David Coluzzi has joined Carlton Senior Living as president following a nationwide search.

The company owns and operates 11 independent living, assisted living, enhanced assisted living and memory care communities in Northern California, and Carlton partner Don Engle says that the company is planning to add to its portfolio.

Coluzzi has more than 26 years of industry experience. He previously served as chief executive officer of the Esquire Group, a senior living and apartment company with 1,200 units in seven communities in New Jersey.  While there, he led efforts that resulted in an increase in revenue through rebranding, new program development, and accountability matrix systems.

Coluzzi’s career also includes time as vice president of operations at Classic Residence by Hyatt. He directed the management of a portfolio consisting of 10 luxury continuing care retirement communities while leading the start-up of two new communities and an extensive expansion that resulted in more than 4,000 independent, assisted living, memory care and skilled units in California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, South Carolina and Florida.