ALFA announced May 16th, 2012 that Kelly Mazza, senior executive director of The Arbors at Shelburne, a senior living community in Shelburne, VT., was honored with the ALFA 2012 Senior Living Community Leadership Award. Mazza was recognized at a ceremony at COMMUNITY 2012, the ALFA Conference and Expo.
“Thousands of executive directors lead senior living communities each day with both their heads and hearts,” said Richard P. Grimes, president and CEO of ALFA. “Kelly’s nomination rose to the top due to her outstanding commitment to the community residents, families and staff and to the success of The Arbors as a business. She is representative of so many senior living executives who balance numerous priorities each day while living core values and leading by example. Kelly is an ideal role model for current and future leaders seeking to grow their engagement in senior living."
The executive director is mission critical for operators of senior living communities. Executive directors are managers of resources and define the tone of a community and its relationships with residents, families and the surrounding neighborhood. They need to have a diverse skill set, high emotional intelligence, passion, empathy and solid business acumen that exceed what site-specific executives need to have in many other business sectors.
Senior living companies nominated executive directors for the ALFA Senior Living Community Leadership Award by answering a series of questions and articulating the nominee’s contributions to the company, specific community and the senior living business in general. Nominations were scrubbed of identifying information and then judged by a panel of senior living executives based on the nominee’s executive qualities, relationships with residents, families and staff, embrace of ALFA core principles, business acumen and potential contributions to the future of senior living.
ALFA recognizes a number of executive directors as part of the ALFA 2012 Circle of Leadership. Each receive a special certificate of recognition. For more information about these and other ALFA awards, please visit alfa.org/awards.
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