John B. Goodman, chairman of The Goodman Group, died March 20 from complications following a heart attack, the company has announced.

Goodman had led The Goodman Group, based in Chaska, MN, since 1976. Originally founded as Sage Co. by his father, Sidney A. Goodman, The Goodman Group today develops and manages senior living communities, residential communities and commercial properties in 10 states.

Goodman also was the author of two books, “The Road to Self: Reflections from a Soulful CEO,” and “Moments Matter: Everyday Inspiration from a Soulful CEO.”

“John’s mission was to change how people experience aging and death by resetting the standard of senior care and living,” said Craig Edinger, chief operating officer of the company. “His philosophy put people at the heart of our company. His ever-advancing insight showed us what’s possible in the quality of care for others. He touched us with the depth of his compassion and his relentless drive to always do more in the service of others.”

Edinger stepped into the executive-in-charge role immediately, according to the company, which said that no changes are anticipated in the company’s day-to-day business activities. A formal succession plan will be announced at a later date.

The Goodman Group, with 4,300 employees, celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary in 2015.