Hero Recap

Argentum 2016 Senior Living Executive Conference  


Congratulations Vickie Conner - Argentum Senior Living Community Leadership Award Winner

Argentum announced Vickie Conner, executive director of Greenfield Senior Living’s Greenfield of Woodstock (Va.) was honored with the 2016 Argentum Senior Living Community Leadership Award.  Conner was recognized at the annual Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference in Denver, Colorado.

"What we do makes a difference, and Greenfield has chosen what kind of difference we want to make,” said Greenfield Senior Living CEO Mathew Peponis.  “Vickie Conner's commitment and love to her residents and families is an example for all of us. The impact she's had not only on her community, but on our industry as whole, is a rare gift and something to be valued and celebrated. It is a true honor to know Vickie and we could not be more proud."

Senior living executive directors are responsible for the day-to-day overall leadership and operation of a community.  They contribute largely to defining the tone of their community by cultivating relationships both internally and with their surrounding neighborhoods.  Successful executive directors typically possess a diverse skill set, high emotional intelligence, passion, empathy, and solid business acumen.

“The unwavering dedication of senior living executive directors like Vickie is critical to not only the operational success of their communities, but also to the level of engagement experienced by staff, residents, and family members alike,” said Argentum President and CEO James Balda.  “We are proud of Vickie and her commitment to creating a superior experience for the Greenfield of Woodstock community.”

Congratulations to the 2016 Argentum Hero Award Winners

Argentum announced the winners of the 2016 Argentum Hero Awards on May 10th at the Argentum 2016 Senior Living Executive Conference.  Each year, the Argentum Hero Awards recognizes individuals who are ideal representatives of the hundreds of thousands of people serving in the senior living field.  Nominated by regional/company executives and executive directors of senior living communities, these individuals represent the highest levels of excellence, caring, and dedication in senior living. This year, six awardees were recognized for championing quality of life for the residents they serve and for embracing a resident-centered philosophy.  Award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Hero Awards ceremony, and was joined by featured speakers former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

The 2016 Hero Award winners are:

Kathy Weaver

Kathy Weaver, Resident Care Partner at Oakley Place, an Enlivant community in Greenville, OH, is a recipient of the Argentum 2016 Hero Award.

Dane Taylor

Dane Taylor, Concierge at Kensington Park, a Kensington Senior Living community in Kensington, MD is a recipient of the Argentum 2016 Hero Award.

Lindsey Hernandez

Lindsey Hernandez, Life Engagement Manager at Fossil Creek, an Autumn Leaves community in Fort Worth, Texas is a recipient of the 2016 Argentum Hero Award.

Al Kuzio

Al Kuzio, Transportation Coordinator at Summit Place, a Five Star Senior Living community in North Myrtle Beach, SC is a recipient of the Argentum 2016 Hero Award.

Elizabeth Buchinski

Elizabeth Buchinski, Program Coordinator at Bay Pines, a Brookdale community in St. Petersburg, FL is a recipient of the Argentum 2016 Hero Award.

Abbi Laushine

Abbi Laushine, Life Enrichment Director at Bridges by EPOCH at Westford, an EPOCH Senior Living community in Westford, MA is a recipient of the Argentum 2016 Hero Award.