Those hoping to get a sneak peek into the future of senior living might consider studying the playbook of Toledo, OH-based Welltower. The REIT has displayed innovative thinking under Tom DeRosa, who has been CEO since 2014.
Clifton J. “Clif” Porter II doesn’t mind comparisons to Jackie Robinson, the great baseball pioneer. Porter doesn’t open with such comparisons or bank on them himself, but he’s not going to chase away anyone implying that he’s a highly valued performer doing groundbreaking work that cannot be confined by racial parameters.
With a background including leadership roles at the National Restaurant Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans, James Balda may not have been the most obvious choice to lead an association representing operators of independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities. But when he became president and CEO of Argentum, then known as the Assisted Living Federation of America, in early 2015, he brought with him “fresh eyes.”
Never perform after children or animals, the old show biz adage warns. The equivalent advice for this market might be to avoid replacing visionary leaders. For in both scenarios, there’s usually a tough act to follow. Brian Jurutka clearly violated the second admonition five years ago, when he succeeded Robert G. Kramer as president and CEO of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.