JEA Senior Living names Christopher Belford next CEO

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Christopher Belford

Christopher Belford has been appointed CEO of Vancouver, WA-based memory care provider JEA Senior Living, effective Nov. 1.

Belford, with almost 30 years of executive operations experience in the senior living industry, has worked for multiple operators across the continuum of care. He is joining JEA from American Healthcare Investors, where he was executive vice president. There, he managed 140 communities within the company’s portfolio of senior living, skilled nursing and hospital assets throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

Before joining AHI, Belford was president of Brookdale Senior Living’s western division. There, he managed 269 senior living and retirement communities, representing 24,400 units in 11 states in the western half of the country and overseeing more than 14,000 employees.

Belford also served for 14 years at Emeritus Senior Living in executive leadership roles, among them senior vice president of operations, in which he was responsible for more than 500 communities in 18 states. Emeritus merged with Brookdale in 2014.

He earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Washington State University, completed post-graduate studies at Seattle University and received an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Belford succeeds W. Cody Erwin, the grandson of the company’s founder. The privately owned and operated JEA develops, owns and manages 57 senior communities throughout the country.

Green Courte Residential Holdings names Andrew C. Alexander as first CEO

Andrew C. Alexander has been named the first CEO of Green Courte Residential Holdings, the new residential holding company of Chicago-based Green Courte Partners. He also will join Green Courte Partners as a managing director.

The holding company will oversee the operations of True Connection Communities, the firm’s active adult/independent living platform, and Windward Communities, its land-lease community platform. True Connection Communities currently includes 11 senior living communities with more than 1,800 units located in six states, and Windward Communities has 17 communities with more than 6,700 sites located in six states.

“As we look at the opportunities that lie ahead, we anticipate that we will add additional residential platforms to our portfolio, so we felt it made sense to capture both the efficiencies and the enhanced capabilities that will come from creating a consolidated residential vehicle,” Green Courte Partners CEO David Lentz said.

Alexander most recently was president and CEO of Red Roof, which has more than 660 hotel properties, including the Red Roof Inn, Red Roof Plus, The Red Collection and HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof brands. He was hired as Red Roof’s general counsel in 2007 and assumed his most recent titles in 2009.

During his tenure at Red Roof, he was responsible for developing and implementing a seven-year plan that transformed the company from an underperforming, single-branded  entity to a multi-branded leader in the economy hotel space. Under Alexander’s leadership, Red Roof achieved the highest revenue per available room of any brand in the economy segment, had the highest quality and service ratings for eight consecutive years, and consistently captured market share from its competitors in recent years, according to Green Courte.

Alexander previously held positions as general counsel at Boykin Lodging and as corporate counsel at Renaissance Hotels International.

The Baptist Home promotes two to vice president roles

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Karl Snider

Karl Snider and Ron Mackey have been named vice presidents at Missouri-based The Baptist Home. The announcement comes as part of the third phase of an ongoing strategic planning and organizational realignment spearheaded by Rodney Harrison, D.Min., the company’s president; Glenn Miller, D.Ed.Min., of Miller Management; and Randy Mayes of DRYVE Leadership Group.

Snider, a certified public accountant with an MBA from Maryville University in St. Louis, was promoted to vice president for operational resources and will oversee all internal operations of The Baptist Home. He will provide leadership in all areas related to compliance, information technology, accounting, auditing, budgeting and human resource management.

Snider has worked at The Baptist Home for 36 years, having started as a bookkeeper in 1984. He was promoted to office manager and then became the chief financial officer for The Baptist Home and The Baptist Home Foundation.

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Ron Mackey

Mackey, the former director of advancement, is now the vice president of community engagement and will provide leadership to all external functions of The Baptist Home related to fundraising, communications, community relations and pastoral care.

Mackey was a trustee from 2002 to 2008 and was a director of The Baptist Home Foundation from 2008 to 2010. He became an employee of the Baptist Home in 2010 when he was hired to be the advancement officer for Eastern Missouri. He was promoted to director of advancement and was instrumental in the acquisition of the property and development of the new The Baptist Home-Ashland campus.

Mackey has a doctor of philosophy degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Blake Management Group names Morgan Walter area director of operations

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Morgan Walter

Morgan Walter has been promoted to the position of area director of operations in Mississippi at Biloxi, MS-based Blake Management Group.

Walter, who will continue as executive director of The Blake at Oxford, will supervise and oversee operations across all four Blake locations in the state: The Blake at Oxford, The Blake at Flowood, The Blake at Township and The Claiborne at Adelaide. She will direct them in strategic growth initiatives, daily operations, and the development and strengthening of community relationships.

Walter has held several additional positions in the healthcare field, including labor and delivery nurse, branch director and director of sales and marketing in hospice, and director of nursing at a skilled nursing facility.

She has an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi and is certified as a hospice and palliative nurse.

The Springs Living appoints Candice Marcks as director of sales

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Candice Marcks

Candice Marcks has been promoted to director of sales for The Springs Living, based in McMinnville, OR. In this position, she will work closely with sales representatives at each of the company’s 18 senior living communities across Oregon and Montana to try to ensure that the right strategies, tools and training are available to serve residents.

Marcks brings more than 20 years of senior living experience to the role, including her most recent position as director of community relations at The Springs at Lake Oswego in Oregon, where she was responsible for the pre-lease efforts with the new community leading up to its grand opening in January. The community offers independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Previously, Marcks was the regional director of sales at The Springs Living, supporting and coaching the sales teams in Oregon and Montana. In 2010, she started with The Spring Living as the community relations director at The Springs at Tanasbourne in Hillsboro, OR.

Marcks began her career in a variety of areas of senior living, including life enrichment, resident relations, sales, community relations and business development for organizations in Oregon. She has a real estate license in Oregon and is a certified Selling Skills coach and Train the Trainer sales coach. She also has gerontology and life enrichment certificates.

David Linz, M.D., named lead physician at Moorings Park center for Healthy Living

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David Linz, M.D.

David R. Linz, MD, chief medical informatics officer for NCH Healthcare Systems, has been named site lead physician at Moorings Park’s Center for Healthy Living in Naples, FL.

Linz is a core faculty member of NCH Healthcare System’s internal medicine residency program and has academic appointments at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and the University of Central Florida. 

Linz graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in Medford, MA, with an undergraduate degree in biology. After earning his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, he completed his internship and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

SmartLinx taps ADP veteran Brad Kaluzna for senior VP of sales position

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Brad Kaluzna

Brad Kaluzna has been named senior vice president of sales at Iselin, NJ-based workforce management solutions company SmartLinx Solutions.

Kaluzna, formerly of ADP, brings 15 years of sales leadership and operational experience in human capital management to the position, as well as 20 years of progressive sales experience. He will focus on lifecycle enterprise sales, sales operations, team-building, scalability and mentorship. His track record includes leading a sales campaign from a pre-product launch to a billion-dollar revenue stream.