The Executive Director is responsible for providing overall leadership in the day-to-day operation of a senior living community. This person is charged with maintaining staff and resident and family engagement in addition to budget adherence and regulatory compliance.
First awarded in 2012, the ALFA Senior Living Community Leadership Award will honor one executive director of a senior living community who is an ideal representative and role model for the thousands of executives leading senior living communities. Additionally, senior living will recognize a core group of executive directors as part of the Circle of Leadership.
ALFA 2014 Community Leadership Award Winner
Joseph Huskinson, executive director of Lincoln Court in Idaho Falls, Idaho was honored with the ALFA 2014 Senior Living Community Leadership Award. Huskinson was recognized at the ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Leaders like Joseph exemplify the key values so important in senior living today by superbly leading community teams in a manner that raises the bar of excellence in senior living,” said Richard P. Grimes, president and CEO of ALFA. “Joseph is an ideal role model for current and future leaders seeking to cultivate their engagement in senior living.”
Huskinson serves as executive director at Lincoln Court Retirement Community, a senior living community located in Idaho Falls, Idaho and operated by Stellar 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.
In addition to honoring Huskinson, ALFA announced the winners of the ALFA 2014 Hero Awards honoring extraordinary individuals who serve older adults in senior living communities. Five heroes were chosen as representatives and role models for the tens of thousands of senior living community professionals. The winners were honored May 21 at the ALFA 2014 Conference and Expo.
During this luncheon, the ALFA Hero Award winners were recognized for championing quality of life for the residents they serve and for embracing the resident-centered philosophy of senior living. Special guests Capt. Mark Kelly and Congresswoman Gabby Giffords helped present the awards to the five winners.
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Community Leadership Award Background
The following questions are used to help prepare nominations:
All nominations are due by COB January 10, 2014 through ALFA's online nominations system. All companies submitting award nominations must be ALFA members in order to move on to being assessed. Every submission will be judged and ranked against the following criteria:
The winning nomination for the Senior Living Community Leadership Award will be announced at the 2014 ALFA Conference and Expo; May 19-22, 2014. More information about the conference is available at alfa.org/conference.
Selected Executive Director will travel to the ALFA Conference and Expo. Full conference registration, air travel and one hotel night included.
ALFA Circle of Leadership
ALFA Circle of Leadership recognition is bestowed upon individuals who are nominated for the ALFA Executive Director Leadership Award. Though these individuals were not selected as the winner, they are honored for championing quality of life for the residents they serve, and for providing overall leadership in the day-to-day operation of a senior living community.
The Circle of Leadership honorees are rewarded for their dedication with a special certificate from ALFA President & CEO, Rick Grimes.