mathieu Duguay
CEO
Cogir

Networking Break

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Sponsored Panel - Coming Soon

The benefits of university-affiliated senior living have long been clear, but the process of working with schools has been time-consuming and fraught with challenges. Hear how this model is evolving for the future to address these issues and make this model more accessible.

Todd Shaw
Vice President
LCS

Tiffany Cobern
Director of Senior Housing Operations
MedCore Partners

Laurie Steber
Executive Director
The Spires at Berry College

Mastering the Art of Community Turnaround

With new development tough to do in 2024, many senior living operators are acquiring older communities with the intention of renovating them for a new generation of residents. Learn best practices for renovations and repositioning, including what amenities are hot and what residents want.

Dan Williams 
CEO
OneLife Senior Living 

Michael Haas
Senior Vice President of Development
Lloyd Jones

Anne Stanfield
Senior Director, Business Development
Ecumen

Unlocking the Power of AI: How to Navigate Real World Obstacles of Software Adoption, Data Hygiene, and ML Model Opacity

Larry Cohen 
CEO
Trustwell Living

Brian Geyser
Chief Clinical Officer

Inspīr/Maplewood Senior Living

Annie Shaffer
Wellness Director
Sunnyside Retirement Community

Emily Davenport
Director, Fitness Management
National Institute for Fitness & Sport

Kristina Troyer
Data Scientist 
Cypress Living

Rick Taylor
EVP Strategic Development
Sentrics

Joe Jasmon
Managing Partner
American Healthcare Management Group

Liz Cramer
Healthcare Strategist Post Acute & Senior Care

CDW

AI is transforming how we live today, from communication to care, and it will only become more powerful and prevalent in our lives. Join SafelyYou CEO George Netscher, Priority Life Care CEO and Co-founder Sevy Petras, and Lifespark COO Matt Kinne, to learn the practical applications of AI in senior living to drive both clinical and business results, including:

  • increased occupancy
  • optimized revenue
  • improved staff efficiency
  • reduced falls, risk, and costs

George Netscher
CEO & Founder
SafelyYou

Sevy Petras
CEO & Co-Founder 
Priority Life Care

Matt Kinne
COO & VP of Growth
Lifespark

How Maplewood is transforming the apartment into a data machine and a member of the care team.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

9:00 – 9:05 AM

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

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Breakout Sessions

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Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Sponsored Talk - Coming Soon

Track B

Sponsored Talk - Coming Soon

Track BTrack B

CapEx Calculations: Setting budgets and controlling expenses for senior living capital projects

9:30 – 10:00 AM

10:35 –11:05 AM

David Eskenazy
USA CEO
Cogir

Track ATrack B

Sponsored Panel - Coming Soon

Cogir is one of the leading senior living developers and operators in Canada, and its US arm is being led by industry pioneer David Eskenazy. Learn how these two leaders work together, and what US-based companies can learn from the Canadian model.

Mathieu Duguay
CEO
Cogir

Sponsored Panel - Coming Soon

The benefits of university-affiliated senior living have long been clear, but the process of working with schools has been time-consuming and fraught with challenges. Hear how this model is evolving for the future to address these issues and make this model more accessible.

Todd Shaw
Vice President
LCS

Tiffany Cobern
Director of Senior Housing Operations
MedCore Partners

Laurie Steber
Executive Director
The Spires at Berry College

Breakout Sessions

11:10 –11:40 AM

David Eskenazy
USA CEO
Cogir

Track ATrack B

Development (and redevelopment) for the Middle Market

The middle-market is among the senior living industry's biggest opportunities in the years ahead. Learn how these operators have crafted pro formas and cost bases to set them up for middle-market success.

Mathieu Duguay
CEO
Cogir

2025 Development Outlook: Anticipation and angst with demand incoming

Ground-up development dipped to record-low levels in the last few years, but the aging population means demand is incoming. Learn about challenges and opportunities in the year ahead from three senior living leaders.

Todd Shaw
Vice President
LCS

Phill Barklow 
President 
Experience Senior Living

Rev. Kenneth Daniel  
President and CEO
United Church Homes

Breakout Sessions

11:45 –12:15 PM

David Eskenazy
USA CEO
Cogir

Track ATrack B

Sponsored Panel - Coming Soon

Cogir is one of the leading senior living developers and operators in Canada, and its US arm is being led by industry pioneer David Eskenazy. Learn how these two leaders work together, and what US-based companies can learn from the Canadian model.

Mathieu Duguay
CEO
Cogir

Sponsored Panel - Coming Soon

The benefits of university-affiliated senior living have long been clear, but the process of working with schools has been time-consuming and fraught with challenges. Hear how this model is evolving for the future to address these issues and make this model more accessible.

Todd Shaw
Vice President
LCS

Tiffany Cobern
Director of Senior Housing Operations
MedCore Partners

Laurie Steber
Executive Director
The Spires at Berry College

Breakout Sessions