News from LeadingAge Annual Meeting
We were thrilled to see you all in Atlanta this past week, and happy to be in-person once again. We were happy to see old friends and meet new faces at our booth. We kicked off our time at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting with a Women’s Brunch at Ventanas where 50 strong women leaders gathered together to swap stories and socialize. We were honored to have Kim Hoppe, CFO of UMRC and Porter Hills, as this year’s keynote speaker. Kim enlightened us with her yogi ways and inspired us to trust our intuition, build great teams and be the excellent leaders we can be.
HJ Sims team members spoke on two panels during this year’s education sessions. Jim Bodine, Executive Vice President, shared his expertise on Cultivating Board Innovation and Strategic Thinking with fellow panel members Jennifer Schwalm, Partner, Baker Tilly; Len Weiser, President/CEO, White Horse Village and Shirley Weaver, Board Director, White Horse Village. Each contributor discussed the strength of thought leadership, and tools that boards can use to remain focused on their organization’s mission, respond to unexpected changes and carry out strategic planning.
Aaron Rulnick, Managing Principal, and Nick Roberts, Vice President, shared their insight with a standing room only crowd discussing Why Single-Site Life Plan Communities Continue to Thrive with fellow panelists Christopher Keysor, CEO, Lenbrook Atlanta and Felecia Sveda, Vice President of Hospitality Services, Lenbrook Atlanta. They each shared success factors and commonalities that high-performing single-site LPCs have in common.
Employees and colleagues alike at HJ Sims were proud to see managing principal, Bill Sims, inducted into the Continuing Care Hall of Fame. Bill was one of four honorees of the night inducted into the 2021 Continuing Care Hall of Fame (“CCHoF”) that took place in a ceremony at the Georgia Aquarium. Originally conceived in 2015, the CCHoF inducts new members biannually who exemplify leadership and make extraordinary contributions in the aging services industry. Honorees were recognized and selected by a 75-person advisory committee. This year’s inductees included our own Bill Sims, John Diffey, President & CEO of The Kendal Corporation, Larry Minnix, President & CEO of LeadingAge, and Mary Alice Ryan, President & CEO of St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System.